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“Close to Perfection (except for the Breakfast)” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Adlon Kempinski
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany   |  
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Ranked #15 of 662 Hotels in Berlin
Philadelphia, PA
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9 hotel reviews
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“Close to Perfection (except for the Breakfast)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Having tried to find some reasons not to give the Adlon five stars, I must admit that I failed. The location next to Brandenburg Gate can't be beat, the staff are true professionals and the rooms tastefully furnished, very quiet and comfortable. In short, a real treat and worth the price. Don't expect Brandenburg Gate views froom the lower priced rooms, however. The only thing missing from the rooms is a coffee maker/kettle - a cup of coffee via room service is €11 and there's also the option to rent a Nespresso machine for €15/day (capsules included).

Where I came closest in my quest to nitpick was during breakfast because it's not a good value. For the prices charged, I expect everything to be a step above the rest. That was the case with the room but not the breakfast. €42 for stale baked goods (rolls, baguette, etc.), hard & flavorless pineapple and uninspired omelets - that is done better by every other country Inn in Germany. Yet other breakfast items were done well, such as the nut and honey cereal. Much appreciated also the willingness of the wait staff to accommodate special requests.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We wanted to stay somewhere special and centrally located for our 35th wedding anniversary weekend in Berlin and chose the Adlon Kempinski, on Unter den Linden, which met all our hopes and expectations.

It was very easy to reach from Tegel airport by hopping on the express bus, which delivered us less than 100 yards from the hotel. The return was similarly convenient.

The reception desk, on a late Friday morning was busy, but there were enough staff to deal with everyone without too much delay. Maia told us our room was not ready, so we took some things out of our cases and by the time we had returned 10 minutes later to drop them off, she said that she had just had notification that the room was ready and sent another of the reception staff to take us up. The room was large and well air conditioned and looked out over the side street, so it was very quiet, helped by doors between the small lobby area and the bedroom. There were electronically controlled blinds which helped to keep the sun out on an exceptionally hot and humid weekend.

The bathroom was also large and very well maintained, with bath and two washbasins and a lot of black marble, with one glass door leading off to a separate lavatory and a second to a spacious shower cubicle.

Before setting off on our sightseeing, we spoke to the concierge to obtain dinner recommendations for that night and the next and he not only booked them, but also by the time we returned to the room later that day, we had a letter confirming each of the bookings. We were very happy with both the restaurants and they were exactly what we had asked for in terms of distance from the hotel and type of food.

At the end of a hot, sticky day, a beer in the hotel bar next to the wonderful lobby and fountain, was served promptly and deliciously cold, with enough nuts and snacks to satisfy us until dinner.

The breakfast areas are extensive and we could have chosen a table outside for a view of the Brandenburg Gate, which is only a few yards away, but we opted for the inside and the air conditioning. The buffet was so comprehensive that we didn't look at the menu, with special features like fresh honeycomb by the jam section and caviar and champagne also available. A nice touch is the staff member dressed a little like an old 'cigarette girl' who walked around with a basket of warm bread and pastries. The service was impeccable and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.

Altogether, a very happy choice and although we may not go back to Berlin, we will certainly look out for other Kempinski hotels and I have already started recommending this one to friends.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was lucky enough to stay here for 24 hours whilst attending a clinical trials meeting. It is not a particularly exciting building from the outside, but inside is like stepping back in time. Beautiful to look at and extraordinarily helpful staff. At the time I arrived, afternoon tea was being served in the atrium, clearly delighting the septuagenarians indulging in it. Check-in was smooth- always nice to be offered champagne whilst in a 20 second queue!
The room was fantastic. Good size, nice layout, well stocked bar and goodies shelf and a decent TV. There is free wifi available (speed somewhat slow but OK for business- you need to pay to access high speed wifi). It is bit British, but my only gripe was the lack of tea/coffee making facilities. A drawer in the bedside cabinet contains light switches- simple but brilliant. Good bathroom with a decent size bath and an excellent shower.
Breakfast was exceptional- without doubt the best choice I have seen in years- not often that you see caviar at the breakfast table. Honey on the comb, food cooked to order, something to indulge all tastes. All very satisfying.
The location is what tops it off. Right by the Brandenburg gate- we were lucky enough to catch the USA-Belgium game at the fanpark. For those wanting to get into and explore Berlin, you couldn't be better placed.
Overall, an awesome experience. A great hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The hotel looks amazing, and you feel very special when entering the building. The staff is very nice and helpful. The rooms are beautiful and classic. We managed to get the street view.. it was just great!! When we received our car from the valet parking, there was 2 water bottles and hand cleaning tissues, something that shows their attention to detail.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were stuck in Berlin due to a canceled flight and decided to spend the night at the Adlon. We told the front desk about our travel issues with missing luggage and unsure flight times. When we arrived in the room we were greeted with champagne and a note wishing is the best on our anniversary and apologizing for our travel problems. We spent some time in one of the restaurants and the spa. Every step of the way you are pampered and treated like royalty. The service was incredible. We will return to this hotel every time we visit Berlin. It is worth every euro.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

As a frequent world business traveler, I can easily say that this hotel is world class. So what does not hotel have going for it? Old world charm, unbeatable location, beautiful building, comfortable and luxurious rooms, great service, wonderful food and 'lobby boy' type hats a la Grand Budapest Hotel. Rates were also incredibly reasonable for the package that this hotel offers. Just tremendous in every way.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this beautiful hotel located next door to the Brandenburg Gate on our recent trip to Berlin. The hotel had been recommended by some friends who had stayed there the previous summer. The rooms are well appointed and spacious. The staff was outstanding especially the people managing the Concierge. Our stay at the Hotel Adlon was great and we highly recommend the hotel.

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Additional Information about Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Address: Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Location: Germany > Berlin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Berlin
#4 Family Hotel in Berlin
#8 Spa Hotel in Berlin
#9 Romantic Hotel in Berlin
#13 Luxury Hotel in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Adlon Kempinski 5*
Number of rooms: 382
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin’s premier address that has fascinated guests since 1907. Ideally located in the very heart of a vibrant city, right next to Berlin’s famous landmark Brandenburg Gate, this iconic and luxurious hotel exudes the ultimate in style and elegance. The Hotel Adlon Kempinski welcomes guests with remarkable European Flair and heartwarming service. Three restaurants, including the Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer and the stylish Japanese-Thai restaurant Sra Bua by Tim Raue, serve the most demanding palates. With its 9,000 sq-ft spread over three levels, the Adlon Spa by Resense, Berlin’s greatest wellness haven, invites guests to enjoy soul nourishing treatments. Welcome to a living legend. ... more   less 
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