Hotel de Rome, Berlin $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Like Berlin itself, the Hotel de Rome deftly balances history with the here and now. It occupies the former Dresdner Bank building in Mitte, overlooking stately Bebelplatz, where the Nazis burned books and where Berlin's fashion week is now held each July. The 1889 neoclassical building retains some remarkable architectural features, from the mosaic terrazzo floors in the corridors (covered with linoleum by the Communists) and the shrapnel-pocked wood paneling in the Renaissance Suite (one of four suites carved out of old directors' offices) to the indoor pool housed in the former vault and the splendid glass-ceilinged Opera Court. The interior design—by Tommaso Ziffer, who also did the Hotel de Russie in Rome, a sister hotel in the Rocco Forte Collection—is bold and contemporary, if ultimately less interesting than the historical elements. The 146 rooms come in one of three color schemes (red, blue, and beige) and are large and thoughtfully laid out, with an upholstered headboard, large desk, sofa, and plenty of lighting. Bathrooms are also spacious, with separate tubs and shower stalls, heated floors, and a mosaic tile design. We love the historic rooms on the first, second and third floors because of their high ceilings, although upper floors have balconies, a plus in the summer. Downstairs, you'll find a spa, an Italian restaurant, and the elegant Bebel Bar; upstairs, a roof terrace. It's all crisply stylish—luxurious but not too lush. The service is similarly friendly and efficient (perhaps to a fault; order a glass of Grüner at the bar and you might be corrected: "Grüner veltliner, sir?"). What puts the Hotel de Rome over the top for us, making it one of our favorite hotels in Berlin, is the location: adjacent to Unter den Linden and a few blocks from the Brandenburg Gate, the Museumsinsel, and Gendarmenmarkt (and its U-Bahn stop). It's an ideal location, whether you're here for the shops, the sights, the nightlife, or all three.—Peter J. Frank
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
In the heart of the fashionable Mitte district, the 146-room Hotel de Rome gives the reigning Hotel Adlon and The Regent (formerly the Four Seasons) some serious competition. Hotelier Rocco Forte has redone this 1889 former Dresdner Bank building, and it's all kid gloves when you arrive, with a seamless check-in that gets you to your room in minutes. Interior designer Tommaso Ziffer's decor is chic and restrained, with color schemes of Pompeiian red, black, and cream, or taupe and dove blue. The handsome bar overlooks the Bebelplatz, and afternoon tea is served in the Opera Court, under its original glass roof. The only wrinkle is the restaurant, which does an uninteresting Germanic take on Mediterranean-Italian cooking.2007 Hot List
When to go: May through July, when the linden trees and lilacs are in bloom.
Which room to book: A deluxe double on the first through third floors with a view over the Bebelplatz.
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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