Like snowflakes, no two kempinski hotels are alike. kempinski, europe's oldest luxury hotel group, owns a collection of more than 50 hotels and resorts. about half of the company's properties are in europe; the rest are scattered across the middle east, africa, and asia. many of kempinski's european hotels are located in historic buildings and palaces, including the former home of german composer george frideric händel. the company also has hotels in sicily's vineyards, at the dead sea in jordan, and along lake geneva in switzerland. kempinski was founded in germany in 1897.