Berlin for business? A traveler's cheat sheet from Marriott's CEO

Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:21am EDT
 
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

New York (Reuters) - Arne M. Sorenson crisscrosses the world many times a year as president and chief executive officer of Marriott International Inc.

So what is his favorite city? Berlin.

"I live in Washington, and it's so Washingtonian to really love Berlin," Sorenson says. "It's a monumental city that has a lot of history to it. And it's also one of the most innovative cities in the world."

Sorenson has an eclectic cheat sheet for a memorable - and productive - business stay in Berlin:

When you land: Go for a run outside as soon as you can.

"It allows you to see the city. I love the Tiergarten (Straße des 17), right by the Brandenburg Gate. It feels lived in. It feels natural."

Power breakfast: Hotel Adlon Kempinski (Unter den Linden 77).

"The Adlon is the neighborhood of 'Mitte' which means 'Center,' the former heart of Berlin, which ended up in East Berlin, but is again the Mitte of the City."   Continued...

 
A man takes a walk along river Spree in Berlin's Mitte (centre) district January 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz