23 hours in Berlin

I must admit that the thought of visiting Berlin for 23 hours for back to back meetings and an evening media event did not fill me with thoughts of relaxation and pampering – but the new Waldorf Astoria Berlin managed to make my busy day as smooth and stress-free as possible on a recent trip to the city over ITB week.

On arrival I was whisked through a quick check-in and onwards to my room, thrilled to hear I’d been upgraded to a supremely spacious Junior Suite. What must be some of Berlin’s largest hotel rooms proved a great retreat for a hectic business trip. Gorgeously soft robes for curling up in post-work and a complimentary shoe shine service to be polished to perfection the next day were two lovely touches.

At the end of the day, this was an appealing vision…

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But before my day of meetings kicked off I had a peek around the hotel and checked out the Presidential Suite – a super-glam suite that looks out over West Berlin from its lofty height atop the towering Zoofenster Building. With floor to ceiling windows along its length the suite is filled with light. A glittering bathtub with stunning city views,  sprawling living area complete with baby grand piano and bar, ridiculously comfy looking bed and a direct view out over the Zoo (we spotted elephants!) were a few of the things we liked best.

One of the Presidential Suite’s two bedrooms…

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Part of the Suite’s living area looking out over the city…

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Floor to ceiling windows give the Suite lots of light…gorgeous on a blue sky day

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After some great international meetings with Italian Marie Claire, Panorama Icon, Food & Wine and Conde Nast Traveler US, I attended a Media Hub event at the hotel, where luxury brands Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts were represented and over 100 members of the media were in attendance.

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It wasn’t all hard work – Michelin-starred Chefs Heinz Beck and Pierre Gagnaire gave us cooking demonstrations, each showing how to create one of their signature dishes, and a pop up spa offered gorgeous mini back massages and oxygen facials to unwind after a busy day and showcase the spa experience at both hotel brands.

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When the event wrapped up later that evening, we headed out for a late team dinner and a taste of the local beer before a well-earned sleep and morning breakfast meeting at Les Solistes, the hotel’s super stylish restaurant. A modern, sleek dining space, it’s a lovely setting for breakfast and a very special experience come lunch and dinner service when Pierre Gagnaire is at the helm.

Thank you Waldorf Astoria Berlin for making our business trip so enjoyable!




An Andaz Liverpool Street Birthday Party By Bompas and Parr

Grifco recently had the pleasure of celebrating Andaz Liverpool Street’s 5th birthday in serious style.

flyer_front_1_resizedAndaz Liverpool Street teamed up with Bompas and Parr to create an unforgettable evening celebrating the past, present, and future of food in honour of Andaz’s 5th birthday. The evening started in Andaz’s 1901 restaurant, where the birthday party guests mingled…

IMG_6199_1901… and sampled the dangerously delicious elderflower liqueur cocktail, which was served out of a silver cauldron.

IMG_6198_1901Guests were then treated to specially designed scallop, salmon, tomato jelly, and cucumber sauce appetizer – Bompas and Parr’s take on a modern day culinary treat.

IMG_6205_1901The birthday party then went back in time to the year of 1913 in Andaz’s secret Masonic Temple, which was illuminated with candles – the perfect setting for an extraordinary event.

IMG_3735Guests feasted on aged sirloin, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, various side dishes, and a delicious 2005 Rioja Reserve from Luis Cañas, Spain.

IMG_3793For the final course, guests headed to the future in Andaz’s studio, where the Galaxy of Puddings were served on an eye-catching liquid table.

IMG_6235Apparently liquid tables will be a popular dinner party staple in the future – it certainly was an out of this world dinner setting and a great conversation starter!

IMG_6223Instead of a traditional birthday cake, guests sampled Nebular Jellies, Binary Macaroon, Passion Fruit and Sour Candy, Minted Absinthe, Rubix Fruit Salad with Pipette Syrups and much more.

IMG_6215We cannot wait to try further exciting and yummy futuristic edibles – especially more of these highly addictive Petit Fours Pills.


By the end of the evening, we were full, merry, and exhausted from laughing so much. Happy birthday Andaz Liverpool Street – we loved every minute of your outstanding culinary adventure of past, present, and future, curated by Bompas and Parr!

menuTo book dinner at Andaz, visit andazdining.com or visit the Andaz website.