By Maralyn D. Hill, CityRoom Contributor and President of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association.
As cities in Germany go, Wolfsburg is relatively young, established in 1938. Just an hour from Berlin and 2.5 hours from Frankfurt via rail, it is easy to reach. What’s better, you can arrange to have the Ritz limo pick you up at the train station.
The first Ritz-Carlton to deviate from their standard design was in Singapore. Well, the Wolfsburg Ritz is a true rival. Designed by the renowned French designer, Andrée Putman, its open circle design is intended to welcome guests. What appealed to me was being surrounded by a modern tribute to technology, which is an integral part of Volkswagen’s theme park, Autostadt, a convenient walk across the bridge.
For those not familiar, the Autostadt is Volkswagen’s communication platform for “Man and What Moves Him.” This facility needs its own article. I just need to say the two awesome towers at Autostadt house 800 cars, with over 550 being picked up daily. Home to concerts, dance, and transportation pavilions and museums, Autostadt appeals to all ages and is well worth a visit. I hope to return to explore it in depth.
Back to the Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, let’s focus on why it runs 95% to 100% occupancy. This 5-star hotel pays attention to every detail. In addition to offering fine dining at AQUA, with its 3 Michelin star rating, Executive Chef Sven Elverfeld was named the 25th best chef in the world. The hotel also offers a wonderful dining experience in The Grill, with a menu that changes monthly to reflect fresh regional products. The afternoon tea also changes on a monthly basis, so as to reflect a focus on different countries. The pastry chef for the hotel is exceptional and takes delight in being challenged.
This is a nice size property, with 174 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. It features nine meeting rooms and if you were planning an incentive program, you could incorporate the Autostadt.
The spa is exceptionally staffed with qualified and dedicated therapists, who offer an outstanding variety of services. The heated open-air pool, at 29C/84F, floats in the harbor basin.
This property serves as an overnight visit for those picking up delivery of their VW, corporate meetings and retreats, as well as weekend escapes. I personally found it amazing well run in every aspect and I rarely say that.
When you stay at the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg, you have free entrance to the Autostadt. Since it takes more than a day to do justice to that facility, I’d recommend at least a couple of days. In addition to learning about Volkswagen, Audi, and Lamborghinis, you see all forms of transportation. This will give you greater insight into why the Autostadt pursued Ritz-Carlton as it provides another example of providing the best, as the staff exceeds expectations at all levels.
Photos Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Germany
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