Religious Jewish tourists visiting Berlin can enjoy a kosher stay at one of the German capital's most popular hotels – Crowne Plaza City Center. The Jewish-owned hotel is the only one in the city offering kosher food and Shabbat services adjusted to the needs of religious tourists.
According to Roberto Anatoly, manager of the hotel's sales and marketing department, and Moshe Mercazi, who is in charge of the hotel's online marketing to the Israeli and Jewish audience all over the world, the Crowne Plaza has prepared special rooms suitable for a Shabbat stay after consulting Berlin's Chief Rabbi Rabbi Yitzhak Ehrenberg.
"The Shabbat rooms are located on the hotel's lower floors and are equipped with regular keys rather than electronic ones, Shabbat timers for the lamps and help from a 'Shabbat goy' if needed during the stay," says Mercazi.
Welcoming Shabbat (Illustration photo: Yisrael Bardugo)
A kosher breakfast is served at the hotel at no extra cost, and the guests can also order a kosher lunch and dinner, which are prepared by the hotel's kosher catering services.
"Guests wishing to welcome Shabbat can visit the synagogue near the hotel and sign up for a Shabbat meal served there," adds Mercazi, noting that the hotel has added the Hebrew language to its website and Facebook pages and that "Hebrew speakers from all over the world can now read our websites in their mother tongue."
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Berlin is located about 100 meters (328 feet) from the Ku'damm – West Berlin's main shopping street, and a three-minute walk from the huge KaDeWe department store.
The hotel offers different types of rooms, as well as restaurants, bars, a gym, a swimming pool, a solarium and a sauna.