Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, Berlin $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This luxe tower on the edge of the modern Potsdamer Platz aspires to being a prewar grand hotel, re-created in modern Disney-style. The 302-room building is reminiscent of the Art Deco skyscrapers of New York City and Chicago, while designer Peter Silling's interiors try hard to evoke old-world Europe, inspired by the Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who designed many of Berlin's most famous structures. A soaring two-story lobby with sparkling chandeliers is clearly aiming for wow factor. A marble staircase sweeps up to a traditional English tea salon and a clubby lounge-bar called the Curtain Club, which has an extensive collection of high-end schnapps and a humidor fitted into a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk. Guest rooms tend toward classic, but with modern accents and the occasional splash of bold color. Art Nouveau fixtures salvaged from an 1875 French brasserie provide the interior for the quite affordable Desbrosses French restaurant (try the marinated lobster with mango and mint), while the city of Venice was the inspiration for the Murano-chandelier-filled gourmet spot Vitrum, which serves pan-European dishes such as cured sturgeon with beetroot, horseradish, and caviar. It's all laid on a little thick for some tastes, feeling like a slightly empty, nouveau-riche idea of prewar glory, but it certainly makes an impression.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 91.4
- Design: 90.9
- Food: 89.6
- Location: 89.6
- Rooms: 94.8
- Service: 92.2
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
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