Hospitality Design - May 2014 - (Page 135)

perspectives places berlin By Regina Winkle-Bryan 2 1. The lobby bar at i31, located in Berlin's popular Mitte neighborhood. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS A new era of hospitality in Germany's hub It's been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the city has reinvented itself in the two decades since. According to the city's tourism board, Berlin is now the third most visited metropolis in Europe. And with its newfound popularity comes a need for rooms. To meet this demand, hotels are opening almost monthly in up-and-coming West Berlin and in the artsy Mitte neighborhood. i31 Mitte, with its fashion boutiques, galleries, and snug cafés, has long been Berlin's most popular area for design and tourism. The new i31 Hotel opened here last May after nine years in the works. Architect Christopher Pätzold tore down an apartment building from 1915, which was centered on an ample interior courtyard, to create the 103-room hotel from the ground up. "The metal façade is embedded into a frame of exposed concrete and changes color depending on the position of sun," Pätzold says, adding that this feature sets the property apart from other design hotels in the city. Inside i31's rooms, some with spacious decks overlooking the courtyard, the palette is rich in sapphire and gold jewel tones with brown accents. Velvet settees and thick carpet add texture and warmth to the spaces. Hotel am Steinplatz On the other side of the metropolis in West Berlin, two distinct hotels located in renovated buildings were unveiled earlier this year: 25hours Bikini Berlin and Hotel am Steinplatz- the first Marriott Autograph Collection hotel in Germany. Drafted by German architect August Endell, the historic Art Nouveau building housed an opulent hotel a century ago when it May 2014 135

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2014

Hospitality Design - May 2014
online TOC
from the editor
business sense state of the industry
trends millennials
places berlin
places hawaii
interview the trump organization
interview tao group
interview david seargeant
interview valeriano antonioli
5 questions for robert mckinley
profile cecilia dupire
trends rich fabrics
cevisama roundup
hd expo preview
from the show director
roger thomas
conference highlights
an nam
night market elements
the line
renaissance barcelona fi ra
hard rock hotel palm springs
ace los angeles
omni nashville hotel
regent phuket cape panwa
only you hotel & lounge
hyatt atlanta midtown
the royal snail
row nyc
st. cecilia
sophie’s at saks fi fth avenue
herringbone los angeles
old crow smokehouse
ad index
ad index
back space
back space

Hospitality Design - May 2014