So much creativity is good for a city hotel
People have visual memories and are much better at remembering things when they associate them with special events or places. I recently spoke to a business owner who is remedying this by holding his meetings while hiking.
He then remembers the content of the meeting with the help of special stations along the way, for example "we talked about this shortly after we saw the rattlesnake." Well can Company badly plan rattlesnakes along the way. This could be remedied by extravagant locations whose impression will last for a long time. The comparison shows that the extravagant and usually not exactly cheap locations on the one hand offer more professional service as well as better equipment and infrastructure for events.
4 creative city hotels at a glance
In addition, the extravagant design may have a stimulating effect. A disadvantage, however, in some cases, in addition to the high price, can be the somewhat sterile atmosphere: Sometimes a simple rattlesnake by the wayside might be more productive - true to the motto: less is more. Therefore, at the invitation of the various providers, I took a closer look at some of them. An overview:
1. Urban design meets Spanish hospitality: INNSiDE by Meliá in Berlin Mitte
Urban design meets Spanish hospitality - that is the motto of the stylish INNSiDE by Meliá in Berlin Mitte. The location alone is ideal: Directly in Berlin Mitte, 1 km from the main train station and easily accessible by tram, with direct connections to the airport and the public transport network. And only 2 km away are the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island and many other popular sights in the city.
Hip design, professional equipment
As soon as you step into the hotel you will find yourself in the openly designed, elegant lobby bar and lounge as well as right next to the Crafterie restaurant. The restaurant as well as the lobby and bar have a trendy, industrial and casual design, which at the same time manages to maintain a cozy and inviting ambience.
This continues in the 400 square meter meeting and event area on the ground floor: The six multifunctional and flexible conference rooms can be combined with one another and are equipped with the latest technology such as light, sound and projection, which is provided by a partner company. Additional services such as a translation service can also be booked on request. There are also 34 parking spaces and a TESLA Destination Charging Station available in the underground car park.
Culinary and relaxation
The rooms are not large, but offer enough space and are equipped with an espresso machine. There is unlimited, free WiFi throughout the hotel. There are also rooms available for disabled guests, which can be requested depending on occupancy.
The restaurant offers modern, German crossover cuisine and values regional products; it draws its inspiration from the combination of atmosphere, design and good cuisine. This can also be felt with the selected but wholesome breakfast, which offers hot and cold dishes, fresh fruit, coffee, various types of tea or, if desired, special egg dishes.
You can relax in the Finnish sauna on the top floor of the hotel with a relaxation area on a small terrace. The hotel also offers a fitness room with modern equipment (cardio machines, weights, stretching). Both can be used 24 hours a day.
2. Ludwig II sends his regards: 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian
I have seldom experienced such a successful combination of old and modern elements that come with a lot of irony: The 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian flirts with the spirit of a good old grand hotel and at the same time plays with its location in the former imperial post office and Telegraph office. It is very centrally located directly opposite Munich Central Station and only a few minutes' walk from Karlsplatz and the city center.
Swan and Peacock Suite: Iconic references to the past
In the hotel there are many small, iconic, ironic references to the history of Bavaria and the royal estate and local references through carefully selected details, accessories and materials - such as sleeping swans or the armchair made from plush swan necks.
The rooms - there are a total of six categories on four floors - have names such as aristocratic rooms or swan suites. And all of them are individually designed in the style of the late 19th century, but still include modern comforts such as Bluetooth speakers in a personal Schindelhauer Bilke, which can be borrowed free of charge, as well as a free MINI rental. It is also practical that the windows are largely soundproofed, so you absolutely do not notice the street noise.
Culinary and bar
A heart of the 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian is the NENI restaurant. People meet here for an oriental lunch or dinner. The orangery in the NENI is reminiscent of the botanical gardens and royal greenhouses. On cozy sofa stairs, upholstered benches and chairs, the famous Bavarian cosiness meets oriental nonchalance. The really excellent breakfast is also served here.
The Boilerman Bar on the 1st floor is the perfect meeting place for communication and casual contacts. Well-kept highballs are served at the bar and in the cozy lounge area. They are the undisputed stars of the bar and, due to their size, invite you to try different variations. Both the restaurant and the bar are equally popular with the locals.
Meetings like in a mountain hut
While the NENI is more suitable for get-togethers or casual dinner events, the shell chamber on the first floor with 45 square meters is intended for small, creative meetings and events in a relaxed atmosphere .. Equipped with the latest conference technology such as free high-speed WiFi , LED flat screens and UE Megaboom Bluetooth speakers, the 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian offers rooms for smaller events with up to 20 people.
Dark wood paneling gives the room an incomparable mountain hut charm and is a reference to the traditional Muschelsaal in the Augustiner basement. A special highlight for the conference break: in the copper kettle integrated in the room, ice cubes ensure drinks at the perfect temperature throughout the day.
Entspannung und Wellness
Finally, the wellness area on the 4th floor with a view of the urban hustle and bustle of Munich, which is exclusively for hotel guests, ensures relaxation. is accessible. Equipped with a sauna and a spacious relaxation area, it invites you to unwind after a long day in the city.
