Saturday, August 13, 2005

Hotel Adlon

Hotel Adlon

Hotel Adlon
was build on the most spectacular address in old Berlin, Unter den Linden 1, back in 1907. Right next to Brandenburg Tor in the center of everything. It almost made it through WWII but was ravised by fire in May 1945.

Fast forward to 1997 when the new Hotel Adlon was opened in the very same spot and looking just like the old one but given the slightly less spectacular address: Unter den Linden 77.

I've always been fascinated by the story of this hotel. And always wanted to stay there.

This year I did and was not in any way dissapointed. It feels very old world but with the added touch of modern technology. I stayed in their standard room which was very spacious and overlooked a beautifully and very quiet courtyard.

Like in all highclass hotels I was escorted to the room by the receptionist and shown all the little technical details of controlling very thing.

The room has a nautical feel to it - it wasn't small by any standard, but just felt compact and with an eye to detail that is nescessary in compact spaces.

The hotel has a spa with a small but cool pool, a big jacuzzi, sauna, steambath, fitness center and of course rooms for spa treatments. It was a lovely way to start the day with a swim and a soak in the jacuzzi and then go down for the huge breakfast buffet in the restaurant overlooking Brandenburg Tor.

Lovely service and lovely food. When the price is right, I'll certainly come back for pampering weekends and I'll want to try the Lorenz Adlon restaurant in the hotel library.

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