HTMi is saddened by the sudden passing of Mr. Manfred Hoerger, Legendary Hotelier and General Manager of the five-star luxury hotel Savoy Hotel Baur en Ville Zürich. Mr. Hoerger passed away on Tuesday, 13th January 2015.

Manfred Hoerger and his wife Christina, have been managing the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville since 1985. Mr. Hoerger defined the meaning of luxury and service and the hospitality world has lost a great man and leader.

Mr. and Mrs. H?rger have been very good friends and partners with HTMi for many years and we are proud of this long-standing partnership. The Savoy Hotel has been accepting many of HTMi’s students for many years that have had the opportunity of completing internships in this iconic hotel.

Says HTMi’s Events & Training Manager, Anthony Lack, “In 2013 I had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing Mr. Hoerger for our HTMi Hospitality TV. I quickly realized I was in the presence of a true leader and great hotelier who spoke about his passion for the hotel industry. The world today is a much poorer place with Mr. Hoerger’s passing”.

The HTMi management, faculty and student body send their deepest condolences and sympathy to the Hoerger family and management and staff of the Savoy Hotel.

Founded in 1838 by Austrian immigrant Johannes Baur, the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville is Zurich’s oldest hotel, sitting proudly on the celebrated Paradeplatz, which houses the gold vaults of Swiss banks. Its 97 elegantly appointed rooms and 15 lavish suites include dramatic lofted ceilings, luxurious marble bathrooms, and exquisite Biedermeier-style furniture. The property is also renowned for its two exclusive restaurants and its popular café-bar. Over the years, these attributes – as well as the Savoy’s legendary discreet service – have attracted a loyal worldwide following of discriminating guests. In recent years the Savoy was named “the best business hotel in the world.”

Ian Larmour, Director HTMi, January 2015