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Christmas greetings from the hotels in Berlin

Festive and fine things to give and indulge

Christmas tree and carriages in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Christmas tree in front of the Brandenburg Gate © iStock.com, Foto: Inacioluc

Berlin's hotels send you festive Christmas and holiday greetings. Even though it is currently very difficult to offer overnight stays, the hotels in Berlin are looking forward to welcoming you as guests again. Here are a few tips on how to bring a festive hotel atmosphere home. Many thanks to all Berlin hotels that have participated.

Tip 1: Waldorf Astoria: Festive mulled wine 

Glühwein from the clay cup
© GettyImages, Bild: Fabian Krause / EyeEm

Ingredients:
750 ml good quality red wine like Primitivo, Nero d’Avola or Cabernet Sauvignon
200 ml Crème de Cassis
150 ml Water
150 g Caster sugar
10 whole cloves
3 pc dried ginger
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
2 pods cardamom
1 big orange
 
1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and spices (keep 5 cloves). Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer
2. Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
3. Pour in the wine and Crème de Cassis, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.)

Tip 2: Mandala Hotel & FACIL: Star cuisine to cook at home

Facil Restaurant im The Mandala Hotel
© Foto: FACIL RESTAURANT

You always wanted to cook like a star chef? With the Take Away packages from the 2 star restaurant Facil you will definitely succeed. In addition to all the fresh ingredients you need to prepare the FACIL kitchen team's favourite dishes, the package includes detailed instructions for cooking and serving. At Christmas time, how about stollen confectionery or vanilla almond croissants? Of course, you can also spoil yourself and your loved ones with a chocolate gift box or selected wines to take away.

Where: Potsdamer Straße 3, Mitte
How: Simply fill in the order form (in German language), and select the date of collection.

Tip 3: Grand Hyatt Berlin: "So close to the stars in Berlin"

Club Olympus Spa & Fitness im Grand Hyatt Berlin
© 2019, Grand Hyatt Berlin

Relax over the roofs of Berlin. As soon as the situation allows it again, Club Olympus at the Grand Hyatt Berlin awaits you with a very special romantic offer. Use the Rooftop Spa with up to four people exclusively between 9.30 pm and 11.30 pm. Swim under the starry sky, enjoy a glass of De Saint Gall champagne in the whirlpool and let yourself be pampered with fresh fruit, soft towels and soft drinks.

Where: Grand Hyatt Berlin, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, Mitte

Tip 4: Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann: Goose to go

Christmas table set with goose roast
Christmas table set with goose roast © Getty Images, Foto: Alex Raths

The perfect Christmas goose: this year it comes from the kitchen of the Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann. From now on you can order your very special Christmas goose at least 48 hours in advance. The crispy bird is served with classic side dishes such as red cabbage, kale and dumplings. One goose fills up about four people and costs 160 Euros with all side dishes. You can pick up your goose until Christmas Eve at 14:00.

Where: Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann, Brahmsstraße 10, Wilmersdorf

Tip 5: Bar at Steinplatz - It's cocktail o'clock

Auswahl von Cocktails
© Getty Images, Foto: KatieSik

Christmas greetings from the Bar am Steinplatz: Bar Manager Willi Bittorf presents his favourite cocktail for Christmas Eve. He - as well as his family - swear by Steinplatz Soyer, preferably already as dessert or as the crowning glory of a wonderful evening.

You need:
1 scoop of ice cream (depending on taste and mood)
1,5cl brandy
1,5cl orange liqueur
1,5cl cherry liqueur
1,5cl cream
100-150ml sparkling wine 

Mix all the ingredients carefully in the glass and gently pour on the champagne. Of course you are welcome to vary the liqueurs in the recipe. Everything is allowed that pleases and above all tastes good. The team of the Bar am Steinplatz sends you a hearty cheers and wishes you an enjoyable party! 

For all those who are still looking for a special present, the Bar am Steinplatz offers digital cocktail courses or classic vouchers. Please send enquiries to sales.steinplatz@hotelsteinplatz.com 

Where: Hotel am Steinplatz, Autograph Collection, Steinplatz 4, Charlottenburg

Tip 6: Regent Berlin: Virtual Goose Feast

Christmas goose
Christmas goose © Getty Images, Foto: Alex Raths

Even if you are not allowed to invite to a big festive Christmas dinner at your home, you can still spoil your loved ones, your friends or even colleagues with a very special Christmas speciality. Surprise friends or colleagues with a portion of free-range goose including red cabbage and dumplings. Alternatively, you can order a free-range goose for four people with apple red cabbage, chestnuts and dumplings from the Regent Berlin for 189 euros and pick it up at Charlotte & Fritz.

Where: Regent® Berlin, Charlottenstrasse 49, Mitte

Tip 7: SO/ Berlin Das Stue: Pink Christmas Lady

Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail
© GettyImages, Bild: GMVozd

The SO/Berlin Das Stue  wishes you Happy Holidays! Here is a non-alcoholic recipe for the whole family to mix at home:
 
For one serving of Pink Christmas Lady you need:
250 ml cranberry or cherry juice
4cl elderflower syrup
2cl fresh lemon/lime juice or verjus
 
Simply mix, heat, sprinkle Christmas spice dust over it and you'll be warm to the taste. It's good for you.

Where: SO/ Berlin The Stue, Drakestr. 1, Tiergarten

Tipp 8: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin: Geschenkekarte

Hotel Adlon Kempinski;
Hotel Adlon Kempinski © Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Give away a little bit of anticipation this Christmas, for example with the gift card of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin. With the card, the presentee can take advantage of exclusive hotel offers: Be it a romantic dinner in the Lorenz Adlon dining room with a crackling open fire, an Adlon Aftersession Tea at the historic Elephant Fountain, a lunch at the Quarré Restaurant with a view of the famous Brandenburg Gate or a pampering treatment in a private suite of the Adlon Spa by Resense. The card is also redeemable for overnight stays or as an alternative for one of the many coffee specialities from the Adlon to go.

Where: Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Unter den Linden 77, Mitte

Tip 9:  Gezer Spa at The Westin Grand Hotel Berlin

The Westin Grand Hotel Berlin
© The Westin Grand Berlin, Matthias Hamel 2 Eventhotels

The Gezer Spa team at The Westin Grand Hotel Berlin is looking forward to pampering you again soon: In the middle of Berlin, you will find a paradise of peace and quiet in the spa of The Westin Grand Hotel. In this soothing atmosphere, body and soul can find their harmonious balance again. If you would like to give away a voucher, simply send an e-mail to Gesa.vonFreyberg@westin-berlin.com

Where: The Westin Grand Berlin, Friedrichstraße 158-164, Mitte

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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