Berlin’s most glamorous hotel address has hosted an array of royals and luminaries throughout its distinguished (and turbulent) history, including Michael Jackson, Albert Einstein and Her Majesty the Queen. Overlooking the Brandenburg Gate, the hotel’s prestigious location is matched by flawless service.
The Brandenburg Gate is right outside the front door, as is the Academy of Arts, Max Liebermann’s former home, and several embassies. Primary sights such as the Reichstag, Unter den Linden, Potsdamer Platz and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe all a short stroll away. There are always tourists in the vicinity, but the nearby transit stations – or the hotel’s limousine service – can provide a convenient escape.
Address: Unter den Linden 77, Berlin, 10117, Germany.
Style & character
Bombed to bits during the Second World War, the hotel was restored in 1997 and carries a nostalgic, Old Europe atmosphere throughout, from the dramatic elephant fountain and piano in the lobby, to the refined materials (cherrywood, mahogany, marble) used in the public areas and rooms.
Service & facilities
The lobby offers several boutiques (gifts, fine wines, porcelain) and an extensive concierge service, and there are several meeting and conference rooms for business travellers. The main highlight, though, is the spa. Designed by Anne Maria Jagdfeld, it’s a self-contained universe of luxurious pampering complete with heated pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, hair salon and treatments that range from underwater massages to professional yoga lessons.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Designed by London’s Ezra Attia Associates and Sweden’s AB Living Designs, the rooms and suites vary in terms of price and indulgence levels, though all come with limestone floors, mahogany and cherry furnishings and black granite bathrooms with bathtubs. The regular doubles, at a generous 35sqm, are spacious enough for most; the 40 suites are larger and have kitchenettes for longer stays. You’ll have to pay premium rates for a suite overlooking the Pariser Platz, but on the other hand, those facing the inner courtyard are nice and quiet.
Food & drink
Of the hotel’s three restaurants, the two Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, helmed by Hendrik Otto, is the most esteemed, offering refined European dishes such as fillet of sole and its renowned Canard a la presse. Tim Raue’s upscale Sra Bua serves high class Pan-Asian fusions with European twists, while the simpler Restaurant Quarré serves Sunday brunch as well as a business lunch. Afternoon tea in the lobby is a must, and breakfast, while not cheap at €42 (£30) per person, does include Champagne and caviar.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are two rooms for guests with disabilities and six rooms with hypoallergenic pillows and fabrics to accommodate guests with allergies.
The hotel offers family rooms and makes kids feel welcome with children‘s cocktails, colouring books and special mini bathrobes.
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