In the beautiful, verdant setting of residential Grunewald, this small but palatial hotel set in a baroque mansion oozes luxury, with opulent décor and a first-class bar. The interior was designed by Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, whose personal suite is available to guests if the master himself is not in town. Service is amazingly personal but never intrusive. The decadent spa area features a large indoor pool with garden views, a Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and multiple treatment rooms, as well as a full salon.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Arrange for a car, as the hotel's location is not convenient for seeing the central sights. The hotel has a Rolls Royce Ghost available to drive yourself or with a personal chauffeur.
Filled with sumptuous fabrics and bespoke furniture, the rooms are all jewels, from the lowest category (premium rooms) to the top-level suites. Some are dressed in cool grays or crisp white and black with modern furnishings; others have deep purple walls and rich woods. All rooms have air conditioning, flat screen TVs, a mini-bar and free Wi-Fi.
Worth the splurge, the Lagerfeld suite is a world of its own, with beautiful polished wood floors, plush art deco-style furnishings and a private balcony.
Depending on the room, the bathrooms may feature chic black-and-white tiling or beige marble and wood accents; some have combination tubs/showers, while others have soaking tubs and separate showers. Bulgari amenities are provided.
The lobby is a grand, flower-filled space with high ceilings, huge windows, multiple chandeliers, and an eye-catching wood-carved staircase.
In this ornate space, replete with gilded wood-paneled walls, massive mirrors, and a huge chandelier, you can dine on sophisticated German cuisine for lunch or dinner. There is also a terrace in summer.
The GQ Bar (based on the men’s brand) is a decidedly masculine space, all black-and-white chevron patterned walls, sexy black-and-white photos and black leather and velvet pinstripe seating. Order a classic or signature cocktail, expertly prepared by leather-gloved bartenders, and settle in for a while in front of the roaring fireplace.
Set near the Grunewald forest, in a posh residential area west of the city, the hotel is 10 minutes by car to West Berlin and a 15-minute drive to Tegel airport.
Brasserie Colette (13-minute drive), a casual yet sophisticated eatery overseen by Michelin-star chef Tim Raue, is a favorite of locals. The top floors of the KaDeWe department store (14-minute drive) are home to a huge gourmet food court, with everything from steak frites to wiener schnitzel to sushi. Hearty German specialties like pork kidneys, pork knuckle and roast saddle of lamb—served in big portions—are what you’ll find at the meat-centric Marjellchen (12-minute drive).
Be prepared to queue up at the elevator for the Monkey Bar (15-minute drive), a trendy rooftop spot with great cocktails and panoramic views of the city and the Berlin Zoo below. The luxurious Times Bar (20-minute drive), in the Savoy Hotel, mixes up excellent modern and Caribbean-themed cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This plush five-star property is one of the Berlin area’s most romantic hotels, a fantastic escape near Grunewald forest that nevertheless is only a 10-minute drive from West Berlin. The exquisite villa setting, with lush private gardens and a gorgeous spa, makes it ideal for relaxing, while the chic GQ Bar attracts a fashionable crowd.