Yesterday, around 700 specially invited guests celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Hotel Grand Elysée Hamburg an der Rothenbaumchaussee.
The Elysée was opened 30 years ago by entrepreneur Eugen Block, fulfilling his lifelong dream. ‘When I established the hotel, I could never have imagined what the business entailed. Today I can be proud of the overall project and it is part of my life’, says the businessman.
Actor and host, Marek Erhardt, attended to the guests cordially throughout the evening. One of the highlights of the festivities was: along with husband and wife Christa and Eugen Block, First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, took a look back at thirty glittering years. ‘The people of Hamburg are also honouring the Grand Elysée because it has shown us that hotel founders can make it, regardless of whether they come from Harvestehude, Harkebrügge or Huelva in Andalucia’.
A big part of the approximately 350 employees had a special surprise for Eugen Block: gathering on the stage of the great ballroom, together they sang ‘Happy birthday to you’. ‘Our hotel only exists because of our employees’, said a touched Eugen Block. ‘The long-serving, hardworking staff are part of our success’.
Prominent characters such as Albert Darboven, Carlo von Tiedemann, Ole von Beust, Jo Brauner, Weihbischof Dr. Hans-Jochen Jaschke, Dietrich Wersich and Ian Karan celebrated into the early hours of the morning.
Head chef Peter Sikorra spoiled the party crowd with a culinary journey through the Grand Elysée: the dishes included linguine with truffles, the famous ‘Kalbsbratwurst’ (veal sausage), steak on THEO’S terrace and dessert delicacies served as a ‘flying buffet’ in small glasses.