Adlon Kempinski

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Address: Unter den Linden 77, Berlin, 10117, Germany

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.4

One of the city's most luxurious options, with a wealth of history to match.

It's large, slightly informal and plush, but I have a big affection for The Adlon, likely because of its fascinating history. First opened in Berlin in 1907, its first guest was none other than Emperor Wilhelm II. The hotel was a fashionable meeting place in Berlin for royalty, diplomats, politicians, artists and actors, including Greta Garbo, Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin and Thomas Mann in the early years, though it's probably best known today for being the hotel from which Michael Jackson dangled a baby. The Adlon survived WWII but burned down soon afterwards. The current incarnation doesn't quite match the glamour of its prestigious predecessor but it remains one of the most famous and refined accommodation options in the city.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.7
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

If you're coming to Berlin to witness major sites like the [node:169105], the [node:169319] and Unter den Linden, you cannot be better placed. Many of the rooms actually overlook the Brandenburg Gate itself and the Holocaust Memorial is a few minutes around the corner.

Bedrooms

The Adlon Kempinski has 382 guest rooms and suites in 13 different categories of room type, including three bullet-proof Presidential Suites. Rooms are suitably luxurious, with lavish bathrooms, hosts of modern amenities and classic furnishings - but as with all hotels of this type, they can lack character. The top floor rooms are less spacious but offer the best views. If you can stretch your budget that far, you can book one of the aforementioned suites that directly face the Brandenburg Gate.

Public areas

The hotel's public spaces feature typically extravagant décor such as stained-glass domes, marble mosaics and coffered ceilings. The fountain in the lobby was a gift from a maharaja.

Eating and drinking

There are several dining options. Restaurant Quarre offers views of the Brandenburg Gate, regional specialties and classic dishes for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Restaurant LorenzAdlon holds a Michelin star and offers French haute cuisine, while Restaurant Gabriele (which also has a Michelin star) serves Modern Italian. Restaurant Uma serves elegantly presented Japanese dishes and a select wine list for dinner only. The hotel’s on-site FELIX nightclub has its own restaurant, and you can also relax in the Lobby Lounge and Shochu Bar.

Leisure facilities

Leisure facilities include a medium-sized indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness room. The spa offers a range of massage and beauty services.

Service

Staff can be haughty to outsiders but generally treat guests very well.

Who stays there

The hotel still attracts celebrities and digintaries, as well as business and upmarket international travellers.

 

Price advice

The hotel runs a wealth of different packages worth looking into. Kempinski's Early Booker Rates, for example, offer up to 20% discount on published rates if you book 7-30 days before your date of arrival.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent location
  • Fantastic restaurant and bar options
  • Good service
  • Rooms are expensive and can lack character
  • Atmosphere might be a bit formal for some
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