No other European city has changed as much in the last two decades as Berlin. High rise buildings, cutting edge architecture and luxury Berlin hotels and restaurants have sprung up out of the bleak cold war spaces, a testament to the success of Germany’s reunification and the continuing appreciation of quality and style which German design has long been famous for. Here is our pick of the best places to stay in Berlin.
The Mandala Hotel
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Minimalist chic with an exclusive spa, between the Sony Center and extensive Tiergarten park, this is the address for anyone seeking a pure retreat in the city. White walls, conceptual lighting, wooden floors and generously sized beds. All rooms include a pantry area because sometimes luxury is the sense of freedom and independence in a beautiful place.
The Westin Grand Berlin
The ultimate location on the corner of Friedrichsstrasse and Unter den Linden, this is for the best of both worlds. The famed sights of Brandenburger Gate and Gendarmenmarkt can be seen by turning the corner, whilst prestigious stores and designer boutiques like Galeries Lafayette are just on the doorstep. The hotel itself is a grand, opulent world of renovated luxury with a sweeping staircase and pristine bedrooms.
Alma Schlosshotel im Grünewald
Situated in a green, leafy and upmarket residential area outside the city center, this beautifully restored old building has been swathed in velvety fabrics and rich colors to whisk guests back in time. Pure luxury and discreet yet friendly service – perfect for visitors to Berlin who insist on peace, quiet and indulgence.
The 5 star hotel Louisa’s Place is surrounded by the vibrant life of the famous Kurfuerstendamm and shines with the chintzy charm of the good old times. The architectural treasure combines classicism with modern elegance and, ornamented ceilings and antique furnishings. Along with the gourmet “Balthazar” restaurant, the intimate spa area promises to massage tired feet after a strenuous day sightseeing or shopping.
Berlin’s most famous hotel overlooks the Brandenburger Gate at the front and now the Jewish memorial from the back. Old world luxury, prestige and white-gloved bellboys still welcome celebrities and diplomats alike into the traditional yet wholly new hotel which was reopened in 1997 after being flattened after World War II.
Guest post by Holly Maguire for Escapio.com