Von der Heyden Group invests in the heart of Gdansk Old Town!

It is our great pleasure to announce that after Grand Hotel Lublinianka in Lublin and Andersia Tower in Poznan, Von der Heyden Group has started its new 4 star hotel development in Poland: Dlugi Targ Hotel Project in Gdansk.

The von der Heyden Group took part and has won a complex tender organized by Millenium Bank and acquired a prestigious property at the corner of historical Dlugi Targ Boulevard and Mieszczanska Street, almost opposite to the well known Neptun’s Statue and the Dwor Artusa building.

The newly owned property is one of the most attractive buildings in the exceptional tourist part of Gdansk. It consists of three semidetached historical city houses with three different historically renovated and well preserved frontal elevations. Von der Heyden Group plans to convert the buildings into a 4 Star Deluxe boutique Hotel, after a thorough refurbishment which is planned to start in autumn of 2006 and will last until winter 2007. The total area is approximately 2.500 m2.

The hotel rooms are planned to be located on four floors, many of them facing the vibrant life and streams of tourists on the Dlugi Targ Boulevard. In order to obtain the required space for a banquet and event hall and additional hotel rooms, the southern wing of the building will be extended. The objective is to obtain a homogenous impression with the front part of the building, in close co-operation with the city conservator of monuments. The building will be renovated to keep its charm and historical character.

Sven von der Heyden, Von der Heyden Group Chairman said: “This is one of our most beautiful acquisitions for years and we are convinced more than ever, especially in a fierce competitive environment, that only location counts. Within Gdansk, the location can hardly be beaten and we are certain that this enterprise, even though below the average of our usual transaction size, will turn into a financial success story.”

Adam Trybusz, Von der Heyden Group Managing Director for Poland added: “We will develop a hotel where tourists will feel as if they were in the best hotel in Amsterdam old-town. The atmosphere, architecture and the service, all will make them travel to Gdansk instead of Amsterdam and our aim is that Gdansk has no vacant hotel rooms.”

When ready, the luxury hotel will offer international services standards for business travelers & tourists. For guests’ disposal there will be 44 spacious, well designed rooms and suites, an exquisite restaurant with 45 seats, a banquet & event hall (350 m2) and various fitness facilities.

The Hotel will be managed by the Spanish hotel chain IBB Hotels. Since 2003, this will be the third hotel run by IBB Hotels in Poland, after the successful management of the Grand Hotel Lublinianka and the launch of Andersia Tower Hotel in Poznań in spring 2007.

Estimated market value upon completion: app. Euro 7,5 mln


Von der Heyden Group invests in the heart of Gdansk Old Town

‘Długi Targ’ Hotel development project in the heart of Gdańsk Old Town!

  • Debt financing closed!
  • Start of construction works:  September 2015!
  • Opening of IBB Długi Targ Hotel Gdańsk: Spring 2017!

With history of over 1000 years, Gdańsk is one of the oldest, one of the most dynamic and one of the most popular tourist destination in Poland. Together with Gdynia and Sopot, Gdańsk forms a conurbation of over 1.2 mln inhabitants. Gdańsk, as the capital of the Pomerania Province is also an important academic and business centre in the country.

‘Długi Targ’ Hotel Project – a unique property acquired by Von der Heyden Group in a complex tender from Millenium Bank back in 2006, it is located in the most attractive part in the heart of Gdańsk, at the corner of historical Długi Targ Boulevard and Mieszczanska Street, almost opposite to the Neptun’s Statute and the Dwór Artusa Building.

In the middle of February 2015, ‘Długi Targ’ Hotel Project has obtained bank financing. From among all banks invited to co-operation, the best offer was made by Alior Bank S.A.

On closing, Sven von der Heyden, Von der Heyden Group’s Chairman said: ‘It has taken us an unusually long time to move ahead with this beautiful project. First our dreams got shattered by the financial crisis and the consequential loss of financing for Hotel developments in Europe and in particular in Poland. Then we had other projects going in the Von der Heyden Group such as Munich and Poznan, which needed 100 % of our attention. The suffered delays are really not a problem as we own 3 properties in a marvellous location and once the location is great, time is not that important. We are now full of enthusiasm for the project ‘Długi Targ’ and are convinced that the new IBB Długi Targ Hotel Gdansk will be financially very succcessful’.

