From the resort town of Zermatt in Switzerland, Christoph started his hotel career as a Chef at a gourmet restaurant in Switzerland. After finishing his chef apprenticeship he went on to become a certified Sommelier in 1989. From there onwards, he was promoted to managerial positions in different hotel chains until he joined Hyatt Regency Dubai in 1999 as the Assistant Revenue Manager after having completed his studies in Hotel Management.
During his tenure at Hyatt Regency Dubai, Franzen was promoted to Front Office Manager in what was then Hyatt’s biggest operation in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He then moved to Grand Hyatt Muscat in 2001 to assume the role of Front Office Manager; he was subsequently promoted to Director of Rooms at the hotel.
In 2005, Franzen transferred to Russia as Director of Rooms at Park Hyatt Ararat in Moscow. His next promotion took him back to Dubai as the Executive Assistant Manager of the 674 rooms Grand Hyatt. Then In January 2009, Christoph K. Franzen was appointed as the General Manager of Grand Hyatt Muscat. The operation consists of several restaurants, bars, events and meeting venues as well as 280 rooms and suites. During his time, the hotel won many recognized awards such as Business Traveller Awards Middle East for Best Business Hotel 2009; Conde Nast Award for Best Hotel in Muscat 2009; World Travel Award for Oman’s Leading Hotel 2012 and the Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Trip Advisor.
Commenting about his appointment Franzen said, “This is an incredible opportunity which I am thrilled to have, after working within Hyatt Corporation for over than 13 years I am looking forward to this new and exciting challenge to work across Qatar as General Manager of Grand Hyatt Doha. Qatar is a thriving and rapidly evolving market and I am confident that the team and I can continue to deliver incredible results.”
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About Grand Hyatt Doha
Grand Hyatt Doha features four restaurants and two lounges; Isaan, the hotel's signature restaurant where authentic Thai cuisine is prepared in a vibrant open plan kitchen; The Grill all-day dining restaurant serves seafood, premium meats and vegetables; Rocca, the poolside restaurant overlooks the ocean and offers a culinary journey to the Mediterranean and nightly entertainment, Majlis a contemporary Arabian style café with private seating for women and an outdoor terrace offering shisha. Al Maha lounge located at the lobby court serves continental breakfast, snacks, coffee, and tea. Dunes bar offers a wine display with wines and spirits from around the world and premium cigars in the walk-in humidor.
In addition to the 400 m beach, recreational facilities include 3 outdoor pools, a 25m indoor lap pool and a fully equipped Fitness Centre. Jaula Spa provides Hyatt Pure signature treatments in private sections for women, men and couples. The hotel is also conveniently close to a championship golf course, deep-sea fishing, water sports, equestrian activities and falconry. For more information, please visit www.doha.grand.hyatt.com
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