The Ritz-Carlton Berlin
What it is
A recently revamped ode to 1920s Berlin with glitzy interiors in all 303 rooms, a pool and Finnish sauna, and the city’s largest ballroom.
What it isn't
Adults only. Berlin has a grown-ups-only reputation, but the Ritz Kids program pulls out all the stops for wee ones, including a special kids check-in and even drawing kits.
What we think
Glamour lives even larger in this Ritz-Carlton outpost, which is so unflappably fabulous looking it could have been a film set for any number of Art Deco-era blockbusters. The attention to detail recall Berlin's golden age, even in the most basic of rooms. Take the starter “Deluxe Rooms,” where sculptural furniture, plush purple upholstery and glitzy gold finishes will transport you to one of humanity’s most groundbreaking design epochs. (Asprey toiletries, marble-lined bathrooms with heated floors and lightning-fast free Wi-Fi ensure you’re thoroughly in the present when it comes to pampering). It’s worth it to upgrade to a Corner Deluxe Suite for a panoramic view over Potsdamer Platz, not to mention a generous floor plan of 613 square feet.
You're here because
You’ve gotten really into tea lately, and The Lounge has a tea sommelier that curates piping hot tipples from French tea company Mariage Frères.
You were, frankly, a little wary when you heard the concept behind Fragrances—the hotel’s glitzy new concept bar, where mixologist Arnd Heissen whips up cocktails based on perfumes. You shouldn’t have been. One sip of your bespoke drink and your eyes close, and you’re instantly transported to 1920s Hollywood to become the silver screen star you know is inside you.
Berlin’s Mitte neighb, within a quick walk of 519-acre Tiergarten park and the iconic glass dome of Reichstag, originally opened in 1894. Hotel staffers have put together a 6-mile jogging map that’s a must for runners; you’ll wend by Brandenburg Gate as you work off your schnitzel.
Restaraunts & Bars
POTS - German cuisine with a contemporary twist
Tea Lounge - Features nightly cocktails
The Curtain Club - Latin flavors and music
Fragrances - Led by master mixologist Arnd Heissen, guests are invited to discover their signature drink by finding their favorite elements of a fragrance.
This isn't necessarily the best family spot, however, the hotel has some cool features for children like mini Mercedes pedal cars and hands-on waffle cooking.