All systems go at the BER

ECE and Deutsche Hospitality celebrate the launch of the new Steigenberger Airport Hotel on the occasion of the opening of the capital's airport

Deutsche Hospitality and ECE have opened the new Steigenberger Airport Hotel on the same date that the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) went operational. Together with BER boss Engelbert Lütke Daldrup and accompanied by a welcoming address by Brandenburg's Minister of Economics Jörg Steinbach, Claus-Dieter Jandel, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Steigenberger Hotels AG, and Andreas Mattner, Managing Director of ECE Development, symbolically cut the ribbon today to mark the opening of the new building.

"We are very pleased that the ECE Group now has a further pillar in Brandenburg in addition to the Stern-Center and the logistics centre in Königs-Wusterhausen and is finally able to officially open it," said Brandenburg's Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy. "This building is not just a tourist destination. It is the airport hotel in a prime location. A hotel like this simply belongs in the vicinity of a modern airport in the capital. And even if the pandemic will continue to pose major challenges for some time to come, we can certainly give this hotel a good outlook today. The opening of the Steigenberger Hotel am BER is a further building block in the development of the airport region, which is increasingly becoming a booming location for research and development, for ideas and innovations, for new beginnings and new settlements".

"We are delighted to be able to open the Steigenberger Airport Hotel some eight years after its completion on the day that BER goes into operation," says Andreas Mattner, Managing Director of ECE Development. "The hotel scores particularly well with its location directly at the new Capital Airport and in the immediate vicinity of the terminal building - an important prerequisite for successful operations."

"The Steigenberger Airport Hotel Berlin already has a unique history. The entire team around our hotel director, Steffi Wisotzky, is looking forward to inspiring guests from all over the world just a few steps away from the terminal and enriching the 90-year Steigenberger tradition with another milestone," says Claus-Dieter Jandel, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Steigenberger Hotels AG. "The fact that we are able to open this wonderful hotel is particularly thanks to our partner, ECE, whom we would like to thank for the trusting and successful cooperation today".

The Steigenberger Airport Hotel is the only hotel at the BER which is situated right next to the main terminal. It will be operated on a long-term basis by Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts. The hotel was planned, developed and realised by ECE, a Hamburg-based specialist property developer. ECE is one of the top 3 hotel development companies in the German-speaking countries and had already completed the project by the time when the BER was originally scheduled to open.

The Steigenberger Airport Hotel has 322 sound-proofed rooms and also features an à la carte restaurant with adjoining bar. A spa and health and beauty facility on the fifth floor extends over an area of 300 square metres as well as offering a separate gym. A conference centre with eleven meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 500 persons provides an ideal and easily accessible airport setting for events, meetings and product presentations.

The Steigenberger Airport Hotel has been awarded a Gold Certificate by German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). This accolade recognizes achievements such as the energy-efficient and functional design of the building, the use of district heating and cooling, the introduction of building automation processes in order to save energy and heat recovery in the ventilation systems.

About Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts

Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts is a Deutsche Hospitality brand. It represents the epitome of luxury and perfect hospitality. Visitors can choose from historic hotels rich in tradition, lively city residences and health and beauty oases at the very heart of nature. The portfolio includes 60 hotels in eleven countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Deutsche Hospitality operates four further brands. MAXX by Steigenberger is a new and charismatic concept which places the focus on the essential in accordance with its motto “MAXXimize your stay”. Jaz in the City branded hotels reflect metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene. IntercityHotel offers more than 40 modern upper mid-scale urban hotels, all of which are located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports, whilst Zleep Hotels provide quality and design at an affordable price in Denmark and Sweden.

About ECE

ECE develops major real estate projects such as shopping centers, corporate headquarters, office buildings, industrial buildings, logistics centers, hotels, and urban districts. With approximately 200 shopping centers under management and activities in 13 countries, ECE is the European leader in the shopping center segment. With a total of around 3,100 developed or planned hotel rooms, ECE is currently one of the three largest hotel developers in the DACH region and has many years of experience and extensive expertise in the successful completion of hotel projects for various users and investors. In this context, ECE offers the entire range of related services, from acquiring the properties, to development, planning, construction, and finally placing the properties on the investment market. ECE’s current hotel projects include the 25hours Hotel in Düsseldorf, the Holiday Inn in Hamburg’s HafenCity, and the Motel One and Adina Hotel in Cologne’s new MesseCity district. Founded in 1965 by mail-order pioneer Professor Werner Otto (1909-2011), ECE is still owned by the Otto family and has been managed by Alexander Otto, the founder’s son, since the year 2000. As a family business with a long-term focus, ECE is known for its long-term partnerships, sustainable business practices, an employee-driven approach, and a broad range of social initiatives.