Public Relations Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
Potsdamer Platz 3
Phone: +49 30 33 777 6026
Fax: +49 30 33 777 5001 email@example.com
Berlin, January 2018 – When the 303-room The 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. The interior design of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin was created by Cologne based Peter Silling. He, in turn, was inspired by the works of renowned Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841), whose architectural genius can still be viewed in many of Berlin’s most famous buildings. Furnishings chosen for the 303 guestrooms and suites bear marked resemblance to the German Imperial style which dominated the historic city for generations. It remains a strong influence even as Berlin gains a new reputation as a stylish capital city of contemporary innovation and design. Antique features within The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, in contrast with dramatic geometric forms, include selected woods, imported marble and bronze accents. The total effect is one of optical harmony throughout the public spaces.
To 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. Each of Luepertz’ copperplates is printed on hand-made paper, an original and unique tribute to one of the world’s most respected architects.
The artwork complements very spacious accommodations featuring some of the most up to date technological features, from bedside control panels to heated bathroom floors. Inlaid cherry wood closets and armoires contrast with the soothing shades of beige, browns, and golds of the interior. Large windows provide panoramic views of either the greenery of the city’s Tiergarten Park, or the vibrant cityscape of The Potsdamer Platz.
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 wellbeing 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. The services of a dedicated, multi-lingual concierge staff make Club Level the choice of guests looking for a “hotel within a hotel” ambience.
For guests wishing to keep up with their fitness routine while traveling, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin included both a spacious workout room and a relaxing wellness area. The health and wellness area is decorated with ornate marble intarsia and colored glass mosaics, with an indoor swimming pool and treatment rooms for facials and massage therapies. For runners, the nearby Tiergarten offers excellent jogging trails. Runners can take advantage of the hotel’s “Joggers Station,” at the entrance, for fresh towels, mineral waters, fruits and route maps.
With the opening of the daily restaurant Brasserie Desbrosses an archetype from 1875 was celebrated – combining the best of old meets new at the heart of Berlin. Here, guests may enjoy typical seasonal 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. An oversized “piggy bank”, made out of old tiles and pieces of china, awaits guests on the entry of the restaurant to help keep boredom at bay.
Every Sunday the Brasserie features a Champagne Brunch, where guests may enjoy as much champagne as they like while being tempted to sample the extravagant buffet which features alongside breakfast classics treats such as oysters, fresh lobster and several live cooking stations.
The Curtain Club
The Curtain Club 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 unique drinks, tasty bar food and create every cocktail the guest would like to have, even if they are unknown. The cocktails are all worth a try. Each cocktail is presented in its own glassware, especially designed to enhance the special character of each drink.
Fragrances is the first bar, which serves unique cocktail creations inspired by exclusive perfumes. On entering Fragrances, guests find themselves in an interactive Hall of Fame and can discover their favourite drink using all their senses on the basis of the matching fragrance and its individual components.
The Tea Lounge is the meeting place of the 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. Whether indulging in a pre-dinner cocktail or partaking of a classical afternoon tea, guests may enjoy the relaxing Tea Lounge throughout the entire day.
Clearly the centre-piece is the daily afternoon tea from 02.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m. which consists of British specialties like freshly baked scones, finely cut sandwiches, jam and clotted cream – served together with a choice of over 68 fresh tea varieties. The classical ambience is further underpinned by the live playing of piano music. The tea menu is not presented on a conventional menu card, but in the form of a tea trolley, where guests have the chance to select a tea of their preference chosen from the corresponding aroma. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is the only hotel in Germany that features the tea of the French gourmet tea company Mariage Frères.
Whether for an ornate wedding or an important board meeting, the 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.
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 sandstone exterior conveys both strength and light and stand in contrast to the soaring glass and steel structures, which are already a Potsdamer Platz signature.