Estrel Berlin

Managing Directors

Ekkehard Streletzki, owner
"You always have to be a bit more creative than the others", is how Estrel owner and founder Ekkehard Streletzki sums things up. And he should know, seeing as the Estrel Hotel is by no means the sole great challenge he has eagerly taken on. Born in 1940, Mr Streletzki’s initial triumphs in the construction industry followed in the wake of his civil engineering studies in Koblenz, Germany and his founding in 1967 of a structural analysis firm in Munich, which grew into a successful business group. It was his family’s own small hotel in Upper Silesia, Poland that inspired Mr Streletzki to branch out into the hotel business. His own extensive travel experience and his familiarity with gold standard of service and logistics associated with hotels in the USA prompted Mr Streletzki to set new standards in the European hotel business.
 
And judging from the Estrel’s success, he met his mark: In 1996 the Estrel was acknowledged as Germany’s largest hotel in the Guinness Book of World Records. By 1999 the Estrel was celebrating its second consecutive year with the highest level of sales among all of Berlin’s hotels. In 2000 the Estrel took the top national hotel honours by becoming the first hotel in Germany’s history to break the 100-million Deutschmark ceiling, an achievement which prompted Germany’s hotel industry to name Mr Streletzki "Hotelier of the Year 2000". Since then the Estrel Berlin has maintained its national level, top-tier sales status. In 2005, Mr Streletzki was awarded Germany’s esteemed "Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens" (Federal Cross of Merit) in honour of his life’s work and his commitment to social and civic issues.
 
Mr Streletzki went on in 2007 to open his second hotel, the Ellington Hotel Berlin on Nürnberger Strasse near the celebrated exclusive KaDeWe shopping centre. Having assumed operations of the restaurant and facilities of Berlin’s Schloss Britz in 2009, Mr Streletzki is equally enthusiastic about his most recent venture: As part of an innovative vocational training programme, the castle’s restaurant is managed independently by culinary trainees from the Estrel.
 
Ute Jacobs, Managing Director

Ute Jacobs is a key player in Berlin’s hotel scene. Born in Berlin in 1962, she started off in the field with a hotel administration apprenticeship at the Hotel Schweizerhof Berlin. Afterwards she took on the position of Sales Director at Schweizerhof and then later at the Hotel Intercontinental Berlin. Ms Jacobs’s move in 1990 to the Hotel Palace Berlin as its Marketing Director signalled her entry into the private hotel sector. Following a brief interval in the world of theatrical musicals in 1994, she became Marketing Director at the Estrel Hotel in 1995. Since September 1st, 1996 Ms Jacobs and Mr Thomas Brückner have shared the Managing Director duties at the Estrel Berlin, with Ms Jacobs’s primary focus on the Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and HR departments.

Thomas Brückner, Managing Director

Thomas Brückner, a hotelier from his heart & soul, was born in Baden-Baden in 1965. Mr Brückner grew up in Wiesbaden and completed his hotel administration apprenticeship at the Hotel Sonnenhof in Königstein. After spending a year working in the kitchen at the Steigenberger Inselhotel in Konstanz he moved on to a variety of positions in the Food & Beverages and Controlling departments at the Hotel Intercontinental in Frankfurt. In 1990 Mr Brückner transferred to the Hotel Intercontinental Berlin as its Assistant Commercial Director. One year later he took on the same position at Berlin’s Opernpalais where he was promoted in 1994 to the position of Managing Director, playing a crucial role in the implementation of the Opernpalais’s acclaimed six-restaurant concept. In 1995 Mr Brückner joined the Radisson SAS Hotel in Berlin as Food & Beverage Manager before taking on his shared role with Ms Ute Jacobs on September 1st, 1996 as co-Managing Directors of the Estrel Hotel. Mr Brückner’s main responsibilities in this unique management team cover the Controlling and Food & Beverage departments.