ERLIN -- (Marketwired)-- When the 303-room Ritz-Carlton, Berlin opened its doors on January 12, 2004, it is yet another impressive new landmark in Germany's capital city, and an important addition to Europe's most contemporary urban plaza, the Potsdamer Platz. Standing just a short distance from what was formerly a section of The Berlin Wall, with a strategic location adjacent to the Sony Center and Leipziger Platz, the luxury hotel epitomizes the continued economic and cultural resurgence of Germany's capital city.
An integral part of The Beisheim Center complex, designed as a contemporary interpretation of a European city with blocks, streets and squares, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is reminiscent of the golden age of art deco skyscrapers familiar in New York City and Chicago. Despite the inspiration of the golden age of art deco, the noted architectural firm of Hilmer and Sattler has created a design that is a fusion of modern trends. Even so, the architects also embrace a tribute to elements of classical European architecture. "The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is one of the most high profile properties in our worldwide collection of hotels and resorts," said Hervé Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. "Whether for celebrities attending the Berlin Film Festival or international dignitaries visiting for a conference, The Ritz-Carlton is the most prestigious address for discerning and sophisticated travelers," he trusts.
With the opening of the daily French restaurant Brasserie Desbrosses an archetype from 1875 was celebrated -- combining the best of old meets new at the heart of Berlin -- on Europe's most contemporary urban plaza, the Potsdamer Platz. Here, guests may enjoy typical French and regional cuisine within a cozy and frankly atmosphere. At the beginning of 2003, the impressive interior -- including some art deco tables, mirrors, clusters and flagstones with floral patterns -- was carefully dismantled in France and transported to Germany to be painstakingly restored by the interior designer Peter Silling. Soon after, the Brasserie was brought back into life again. At the restaurant's heart is the open show kitchen with an antique red enamel oven from Bonnet, which weighs over two and a half tons. Younger guests will also delight in a visit to the Brasserie Desbrosses where a children menu, wooden toys and colored crayons are available. The in-house Boulangerie in the middle of the restaurant serves the best home-made croissants and baguettes as well as international delicacies which can be bought as take-away.
THE CURTAIN CLUB
The Curtain Club is the bar of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin and provides seating for up to 60 guests with an interior design resembling a style of a British Gentlemen-Club, which has a working fireplace. It is the perfect place for cocktail connoisseurs in Berlin to enjoy a relaxed evening in an elegant ambiance. Named after the heavy curtains which separate the bar from the lobby, The Curtain Club is more than simply a bar. Bar Manager Arnd Heissen and his team offer affordable drinks, tasty bar food and creating every cocktail the guest would like to have, even if they are unknown. On the stroke of six the curtains open the view to the bar announced and celebrated by a real Beefeater. The cocktails are all worth a try.
The Tea Lounge is the meeting place of the luxury hotel, offering a relaxed yet refined ambiance. Part of the appeal of the Tea Lounge is its full range of drink offerings, especially teas. If somebody prefers a specially prepared tea, coffee or even a cocktail the service team has some very good selections. Clearly the centre-piece is the daily afternoon tea from 02.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m. which consists of freshly baked scones, finely cut sandwiches, jam and clotted cream as well as a range of delicate pastries -- served together with a choice of over 40 fresh tea varieties. The unique service of two TeaMasters® make the stay at the Tea Lounge perfect.
Guestrooms with Schinkel-Inspired Artwork
To further reflect the influence of Prussian architect Schinkel, each of the 303 guestrooms, except The Ritz-Carlton Apartment, and suites at The Ritz-Carlton is distinguished by original watercolors being created by Professor Markus Luepertz, a German artist highly noted for his 20th century neo-expressionism style. His works, entitled "Homage a Schinkel" come from the architect's original design sketchbooks. To accommodate the needs of hotel guests with specific allergies, The Ritz-Carlton has allocated two rooms for those requiring rooms certified as environmentally free of products and substances which can provoke health-related problems. From special pillows to carpet free flooring, these rooms reflect the concerns of Ritz-Carlton for the comfort and well bring of all its guests. Another feature of The Ritz-Carlton is The Club Level, located on the 10th and 11th floor of the hotel. The Club Level rooms offer a variety of special amenities and services, as well as added security and privacy. The Club Lounge includes large windows overlooking the Sony Center and Tiergarten.
MEETING SPACE FOR EVERY OCCASION
Whether for an ornate wedding or an important board meeting, the meeting rooms and conference facilities at The Ritz-Carlton are exceptional. The Grand Ballroom has ceilings of 18 feet high and includes 9,800 square feet. Total meeting space, including a handsomely appointed Boardroom, is 19,370 square feet. A Business Center is nearby to assist travelers with any office needs from email to translation services.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 82 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)
Further information and toll free reservations at: 1 (800) 241-3333 (USA and Canada), 0800-1812334 (in Germany), 0800-201127 (in Austria), 0800-553986 (in Switzerland) or directly at the hotel at +49 30 33777-7, [email protected] or http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Berlin/Default.htm.
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