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1 LUXURY WITH LOCAL FLAIR PRESS KIT

2 HISTORY H O T E L A M Originally designed by August Endell, architect of Berlin’s celebrated Hackesche Höfe complex, has had an eventful history. The building has served as a stately private residence, a grand hotel, STEINPL ATZ an officers’ mess, an artists’ watering-hole, and a retirement home. After three years of renovation work, a new chapter has begun at the end of last year for one of Berlin-Charlottenburg’s most distinctive historic buildings. In December 2013, the historical opened its doors once again as Berlin’s most private HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ luxury hotel. A jewel of Berlin’s Art Nouveau heritage has been given a new shine, as West Berlin celebrates an exciting new high-class hotel. The 87-room hotel is the first in Germany in the Autograph Collection – a group of highly-individual boutique hotels across the globe. TSARS, GOATS AND CHAMPAGNE – BERLIN’S HISTORIC HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ WELCOMES GUESTS ONCE AGAIN The building first opened as a luxury hotel in 1913 and soon took its place in Berlin’s cultural history. Following the October Revolution, many Russian aristocrats and intellectuals occupied the stately suites, while the hotel became a meeting point for prominent Berliners and travelers such as Vladimir Nabokov and Zarah Leander. During the Second World War, it was business as usual at the hotel, albeit in an improvised fashion – complete with tomato patches on the roof and a herd of goats in the courtyard. 1950 saw the opening of the voguish basement bar, when Steinplatz became a rendezvous and private stage for artists, actors and intellectuals. Literary greats such as Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass, as well as film stars like Brigitte Bardot and Romy Schneider were regular guests. A century after its first opening, new life has been breathed into the historical rooms and HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ welcomes guests once again since winter 2013. HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ PRESS KIT

3 ARCHITECTURE Having stood at No. 4 Steinplatz for over 100 years, the six-story Art Nouveau building still captivates passers-by today. With its olive-green facade, featuring two bays, geometric decorative elements and casement windows in various designs, August Endell’s architectural masterpiece itself is once again the talk of the town in today’s elegant residential area of Charlottenburg. The hotel’s new allure is the result of extensive renovation work: “Meeting the requirements of a distinguished and modern luxury hotel in a landmarked building was an exciting challenge,” explains the architect in charge, Claudia Dressler. “We worked closely with art historians and architectural preservationists during the project.” The original windows had to be replaced by architecturally appropriate reproductions. Fortunately it had been possible to save other features such as the vaulted ceiling in the entrance area and parts of the exquisite stucco, which were used as a template for the restoration work. INSPIRATION FROM FLORA AND FAUNA Dressler’s approach to the restoration work on this historical monument was marked by the greatest sensitivity. Yet this was matched with a readiness to incorporate new elements, such as the sweeping ornamentation on the entrance canopy, or the balustrade. Following Endell’s example, she drew inspiration from the wealth of shapes and patterns found in nature. If you look closely, you will discover shells, bats and fern in motifs throughout the hotel. Yet there are even more surprises awaiting guests at HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ : Behind the geometrically arranged facade hides a leafy inner courtyard, reminiscent of a cloister garden with its gothic arches. A stroll around the ground floor will lead you to this unique, light-filled space, or perhaps to the striking, narrowing passage between the restaurant and bar. Guests will discover an exciting yet harmonious ensemble of rooms – in keeping with the original design. PRESS KIT HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ

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5 ROOMS Throughout its , one JUNIOR SUITE and two SPA SUITES 84 INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED GUEST ROOMS , the hotel boasts exceptional and award-winning interior design: a contemporary interpretation of 1920s flair, with a particular focus on natural materials (winner of the International Hotel & Property Awards 2014 in the category Hotel 50-200 Rooms). Interior designer Tassilo Bost has managed to create an atmosphere that welcomes guests with a sense of luxury, combined with intimate comfort. Inspiration was drawn from 1920s Berlin, a time when artists, literary figures and intellectuals had made the city their home – with parallels to the present day, where Berlin once again attracts creative minds from all across the globe. Their individual and expressive spirit is also reflected in the guest rooms at , all of HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ various sizes and layouts. The variety of arched and casement windows gives each room its own particular atmosphere. Clear shades of grey, brown and black feature throughout the interior, punctuated by details such as chrome light fittings; a homage to the 1920s. The bathrooms in a black-and-white design have a floor-level shower, large wash stand and toiletries from the Italian brand Etro. Some of the bathrooms offer double access. Further concessions to the modern world include high-tech features such as an iPod docking station, flatscreen TV, wireless internet and a video camera disguised as an iPhone on the door. HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ PRESS KIT

