We stayed at the Hotel Adlon for five days in early December, in a magnificent deluxe room overlooking Unter den Linden. From our floor-to-ceiling windows, we had a spectacular view to the left of Pariser Platz and the Brandenburg Gate; the square is very lively, but in the cold weather the noise dies down by around 8 PM. Given the lovely landscaping of the hotel’s central courtyard, if complete quiet is a consideration rooms without a street view are a good choice. The hotel’s location is ideal for shopping, museum-going and eating, with many locations within easy walking distance, supplemented by plentiful cabs and the U-Bahn and S-Bahn station entrances right outside the hotel’s doors.
The hotel’s staff were marvelous, beginning with the Lady in Red (aka the guest relations staff) who showed us to our room and explained its features. This was particularly useful because the remote control for the heating, cooling and lights is mounted in a drawer of the bedside table. The concierge staff were also excellent, helping with restaurant recommendations and reservations, selling various museum passes (we highly recommend the 3-day pass) and passes for the transit system. The restaurant staff, both at the buffet and in the evening, were superb.
At 250 Euros per night, which included a sumptuous breakfast buffet and cooked-to-order items, as well as free WiFi, we found the hotel to be an extraordinary bargain. We were reminded once again of the advantage of working with a travel agency which belongs to a global group of agencies: we were recipients of a free room upgrade and a 50 Euro dining credit. This credit was put to very good use in the hotel’s casual restaurant (Restaurant Quarre) on the first evening, when we were jet-lagged. We can strongly recommend the weinerschnitzel and the soups from the truffle menu; one can add additional shaved fresh truffle, weighed at the table on a petite digital scale. Fun!
The hotel was beautifully decorated for the holiday season, notably with a massive gingerbread Hotel Adlon, multiple Christmas pyramids, floor-model nutcrackers, garlands, and balsa trees with curled branches. The lobby bar is a wonderful place to see and be seen, and the fountain which centers it, with its whimsical frog spigots, provides a soothing background.
Our room’s furnishings, largely of dark wood – but with a marvelous Biedermeier credenza in maple, were lovely. The superking bed had a garnet red upholstered headboard, red and gold damask bedcoverings and decorative pillows, a pair of reading chairs in gold velvet, and a lovely area rug in wheat, gold and garnet with a geometric wicker patterned border . The entry hall had three closets: one for coats, one for long clothing and one for short clothing, with drawers below. Flanking the windows were the minibar on one side, and on the other a supplemental area (beyond a large desk) for additional computers and other electronic devices. This area had multiple outlets, both 110 and 220 volts, as well as wired internet and telephone jacks. The bathroom, in dark wood and black granite, flecked in gold, was very spacious and well-equipped. The separate toilet compartment opened to the entry as well as the bathroom, there were double sinks, a large soaking tub, separate shower and vanity area with lighted/magnified make-up mirror.
- Also Known As:
- Adlon Kempinski Hotel
- Adlon Kempinski Berlin
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