This impressive skyscraper, a nod to the Waldorf's original New York location, has a chic art deco look and unparalleled service. The interior is suitably glamorous, with glossy marble floors, gold accents and a stunning curving central staircase. The hotel also boasts Germany’s first, and only, Guerlain Spa, a sumptuous fifth-floor space which features an indoor pool, steam room, spa and rooftop terrace. And the location is ideal, with the posh shopping street Kurfürstendamm just outside the door.
Large and luxurious, the 232 rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and rooms in the tower offer views of the Berlin Zoo. The interior design is contemporary art deco, with elegant velour furniture, sleek headboards for the Waldorf's signature bed, and dressing tables. All rooms have Nespresso coffee machines and Apple TV technology.
Marble bathrooms have separate showers, in-mirror televisions and Salvatore Ferragamo bath products.
Along with an impressive amount of shiny marble and an imposing spiral staircase, there’s the hotel’s signature lobby bar, Peacock Alley, a plush space adorned with the famous Waldorf Astoria grandfather clock.
Germany’s only Guerlain Spa is also one of the city’s most comprehensive, with six treatment rooms, a hydro-therapy Vichy shower, a cloud-shaped indoor pool, plus a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and fitness center.
The airy, bright, brasserie-style Roca, on the hotel’s ground floor, offers fresh, mostly regional products on its international menu.
The 15th-floor guest-only Library Lounge offers a small menu, a large, up-to-date selection of books to peruse, and impressive views of West Berlin.
Named in honor of legendary director Fritz Lang, the Lang Bar is a stylishly retro space, with curving booths and leather stools lining the long marble bar.
It’s a short walk to the shopping boulevard Ku’damm; the U- and S-Bahn at Zoologischer Garten are right around the corner.
Dicke Wirtin (11-minute walk) offers tasty traditional German cuisine, plus nine beers on tap, to a mix of mainly locals and students. For expertly prepared French cuisine in a lovely brasserie-style space, make your way to Restaurant Belmondo (11-minute walk). To satisfy late-night cravings, the 24-hour Schwarzes Café (9-minute walk) will oblige, with everything from sandwiches to omelets to wiener schnitzel on the lengthy menu.
Check out the extensive cocktail list at the hip Hefner Bar (6-minute walk), on leafy Savignyplatz. Live piano music along with good mixed drinks can be found at cozy, art-filled Van Gogh (6-minute walk). Arrive early for a seat at the tiny Bar Zentral (5-minute walk), tucked inside the arch of the S-Bahn.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The elegant, classic-meets-modern design, top-notch spa and outstanding service make a stay at this West Berlin hotel a true five-star experience. Rooms in the tower offer excellent views of the nearby zoo and Tiergarten park, while its location, just off the luxury shopping street Ku’damm and within walking distance of one of the city’s best museums, the contemporary photo gallery C/O Berlin, is ideal.