Putting on the Ritz in Wolfsburg

ATLANTA -- The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. opened a 174-room property in Wolfsburg, Germany, the town where Volkswagen's headquarters is located.

A short walk from the town's rail station, the Ritz-Carlton is part of a six-acre complex called Auto City, a Volkswagen-sponsored theme park with car pavilions and an interactive museum that traces the history of the automobile.

Wolfsburg is an hour by train from Berlin and 30 minutes from Hannover, site of a world's fair this summer.

The hotel features high-tech amenities in each guest room, including three ISDN telephones; satellite TV that offers radio, Internet and e-mail access, and a safe-deposit box with an outlet inside for charging laptop batteries.

Additional facilities at the Wolfsburg Ritz-Carlton include an Asian-influenced restaurant; a restaurant for fine dining; two bars; 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and a fitness center.

The hotel has introductory rates through July starting at about $210 for a guest room or $330 for a Club room. Regular rates will start at $260.

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