Christoph Schmidinger has been appointed as
General Manager of the first Four Seasons hotel in Spain.
Scheduled to open in late 2019, the 200-room Four
Seasons Hotel and 22 Private Residences will be located in the
heart of Madrid's historical city centre.
Schmidinger started his Four Seasons career 25
years ago, and after a series of international assignments in
Singapore, Chicago, Atlanta, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, he assumed
leadership at the landmark Four Seasons Hotel New York in Midtown
Manhattan, overseeing several other properties as Regional Vice
His ascent in the company continued when he was
appointed General Manager and Regional Vice President to the
company’s flagship property in Asia, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong,
where he has been since 2014.
Under his leadership, Four Seasons Hotel Hong
Kong, home to the first Cantonese restaurant in the world to earn
three Michelin stars, set the global record for the most Michelin
stars at a single hotel.
“Christoph is an incredibly experienced and
talented hotelier, and we are very lucky to have had him lead some
of our most notable properties around the world,” said Simon Casson, President, Hotel Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “His experience and
expertise are what make him the perfect candidate for our new
hotel in Madrid, a project that is incredibly important to Four
Seasons growth as it will mark our entry into Spain in a thriving
international city, and a key destination for luxury travellers.”
Schmidinger speaks four languages and studied at the Certificate
of Hotel and Tourism Administration Academy in Salzburg, Austria
before holding managerial positions at renowned hotels around the
world, and then joining Four Seasons.
“I am very proud to be part of such a significant milestone in our
company’s history, and to lead the team as we introduce the Four
Seasons brand to Spain with this exquisite hotel,” said Schmidinger. “This project is exceptional in every way, from its
location to the destination, the product and our partners at OHL Desarrollos and Mohari Hospitality, and I cannot wait to welcome
guests to see for themselves and to experience this great city in
a new way together with Four Seasons.”