Top 10 of MING HOTELS Summer 2019
Summer has arrived at Ming Hotels Monbijou, Mondrian Suites and Metropolitan in Berlin, Seehotel Zeuthen and Mimi’s Hotel Soho in London. In the next weeks, there will be fabulous events and exciting offers that you definitely wouldn’t want to miss. We have compiled a list of our top ten events for you, so you won’t lose track of all those FANTASTIC things to do and opportunities – from concerts to nature, from secret views into private city gardens, magnificent royal parades, romantic boat trips on a beautiful lake in the countryside south of Berlin to cool roof-top bars in the city, concerts, fireworks and much more.
Enjoy reading our newsletter and discover great opportunities!
1. CARNIVAL OF CULTURES IN BERLIN – Let’s have a party, the world is a village!
Move it, baby! If you want to feel the vibes of Berlin you absolutely have to experience the Carnival of Cultures. Every year at Pentecost, the city celebrates its ethnic diversity and sets a signal against xenophobia that could not be happier, more peaceful and more atmospheric. One million visitors from all over the world will be coming to this XXL street festival that will take place between 7 and 10 June involving culinary, cultural and commercial highlights, food trucks, show stages and the participation of more than 300 shops. The highlight: the street parade on Pentecost Sunday with over 4,000 participants. Free admission.
With the promotional offer “We Are One World”, Mondrian Suites Berlin in Kreuzberg and Metropolitan Hotel in Wilmersdorf offer special packages for 2 people and 2 nights either in classy serviced apartments or in a charming turn-of-the-century building. A 2-night stay in one of Mondrian’s comfort apartments starts at 198 euros and includes breakfast, sauna and gym. At the Metropolitan, the same arrangement for two nights will cost 65 euros for single travellers and 114 euros for two travellers staying in a double room. Both hotels offer free Wi-Fi, a delicious daily breakfast and much more. These offers can be booked only directly via the hotels’ homepages!
If you’re more into nature, you will find a picturesque hideaway only 30 minutes from Alexander Place. Seehotel Zeuthen is located in Brandenburg ‘s Spreewald directly at the lakeside. The Pentecost Special includes 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 in a comfort double room with a gourmet breakfast buffet, 3-course menu in the evening, a BBQ buffet on Pentecost Saturday and an ice cream cup of your choice, free WiFi, sauna and fitness room, shuttle service from / to Zeuthen train station. This offer starts at 233 euros and can be booked only directly via the homepage (subject to availability).
2. WHITSUNDAY IN LONDON – at arm’s length from the Royals
At Whitsunday, London pays homage to the city’s most popular daughter: Queen Elizabeth II of England. On the official birthday of the Queen, the most peaceful and beautiful military parade in the world takes place: Trooping the Colour . Between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horse Guards Parade Square, 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 marching musicians will defile – and the members of the Royal Family will be almost within touching distance.
At the same time, the city lures its visitors with an insight into the most beautiful private gardens in London that remain closed to the public on 363 days a year. On the Open Garden Squares Weekend, you can marvel at what passionate botanists have created – including the gardens at such famous addresses as Downing Street Number 10 or Belgrave Square in Knightsbridge .
Polo fans will enjoy themselves at Polo in the Park from 7 to 9 June, the only polo event taking place in the heart of the capital. Three polo matches per day, restaurants, street food and champagne lounges have made the event one of the most popular events on the UK’s social calendar.
Mimi’s Hotel Soho offers a Royal Weekend including 2 nights in a room category Lux (20 sqm/ subject to availability) for 2 with a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, late check-out and morning coffees and croissants. Cost: 599 GBP. Flower power & the City offers the same arrangement for 2 in the category cosy (13 sqm) at 499 GBP including a bottle of wine and all. All Mimi’s rooms have free Wi-Fi, comfort beds, are soundproofed, have flat screen TVs with free movies and Molton Brown body and hair products. Booking only via the Homepage (subject to availability).
3. PENTECOST IN BERLIN AND BRANDENBURG – brunchy breakfast und brunch by the lake
Did you know that Berlin is one of the greenest cities in Germany? Right in the middle of the capital, framed by sights like Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz you’ll find botanical jewels such as Großer Tiergarten or, a bit further south, Tempelhofer Feld where you can go rollerblading, biking and BBQ until you drop; there are even free outdoor yoga lessons: Yoga im Freien. A touch of Mary Poppins pervades the grounds of Charlottenburg Palace Park: Schloßparks Charlottenburg.
