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
The Ritz Carlton in Berlin lives up to the quality of the brand! The rooms are gorgeous, spacious and well fitted. The breakfast was lacking custom made omelettes, pancakes etc. There was not a plate of fruit in my room. So still a few things missing but in all it was a fabulous experience.
1. Warm and friendly doorman (Terry)
2. Great reception at check-in (Daniel)
3. Beautiful building and rooms
4. Upgraded room
1. Air conditioner (cooling) did not work leaving room hot and stuffy for the first night. Could not sleep. Had to ask three times before it was fixed for the second night
2. When asking for an HDMI cable, operator asked if it was to plug into the TV and said it’s not allowed, the TV would block it
3. Right sink in bathroom didn’t drain
4. Rainforest shower head semi broken, spitting water out all over
5. Toilet sprays you when flushed
6. Bath towel had a large, two finger sized ripped hole in it
7. After checking out, was charged for three items in minibar. Nothing was consumed from the minibar. Issue remains outstanding despite phone call and email
Summary: beautiful hotel with pockets of good service ultimately let down by numerous lapses that should not be present in a Marriott category 6 / Ritz property
Top end Ritz Carlton Great location for any sightseeing well within walking distance
Located in Postdamer Platz near the Brandenburg Gate and surrounding attractions
The u bahn station is next to the hotel for easy access to the rest of the city
Very classy place. Beautiful design, great rooms, unbelievably comfortable beds. Slightly oppressive member of bar staff / security - didn’t like people standing talking in the bar and were pretty rude about it. A touch unnecessary given we’d pretty much booked out the whole hotel for the weekend.
Like most Ritz Carlton’s this one has a touch of grandeur about it. The decor is classic, the staff are helpful and friendly. Bedrooms are luxurious, the toiletries are of the highest order (Asprey) and you feel looked after.
This is where is stopped. I have a nut allergy and they were totally unable to cater for this. It amazes me in this day & age where everyone caters for dairy free, gluten free, vegan - but ask for nut free and they can’t do it.
My nut free salad had hazelnuts hidden in the bottom of it, waiters response “just eat bread”, at a conference nothing was labelled and they served large bowls of nuts by all the food.
How many deaths must there be before hotels get this right?!