The general manager of Qatari owned luxury hotel The Hotel Schweizerhof Bern, Michael Thomann, has been named “Hotelier of the Year” by the leading Swiss business magazine Bilanz.

The honour comes just one year after the hotel’s reopening following a two-year refurbishment by the hotel’s owners Katara Hospitality Ltd.

After the reopening in June 2011, the Schweizerhof turned to the challenge of establishing a competitive positioning in the market successfully increasing the hotel’s rankings from 21st to 11th place in the country’s league table of Switzerland’s best city hotels.

“It was not an easy task for general manager Michael Thomann, who together with his young team spared no effort during the last months to breathe new life into a legendary establishment that is rich in tradition,” says Bruno H. Schöpfer, Managing Director of Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG.

Thomann credits his team with the hotel’s performance. “I am naturally delighted with the award and my team and I will keep doing our best to strengthen and build on the Schweizerhof’s exceptional positioning among Switzerland’s luxury hotels,” he says. “The whole team can justifiably be proud of the hotel’s ranking by Bilanz this year. In 2011 the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern was ranked number 21 in the category of best Swiss city hotels, and just one year later has already risen to position number 11 in the league table.”

The 150-year old hotel, famous for guests such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, is part of Katara Hospitality Ltd. Company’s portfolio of properties in Switzerland which includes the Bürgenstock Resort in Lucerne and the Royal-Savoy in Lausanne.

Effortlessly blending tradition with with contemporary flair, elegance and world-class service The Hotel Schweizerhof Bern is a five-star superior hotel in Bern’s most central location. Boasting 99 stylish rooms and suites, an 800 m2 Conference and Business Center, a unique ballroom, the legendary Jack’s Brasserie, a chic Lobby-Lounge Bar, the elegant Cigar Lounge, the noble Sky Terrace and the urbane, 500 m2 THE SPA, the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern has been one of the leading Swiss luxury hotels since its reopening in 2011.