Which 5 Star Hotel Berlin

Old Dec 15th, 2007, 10:38 AM
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Which 5 Star Hotel Berlin

I am trying to decide on a hotel for our 4 day stay in May. I am looking at the Ritz Carlton, Adlon or Regent. They all get great reviews on Trip Advisor and are approximately the same cost.

Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of these properties....location, rooms, service etc. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old Dec 15th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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On our most recent visit to Berlin, a year and a half ago, we latched on to a super-special rate ($150!!)at the Kempinski on corner of Ku'damm/Fasenenstrasse. We were very pleased...we rode the S-bahn, U- bahn and the busses everywhere and it was much more convenient than in our past visits during the early 90's and 80's.

That particular Kempinski is quite lovely and we'd use it again, knowing we'd never get close to that rate again.


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I honestly think it depends on where in Berlin you REALLY want to be.

The Adlon is the typical old-world great service kind of place. Do NOT go there if you are going to feel "intimidated" and are not going to walk in as if you deserve to stay there..because if you paid for it, then you DO.

If you want to be in that "central" (for some) location it is a great place to stay.
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There is no shortage of 5 star hotels in Berlin. You have many options in terms of style and location.

Here is my personal list. I have stayed in many of the mentioned hotels. All of them are excellent in terms of rooms, service, food and drink. If you choose one of these hotels, it is mainly a matter of style.

If you prefer an American-style hotel, choose the Regent, Ritz-Carlton or Intercontinental.

If you prefer a European-style hotel, choose the Grand Hotel Esplanade, the Hyatt or one of the Sofitels.

If you prefer historical style, choose Schlosshotel, Brandenburger Hof or Adlon.

If you prefer ultra-contemporary desin, Hotel Q, Hyatt or Grand Hotel Esplanade will be the first choice.

If you want a glimpse of the Communist era, take the Westin Grand.

Here is my list:

Most people say, Berlin’s best hotel is the Schlosshotel Grunewald. Karl Lagerfeld designed the rooms, regardless of cost, and this says it all. Mick Jaggers stays here when he is in town. It is located in Berlin’s poshest neighbourhood, somewhat away from the city center. But those who can afford to stay here do not spare a thought about taxi fare.

The place where celebrities stay is hotel Q. Currently Berlin’s most stylish hotel. Bathtub right at the bed. Sexy atmosphere. In a sidestreet off Ku’damm, centrally located in the heart of West Berlin.

Berlin’s newest luxury hotel is the Hotel de Rome, operated by Rocco Forte. Expect the typical Rocco Forte style. Located in the middle of the historical center, near Unter den Linden/Gendarmenmarkt.

The Adlon is Berlin’s most opulent hotel. Historical style, impeccable service. The suites are a dream in black, beige and red granite. Located across Brandenburger Tor, very central.

The Grand Hotel Esplanade is THE alternative to plushy historical style. Ultra-contemporary. Recently renovated. A designer’s dream. In the house is one of Berlin’s hippest bars. (My personal favourite)

The Hyatt is modern, stylish, trendy. Located at Potsdamer Platz, surrounded by high-rise office buildings.

The Brandenburger Hof is a boutique hotel in classic style. It is THE favourite among business travellers. Located in the heart of West Berlin.

The Regent is in typical historical, plushy style. Very American. Located at Gendarmenmarkt.

The Sofitel Berlin Schweizerhof (the name will change to Pullman) is a contemporary, bright modern hotel. Located in West-Berlin, near the Zool

The Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt also displays the typical, modern Dorint style. Located at Gendarmenmarkt.

The Ritz Carlton is another hotel in plushy, historical style. Located at Potsdamer Platz, surrounded by high-rise office buildings.

The Westin Grand (the former Grand Hotel) was the pride of Communist GDR. It was built to impress western guests. Still has a special atmosphere. Located on Friedrichstraße, near Unter den Linden.

For many decades, the Kempinski was Berlin’s leading hotel, before the Adlon became the flagship of the Kempinski group. Still a 5-star luxury hotel, but lacks the special atmosphere. Located in the middle of the Ku’damm.

The Intercontinental is the place where the U.S. presidents stay, when they are in Berlin – but primarily because it is CIA-approved. Somewhat dated charme from the 1960ies. Located in West Berlin, close to the Zoo.

There are more five star hotels in Berlin. But these would not be my choice.
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Old Dec 16th, 2007, 06:09 AM
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Thank you all and especially traveller1959 for your detailed reviews of the top hotels in Berlin. Some of the other ones you mention sound like they would be good choices as well as the three I asked about.

The reason I narrowed down my choice to either the Ritz, Adlon or Regent is that they are part of the AmExpress Fine Hotel program and thus we would be able to get breakfast, probable upgrade and an amenity which is lunch for two in the hotel restaurant.

Thanks again for the help.
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i have stayed at the adlon, top notch all the way.
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Does the Adlon still have the construction site for the new subway station in front of it? Has been a few weeks since I was in Berlin...

The Regent has probably the best location. In addition to its own fine restaurant, you will find others like Bocca di Bacco or Borchardts (I do not recommend the latter) and the shopping district of Friedrichstrasse in walking distance (5 mins).
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Hello glsebs:

We stayed at the Westin Grand in late September and were very pleased with that experience. The location, if you prefer Mitte, is exceptional. If. on the other hand, you have an AMEXCO program that drives this decision, then go with it. The information that I am imparting is "first hand", not based on TripAdvisor forums. Gradyghost
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