The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

by Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thomas Munko describes himself as a true ‘Berliner’.  Yearning to be part of that 1 per cent of the leading service professionals in the industry, he joined the Ritz-Carlton hotel company. In 2004, he was transferred to the newly-opened The Ritz-Carlton in Berlin and, a decade later, he was elected President of Les Clefs d’Or Germany. On top of that, he was awarded “European Concierge of the Year” by a British trade journal, and “Most Above And Beyond Concierge” by American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, in 2015. Join Thomas as he takes us on a tour of Berlin’s Michelin-rated restaurants and glamour-free but authentic hidden gems in the city, and everything in between…

Thomas Munko, Chief Concierge

The most popular request…

Berlin is a young capital, with an omnipresent past. It sets the benchmark for other cities across the fields of fashion, art, design and music. We do get a lot of requests in the direction of exactly these fields, but also culinary and cultural inquiries.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off…

I love to visit the beautiful Arminius Markthalle in my neighbourhood, Moabit, on a day off.  One of only three original market halls remaining in the city, the re-made market has a greater focus on quality regional and sustainable goods made by small producers, in addition to the already-thriving food stalls and snack bars. This is where the real, old-school ‘West Berliners’ go – truly a glamour-free but authentic hidden gem in the city.

The best coffee…

Coffee Mamas in the Moabit neighbourhood – because coffee in your ‘Kiez’ [city neighbourhood] always tastes best.

Where we must go for lunch…

Einsunternull (Hannoverische Str. 1) – This one-star, Michelin-rated restaurant offers individual culinary pleasures and a reasonably-priced lunch menu. Definitely a place that enlivens all the senses.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do… 

You should visit one of Berlin’s various museums. The German Historical Museum, for example, has more than 2000 years of German history in images and artefacts within its international context. Temporary special exhibitions devoted to formative historical events and social developments can be seen in the Exhibition Hall designed by the world-famous architect Ieoh Ming Pei.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving Berlin…

Sights: The Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse and the former Stasi Prison in district Hohenschönhausen.

History: The Topography of Terror.

Food: Have a ‘Currywurst’, either at Kudamm 195, or Curry 36.

Shopping: Bikini Berlin – the world’s first concept-shopping mall.

What you love about your hotel… 

My co-workers, the Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen, are truly inspiring in their daily service commitment and motivate me to go to work and create memorable moments for our guests.

To find out more about The Ritz-Carlton in Berlin, or to book, click here.

 

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