Berlin might be all about new urban vibrations but it wasn’t always that way. For the best slice of old-world charm this city has to offer, you only have to go to the Schlosshotel in Grunewald. Well secluded in the city’s western forests, it was built in 1912 as the residential palace for Kaiser Wilhelm’s personal adviser.
Karl Lagerfeld—who else?—redesigned the hotel in the ‘90s and brought everything up to date. For a bit more than a modest sum, you can nab the biggest hotel suite in Berlin, which has its own bedrooms, libraries and posh marble baths. Though for a more realistic price, their standard double rooms still grant spectacular access to the hotel’s pool, bar, spa, garden and even cigar cellar.