NEW YORK -- As it prepares to host a new millennium of visitors,
Germany's tourism accommodations are undergoing a host of
enhancements. Among them are:
The French lodging giant that includes the Sofitel, Novotel and
Mercure brands, increased its presence in Germany to 234 properties
as result of two recent deals.
In the first, Accor took over management of eight hotels
formerly operated by U.K.-based Queens Moat Hotels, including
properties in Stuttgart, Sindelfingen, Nuremberg, Hagen, Hamm,
Friedrichsdorf and Ludenscheid, to be converted to either the
Mercure or Novotel brands.
Next, Accor created a joint venture with a German company called
Baumhogger, in which Accor holds a 51% stake.
As part of that deal, Accor will take over management of another
27 German hotels, adding them to its Mercure chain this year.
Two of the most notable are the Europa Congress Hotels in
Dortmund and in Wuppertal.
Phone: (800) 763-4835
Midlantic Hotels Ltd. said it plans to open the first Candlewood
Suites property outside the U.S. in Berlin some time later this
The Berlin property is the first of a half-dozen extended-stay
Candlewood Suites hotels that Midlantic plans to develop in Germany
and Switzerland during the next six years, the company said.
Located in east central Berlin at Greifswalder Strasse and Erich
Weinert Strasse, near Alexander Platz, the Candlewood property will
have 130 to 140 rooms, 70% of them studio suites and the rest
Each guest unit will have a kitchen, a large work desk, two
phone lines, a dataport, 25-inch television, a VCR and a CD
Midlantic said it is considering other sites in Hamburg and
Stuttgart for new Candlewood Suites locations.
Phone: (888) 226-3539
Dorint added two properties in Berlin last year as part of an
ambitious growth plan to become Germany's largest hotel operator by
2001, with 100 locations. Its first new Berlin hotel was the Hotel
am Gendarmenmarkt, a member of Dorint's five-star Select
About one-third of the 92 rooms are suites; it is next to the
historic Gendarmenmarkt square in the eastern part of the city.
A reconstruction of the old Hotel Charlottenhof, the Hotel am
Gendarmenmarkt has rooms for guests with disabilities, nonsmoking
rooms and some rooms designed especially for female guests.
More recently, the company opened the Dorint Hotel Schweizerhof
on Budapester Strasse near the city zoo, the Kurfurstendamm and the
Europa Center. The new Dorint Schweizerhof is a four-star
convention hotel with 386 rooms and suites, as well as meeting
space for groups of up to 1,000.
Elsewhere in Germany, Dorint's new properties include the former
Holiday Inn Frankfurt/Main-Taunus Center, reflagged as a Dorint;
the renovated Parkhotel Quellenhof in Aachen, rebranded as the
Dorint Parkhotel Quellenhof; a new three-star budget hotel in the
center of Stuttgart; the five-star, 16-suite Hotel Sol'ring Hof,
located among the sand dunes on the island of Sylt in the North
Sea, and a franchise property, the Dorint Budget Hotel
This year, Dorint will add the five-star Dorint-Messmer Hotel in
Baden-Baden; the 256-room Dorint Hotel Hamburg-City, in the heart
of town; the 186-room, four-star Dorint Messe-Hotel Koln, at the
entrance to the Cologne Fairgrounds, and a 217-room hotel in
Rheinsburg, north of Berlin.
Phone: (800) 650-8018
Merchant Court Hotels
Raffles International of Singapore announced plans for the first
hotel in continental Europe operating under its Merchant Court
brand, a 300-room property in the center of Berlin.
Due to open in 2002, the Merchant Court Hotel Berlin will offer
"cutting-edge technology and spacious bathrooms," the company
The hotel will offer a Raffles signature restaurant, a ballroom
seating 400 and a full-service spa and fitness center with indoor
heated lap pool.
E-mail: [email protected]
Ritz-Carlton plans to open its second German hotel in May: the
The town of Wolfsburg is about 40 miles east of Hannover, and
the new Ritz-Carlton is being built as part of a mixed-use project
at the site of Volkswagen's main plant and headquarters
Ritz-Carlton expects the Wolfsburg hotel to be open in time to
handle guests planning to visit the Expo 2000 in Hannover.
Meanwhile, Ritz-Carlton is expected to take over operation of
the Breidenbacher Hof, formerly a Rafael Group hotel in Dusseldorf,
which closed last summer for renovations.
Phone: (800) 241-3333
In March Sheraton reopened the 636-room ArabellaSheraton Hotel
& Towers in Munich, which closed last July for a $56 million
renovation during the first quarter of 2000.
Work on the hotel, located in Arabellapark near Munich's trade
fair, includes the creation of four executive floors and the
installation in all guest rooms of modern communications technology
like ISDN modem lines and voice mail.
Phone: (800) 325-3535
German-based Steigenberger Hotels is expanding this year with the
recent opening of midpriced InterCity hotels in Gottingen, near
Kassel, and in Stralsund near the Baltic coast.
In July, the company expects to open the Hotel Regent, a
four-star, 200-room franchise property in Munich.
And in the spring of next year, Steigenberger will add a
200-room franchise property in Bavaria's Bad Worishofen with
extensive spa facilities.
Phone: (800) 223-5652