Hotel Adlon Kempinski
What We Love
- Located on the Mitte district’s main thoroughfare, Unter den Linden, opposite the Brandenburg Gate
- Dining includes the two-Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer and Sra Bua by celeb chef Tim Raue
- Resense Spa features private spa suites and yoga and meditation classes with resident expert instruction
What To Know
- WiFi comes with an additional fee
- Use of the indoor pool and gym is free
- Upgraded limo and town-car service is available for a fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Built in 1907, all but destroyed in 1945 during WWII and rebuilt in 1997, the Adlon is known as one of Berlin’s most famous (and most opulent) hotels. Guests enjoy courtyard or city views from 382 rooms or gaze out at the Brandenburg Gate from the two-Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, while dining on contemporary European fare by chef de cuisine Hendrik Otto. Star chef Tim Raue also holds court on-site, serving Japanese-Thai fusion at Germany’s first outpost of his international hotspot restaurant and bar, Sra Bua. Burn it all off at a yoga class at the spa by Resense, in the indoor pool or with a morning trainer at the gym.
In the Area
Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, guests have easy access to Berlin’s sights from the hotel’s central Mitte location, including the Reichstag (go to the top for views of Tiergarten and the striking glass dome), picturesque Gendarmenmarkt and Neue Synagoge’s golden dome. Simply strolling along the Unter den Linden will take visitors past historic and religious architectural gems, war memorials and embassies, all under the shade of the linden trees which give the boulevard its name. At the other end, the walk culminates on Museum Island in the Spree River, home to five noteworthy state museums including the Pergamon.
How to Get There
Everything about this place is classy. Service ultra- efficient, rooms high standard. Fantastic really when you think that you are eating the most wonderful breakfast as part of the room price when in New York it would be costing you 100 dollars a time.
Went for a long run before breakfast. On my return I was stopped at the front door by the doorman who said ‘stop there, I’ve got something for you’. He went to his work station and gave me a bottle of water!
That’s the sort of place it is.
The staff at Hotel Adlon has a truly exceptional service ethos. Everyone at every level was a pleasure to deal with. The room was luxurious without being pretensious. .The location, adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate, cannot be beaten and the hotel serves The Breakfast of the Gods. What’s not to like?
Definitely a very nice hotel. I really appreciated the Christmas Day policy to only serve residential guests in the lounge/lobby as it’s my understanding that it can get very busy normally. I found the staff extremely polite and helpful. In fact I would say the staff is some of the best (as a whole) that I’ve experienced in the world.
The biggest mistake was booking us into the wrong room category, despite having made the reservation about 5 months in advance, they put us into a junior suite, rather than an executive suite. By the time we had lunch, got up to the room and saw that it was all wrong, all of the good suites had gone and we ended up with the only one they had left- definitely the worst. Weirdly designed so that the bathroom wasn’t actually en-suite and we had to walk through the living room to get to it. Also, while we were waiting for the correct suite, they allowed us to stay in the Junior suite but when the bellboy came to get us, he insisted on bringing the complimentary tea tray and half eaten biscuit with us. Really? You couldn’t have just put a fresh set in our new room? Seemed very cheap of you.
As a tip, I would NOT recommend the festive buffet which we had on Christmas Eve on the Bel Etage, it just isn’t worth the 125 euro (or whatever it was) per person. Food not that great, didn’t include anything to drink and they also tried to charge me twice.
The restaurant Quarre, whilst beautiful and chic with very nice staff is just not of a high enough standard when it comes to the food. Frankly they need a new chef who understands flavours. Bland yet over salted. Not good.
The gym/spa is like a warren down in the basement and is genuinely eerie at night. You’ll see what I mean. Didn’t like it. Hope they have CCTV down there as felt unsafe when abandoned by staff.
They charge 12.5 euros for a 750ml bottle of water. It’s not about the money as much as the gross price markup. It’s just seems disrespectful to charge so much for water and very greedy. Again it’s not the 12.50 per se, it’s the feeling of being ripped off.
We had Christmas Day Dinner in the Lorenz Esszimmer 2 Michelin stars and from the staff, to the decor and menu, it was just sublime. (Small thing- please don’t serve butter in the standard wrappers that you give people for breakfast and other parts of the hotel etc. Seems cheap). But we loved it!
The breakfast is spectacular. Egg station, “caviar”, champagne, honey comb and so many options.They also had a pianist on Christmas morning which was truly magical.
Housekeeping was really good! We loved our maid and the supervisor who came to make sure we were happy had a fabulous personality.
The room service was literally the best I’ve ever had. So polite and delicious food.
Lastly the lovely doorman who helped us with our luggage and even bent down to wave us goodbye.
We would definitely return to this hotel and recommend.
Great location, great service, incredibly comfortable and well laid out rooms, wonderful breakfast, even an Asian counter, but ...... all in all a completely uneventful experience. Even the colors at the hotel are muted, never saw so many shades of beige. Never felt the urge to sit in the lobby.
But in a way isn’t that just what you need when you have days jam packed with meetings. It was one of those trips where I simply didn’t have the energy to dine with colleagues or the few Berlin friends I have. Had two evenings of room service in my comfortable room. Food arrived timely, served with a smile, good food. I was happy as a dog with two tails. Had no time for the gym nor pool. Sure it’s beautiful and .... all beige.
I will go back but only on business trips and for those trips I highly recommend it.
I stayed here 10 days. My stay was ok and the management even gave me an upgrade, but there were several annoyances.
First, the room was built to mimic the 1920s, with small broken-up spaces, not my personal preference.
Second, on about five or six different occasions over ten days I called the front desk, was told by the Operator they were busy, and was assured they would call me back, and not once did anyone ever do so. I guess if you’re not an ambassador or the Queen of England, you are not high on their priorities.
Third, the electric curtain broke down on my eighth day. I reported it, was later told it was fixed, but it wasn’t. When I reported it again, Housekeeping tried to convince me on the phone that I must be mistaken. Upon my insistence they finally sent a technician, who fiddled with it for 30 minutes then admitted he couldn’t fix it. My room was right above a busy street corner, so for the rest of my stay I had to try to hold the open curtains together with chairs and books.
Fourth, their plain-clothes security need to be taught manners. On one occasion I asked one of them directions (this is a cavernous hotel that spans a very large city block), and he was curt and unhelpful. On another occasion, as I entered the hotel, a guard challenged me as if I didn’t belong there. Since in ten days I never saw this happen to any other person in the lobby, I can only suppose he decided that an Asian with a limp was a suspicious character.
Fifth, the restaurant Quarre (which I tried on my first night) is horrible, so bad that I never bothered to try any other restaurant in the hotel. As for the place where they serve breakfast, it is too crowded, and the system for seating arriving guests is quickly overwhelmed.