Berlin Estrel to Add Tallest German Hotel Tower to Biggest Hotel

The Estrel Berlin, Germany’s largest hotel, is also becoming the country’s tallest.

The hotel in Berlin’s Neukoelln district will get a 175-meter (575-foot) tower with 814 rooms, Estrel Hotel-Betriebs-GmbH said in a statement yesterday. The tower adds to a plan announced in September to expand the hotel’s convention space to 22,700 square meters (244,000 square feet).

Berlin construction is booming as developers take advantage of a growing population and a rise in tourism. Architect Frank Gehry is designing Germany’s tallest apartment building on Alexanderplatz, site of the needle-like Fernsehturm television tower, the Berlin government said in January.

Architecture firm Barkow Leibinger Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH will design the Estrel tower, which will be Berlin’s second-tallest structure after the Fernsehturm, according to the statement.

The number of foreign visitors to Berlin rose by about 30 percent between 2009 and November 2013, according to Berlin’s tourism and conventions office.

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