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Where to go in berlin “It’s not just a hotel… we sell feeling” Ellington: A hotel… a meeting place…with a jazz theme based on the glorious past of its walls One of Berlin’s most original and tasteful hotels and nightspots is the very “jazzy” Ellington. We asked the establishment’s director Tina Brack what to her mind makes the Ellington different to other hotels in this category. Our hotel is a listed historic structure. It was built as an office building at the end of the 20’s and the building alone shows the glamour of the past. It’s not just a hotel… we sell feeling and atmosphere as well. In the 50’s we had a very famous jazz club in the house, where musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington played – which is of course where our name comes from. Food and beverage are becoming more important, and at the Ellington this is particularly the case. Please tell us more. The Duke restaurant is famous not only for hotel guests but also for Berlin residents. Our chef, Florian Glauert, is well known in Berlin for his “classic French cuisine with a modern touch”. Last year we scored 14 points in the Gault et Milau – and hope to get more this year! What about business meetings? We have light, open spaces that are very inviting for private meetings in a very stylish and relaxed atmosphere. For more “secretive” meetings, there’s our wine safe. It’s a real 30M 2 safe that was used in former times by the state financial authorities. When Berlin was reunified, the Tina Brack Ellington Hotel Director 70-million DM that was to be distributed among those of the former eastern Berlin as a welcome gift was stored here. We now store wines in the safe and are able to host intimate or secret dinners there – with no risk of being interrupted! The history of this hotel oozes from every brick. Please tell us more. The building was famous for the “Femina Hall” – a 2,000 M 2 ballroom with a sliding roof – where up to 2,000 people could dance under the stars. It was destroyed in the war, and we have rebuilt a conference room there. On the ground floor in the 1970’s and 80’s, the Jungle Club was very famous, and very regular guests included David Bowie, who lived just around the corner. Barbara Streisand was another. As I mentioned, jazz clubs here have been famous here over the years, and this history can truly be felt when you visit the hotel. The breakfast room here is very interesting as well… Yes. It was designed by a team of architects from Berlin and Italy. They decided to include long tables with benches. At first, the idea seemed strange, but it really works. People like it, because they get to talk to other guests and the breakfast buffet is excellent. It’s very convivial. For more information, see www.ellington-hotel.com 48

Where to go in berlin Hospitality DieApart: The Perfect Location Whether you are planning a weekend visit, a business trip or a longer stay – our apartments in central Berlin, near the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz offer you reasonably priced accommodation in the heart of Berlin. The Apartments am Brandenburger Tor are an excellent starting point for exploring and discovering the metropolis. They’re situated only a few minutes‘ walk away from many of the city’s sights and cultural offerings. Restaurants Gourmet restaurant “first floor“ Fine dining deluxe. The “first floor” is one of the culinary highlights of Berlin. Guests of the Michelin starred restaurant at the Hotel Palace Berlin enjoy a top-class gourmet experience in a modern atmosphere with an ambiance of exclusivity. The restaurant’s glass wine vault, sheltering the restaurant’s reserves of red wine, is also an extraordinary sight. The extensive and multi-awardwinning wine list offers 1,500 different options, including treasured classics as well as exciting newcomers. A guaranteed unforgettable experience for wine lovers. Opening hours: Tue – Sat 6.30 pm to 11 pm Bars Sra Bua Bar: Creative Far Eastern Cocktails Location, location, location Immediately adjacent to your apartment you will find Unter den Linden, Pariser Platz, the Holocaust memorial the government district, and many tourist attractions and cultural sites. Its central location in the City and good links to public transport (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, bus), mean you can reach all the destinations you want in the city and its surroundings, easily and quickly. Many of the apartments have a good view of the skyline of Potsdamer Platz and the Tiergarten. Apartments am Brandenburger Tor Behrenstraße 1C 10117 Berlin Tel: +49 30 200 75 70 info@apartments-mitte.de www.apartments-mitte.de Metro S+U Brandenburger Tor U55 S1 S2 Gourmet restaurant “first floor“ Hotel Palace Berlin Budapester Str. 45, 10787 Berlin Tel.: +49 30 2502-1020 firstfloor@palace.de www.firstfloor.palace.de Metro S + U Zoologischer Garten S5 S7 S75 S9 U2 U Wittenbergplatz U1 Exotic, unconventional and Asian, Sra Bua by Tim Raue is not only the first port of call for lovers of Asian cuisine, it also boasts one of the most exotic bars in Berlin. The bar is directly connected to the restaurant and allows guests to dine in the same location. The unique atmosphere created by the unusual interior and the excellent cocktails mixed by bartender Gregor Dill are the perfect accompaniment to a night out after a long day. The Sra Bua Bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00pm to 2:00am. Sra Bua Bar Hotel Adlon Kempinski Unter den Linden 77 10117 Berlin +49 30 2261 1959 Metro S + U Brandenburger Tor S1 S2 S25 U55 www.ifa-international.org IFA International • Monday 2 nd September 2013 49

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