Reunified since 1990, the German capital is making good use of the blank pages left by history to sketch out a dynamic city. Its many architectural renovations and innovations reflect the projects unfolding on its bubbling creative scene; they lend themselves to be built on this hotbed for growth. As we can see from the Reichstag dome designed by Norman Foster or the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin is a playground for architects seeking to experiment. Glass and steel UFOs contrast with the massive communist buildings, the baroque Charlottenburg Palace or the imposing Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of the city that was once part of the Berlin Wall.
Though for many, Berlin’s gritty alternative vibe is part of the German capital’s appeal, Berlin’s best luxury hotels offer something a little more refined. These plush places to stay are beacons of style and class, and reflect the city’s creativity in their architecture, design and vibe.
Katerina Leroy is a well-known entrepreneur and SMM strategist, travelling the world creating magical photographs that radiate life, art and a lot of emotion. She has built a career on luxury lifestyle and travel experiences, her love for fashion and photography make a harmonious blend between the two worlds.
Begin of this year she visited Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, which has been acknowledged as the Best Business Hotel Chain Worldwide and got Traveler Gold List Award in 2017.
The crème-de-la-crème of Berlin’s luxury hotels – just ask Her Majesty the Queen, who stayed here on a trip to Berlin, or the revolving cast of A-list celebrities who have spent the night at this historic hotel. Like a luxurious cabin on the Orient Express, the sense of grandeur is strong at the Kempinski. As you would expect, the service is unmatched and there’s a nostalgic drama in the classic decor and furniture (the elephant fountain in the lobby, for example). Today, the amenities are state-of-the-art, striking a balance between past and present. A Roman-inspired indoor pool sits beside the tranquil spa, while each room is fitted with high-tech entertainment centres. The Kempinski also has four restaurants, with the Restaurant Quarré specialising in regional cuisine and overlooking the iconic Brandenburg Gate.
“I’ve often wondered while looking up at moldings gunked up from too many careless “refreshes” at any number of grande dame hotels what those lobbies and dining rooms must have looked like in their heyday.
Selected antiques and elegant furniture from Italy, magnificent Murano glass chandeliers and fine materials such as limestone, leather, brass and onyx are the characteristic elements of the new design. The colours are rich and brilliant to reflect the Indian style of the Maharaja: warm gold, turquoise, blue-grey and silver. Breakfast at the opulent Le Lobby includes traditional European, American, and Cantonese menus and is served with all of the pomp and circumstance of a bygone era.” – Katerina Leroy
Luxury is not hard to come by in this city. Berlin has a number of hotels offering the highest levels of comfort and service in a variety of stunning and central locations. With an idyllic and stunning combination of fine architecture and interior design, Kempinski Adlon boasts a strong artistic focus in every bit of detail. Luxury stems well beyond the guest rooms (complete with marble and cherry wood bathrooms) and into the various amenities on offer.