6 R E S TAU R A NT sources the finest regional products to create classic Berlin dishes conceived by RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ Michelin-starred chef, Stefan Hartmann, while offering a fresh interpretation of German cuisine. This is put into action by a dedicated kitchen team headed by Executive Chef Marcus Zimmer, awarded recently “Newcomer of the Year 2014” by Berliner Meisterköche, and in close cooperation with a select group of suppliers. The venison currywurst is produced by Guido Richard just outside Berlin, while the pike-perch is caught in the River Havel by Joachim Lechler. Local beers from micro-breweries like the in-house “Endell Ale” from the craft beer brewery “Schoppe Bräu” and an array of select German wines (such as Schloss Proschwitz and Dreissigacker Estate) offer plenty to choose from, without losing the regional focus. Thanks to the open kitchen, guests at RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ can look on as the chefs prepare and finish dishes, such as the Prussian meatball dish “Königsberger Klopse”. In addition to the 50 seats inside the restaurant, guests can also dine in the conservatory area surrounding the green courtyard, or even on the terrace at the front of the hotel. PRESS KIT HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ

7 BAR BAR AM STEINPLATZ ’s manager Christian Borrowing from the culinary concept behind the Restaurant, Gentemann mixes a regional approach with the courage to experiment. Anyone for a dry martini with porcini mushrooms? How about a quince sorbet infused with German sparkling wine and flavored with a little of the strong stuff from the celebrated Prussian Distillery? Any visit to BAR AM STEINPLATZ is sure to be a delicious journey through the local region. In cooperation with the legendary Berlin club owner Cookie changing DJs create the perfect live-sound on Thursday evenings. As well as the perfectly mixed cocktails, guests can also sample the array of craft beers: including Rollberger, a draft beer from Berlin’s Neukölln district, a variety of bottled beers, and regularly changing seasonal offerings. Since this summer the bar menu has to offer another highlight: The in-house and exclusively for BAR AM STEINPL ATZ brewed “Endell Ale”. The fruity and light pale ale with a subtle bitter note was created under the direction of bar manager Christian Gentemann together with the Berlin craft beer brewery “Schoppe Bräu”. The selection of drinks is complemented by a select bar food menu conceived together with Stefan Hartmann.

8 ROOFTOP SPA The bright and airy is located on the top two floors of the hotel, offering views over SPA AM STEINPLATZ the city. Spread across 330 square-meters, the Spa boasts two saunas (a bio sauna and a Finnish sauna), four treatment rooms, an open-plan gallery, an intimate outdoor area, and a fitness area with Technogym machines – here you can take in Berlin’s skyline and the TV tower while you work out. See, hear, smell, feel, taste – the spa menu offers something for all the senses. The range of treatments draws inspiration from the hotel’s history and reflects its motto: “luxury with local flair”. Guests can choose from irresistible spa packages like the 20-minute “Romy Schneider Express” massage including a glass of artisanal sparkling wine, or even the “Berlin Nobility” luxury facial with champagne and chocolate-dipped fruit. The “Gold Massage” with gold dust promises pure decadence, while the “Business Facial” offers 30 exquisite minutes of relaxation for men and women – either before or after an important meeting. For cosmetic treatments, the Spa therapists use high-quality products from Dr. Spiller – befitting the hotel’s regional philosophy. These products work in harmony with the skin’s natural characteristics and aim to counteract the harmful effects of environmental factors. For over 50 years, this traditional German brand has worked with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, grape seed extract, red clover, ginseng and mineral spring water, combined with high-tech ingredients including hyaluronan, liposome and oxygen. SPA AM STEINPLATZ not only welcomes hotel guests but also day guests, who can access the saunas and fitness area when they book a treatment. The Spa has even collaborated with magazine experts of “Do You Read Me?!” in order to offer an excellent range of international magazines on art, architecture, design, travel and lifestyle. Those who are planning an extra special spa weekend, or who would like a massage in their own room, can reserve one of the two spa suites. The two suites are located on the same floor and offer the ultimate in tranquility. HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ PRESS KIT