The Investor is currently in the process to close the design works with a local architect Michał Skwarło and Tomasz Wojtkowiak – interior designer, prepare technical documentation and organise a tender for the General Contractor. Construction works are planned to start in September 2015 and finish in spring 2017.

Adam Trybusz, the President of the Management Board of Długi Targ Sp. z o.o., a special purpose vehicle to implement the project, and finance partner said: ‘There are locations in which you have faith in against any economic calculation, consultants and other IRR enthusiasts. You just believe in it, you stay patient and humble and the time comes when they all change their minds and your project receives the second life. It’s also the right timimg. This is what we experience now, we are awarded for our faith into the ‘Długi Targ’ project.’

The ‘Długi Targ’ development project (estimated investment value: Euro 11 mln) is based on refurbishment and conversion of three historical semidetached city houses into a unique hotel in a unique place.

The initial concept of Von der Heyden Group was to create a top 5* refined boutique hotel, however, due to changing market environment, the initial idea responded the local market needs and an efficient and trendy 3* Superior hotel will be created. The characteristics of the external façade will be carefully preserved, however at the same time, the interiors will be modern and full of innovative solutions.

The Investor is in possesion of all permits to start the construction. At first, the tender for the General Contractor will be organised and closed by the summer 2015. There are also works conducted on the technical design in order to increase the number of hotel rooms and decide on the function of the groundfloor. Construction works will start not earlier than in September 2015 in order not to interfere with unique holiday atmosphere at Długi Targ Boulevard.

The newly opened hotel that is planned for Spring 2017, will be operated by a dynamic hotel group: IBB Hotel Collection (IBBHC). IBBHC in Poland successully operates renowned to 4* hotels like: IBB Grand Hotel Lublinianka in Lublin and IBB Hotel Andersia in Poznań, both enjoying the best results in terms of REVPAR and occupancy. IBBBHC operates as well two 4* hotels in Germany and three 4 and 3* hotels in Spain (more info about IBBHC: www.ibbhotels.com).

In the new hotel in Gdańsk, guests will have 88 rooms and comfortable apartments at their disposal located on four floors. The venue will offer almost 1.000 sqm for retail lease, or hotel additional services, such as e.g. a restaurant, beauty centre and exquisite boutiques. The city of Gdańsk will offer unforgettable memories and numerous events like e.g. St. Dominic’s Fair that is held in Długi Targ Boulevard, it’s the oldest dated from the 13th century, the most famous, and one of the largest open air events in Europe that attracts about 6.5 mln guests to Gdańsk every summer.


Press Release – DT – 27.02.2015 ENG

Von der Heyden Group to develop Gdańsk hotel

Von der Heyden Group plans on renovating three historical semi-detached tenement houses located at the heart of Gdańsk in order to convert them into the IBB Blue Hotel.

Located at the corner of the historical Long Market (Długi Targ) and ul. Mieszczańska, the buildings will be transformed into a three-star hotel with 88 rooms spread across four floors. The hotel will also offer 1,000 sqm of retail and services space earmarked either for lease or for the hotel’s own use, for instance for a restaurant or a beauty clinic. The project is estimated at EUR 11 mln. The start of the refurbishment work is planned for September 2015, with the completion scheduled for spring 2017. Although Von der Heyden Group bought the property from Millenium Bank in 2006, the development process was delayed due to the economic crisis and the company’s commitment to other projects. The design work is now nearing completion, while technical documentation is being prepared for a tender procedure for the general contractor. The closing of the tender is planned for this summer. Local architect Michał Skwarło and interior designer Tomasz Wojtkowiak are responsible for creating the project’s architectural design. “The delays we experienced were really not a problem as we own three properties in a marvelous location and since the location is great, timeline is not that important. We are enthusiastic about the ‘Długi Targ’ project, as we call it, and remain convinced that the new hotel will be a financial success,” said Sven von der Heyden, the chairman of the Von der Heyden Group.

Source: Eurobuild CEE