A true paradise for runners, cyclists and walkers is Grunewald forest with its beautiful lakes in the western part of the city. Swimmers and stand-up paddlers complete their laps on Schlachtensee Lake, where daredevils climb the trees for the perfect cannonball dive. Sailors, water sports enthusiasts and beach lovers will spend perfect days at the picturesque Große Wannsee.
Book your Pentecost stay at Monbijou Hotel and enjoy our culinary kick-start for your day in the parks and forests, our signature breakfast – one of the best breakfasts in town! It’s a brunchy breakfast with freshly squeezed juices, delicious egg dishes, salads, fish specialties, cheese and cold cut platters. Coffee specialties and tea are kept flowing and you may also enjoy a glass of Crémant. Pentecost Sunday and Monday from 7am to 12pm at 25 Euros per person, all inclusive. Reservation recommended!
You need even more nature? In Zeuthen, on the edge of Spreewald forest, just outside Berlin, you can combine nature and pleasure at Seehotel Zeuthen with a festive brunch that you can enjoy while overlooking the water. Between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm the hotel kitchen will tempt you with sweet and savory delicacies, hot and cold dishes, fresh vitamins, fish and meat specialties, a selection of nice-smelling fresh pastries and much more. A culinary get-together for the whole family.
4. LONDON’S SEASON BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN SPORTS
What would London be without its “season”, when social life shifts its focus from the countryside to the capital. One of the top highlights is Ascot from 18 to 22 June where one can watch the Royal Family in magnificent carriages even from close up. The famous Ladies Day is all about hats – some of them more elegant, some less so. For those who have never attended a rowing race, the most famous rowing race in the world, the Henley Royal Regatta from 3 to 7 July, is definitely worth a trip. The ladies there wear elegant dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knees, the gentlemen wear club blazers, all sipping on Pimm’s Number One while watching the races. Over 200 in total.
Wimbledon is the most famous tennis tournament in the world and is also known for the strawberries served there. This year’s tournament will take place from 1 to 14 July. The city is also proudly waiting for PRIDE, a month-long event from 8 June to 6 July that will celebrate its 50 year anniversary this year. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come to London to wave rainbow flags for the rights of the LGBT community. The program is very diverse, including dance and theatre performances, film screenings, workshops and lots of parties. Takes place in Soho.
Talking of Soho: for those who want to enjoy a Friday night in the lively center of London Mimi’s Hotel Soho offers a new year-round special: Friday Night in Soho! Book your room (any category) and you will get a bottle of water, 2 drinks at the bar, followed by two espressos with Alka Seltzer the next morning, plus croissants. According to availability and direct booking via Mimi’s homepage.
5. BERLIN COMES WITH FASHION, CHAMPAGNE AND CLASSIC OPEN AIR CONCERTS
Since 2007, the Berlin Fashion Week has always taken place at the same time as the Parisian Haute Couture. Only the fashion gods might know why. But even though the most important critics are more likely to be on the banks of the river Seine from 2 to 6 July, Berlin always attracts its own fashion crowd with cool parties, red carpets and lots of stars.
Berlin may not stand for elegance, but rather for sustainability, individuality and a cool, urban look. Kreuzberg, Mitte and City West are the districts where you’ll find many shops selling the authentic style of Berlin in close proximity to the Ming Hotels: Shops und Boutiquen. And what’s the best thing to do after a successful shopping quest?
At Mondrian Suites Berlin, you can enjoy Sundown and Champagne on the terrace with Ruinart Rosé champagne, the hotel’s house brand. At the Monbijou Hotel, you may enjoy your Ruinart at the roof-top bar that offers a breathtaking view over Berlin.
The Classic Open Air Festival on Gendarmenmarkt between 4 and 8 July will offer special treats for your ears. On Berlin’s most splendid of all splendor squares, classical music in a varied mix with pop, jazz and rock will be on on five evenings. The “Klassik Open Air” at the Seehotel Zeuthen in cooperation with the Oranienburger Schlossmusik on 28 July will offer a foretaste of the event in Berlin. In addition to the music, you will enjoy a buffet dinner and fireworks at the end of the evening.
6. LONDON CALLING – BBC PROMS, BUCKINGHAM PALACE & FEEL LIKE A QUEEN
London cannot be beaten when it comes to the variety of top-notch events that take place in the British capital. Almost two months full of world-class classical concerts at affordable prices is what BBC Proms promises between 19 July and 14 September. World-class orchestras, world-class singers and soloists are expected in the capital. The highlight among all these highlights will be the Last Night of the Proms in the park.
