Berlin’s grandest address seduces guests with a combination of classic luxury, impeccable service and unrivalled history
First opened in 1907 by Lorenz Adlon, the Adlon was the place to be before it fell to the horrors of WWII and was gutted by fire. Reborn from the ashes in 1997, the Adlon is a jewel in the crown of the Kempinski group, Europe’s oldest hotel chain, and has reclaimed its status as a go-to address of the great and the good. A lesson in magnificence, this grande dame offers 307 spacious rooms and 78 lavish suites, three restaurants (including two Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer), two bars, 15 meeting and event rooms plus a ballroom.
Unter den Linden in Mitte is Berlin’s grandest boulevard. Lined with lime trees, it runs from east to west all the way to the Brandenburg Gate, the city’s famous landmark and symbol of both its tumultuous history and later, European unity and peace. Several suites overlook this fascinating view; throw open the Juliette balcony doors, and it’s almost as if the monument is in your room. Through the gate is the leafy Tiergarten Park with easy access to the river Spree.
Every inch of the Adlon Kempinski has been designed to impress. A chic light-filled lounge sparkles under a domed ceiling, buzzing with visitors taking afternoon tea and caffeine-fueled business meetings. New arrivals are greeted like old friends; check-in is smooth and streamlined with no time wasted on unnecessary forms or information. All rooms are classically furnished and elegantly styled but if you’re in a suite, prepare to be wowed. At 80sqm, they offer dedicated office space, a generous sitting room, dressing room, four-poster bed and two bathrooms – along with that killer view of the Brandenberg Gate, plus a lavish fruit platter and a bottle of Riesling to get the weekend started.
Business travellers will be glad of an extra quiet fax and an individual fax number with high-speed Internet access, as well as a personal safe, a mini-bar, and variable multipurpose plugs as standard. VIPs could not be in safer hands. Where many luxury hotels might have one Presidential Suite, the Adlon has three, each offering elaborate security features including steel-enforced walls, bullet-resistant windows, a panic room and video surveillance on request.
Elsewhere in the hotel, a neat 24-hour gym and the lavish spa will set you up for a day exploring Berlin or help you wind down after an evening spent scoping the city’s infamous nightlife scene after cocktails at the chic bar. Best of all is breakfast, where every element of the Kempinski philosophy of excellent service and individuality is evident. From the fresh juice, as you wait for your table, to the genuine smiles from staff and buffets heaving with delicacies such as caviar and Champagne, all the way through to artisanal cured meats, sausages, cheese and every type of local bread, this breakfast is fit for a king. Hot dishes abound too, available to order from your table – think omelettes from speciality hens, steaming waffles and the classic full German. Leaving the Adlon Kempinski is not easy, but the group will remember your preferences and personalise your stay for your next visit: time spent with Kempinski hotels around the world only gets better.
Brandenburg Gate Suite (Two suites)
Size: 80 sqm.
Corner suite with view of the Brandenburg Gate
Separate living room and bedroom
From 6490 Euro
Other Suites start from £1500