The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
What We Love
- Spacious rooms have views of either the Tiergarten park or buzzy Potsdamer Platz
- The Club Room’s executive lounge with its light meals and Tiergarten-park views
- Easy walking distance to the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, the Reichstag, the Neue Nationalgalerie and Checkpoint Charlie
What To Know
- Overlooking the Sony Center, the immediate area is shiny and new
- The smallest guestroom measures 431 square feet
- WiFi available for an additional $21 per day; starting January, 2016 WiFi will be available for free
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
This 11-story hotel (the floors above the 11th are private apartments) might be just a decade old, but its interiors evoke 18th-century Prussia. Gold-hued royal flourishes adorn carpets, curtains and wallpapers, while marble staircases and bathrooms bring to mind the palaces of the historical German empire. The formally attired staff is efficient and warm.
Bed and Bath
Even the smallest rooms have 430 square feet of space and feature Prussian-inspired interiors – duvets topped with gold-striped bed covers, lacquered wooden desks and blue-and-cream armchairs with footstools. Huge flat-screen TVs and numerous sockets – including some to fit international plugs – add essential modern touches. Elegant white-marble bathrooms have double sinks plus robes and slippers. Make use of the free floral salts during a soak in the double-ended bathtub.
Whether dining alfresco on the Desbrosses Terrace or enjoying freshly baked scones and live piano music in the Tea Lounge, guests enjoy a variety of upscale on-site culinary options. Classic cocktails are served within the wood-paneled walls of The Curtain Club, a bar that evokes the feel of a British gentleman’s a club.
In the Area
There’s little need to hop on the U-bahn metro (directly opposite the hotel entrance) because most top sights are nearby. Take a 15-minute walk to the glass-domed Reichstag parliament building, stopping en route at the Holocaust Memorial and the 18th-century Brandenburg Gate. Afterward, stroll through the vast Tiergarten park, then back toward the hotel via the Neue Nationalgalerie to peruse its 20th- and 21st-century artworks.
How to Get There
From our arrival at reception to the experience at the restaurant and The Curtain Club unfortunately the service has been very poor and unfriendly. On arrival after check-in time our room was not available and they tried to offer a twin room opposed to a king as reserved and Neil at Checkin was less than helpful. We were travelling as a group of 3 couples and when we had a drink in the evening at Curtains Bar found the staff very unhelpful at find a table to the extent of being rude, on one occasion being told to wait in the lobby as we could not get table together and not allowed to order a drink! Having stayed at many 5* hotels around the world, the Ritz Berlin has certainly been the poorest on service. Would certainly not stay again.
We had to move to Ritz Carlton after our usual hotel (Waldorf Astoria) was unable to accommodate us due to a Congress nearby.
However, we were very happy with first impressions and Ritz Carlton was a worthy substitute!
Rooms are very and clean and spacious.
Fitness centre also excellent, especially the treadmills and exercise bikes, all latest equipment.
Bar next to reception was very good, especially the live piano performances.
Breakfast and business lunch in Pott restaurant also worthy of a 5 star hotel.
Staff are super friendly.
Very conveniently located at Potsdamer Paltz, which was in the East before the Fall. The Hop-on Hop-oof bus stops just across the street. the 16 stops take you to all the important sights. arriving every 10 minutes. The hotel was wonderful. Just what we expected from the Ritz-Carlton. More casual than some we stayed at but not an issue. Restaurant was good and the bar food was excellent. We would stay here rahter than the Adlon.