Have you ever been curious to see what the World’s most famous palace looks like on the inside? From 22 July to 29 September, you will have the opportunity to take a look inside Buckingham Palace. Once a year the Royal residence opens its doors to the public, giving the public the opportunity to take a look at the splendor and special exhibits among the Royal Collection’s masterpieces. Two of them are dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria and the 500th anniversary of Leonardo DaVinci’s death.
If you want to Feel Like A Queen, Mimi’s Hotel Soho has a “3 for 2” offer – 3 nights for 2 people in a double room of the “cosy” category (13 sqm) for the price of 2, between 21 July and 2 September. You feel like a Queen in a king-size bed, get bathrobes, 2 glasses of sherry, enjoy Molton Brown toiletries plus an Oyster public transport ticket. Can only be booked via the homepage upon request!
7. BERLIN CELEBRATES CHRISTOPHER STREET DAY, OLDIE OPEN AIR AND DECATHLON
The world’s most famous LGBTI event, Christopher Street Day, will take place on 27 July in Berlin with up to 1 million participants on colourfully decorated cars that will parade through the city centre. With an annually changing motto, the festival demands to put an end to discrimination and exclusion. The final rally will move from Kurfürstendamm to Brandenburg Gate and will be followed by parties all over town.
Metropolitan Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the starting point of the CSD parade. On CSD weekend, this charming turn-of-the-century hotel offers “Life is a Rainbow”: 2 nights in a double room of the “comfort” category, including breakfast, rose petal decoration, free WiFi and a city map starting at 220 Euro per room for 2 nights. Can only be booked via the homepage (subject to availability).
Mondrian Suites Berlin also waves the rainbow flag on CSD weekend: 2 nights in the stylish “comfort” studio, including breakfast for 2, a bottle of “Berlinksky” sparkling wine brut, high speed WiFi, fitness room and sauna starting at 222 Euro per stay for 2. This offer can only be booked via the homepage (subject to availability/ booking code: CSD).
Slow dancing, romance and a touch of nostalgia are expected for 2 August at the Seehotel Zeuthen for the Oldie Live concert with hits from the 60s, 70s & 80s, buffet and fireworks. This could be the perfect prelude to the German Decathlon Championship that will take place on 3 and 4 August at the historical Olympic stadium Berlin: Deutsche Zehnkampf-Meisterschaft.
8. LONDON LOCO – CAN YOU STAND THE HEAT AT NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL & GIN ON SUNDAYS
Birds of paradise, exoticism and vibes that will remind you of the Copacabana. Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street festival in Europe, attracts over a million fans to London every year. This year, there will be a hyper-party with more than 50,000 dancers and actors from 24 to 26 August.
“Loco Thrill In Notting Hill” is the name of the first of the two promotions offered by Mimi’s Hotel Soho. Enjoy 3 days for the price of 2. If Monday night is included in those 3 days, the lowest rate will be for free. The other promotional offer is “Sunday is Funday”: Mimi’s offers Sunday night accommodation in the “cosy” double room with a small gin tasting at Henson’s Bar & Social in the foyer of the hotel at £ 199 for 2. Two espressos and croissants the next morning are included. This offer can only be booked via the homepage!
9. BERLIN HAS IT ALL: CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS AND VISITORS FROM LONDON
At the end of August, Berlin really has it all: three absolute top events will take place in the German capital. The Musikfest Berlin kicks off on 30 August and offers three weeks of cultural delights with top international orchestras that will include the London Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Sakari Oramodabei.
Architecture fans will have a blast during the Bauhaus Week from 31 August to 8 September. Pressure exercised by the National-Socialists, the world-famous University of Design was closed in 1933. The one-week festival commemorates the University’s 100th anniversary with numerous events. On 31 August, the Long Night of the Museums will take place. Over 80 museums in Berlin will be open until 2 am. 800 events, shuttle busses, behind-the-scenes events and much more. Admission to all these offers is only 18 Euro.
10. HAVE A BREAK, HAVE A BREAKFAST!
Visitors of the Long Night of the Museums : Monbijou Hotel offers its signature breakfast free of charge for overnight stays in single or double rooms of the “comfort” category from Sunday to Monday. Get the ultimate culinary kick and enjoy a true wonderland of home-made delicacies including coffee and tea specialties, ginger shots, eggs benedict, etc.
For those who want to stay a little longer, book the “Sunday is Funday” offer: stay 4 nights and pay for 3. Monbijou Hotel offers this promotion for single or double rooms of the “comfort” category (subject to availability), if a Sunday is included in these days.
Fantastic Sunday rates are also available at the Metropolitan Hotel (subject to availability): single rooms from 59.90 euros or double rooms from 93 euros, both including breakfast. Book direct at the homepages!