Luxury Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is located in the heart of Berlin, the central Mitte district, in a part that was formerly East berlin. It is on Unter den Linden, the main boulevard, and corners Pariser Platz opposite the iconic Brandenburg Gate. The Adlon Kempinski is strategically located within walking distance of tourist sites like the Reichstag, Tiergarten, Holocaust Memorial, Berliner Dom, and Alexander Platz.
Like the city it is located in, Hotel Adlon has had a turbulent history. It was first opened in 1907 with its first guest, the German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II. It quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most famous and beautiful hotels in the world attracting guests such as Franklin Roosevelt, Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin and Alber Einstein. For its time it was revolutionary, Hotel Adlon was equipped with hot and cold running water and it had its own electricity plant.
The Aldon almost survived World War II without any major damage were it not for the fire on May 2 1945 started by drunken red army soldiers, which left the main building in Ruins. In Eastern Germany’s hands, Hotel Adlon was run as a hotel with some parts being renovated, in the 1970s it seized to operate as a hotel and in 1984 the building was demolished. In 1957 The Kempinski Company bought the rights to the hotel Adlon name from the Adlon family. After reunification and some lengthy legal proceedings, the hotel Adlon was rebuilt and it reopened as the Hotel Adlon Kempinski in 1997.
25 Year Anniversary
I am staying at the hotel Adlon to celebrate 25 years since its reopening in 1997 with The Adlon Experience Anniversary Package. This anniversary package which can be booked until 31 December 2022 consists of:
- Overnight stay in one of our luxurious rooms or suites.
- Daily gourmet buffet breakfast.
- One bottle of champagne with strawberries and a welcome present on arrival.
- Adlon chocolate.
- Three-course dinner in our Restaurant Quarré, including a bottle of anniversary wine on the day of arrival. Children up to 11 years old choose two dishes from our children’s menu with one soft drink.
- Free use of our pool and fitness area.
The price of this package depends on the room and for a deluxe room, and I could book it for 746 euros for March in a deluxe room for two people.
My stay would coincide with our wedding anniversary albeit not 25 years but 24 years.
I have never experienced a Kempinski hotel before, but this has to be the most friendliest and helpful staff I have ever encountered in my hotel reviews. Helpful, personal, friendly, and warm are how I would describe the service. Our baggage was taken care of by the concierge at the main door entrance, and the total check-in process took less than 5 minutes.
The hotel lobby is a grand place with the famous Elephant Fountain in the middle, it was heaving with tourists and locals, and it is the heart of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. This is an area to relax in and enjoy drinks, and exquisite snacks or you can come here for an Afternoon tea experience.
Pariser Platz Suite
We stayed at the Pariser Platz Suite which is an 80m2 one-bedroom suite which comes with unique views of Pariser Platz and the iconic Brandenburg Gate. This is a suite with a separate bedroom and living room, a bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe, an enclosed working area and two complimentary minibars.
In the living room we were greeted with a bottle of Champagne which had the 25-year celebration logo on it, a bouquet of roses, and a massive Adlon chocolate. The living room was decorated in a neo-classical style with paisley pattern chairs and a sofa with flower pillows, and a classical vase within the marble fireplace surround. A dark wood theme runs throughout the room from doors to furniture to the bedframe.
This was complemented by paintings and photos on the wall, creating an understated elegance and relaxing atmosphere. The TV was concealed in a wooden frame above the marble fireplace. In the corner of the room was one of the complementary minibars with a wide range of drinks and snacks on offer.
What immediately struck me when entering were the two large balconettes which are providing amazing views of Brandenburg Gate. Upon opening the doors you could be part of the action on the Pariser Platz and when closed you would hear nothing. We spent the afternoon with the doors open, it was a beautiful autumn day in November after all. Both chairs faced the Brandenburg gate and we were sipping on a glass of Champagne. As today turned into night we aw the Brandenburg gate lit up. Yes, this felt like a good anniversary to us.
