It was no coincidence that The 8th German-Arab Business Forum chose the new Ritz-Carlton in Berlin for its Gala Dinner in mid-June. This hotel has already become firmly established as a favorite among the local business community with service quality to the very highest German standards.
Brand new super-luxury category hotels are not opened everyday in Europe, and the arrival of the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin last year has created quite a stir.
Its location on Potsdamer Platz is the most central imaginable for the business or leisure traveler to this splendidly vibrant city. Potsdamer Platz used to be in the nomansland of The Wall between East and West Berlin, and has been redeveloped as an ultra-modern downtown community with extensive cultural and leisure facilties. There is also easy access to the main commercial and administrative districts of Berlin.
The hotel is a wonderfully opulent symbol of the wealth of Germany and the exquisite quality of its craftsmen. The classical interior is in the traditional German empire style and inspired by the Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. A lavish use of dark wood is complemented by modern watercolours through-out the property by Professor Markus Lupertz, and oils chosen to suit the empire theme.
There are 225 deluxe guest rooms, 39 suites, and 37 club rooms on the 10th and 11th floors with special guest facilities from a very comfortable lounge with three complimentary food and beverage presentations to a wireless LAN laptop for guest use. And for the most discerning traveler there is one exclusive Ritz-Carlton suite.
Needless to say, all rooms have marble bathrooms of the highest specification and televisions with video-on-demand; even the window curtains are electrically operated from a switch by the bed. You are also not short of dining options.
An authentic 1875 brasserie has been removed from France and installed on the ground floor to create the Brasserie Debrosses. Meanwhile, a Venetian-inspired gourmet restaurant, Vitrum, features contemporary European cuisine. And the hotel also boasts an elegant tea lounge and luxurious evening bar.
As the 8th German-Arab Business Forum discovered in mid-June, The Grand Ballroom is an exceptional entertainment space, with nine huge chandeliers. But where the Ritz-Carlton really scores is in the quality of its staff, the Ladies and Gentlemen.
Their ability to anticipate the needs and requirements of guests is almost uncanny, and a personal attention to detail can only attract admiration and praise. Of course, quality is something that Germany epitomizes to foreign guests, but the Ritz-Carlton Berlin manages to raise service quality to a level that will even impress guests used to German standards.
This summer the Ritz-Carlton Berlin is offering a programme of special summer rates in July and August with its fine junior suites at prices comparable to deluxe rooms with a club upgrade also available. Arab visitors are very welcome, and it should be noted that Berlin has the shopping and cultural attractions of London or Paris without much of the associated stress, and at lower overall cost.