Shopping In Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf has a lot to offer: It is famous for its beer and breweries, for being the traditional stronghold of Japan in Germany, for its beautiful Rhine promenade, some great traditional meals – and of course, shopping!  I am always impressed with how many different kinds of shops and boutiques can be found in Dusseldorf.  I am always excited to find a new haunt for my shopping adventures.

What I like most about shopping in Dusseldorf, is the variety of different shopping places and possibilities: You find shopping malls like the Schadow Arcades, the Sevens and the Kö-Gallery.  There is also the Old Town (a great source for trendy stores), the Wehrhahn (a long street with shops and department stores) and of course the famous Königsallee, which I would like to present to you in a bit more detail.

Shopping In Dusseldorf

The Königsallee is not just the most luxurious but also the most beautiful street in Dusseldorf. Imagine not rushing from shop to shop but rather doing a wonderful idyllic walk between the nicest shops and cafés.  It is not just shopping, it is more, it is a must have experience you will never forget. The boutiques of the world’s most famous brands can be found here and offer both individualized and private service.  Although most people walk the Königsallee to go shopping, it is not just about shopping.  This street is the place to see and be seen in Düsseldorf.  Honestly, I really like having a coffee in one of the pretty cafés at the Königsallee, relaxing and watching the bustling activity.  It is great for people watching—especially if you are fond of fashion!

Because the shops are very exclusive and selective, the Personal Assistant at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel, have developed special relationships with the Königsallee community.  They can organize special shopping experiences for you with the stores.  Private late night shopping? An in-room fashion show or a tour with your personal shopping consultant? Whatever your heart desires, our Personal Assistants and their cooperative neighbors at the Königsalle would love to fulfill your shopping dreams.

So the next time you are in Dusseldorf be sure to do some window-shopping along Königsallee.  And if you are ready for the real thing, allow our Personal Assistants to create a memorable experience for you!

Capella DC’s Luis Colmenares

Mr. Colmenares, how do I even begin?  Luis Colmenares is the most whimsical, funny, friendly and caring friends I’ve ever met.  His smile, contagious laughter and personality instantly brighten your day.  As the Lead Personal Assistant and Chief Concierge at Capella Washington D.C., Luis heads the hotel’s team of personal assistants and is charged with ensuring that guests’ individual tastes and expectations are fully satisfied.


Anytime any of our team members or guests needs a suggestion for activities, hot new places to eat/drink, or a new happening event in town, Luis never hesitates and has the best suggestions!   I remember going out to dinner together at one of his favorite restaurants in D.C. and every single server, bartender and manager knew Luis and treated him like he was family.  Having served as concierge at the Capital Hilton Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental and the Hotel Monaco, Colmenares’ knowledge of how Washington works in unparalleled.

I felt so honored to be able to sit down and interview Luis.  He is a legend in the industry and was recognized as “Concierge of the Year” in the 2012 Where Magazine Silver Plume Awards, one of the highest awards in the industry!  Working together the past seven months has been amazing and I wanted to share some insider details with you about our favorite D.C. Concierge!

Luis Colemenares

How long have you lived in D.C.?

I’ve been in D.C. for 26 years. I consider myself a native, and love the European flair of D.C. and how and easy and accessible it is to get around!

What is your favorite hobby?

I LOVE to cook everything and anything! I am not picky but when I do get homesick I like to eat black beans, rice, fried plantains, pulled beef and the lovely Arepas that my mom used to make me growing up in Venezuela.

What is one of the most unique experiences you’ve had with a guest in your career?

I will never forget when I had a guest request a live violinist playing when they walked into their room for the first time- taking “setting the mood” to the next level!

What are the top two requests you get most often from guests?

Touring the White House & The Bureau Of Printing and Engraving.

What is your favorite newspaper?

The Sunday New York Times- the arts, travel, and book review sections are fabulous! This is one of my ultimate favorite things to do, especially with a cup of tea!

Luxury Yacht Tour Of Singapore

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to take a luxury yacht tour of Singapore.  The tour, which was organized by one of Capella Singapore’s fantastic Personal Assistants, began at the Marina at Keppel Bay, home to some of the most exclusive yachts and boats in Singapore.

Luxury yacht tour of Singapore

It was a rather cloudy day with a slight threat of rain, however when we got to the marina the skies cleared.  As we made our way through the docks, we were greeted by scores of beautiful boats, some for commercial and others for private use.   We were on our way to board the SG Yacht, a luxurious 13-seater.

The SG Yacht was beautiful.  As we climbed up the deck, we were greeted by a luxuriously cozy “living room” complete with a small coffee table, sofas and a mini television set.  The boat also had two bedrooms with beds set nice and high you could literally climb into them.  On the deck, we were able to make our way to the helm of the boat and enjoy the glorious sea breeze as the yacht cut deftly through the waters.

The yacht trip would take us all the way to one of the small southern Singapore islands named Lazarus Island before heading back to the marina.  Needless to say, the sights were glorious.  Just as we were pulling out into the open sea, we passed a familiar sight – the beachfront view of Capella Singapore!

Soon after, we reached Lazarus Island – an uninhabited tropical paradise with a beach so pristine, calm and picturesque.  We took some time to explore the island, enjoying all its flora and fauna.

Lazarus Island is just one of the many southern islands of Singapore which are frequent destinations for hired yachts. For the more adventurous, a chartered yacht can even visit exotic locations of Bali, Tioman Island, Phuket and more.

With Singapore being a small island, taking a trip out to sea on a luxury Yacht is definitely something I would recommend to everyone. In fact, the Personal Assistants at Capella Singapore are more than able to help facilitate all the necessary arrangements for chartering a luxury yacht.

The Framing of The Cologne Dome

As you have read in previous blog stories, at Breidenbacher Hof, as well all Capella Hotels, we have a very special and truly unique service – our personal assistants.  Before guests arrive, the personal assistants call them in advance to discuss any special requirements or wishes to be taken care of during their stay.

One our personal assistants, Malte, was having a pre-call with a guest who was just preparing for his first stay at Breidenbacher Hof and in fact his first visit to Düsseldorf and the greater Area.  As he was very interested in cultural sights, especially churches, he asked if he could see the Cologne Dome from his room. Malte explained that unfortunately Düsseldorf and Cologne are about 40 kilometers away from one another.

Malte then offered to arrange for a specially guided tour during the guest’s stay.  The guest thankfully agreed.  After the call Malte was still touched by the disappointment and thought about a way to surprise the guest.

Finding a beautiful photo of the dome, Malte printed the image and framed it nicely.  On the day of the guest’s arrival he placed the picture frame on the nightstand with a little note saying “Now you can see the dome any time you wish.”

Upon finding the photo, the guest immediately rushed to see Malte.  Filled with gratitude, the guest thanked him exclaiming, “Thank you for turning a stay at a luxury hotel into an exceptional experience!”