The bedroom had the same design theme with a dark wood four-poster bedframe with a striped velvet bedhead. The velvet bedroom bench was multi-functional, it was a bench but inside it concealed a remote control motorised flatscreen TV. Also in the bedroom is a balconette which had a neo-classical chair with a coffee table to enjoy the views on offer. Right next to it was the second complementary minibar.
Bathroom & Walk-in Wardrobe
Next to the bedroom were the bathroom and the massive walk-in wardrobe.
The bathroom is large and has a theme of black granite meeting white tiles and the same dark wood theme that can be found throughout the rest of the suite. The bath is huge and can easily fit a tall person. There is a separate rainfall shower and a separate toilet with doors that can be closed. The double sink area has plenty of mirrors to do a perfect grooming or makeup routine. The amenities provided were from the Tuscan Soul range by Salvatore Ferragamo.
Entrance and Work Area
At the entrance of the Pariser Platz suite, there was a second toilet, more storage space for our coats and shoes, and a large working desk in dark wood with plenty of power points and fixed connections to the Internet. This area could be closed off from the living room creating a dedicated and quiet working area.
Pool, Gym & Spa
For those that do not want to venture out into Berlin, there is a fitness centre and heated indoor pool (11m x 6 m) located in the basement of the hotel. The gym is well-equipped and comes with saunas, steam baths and a cold-water pool. After all the hard work there is a pool bar to relax. If not you can snack on the free fruit and water that is provided.
The Adlon Spa by Resense offers a spa menu which is tailored to “experiences that achieve your desired wellness result and a little more”.
Breakfast was served on the first floor called Bel Etage, where you have the option to be seated around the central atrium with views of the lobby, or in separate rooms where you can look out onto the Brandenburg Gate. If you want the view for breakfast make sure you come in first as these are the most popular seats.
Egg choices can be served a la carte, whereas the rest of the breakfast is an extensive luxury buffet. This is the best buffet MenStyleFashion has ever seen in Europe. The choices were endless, from fresh honey straight from the honeycomb, truffle salami, Champagne, 5 different types of caviar, to an amazing variety of German bread.
I loved the dedicated tea corner where you can mix your own tea ingredients together with herbs to create your own flavour, I have never seen anything like this.
As part of The Adlon Experience Anniversary Package, we were served a three-course meal at Restaurant Quarré. This restaurant located on the ground floor has an indoor and outdoor seating area (depending on the weather) overlooking the Brandenburg gate.
The atmosphere was relaxing with a casual dress code, again the service was friendly, warm and personal. We started off with a glass of champagne and a vodka martini. The three-course meal was complimented by a Rober Weil “Hotel Adlon” Riesling.
As a starter, we had the Brandenburg Burrata multi-coloured beetroot with salted pistachio. This was an excellent executed fusion dish with Italian burrata meeting German beetroot.
The main course was a Beelitzer corn poulard breast with blackroot corn.
For dessert, we had the chocolate cake fondant with vanilla sauce and hazelnut ice cream. A rich but o so heavenly dessert. Now all we needed was a coffee to finish it all.
They say when you celebrate you should celebrate in style and The Adlon Experience Anniversary Package is the package to do so. You get to experience all the great aspects of this luxury hotel in the heart of Berlin. From the elegant hotel rooms with a bottle of Champagne, the luxury buffet breakfast, the hotel Spa, and a three-course meal at Restaurant Quarré. With so much luxury on offer, it is hard to leave the hotel to do some sightseeing. Should you jump to upgrade to one of the suites? The pricing here takes an exponential curve due to exclusiveness and higher levels of luxury and room space.
The privilege of enjoying a bottle of Champagne in your own living room with views of Brandenburger gate at the Pariser Platz suite will set you back a cool 4,100 euros per night. Exclusivity comes at a price and we celebrated our 24-year wedding anniversary in super style. Our 25th one will be different, it should be celebrated with friends and family just like Hotel Adlon Kempinski celebrated its 25th with its guests and staff.
- Room reviewed: Pariser Platz Suite – Starts at €4,100 daily. Deluxe rooms start at around €400 daily.
- Address: Unter den Linden 77, 1011 Berlin, Germany
- Website: www.kempinski.com/en/hotel-adlon
- Phone: +49 30 22610