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Frank Marrenbach awarded Leading Legend

From left to right, Ted Teng, President Leading Hotels of the World, Frank Marrenbach, CEO Oetker Collection, Andrea Kracht, owner Baur au Lac, Zurich and chairman Leading Hotels of the World

Frank Marrenbach, CEO Oetker Collection, awarded Leading Legend by the Leading Hotels of the World Oetker Collection team is delighted to announce that Frank Marrenbach has been awarded Leading Legend by the Leading Hotels of the World on the occasion of their Annual Convention in Cannes. This accolade is the acknowledgement of the efforts provided by all the Oetker Collection hoteliers in the last ten years. The following are extracts from the declaration made by Ted Teng, President Leading Hotels.“It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of this year’s Leading Legend award, Mr. Frank Marrenbach. Frank’s passion for excellence and quality are evident through his longstanding career with the Oetker Group. He started with the Oetker Group in 1997 as Resident Manager of Brenners Park Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden where he has served as Managing Director since 2000. Prior to this, Frank worked in some of Europe’s most prestigious luxury hotels, including The Berkeley in London and Hotel de Crillon in Paris. Naturally kind and patient, Frank is a gifted hotelier, who throughout his 20 years of experience in the industry has exemplified total empathy for his guests, employees, partners and hotels, acting as a formidable ambassador for the arts and culture and Leading Hotels’ premium destinations. Since 2008, as CEO, Frank has overseen the Oetker Hotel Management Company based in Baden-Baden. In this role, he has thoughtfully expanded the portfolio, emphasizing growth with the right hotels, with an eye towards quality, over growth for growth’s sake. Initially based on four owned properties – Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Vence, Côte d’Azur and Le Bristol Paris – the collection now includes an additional six managed hotels – Palácio Tangará in São Paulo, Fregate Island Private in Seychelles, L’Apogée Courchevel, Eden Rock-St Barths, the Lanesborough in London, and the brand-new Jumby Bay Island in the Caribbean.From 2005 to 2016, Frank played a key role in the evolution of Leading Hotels, serving as an active and engaged member of the LHW Executive Committee, including a term as vice chairman and chairman of the audit committee. His work has demonstrated his keen knowledge of single hotel operations and the capabilities of small collection brands which has brought invaluable perspective to LHW.Frank is a true visionary who seeks innovative and creative ways to improve the guest experience, while helping employees take more pleasure in delivering superlative service. With his authentic commitment, expression, and demonstration of the art of independent luxury hospitality, Frank Marrenbach lives the ethos of the Leading Hotels organization – making him a true Leading Legend.”


The Oetker Collection is the most inspiring selection of masterpiece hotels in the world. Distinguished by the finest traditions of European hospitality, each property is iconic and one-of-a-kind, delivering unparalleled guest recognition while offering unique and memorable experiences to affluent and astute travellers.

Oetker Collection embraces ten luxury hotels:

  • L’Apogée Courchevel – a luxury chalet with a warm and family atmosphere offering the most desirable skiing experience at the top of Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps.

  • Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa – an iconic grand hotel, amidst a sprawling private park in Baden-Baden, Germany. The historic Villa Stéphanie now offers Europe’s most refined and innovative spa experience.

  • Le Bristol Paris – an authentic vibrant French palace completely refurbished, the ultimate reference for Parisian art-de-vivre, ideally located on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

  • Château Saint-Martin & Spa – a romantic property of excellence nestled in the heart of the French Riviera, boasting breath taking views over the Mediterranean coastline.

  • Eden Rock – St Barths – a luxurious retreat in St Barths built on a rocky promontory, surrounded by white sandy beaches, and turquoise sea; French art-de-vivre in the heart of the Caribbean.

  • Fregate Island Private – a jewel of conservation featuring lush forest, wild fauna, and overlooking the crystal waters of the Seychelles. Unique on the Planet.

  • Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc – a legendary luxury hotel at the centre of a scenic private park, where old-world glamour meets modern luxury at the tip of the Cap d’Antibes.

  • Jumby Bay Island – a private and heavenly island in the Caribbean; its personality knows how to capture the imagination and reveals the island’s natural beauty.

  • The Lanesborough – classically British service in a remarkably vibrant and elegant London residence.

  • Palácio Tangará – surrounded by the Burle Marx Park, a veritable oasis in the centre of São Paulo’s vibrant urban landscape, Palácio Tangará brings an exclusive new concept to the destination.

  • Eden Being – Life. By Oetker Collection. A curation of exquisite gifts, signature products and exclusive limited editions, all inspired by our hotel properties and infused with the history and culture of our destinations.

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