When: July 2016
Hotel: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
I can write several blogs about Berlin. I love that city and I will tell you all about in future blogs. This blog is completely dedicated to one of favorite hotels in Berlin: Adlon Kempinski, right at the Brandenburg Gate. Just because this hotel is special and worth telling about!
It’s one of the older, well-known hotels in the heart of Berlin. Okay, I admit, it’s not cheap. For many people this is a reason not to book this hotel. In big cities like Berlin there are several other, cheaper, options. I know, because I used those options myself and will use them again as well. No problem. For people who don’t think they can afford sleeping at Berlin’s best known hotel: check the special offers! Still more expensive as other hotels, but believe me, once you experience this hotel (because it’s an experience, you don’t just buy a bed to sleep in for the night, you experience this hotel) you know it’s worth it.
So, let’s start at the arrival. The park house under the hotel. First time I drove in there, I had to park my Fiat 500 in between a Rolls Royce and a Ferrari. It put a smile on my face, but that was just the beginning. As soon as you get out of the elevator, somebody meets you to get your luggage. Let go of that little voice in your head that says ‘You can easily take that one suitcase up to your room yourself’. Just go with the flow. At the reception area you’re treated like royalty. Your wish is their command. Very friendly. This time (yes, it wasn’t my first time in this hotel and it will definitely not be my last) the lobby of the hotel was under construction, so they had to improvise a little. Too bad, because standing there in the lobby after using the main entrance, is something every girl dreams about.
That brings me to the rooms. This time we got an upgrade, which gave us an executive room on the 5th floor. Remember that smile of my face? Entering the room just made it bigger. I’ll show you the pictures:
A big room, a lovely bed and a very stylish bathroom. The towels are so soft and thick, that you just want to cuddle them, lazy chairs to hang in and a toilet room, you can enter from the hall or from the bathroom. Enough closet space to hang out all our clothes and put away our suitcases. An iPad of the house, to check out Berlin or order room service. A home away from home.
Yep, I can hear you think: every hotel has a bed, a toilet and a bathroom. Some hotels also have soft towels and a big closet. So you just pay extra for the iPad? NO! No, no, no. As I said before: Hotel Adlon Kempinski is an experience. So, let’s go to the spa area! 🙂
First put on the luxurious bathrobe, take the special elevator down to the basement and enter the pool area. The first thing that happens is that someone offers you big towels (yep, the thick soft ones) and house shoes that are not slippery, so you can walk normally, even when the floor is a bit wet. There are comfortable sun beds and different kinds of fruit water and apples are waiting for you for free. Of course you can also order coffee or other drinks and snacks.
The pool is big enough, even if you’re not alone. It’s open from 06.00 till 22.00h, but even if you go on the busiest time, it’s fine. After swimming for a while, you want to relax your muscles in the big whirlpool. Also big enough and a good temperature. There’s also a sauna and they offer several massages and treatments. I’m not really that kind of girl, so I didn’t use that part of the spa.
For me, the difference between this hotel and others is the outstanding service. Go out for dinner at night (several options nearby, for example the Sony Center at walking distance) and come back to your room to find it ready for the night. Yes, you read correctly. Your room is made ready for the night. Which means, the spread is taken of the bed, next to the bed is a little towel with your house shoes. There’s a bag if you wish the hotel washes some of your clothes. On your night stand is the remote control of the tv, next to the channel guide. The curtains are closed, the night light is on. In the bathroom, towels hang in front of the two washbasins. The very first night I slept in this hotel, I just laughed out loud, just imagining myself in one of my favorite tv-series ‘Downton Abbey‘. I love it.
After a good night sleep, there’s one more luxury waiting for you: breakfast! Normally at the front of the hotel, where people like to be seen (which is my entertainment during breakfast). This time, because of the reconstruction, in the Palaisroom on the first floor. A big gourmet breakfast buffet with just about everything, going from sweet pastries, fresh fruit, all kinds of yoghurt, to the cheese, meat, caviar, bread and warm dishes. Bring an appetite! Because there’s also all the extra food you can order for free. Eggs the way you want them, pancakes, waffles, potatoes and so much more. Lots of juices to choose from, all freshly made, coffee and tea in all sorts and of course champaign. Very friendly hosts bring you to your table and there an even so friendly host makes your breakfast experience to a highlight of your day. Just enjoy!
I probably sell the hotel short with this blog. There’s so much more the hotel offers. But for now it has to do. ‘Till next time, dear hotel! We’ll meet again!