Overall, a very cool, successful concept and a hotel that is really fun to visit and that is complemented by many loving details.
3. Salzburg meets Venice: Hotel Stein
Different location, different concept, but no less spectacular: The Hotel Stein in the Mozart city of Salzburg is under the motto Salzburg meets Venice. The connections between these two cities of art and culture go back a long way. At the end of the 16th century, Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich commissioned the Venetian architect Vincenzo Scamozzi to plan a new urban layout.
His successor Markus Sittikus appointed another Italian architect, Santino Solari. They gave the city that look that is world-famous today and for which the historic old town of Salzburg has been awarded World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.
Interior design from the glass factory
What does this have to do with the Hotel Stein? Well, it belongs to the owner family of the Venetian glass manufactory Barovier and Toso - and this connection can be seen everywhere.
Thus, in many areas of the house, especially for the Hotel Stein manufactured lights and glass art works can be seen. Salzburg-based art photographer Luigi Caputo has created large-scale photographs showing snapshots from both cities. There are bows in front of two cities of greatest art historical importance.
This could also be used for the interior decoration Weltwell-known Venice-based cloth house Rubelli. In addition, works by the renowned Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz, who already represented Austria at the Biennale, can be seen in the hotel.
Blue art in the building of 1399
The color blue and the associated color spectrum, reminiscent of the blue lagoon of Venice and the blue sky, dominate the interior design - also and especially in the 56 rooms with a total of 120 beds.
The historical substance of the historical building from 1399 is cleverly used in conjunction with all other stylistic devices to reinforce moods and set unusual accents. The honeymoon suite is great, for example, in which the original stucco ceiling has been integrated into the modern room concept.
Meeting room with a view over the city
For meetings there is a lounge in the foyer area for a maximum of about 50 people available, there is also a small boardroom on the roof terrace with a fantastic view over Salzburg.
Since it is practical, that tourism Salzburg provided me with a Salzburg Card, with which I visit various sights such as Hellbrunn Palace with its famous water features, the fortress Hohensalzburg with the Prince room (unfortunately the Goldene Stube was just restored) or the Mönchsberg entire public transport could use - more great views guaranteed in this fantastic city.
Terrace with view
But back to the view in the Hotel Stein: I was really impressed by the view from my room of the Salzach and the fortress - any volume is well absorbed by the double-glazed windows - but the roof terrace, formerly widely known as the Steinterrasse, can top it. Because here is now the rooftop bar Seven Senses, where breakfast is served and where you can now enjoy a wonderful sunrise in autumn.
The breakfast is a delight, because here are the healthy dishes, smoothies, cereals, superfoods and fruit in the front row, the unhealthy food, which one always found at breakfast, but you have to order extra. A dream!
Focus on healthy nutrition
It is therefore only logical that the hotel has its own restaurant on the ground floor, the Green Vanilla, which describes itself as a pleasure temple and hotspot for healthy eating, and which guests can also enter via a separate entrance. And the name says it all: trend food, superfood, street food, slow food, raw food, brain food and low carb, salads, soups, smoothies, Buddha Bowles, golden milk, soy cappuccino and matcha latte, ginger shot and granola bar - everything can be found one here. Every day there are new dishes with surprising and unusual ingredients, fresh from the market and newly combined. For example, I can try a green spinach cake that doesn't even taste the spinach.
The Green Vanilla do not use industrially processed foods and white sugar, the products are as far as possible of regional and biological origin and are processed with the most modern and gentle methods of a healthy kind of nutrition. So all the essential nutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, fiber and enzymes are processed in an optimal form and made highly available to the human organism. Highly Recommended!
4. A Rococo castle for Catherine the Great: Lübeck crowns
Granted, when I think of Baltic Sea, I too think of families, beach chairs and bad weather. The more surprised I was during my visit, that the area around Lübeck also seems to be getting hip: especially in Lübeck itself, whose industrial district is increasingly becoming a magnet for cultural activities of all kinds.
Monument protection in the trendy atmosphere
There is a very special hotel, the Lübecker Krönchen. A Rococo mansion, which today is located in the middle of Lübeck's industrial park. The 1756, built as Bellevue Castle on behalf of Hieronumus Küsel, was originally a summer residence just outside the gates of the old town. The guests, including Katharina the Great, passed the Trave through a park to the castle.
Today, the Grade II listed building is surrounded by factory buildings that are gradually becoming a trendy pub. The new owners Annett and Peter Ganswindt have rebuilt the hotel with much effort and various conditions in spite of a small rest island - in fact, you get from the area as good as nothing. In the hotel opened a few weeks ago there is even a wellness area and a nice pool, a rarity in such a small hotel.
Lovingly furnished rooms
The hotel has six lovingly furnished rooms, each of which is designed according to a different theme - including linen curtains, Jocelyn wallpaper, handmade furniture and antique finds.
Even seminars with around six participants or intensive coaching can be held in the largest room under the roof - the Ganswindt couple previously ran a conference hotel and have over 15 years of experience in this area. For larger events, the Lübecker Krönchen cooperates with a nearby cafe. The prices are moderate considering the performance: You can book one of the lovingly furnished rooms from 105 euros.
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