The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte Opens in Germany’s Capital

Oversized beds, a buzzing location and a 24-hour mindset are spectacularly integrated at The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte, Design Hotels member hotel, which opened on 6 July 2010. Situated in the city’s central district, Mitte, this 88-room hotel is from the owners of Lux 11, Tom Tänzer and Elmo Hagendorf. Aimed at business travellers from the music, fashion and creative scene, as well as leisure travellers, the hotel focuses on what is truly important in life: rest, comfort and simplicity. Tänzer and Hagendorf have created a property which is more than a hotel, it’s a whole concept. With a luxury punk aesthetic, round-the-clock services and spacious rooms, guests are certain to feel part of the true Berlin – a creative, large, and thrilling city which never sleeps.

Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

The Interior
The room décor focuses on a single piece of furniture: the bed. With large mattresses measuring two by two metres and oversized cloth-covered frames, the beds take centre-stage. The effect created is a floor-to-ceiling, room within a room, complemented by muted colours and luxurious materials. Every room features Apple iMacs instead of television sets and there are also iPad laptops for hire. These give guests access to social networks, music and games and reflect the hotel’s synthesis of luxury and technology. To create a cosy environment, rooms also come with a large Asprey London cosmetics box, fluffy bathrobes and tailor-made pyjamas. There are also handmade furnishings and quirky designs which use organic materials, including bathroom shelves made from slabs of natural oak wood and handcrafted lamps which seem alive through their organic design.

Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

The Experience
The phrase ‘whatever guests desire’ is foremost at The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte, with a range of services which are all 24-hour. Instead of uniforms, staff wear exclusive clothing from the new Ellesse heritage collection, reflecting the hotel’s connection with the fashion industry. On the ground floor the ClubLounge and Schwarz bar provide a buzzing space for guests and locals to mingle. The bar is named after the German film actress Jessica Schwarz and will exclusively serve a herbal liquor made according to her family’s secret recipe. Guests can also dine in the restaurant serving traditional German cuisine with a modern twist. An invitation-only rooftop area with bar adds to the chic and exclusive ambience, with stunning vistas of Berlin and the iconic TV tower. There will also be a whirlpool, sauna and 24-hour room service menu and breakfast.

Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

The Location
The Weinmeister is located at the intersection of Weinmeisterstrasse and Rosenthaler Strasse in Mitte, a Berlin hotspot for art, culture, fashion, shopping and clubbing. Close to the hotel is the shopping street of Friedrichstrasse, the cultural delights on Unter den Linden, the art on Museum Island and the Soviet architecture at Alexanderplatz.

The Weinmeister is offering a special opening rate of EUR 129 until the end of August

www.designhotels.com/weinmeister_berlin_mitte

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Book Now for 200th Oktoberfest in Munich

Dertour LogoThis year Munich will celebrate its 200th Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world.  With Dertour, beer enthusiasts can head to Munich to take part in the events for just £419 per person.

The festival first took place in 1810 on the occasion of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. And the next year, the royal court decided to repeat the festival to the great delight of Munich’s residents, and every year since it has grown to become the event that it is today.

This year, Oktoberfest runs from 18 September – 3 October, and specialist tour operator, Dertour, has a number of great value flight and accommodation packages to the event.  Packages includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the three star hotel Amba and return flights from Heathrow, plus access to English speaking Dertour representative based in Munich. The hotel is family-run and located in the centre of the city and within walking distance of its main sights. The price is based on two adults sharing.

Dertour is also able to pre-book seats in the beer tents for groups of ten people or more. For £40, you get two ‘steins’ of beer and a voucher for a Bavarian meal as well as guaranteed entry into the tent.

For bookings call Dertour on 0207 290 1111 or visit www.dertour.co.uk for further information.

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Russian Blini Easter Offer at M&S!

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Marks & Spencer are doing a special offer on Russian blinis this Easter. Although the taste of the blinis is quite far from traditional, this is a quick way of creating a canapé or starter over the holiday for your family and friends.

For just £5.99 M&S are offering a large packet of their Scottish Lochmuir Oak Smoked Salmon.

The packets of sixteen small blinis are priced at just £1.99.

The West Country Half-fat, Crème Fraiche is reduced to £1.14.

While, loose lemons are reduced to just 35p.

To serve:

Arrange the blinis on a platter.

Dab a small amount of crème fraiche onto each blini.

Cut the smoked salmon into small pieces.

Place the small pieces of salmon onto blinis.

Squeeze lemon juice over the blinis.

For added effect, zest the lemon and sprinkle over the blinis.

Grind black pepper over the blinis or for a more authentic Russian taste, add a little dill.

For more menus suggestions from M&S go to www.marksandspencer.com

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