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S0403: Grit Pauling l 25hours Hotel Cologne The Circle

S0403: Grit Pauling l 25hours Hotel Cologne The Circle

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Grit Pauling is the General Manager at the 25Hours Hotel The Circle in Cologne, Germany.

Grit speaks with André Baljeu, Founder at and shares insights about her background, what a typical day of hers as a Hotel Manager looks like at the moment, how the hotel has been performing during the crisis, if and how they adjusted the hotel's technology stack during the past months and much more.


00:23 - Grit's Background

01:42 - A Typical Day as a Hotel Manager

02:51 - Hotel is doing well 

04:36 - COVID19 Adjustments in Hotel Operations 

07:31 - Message to Guests & Staff

09:40 - Government Support for Hotel Businesses

12:40 - Technology Adjustments in Support of COVID

15:34 - Guest Expectations around Contactless Technology

16:46 - Distribution Changes

21:01 - The Front Desk

23:01 - Grits Travel Peeves

24:55 - Grit's Restaurant Tip in Cologne

The Restaurants Grit recommends in Cologne are Neni Cologne and C.C. Kowalski

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About 25hours Hotels

25Hours Hotels offer a unique hotel concept providing contemporary answers to the cosmopolitan urban traveler's needs, through a range of services offered with great charm and personality. Each of its addresses takes its authenticity from a unique character, with its own story and forged in a particular style. This unique brand is already present in all the largest cities in Germany as well as Zurich, Vienna and Paris and will soon make its arrival in Dubai, Florence and Copenhagen. 


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