Miami, Florida â€“ March 13, 2007 – The official inauguration of the MeliÃ¡ Berlin, the first MeliÃ¡ branded hotel in Germany, took place February 15. The event was attended by a number of business, political and cultural dignitaries, including the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sol MeliÃ¡ Hotels & Resorts, SebastiÃ¡n Escarrer; the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit and the Spanish Ambassador of Berlin, Gabriel Busquets.
During the inauguration, Mr. Wowereit expressed his pleasure with the growth of tourism in Berlin in recent years. He also emphasized the importance of attracting companies with the experience and knowledge of Sol MeliÃ¡.
Mr. Busquets spoke of the importance of the presence of Spanish companies in Germany, and the positive affects it has on the culture and business of both countries.
Mr. Escarrer thanked both for their support and remarked on the alignment of the hotelâ€™s brand attributes with Berlinâ€™s cutting-edge and cosmopolitan nature. Escarrer said he hopes the hotel will become a reference point of Spanish and Latin passion and character in a city immersed in significant urban and infrastructure improvements. The hotel â€œfurther emphasizes the presence and interests Sol MeliÃ¡ has in Germany, our second most important feeder market,â€ stated Escarrer.
A cocktail reception featured the latest trends in international cuisine, particularly new German and Spanish dishes by famous Spanish chef Dani GarcÃa. The event featured live jazz, dance and Spanish music, as well as a live performance of the original Fan Dance (a dance that is a fusion of Asian and Spanish culture).
About the MeliÃ¡ Berlin
The MeliÃ¡ Berlin is located in the heart of the German capital on the corner of Friedrich and Weidendamm, within walking distance of the Brandenburg Gate, the Museum Island with its world famous museums and galleries, the Nikolai quarter, the Friedrichstadtpalast Theatre and Alexanderplatz. Its facilities and central location, make it ideal for business and leisure travelers.
In addition to its extraordinary location, this four-star hotel provides 10,900 square feet of meetings space and features the latest technology.
MeliÃ¡ Berlinâ€™s â€œThe Levelâ€ features private check-in, complimentary drinks and snacks, private meeting room for up to 12, and a myriad of exclusive services and amenities. The hotel has 364 guestrooms, 16 suites with 35 rooms especially adapted for disabled guests.
New concepts in contemporary cuisine blend in harmoniously with the hotelâ€™s service, design, ambience and music. Of special note are the breakfast buffet and two restaurants where guests may enjoy a great range of international dishes. Spain leaves its mark at the Tapas bar, a bar-restaurant serving traditional Spanish tapas in a refined setting with unmistakable Spanish flair.
The 1,500 square foot fitness center is located on the top floor and features direct access to a large terrace with stunning views of the city. The fitness room is equipped with high- performance equipment and a weights area. Guests may wind down after a hard day at the hotelâ€™s sauna area.
About Sol MeliÃ¡
Sol MeliÃ¡ Hotels & Resorts is one of the worldâ€™s most successful hotel companies, managing seven distinctive brands â€“ MeliÃ¡ Hotels & Resorts, ME by MeliÃ¡, Tryp Hotels, Sol Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus Resorts, Sol MeliÃ¡ Vacation Club and Luxury Lifestyle Hotels & Resorts â€“ totaling more than 350 hotels in 30 countries. Individual reservations can be made through a travel consultant by calling 1-800-33MELIA, the nearest Sol MeliÃ¡ Reservation Center or on-line at www.solmelia.com.
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