Category: Germany

Berlin Beer Festival

Berlin Beer Festival

Munich’s Oktoberfest invariably grabs all the media attention when it comes to German beer festivals, so spare a thought for the Berlin Beer Festival which takes place from 3rd to 5th August 2007. The event is free to attend (don’t get too hopeful… presumably you pay for  any beer you consume) and takes place at
Suite of the week: The Ritz-Carlton Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Suite of the week: The Ritz-Carlton Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Suite name: The Ritz-Carlton Suite Resort: The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin Size of accommodation: 210 sq m Cost per night: 5,000 Euros Who’s stayed there? Robbie Williams, Christopher Lee, Leonardo Di Caprio What makes it special? Standing just a short distance from what was formerly a section of The Berlin Wall The 2.260 sq.ft. Ritz-Carlton Suite offers
Quirky facts about Rocco Forte Hotels

Quirky facts about Rocco Forte Hotels

Rocco Forte Hotels celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. Ten years on, the luxury collection consists of ten hotels in ten key cities across Europe, with two new hotels due to open this summer (The Charles Hotel in Munich and Le Richemond in Geneva). Here are some quirky facts about the group’s ten hotels: The

Mövenpick Hotels in Germany go smoke-free

All 14 Mövenpick Hotels in Germany are to implement a no-smoking policy with effect from 1 April 2007. This measure has been taken at the request of many customers and following successful trials at selected hotels. The experience at the newly opened Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City for instance has been most favourable. The no-smoking policy
Great introductory rates at the new Golden Tulip Hamburg Aviation

Great introductory rates at the new Golden Tulip Hamburg Aviation

The newest hotel  to open in  Hamburg is the Golden Tulip Hamburg Aviation on the banks of the Elbe. This 170-room hotel gets its name by virtue of being next  to the Finkenwerder Airport and just 20 miles from Hamburg Airport. Thanks to its  crescent shape, most rooms provide a view of the river, whilst
Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

A former tax lawyer, Guido van den Elshout is  owner of the luxurious  Haagsche Suites (click here for last year’s special feature on A Luxury Travel Blog) in The Hague.   He is also a contributor to two travel blogs. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m a 58 years young sort of Jack

Accor acquires Dorint

Accor has acquired complete control of the German hotel group Dorint AG in which it previously had a 34% stake. Dorint has retained 41 hotels in a separate company but the deal means that Accor gains 52 hotels in Germany which it will re-brand under its Sofitel, Novotel and Mercure  brands.  
Interview with Michael Winfield of Cambridge Beaches

Interview with Michael Winfield of Cambridge Beaches

Michael Winfield, President and CEO of Cambridge Beaches and the Frascati Hotel Company, the organization that owns Cambridge Beaches and other assets, which makes  him responsible for the overall success of both companies. What is it that  you do exactly? My daily objective is to position Cambridge Beaches as an inimitable resort getaway to upscale

Bode Museum, Berlin

Closed for repairs since 1997, Berlin’s Bode Museum recently re-opened. Located on Museumsinsel, Berlin’s Museum Island, it houses a number of sculptures, Byzantine art, and coins and medals.
Best new business hotels of 2006

Best new business hotels of 2006

In a review of the new business hotels that have debuted in 2006, Forbes’ Sophia Banay gives her pick of the best: Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel de Rome, Berlin InterContinental Boston The James Chicago Hotel The London NYC Mandarin Oriental, Prague Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires The Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street Traders Hotel, Kuala
Portable mini-hotel art project

Portable mini-hotel art project

An intriguing art project is making a few heads turn in both Leipzig and Paris.  Designed by Swiss artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, this self-contained, portable mini-hotel used to sit on the rooftop of the the four-star  Hotel Everland  in Leipzig but has  more recently  moved to  its new home at the  Palais de
Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards 2006

The global spa resource, Spa Finder, has announced its 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards. The crème de la crème of the awards are the six Crystal Award winners, which has one honoree on each continent. And the 6 winners  of these hotly-contested awards are: Africa: Santé Winelands Wellness Centre, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, South Africa Asia: Chiva-Som, Hua
New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

According to news just in, Golden Tulip Hospitality are introducing a new luxury brand.   The Royal Tulip, as it will be known, will be a five-star brand and be first introduced to Amsterdam, Berlin, Casablanca, Mirbat and Dallas TX.   Golden Tulip Hotels and Golden Tulip Resorts will continue to cater for the four
Arabian-Wings

Arabian-Wings

In a project initiated by the consulting company AaS-International AG, a business class flight service called Arabian-Wings will commence operations early next year. Flights will operate between Ras al Khaimah International Airport (in the United Arab Emirates) and Germany, with just 48 seats available.   It’ll be interesting to follow their progress as they will

Europe's best airport?

Repeated top marks for comfort, services offered and friendliness: just like last year, Terminal 2 ranks right at the top in terms of popularity with the passengers. This is confirmed by the results of the “World Airport Award”, in which in 2006 Munich Airport was once again voted the best in Europe and the third-best
Karla: Germany's answer to 'beer for women'

Karla: Germany's answer to 'beer for women'

The German brewer Karlsberg (not to be confused with the Danish Carlsberg) is marketing a beer specifically to women. The beer, named Karla, is being promoted for its health benefits since it blends beer and fruit juices and has a low alcohol content. Interestingly, up to now beer is not as popular to females in