9 EVENTS MEETING ROOM on the hotel’s Whether for presentations, meetings, or private celebrations – our elegant, naturally lit ground floor is the perfect space for a variety of events. Measuring 969 sq. ft., the room comfortably accommodates up to 80 guests, and can be divided into two separate spaces of the same size if required (484 sq. ft. each). A conservatory area links the room with the hotel’s leafy inner courtyard – an ideal spot for a break in the fresh air. WC TV TV RAUM/ROOM II RAUM/ROOM I WC WINTERGARTEN/CONSERVATORY INNENHOF/COURTYARD ERDGESCHOSS GROUND FLOOR HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ PRESS KIT

10 NEIGHBORHOOD The re-opening of HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ comes as a milestone in West Berlin’s current renaissance. After years of hype over East Berlin districts, the focus is gradually changing direction. A stroll around the neighborhood, for example, will take you past the new home of the C/O Gallery for contemporary photography in Hardenbergstraße. You will brush shoulders with lifestyle journalists at breakfast in Giro Coffee Bar and pass students from the University of the Arts on their way to their ateliers. Located near to Berlin’s magnificent Tiergarten park, the Deutsche Oper, and KaDeWe – the Department Store of HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ the West – is both a living witness to a fascinating past, as well as a modern icon in the metropolis of Berlin. PRESS KIT HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ

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12 PEOPLE AT HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ MARCUS ZIMMER - EXECUTIVE CHEF CLAUDIA DRESSLER - ARCHITECT IRIS BAUGATZ - GENERAL MANAGER RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ Hotels are her calling: As managing With Iris Baugatz as general manager, the It was a good few years ago when is run by director of the general contracting firm HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ RESTAURANT AM Executive Chef at DSH, architect Claudia Dressler can be an extraordinary woman. Combining STEINPL ATZ and recently awarded counted on for rooms with character, feminine charm with a mind for business by Berliner Meisteköche “Newcomer and projects with planning reliability: and a good measure of intuition, she of the Year 2014”, Marcus Zimmer first ensures the wellbeing of her guests and From Trianon Palace Versailles – a met Stefan Hartmann, who gave the employees. “There’s nothing I’d rather Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and the Radisson restaurant its concept. After just minutes do more,” says the management expert, Blu Resort & Spa in Dubrovnik, all the of small-talk, it was clear the two men who has been with Marriott International way to the Westin Grand Hotel Berlin. shared a passion for music and film, as since 1997; first as a sales manager, then With her many years of experience in well as a similar way of thinking about residential new-build and renovation as a sales director and finally as sales and cooking. For both of them, cooking projects, what excited the architect most marketing director for Central Europe should be uncompromising, yet down to was responsible for 39 hotels in Germany, HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ about earth. After Marcus Zimmer had made a Austria and Switzerland. She is driven the area’s history and the challenges of name for himself as head chef at Guy on monument conservation: “Restoring this by those moments of pleasant surprise, Berlin’s Gendarmen-Markt square, the Art Nouveau building, with its exceptional memories guests will take home with two chefs found themselves side-by-side history, and giving it back to the them – subtle luxuries. “The guest should in the kitchen at Hartmann’s. And since neighborhood was a wonderful challenge, feel uplifted,” is her motto, “both in the then they have been flown all across and a very fulfilling task.” Starting with hotel as well as in the neighborhood. Europe to demonstrate their culinary After all, we want to ensure our guests the concept, followed by structural work prowess. Summer 2013 saw Zimmer and restoring ceiling beams, all the way enjoy a culturally enriching experience.” move on to work at a movie set, where he to the finer points of finishings: “In close provided sustenance for George Clooney cooperation with the authorities and with during filming. Today, at RESTAURANT art historians, we were able to develop , he is now in charge AM STEINPLATZ a concept for the reconstruction and of a culinary concept that uses regional restoration, which was ultimately realized products in a modern interpretation of with great attention to detail.” German dishes and Berlin classics. PRESS KIT HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ

13 PEOPLE AT HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ TASSILO BOST - INTERIOR DESIGN CHRISTIAN GENTEMANN - MANAGER STEFAN HARTMANN - CONCEPT FOR BAR AM STEINPLATZ RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ “The hotel of the present day can be transformed into the hotel of the future bar Michelin-starred chef Stefan Hartmann Before dropping anchor in Berlin’s by adding the lessons we’ve learned from scene, Christian Gentemann travelled developed the culinary concept for the functional, architectural and social the seas as head bartender aboard a RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ, which aspects of the hotel’s past,” says interior focuses firmly on classic German cuisine cruise ship, working with colleagues and designer Tassilo Bost of Bost Group. and regional products. And that’s guests from all continents and cultures. Tassilo Bost has worked on a long list of precisely how the energetic master chef And though he has swapped the ocean hotel projects – from private hotels to going bar for the smartest addresses believes good food should be. major chains: from the Westin Grand in on land, he has certainly retained his Hartmann has had a varied career so the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, far, from ship’s cook, to food stylist untiring interest in all things new. His first or Ketschauer Hof in Deidesheim, all the destination was Hamburg’s Drei Freunde and restaurant advisor. His ambitious, way to rock star Udo Lindenberg’s “living imaginative cooking has won him a Bar, after which he was hired as assistant room” in the Atlantic Hotel. Winner of bar manager in the legendary Berlin number of awards – from “Master chef the “European Hotel Design Awards” bar, Lebensstern. Then at the start of of the year” (2008) to a Michelin star (2004), Bost’s dedicated approach is to (2010). The trained chef started out in 2012, Gentemann worked together with carefully consider every hotel concept in Cookies to create a bar concept for the Steigenberger Hotel in Kiel, followed terms of appropriateness, intrinsic value Pret-à-Diner series of events in Berlin, by Le Canard in Hamburg and other and timeless – paying particular attention and also designed the club’s new Drayton renowned kitchens in the USA and to the expectations of the guests. “The France, until he eventually arrived in Bar. unique nature of Hotel am Steinplatz Berlin. Since then, he has shown the is largely owing to its individualism, This year, Christian Gentemann took world that Michelin-starred gastronomy combined with the luxury and aura is no longer only served in exclusive . over the helm of BAR AM STEINPLATZ of a 1920s grand hotel. In those days, restaurants, but has arrived in the Inspired by the culinary concept behind offered Berlin’s HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ capital’s vibrant, trendy areas. RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ , he international guests the perfect home mixes a regional approach with the from home – a role it is ready to take up courage to experiment. Anyone for a again,” Bost believes. For the interior dry martini with porcini mushrooms? Or design of HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ Bost a seasonal beer from a Berlin brewery? won the International Hotel & Property In his current bar project, Gentemann is Awards 2014 in the category Hotel proudly devoting himself to an ambitious 50-200 Rooms. goal: to serve an exceptional range of drinks with a strong regional character. The selection of drinks is complemented by an enticing bar food menu conceived by Stefan Hartmann. HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ PRESS KIT

14 INFORMATION AND FACTS RESTAURANT & BAR HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ MEETINGS & EVENTS 90 sq. m meeting room, can be divided AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION® RESTAURANT AM STEINPLATZ Steinplatz 4 into two sections 10623 Berlin A modern take on German cuisine using SPA & FITNESS Germany regional, seasonal products With views over Berlin 2 saunas OPENING Open kitchen Approx. 44 seats Treatment rooms December 2013 (Soft Opening) Fitness room Approx. 20 seats in the conservatory ROOMS Wellness area with heated seating Approx. 30 further seats on the terrace 84 individually designed rooms (39 facing Uhlandstraße Deluxe Rooms, 29 Superior Rooms, 16 ARCHITECTURE Grand Superior Rooms, between 23 and 1906/07: August Endell 37 sq. m) BAR AM STEINPLATZ 2013: Claudia Dressler (DSH Berlin) Cocktails 1 Junior Suite (55.5 sq. m) INTERIOR DESIGN Berlin spirits 2 Spa Suites (45 and 57 sq. m, one with Tassilo Bost (Bost Group) Bar food its own sauna) 34 indoor seats, further seating on the terrace FACILITIES R ATES Wireless free internet Deluxe Room from 195EUR Flatscreen TV iPod docking station RESERVATIONS Mini-bar [email protected] Complimentary tea and coffee making Phone: 49-30-554444-6300 facilities 24-hour room service SOCIAL MEDIA www.facebook.com/hotel.am.steinplatz Complimentary newspapers and magazines 1 complimentary bottle of water per stay Bathrobes and slippers Ironing board and iron Safe COURTYARD WITH CONSERVATORY Valet parking, underground car park COOPERATIONS PRESS CONTACTS KATHRIN BRAUN [email protected] Mobile +49 170 479 053

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