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As a business executive, you’ll probably find yourself travelling to Berlin for a conference or meetings, and this city’s combination of glamour and grit will mesmerise you as you explore the culture, architecture, food and tangible history.

Berlin can be addictive – from the iconic sights to the vast swatches of green and the bars and restaurants. Every time you return to explore this city, you’ll see that there’s nothing static here and there’s always something more to see.

Berlin is also a very competitive business location. The city’s outstanding infrastructure, its large and highly qualified workforce, and excellent universities and research institutions are major reasons motivating companies to do business here. Once an industrial city, Berlin is on the way to becoming a modern centre of service providers.

The city that never sleeps

People say New York is the city that never sleeps, but some will disagree and say that Berlin is a city that truly never sleeps. Sometimes it seems like Berliners are the lotus-eaters of Germany – people who love nothing more than a good time. The city’s vast party spectrum caters for every taste, budget and age group. From tiny basement clubs to industrial techno temples, chestnut-canopied beer gardens to fancy cocktail caverns, saucy cabarets to ear-pleasing symphonies – Berlin delivers hot-stepping journeys, and not just after dark and on weekends, but pretty much 24/7.

Home away from home

If you’re wondering where to stay on your next visit to the city, look no further than The Mandala Hotel. It’s Berlin’s only independent privately managed five-star superior hotel, offering the most spacious rooms in the city. It sits on the junction between former East and West Berlin, as the Berlin Wall used to run right through Potsdamer Platz and up to the famous Brandenburg Gate, a short walk away, where nowadays you can find the Holocaust Memorial. Checkpoint Charlie is just a ride away on the urban metro system.

In Potsdamer Platz itself you will find a stunning glass shopping arcade, one of the best shopping spots in Berlin, and a huge variety of restaurants and bars are clustered around the square. All this makes our hotel an ideal base for visiting the city.

In The Mandala, there are 158 beautifully conceived, bright and luxurious non-smoking studios and suites to offer, ranging in size from a comfortable 40 square metres to a major 200 square metres. All have ultra-modern décor, walk-in closets, suitable-sized work desks, high-speed DSL access, free Wi-Fi, chic kitchenettes, and luxurious bathrooms. You can have your refrigerator restocked with your choice of items, and even prepare meals in your room.

The Mandala Hotel is also popular among celebrities such as Milla Jovovich, Til Schweiger and screen actor Dominic Raacke, who says: ‘I stay at The Mandala when I’m in Berlin. The hotel is down to earth and the service is friendly without all the five-star arrogance.’

The hotel’s managers have created a unique concept in Berlin: a contemporary hotel culture that is clearly orientated by uncompromising hospitality, genuine courtesy, and an uncomplicated atmosphere. The success of The Mandala Hotel is based on the personal commitment of the hoteliers and their team.

They have created an environment of pure calm and beauty in the ONO Spa on the hotel’s 11th floor. In addition, they have recognised that their busy guests need to feel Zen on every front, so they provide private spa suites and have developed particularly effective treatments such as the innovative Iyashi Dome for detoxing, firming the body, and relaxing the muscles.

After you’ve relaxed in the spa, you can treat yourself to an amazing meal in one of two restaurants. QIU Restaurant and Bar, the small brother of their FACIL restaurant (which boasts two Michelin stars), manages to combine many functions. It is ideal for a business lunch, an afternoon break, or a light dinner.

For a more formal dining experience, you can visit FACIL, which offers a retreat from the bustle of Potsdamer Platz. It’s located on the hotel’s inner courtyard and the floor-to-ceiling glass floods it with light while guaranteeing peaceful dining. And its cuisine earns its two Michelin stars every day with the use of fresh vegetables and herbs and explosions of every kind of flavour, a style cultivated by chef Michael Kempf.

The Mandala also caters for the business traveller, as meetings at the hotel  are organised with a personal touch. The focus is on the personalised organisation of small events with a maximum of 20 participants. These meetings focus on appealing to all the senses, from aromatherapy with essential oils to relaxation and breathing exercises with a personal trainer before the event or after lunch. Brief massages during breaks are provided by an in-house masseur and round out the WellCon programme.

The objective is to ensure relaxing sensory inspiration to free the mind to focus on the essentials. The conference rooms range from 50 to 60 square metres and feature natural lighting and the latest technical equipment.

In line with the ‘achieve more in less time’ concept, all suites are furnished with a fully equipped workstation. Each suite can be easily transformed into a mobile office offering a perfect, modern work environment.

For more information visit www.themandala.de