Where do we come from?
Thomas H. Althoff and his wife, Elke Diefenbach-Althoff, started the Cologne-based business known today as ALTHOFF HOTELS in 1984 with the Hotel Regent International, Cologne. Since then, the group has grown to a total of 15 hotels comprising 1,491 guest rooms in four countries. Identifying and passionately pursuing the right opportunities led to the group’s successful expansion based on a solid foundation. Driven by ambition and perfectionism, Thomas H. Althoff has created one of Europe’s finest luxury hotel brands – the ALTHOFF Hotel Collection – today comprising seven precious hotels in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Building on this platform, he introduced the first class AMERON brand in 2009, currently with eight upscale business hotels in Germany and Switzerland. The takeover of the operation of the converted Schlosshotel Lerbach in 1992, previously owned by the von Siemens family, marked the entry into the luxury segment. Eight years later, the group also assumed the management of the nearby Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, which constitutes one of the most prestigious hotels in Germany, if not Europe. In light of the constant desire to further develop, the significant achievements to date and the solid financial performance over the years, it is only a natural consequence for Thomas H. Althoff to pursue expansion. “We aim to considerably increase our presence throughout Europe - however not at all cost. Each new property will be the result of a careful and sensible analysis, demonstrating that Althoff Hotels as the operator will add value for both the investor and the guest”. Longevity and reliability are important to Thomas H. Althoff, who pursues growth sensibly and feels a strong commitment both towards his guests and his business partners.