Every city has one. For Paris, it’s the Ritz, in London, Claridges will suffice. In Berlin, the hotel with the old-school ‘x’ factor is undoubtedly the Adlon. Located just meters from the Brandenburger Tor, the building is over 100 years old, during which time it has been home from home to many a president, politician and troubled (late) baby wielding stars that have all brought a little notoriety or controversy onto the premises.
But the Adlon is much more than a Mecca for the rich and famous. It’s also a friendly nod to the Belle Epoque grandeur of hotels from days gone by, and clearly has no intention of modernizing its aesthetic to keep up with Berlin’s edgier, more minimalist mini-breakers. Suffice to say then, it’s not every modernist design guru’s cup of tea.
There’s no end to the international guests checking in, a crowd that get their kicks out of bustling lobby bars, ornate stained glass ceilings and a classic Grecian style spa—where the creature comforts are surprisingly cutting-edge.
It also ticks big boxes for foodies wishing to fulfill their Michelin star cravings; the place boasts not one, but three pointy stars. Our tip to get the best from the Adlon? Take breakfast in the far corner of the ground floor dining room and enjoy sipping a freshly pressed pear juice whilst overlooking the Brandenburger Tor.