The first Adlon was considered Europe's ultimate luxury resort—it was the model for the novel (and later Hollywood film) “Grand Hotel”— until it was destroyed in World War II. The new version, built in 1997, has a nostalgic aesthetic, and the elegant rooms are furnished with turn-of-the-century photos of the original hotel, along with cherrywood trim, mahogany furnishings, and brocade silk bedspreads. With its prime setting on Pariser Platz, this is the government's unofficial guesthouse. The Adlon Spa by Resense sports three luxurious levels of wellness. And dining options include the two-Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer and Sra Bua, from Michelin-star chef Tim Raue, which features modern Asian-inspired cuisine.
Rooms and suites have limestone floors, elegant traditional wood furnishings and big windows overlooking either the courtyard or Pariser Platz. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs, laptop-size safes, a fax and Nespresso machines. Some suites have four-poster beds, separate living areas, kitchenettes and fireplaces.
There are six rooms that offer special hypoallergenic pillows and fabrics to accommodate guests with allergies.
Glossy black granite bathrooms have heated floors, bathtubs and showers. Larger suites have whirlpool baths.
An array of couches and armchairs are scattered about the limestone lobby, which was recently expanded to create more seating and a larger bar. Still there is the iconic elephant fountain—presented to the Adlon in 1930 by India's Maharajah of Patiala—and the impressive glass and gold-leaf domed ceiling.
Pamper yourself in the luxurious 9,000-square-foot, tri-level Resense Spa, with massages and body treatments, as well as La Prairie facials. For the ultimate in privacy, three exclusive private spa suites each come with their own Finnish sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi or relaxation day bed, private sound system and color therapy wall.
There are multiple dining options in the hotel, from the fanciful two-Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer to the sleek Thai-inspired Sra Bua to the more traditional Restaurant Quarré, with international fare and a fantastic brunch.
Set on Pariser Platz, with the Brandenburg Gate right outside the door, the hotel is a few minutes’ walk to the Reichstag and Tiergarten park. The Brandenburger Tor S- and U-Bahn station is less than a block away.
The vegetarian cuisine at Cookies Cream (7-minute walk) is inspired and beautifully executed—and will even appeal to meat-lovers. Two-Michelin-star chef Tim Raue turns out refined interpretations of Asian cuisine at his elegant namesake restaurant, Tim Raue (19-minute walk).
The dapper Curtain Club (13-minute walk), inside the posh Ritz-Carlton hotel, features wood-paneled walls, leather chairs, a fireplace and live music played on the baby grand piano. Newton Bar (14-minute walk), named after the legendary German photographer Helmut Newton, and with his giant nude photos adorning the walls, is a chic spot for fine cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This glamorous Berlin landmark has an unbeatable location, adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate, and a well-deserved reputation as one of the city’s finest luxury hotels. Top marks go to the spectacularly designed lobby, with its elephant fountain and eye-catching 12-foot-tall Murano glass chandelier. And the spa’s heated indoor pool, whirlpool, steam baths and saunas are ideal for relaxing and rejuvenating after a long flight or day of sightseeing.