Berlin's Ultimate Luxury Stays
The city may be known for being ‘poor but sexy’ but Berlin can be decadent too (just remember the roaring twenties). If you’re too old for hostels, don’t fancy flashpacking and are looking for some luxurious accommodation then look no further, here we bring you the créme de la créme in terms of five star stays.
Hotel Zoo Berlin
For a slice of old school glamour with a modern day twist, don’t miss Hotel Zoo. Transformed from a private residence into a hotel in the early 20th century, Zoo was the place to be for film stars in the 1950s, its steps graced by names such as Sophia Loren and Romy Schneider. Recently reinvented by American design team Dayna Lee and Ted Berner, the hotel now has the feel of an elegant town house, its spacious living room with high ceilings and a cosy fireplace the centre of the action. Grab a drink at the elegant Grace Bar or lounge on the rooftop terrace with a 270 degree of the the city west skyscape, the perfect spot to relax. Hotel Zoo is at Kurfürstendamm 25, in Charlottenburg.
Originally a seven storey department store, Soho House Berlin moved into the landmark building in Mitte in 2010, bringing fresh air to its complex history as headquarters for a number of different political parties. Soho House is a private members club but hotel reservations can be made by non members also, giving you access to most of the members facilities during your stay. It exudes a cosy yet exclusive feel, its walls graced by cosmopolitan Berliners and celebrities alike. Both rooms and lofts are available for short or long stays, and the roof top swimming pool is every local’s favourite place come summer. For some pampering head to the in-house Cowshed spa, where you can indulge in any one of a number of treatments or some time in the hammam. Do not miss a meal at the globally acclaimed Cecconi's Restaurant either! Soho House is at Torstraße 1, in Mitte.
Once home to the Danish Embassy, Das Stue is a handsome hotel with a classicist facade nestled on the edge of the leafy green Tiergarten, one of the largest urban gardens in Germany. With its towering entrance pillars and spacious lobby, complete with regal restored staircase, Das Stue pairs grand design with a contemporary flair. Spend your time here perched on one of the suite balconies overlooking the green surrounds, or treat yourself to some Mediterranean style cuisine at the renowned Cinco, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant headed by Catalan chef Paco Perez. Das Stue is at Drakestraße 1, in Tiergarten.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Situated literally metres away from the number one tourist attraction in Berlin - the Brandenburg Gate), Hotel Adlon really is in the middle of everything. The hotel has also hosted countless famous historical and contemporary guests, from Albert Einstein to (infamously) Michael Jackson to Queen Elizabeth. Restored in the late nineties after being destroyed during WW2, the Adlon has just as much history as its neighbouring historic buildings. Housing an elaborate lobby complete with elephant fountain and piano, the Adlon has recently been renovated but still retains an air of old school European glamour and sophistication everyone can appreciate. Hotel Adlon Kempinski is at Unter den Linden 77, in Mitte.