Review: Waldorf Astoria, Berlin
August 02, 2018
The Waldorf Astoria is renowned for its iconic culinary offerings, claiming to have created dishes such as the Waldorf salad and sweet treat the red velvet cake
Location: Situated in the heart of old West Berlin. The Waldorf Astoria Berlin is just a short walk away from Kurfürstendamm, one of the city’s most elegant streets, best known for its array of upmarket shops and stylish cafes.
First impressions: The property is the epitome of grandeur and sophistication, and this is evident from the moment you walk through the impressive lobby and hear the soothing sound of a grand piano. That quality also shines through in the service, and the decor of the rooms, suites and public areas.
The facts: This 232-room hotel opened its doors in 2013. All rooms and suites offer panoramic views across Berlin, with floor-to-ceiling windows in each. The rooms are immaculately decorated but comfortable, giving a home-from-home feeling. The impressively large bathtub was a favourite feature of mine, while the in-mirror television was one of many smart techie additions. The hotel is home to the only Guerlain spa in Germany and provides the perfect space in which to revive yourself after a busy day exploring the sights and sounds of Berlin. Those who enjoy a cocktail or two should head to the Lang Bar – it’s jazz-inspired vibe is the perfect place to wind down. The library on the 15th floor offers stunning views of the city.
Explore: The hotel’s central location means many of the German capital’s finest attractions are just a short stroll away. The transport links are excellent and right on the hotel’s doorstep. Visits to Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building and the remains of the Berlin Wall are a must, and the Waldorf is the ideal base from which to start your city exploration.
Wow: The Waldorf Astoria is renowned for its iconic culinary offerings, claiming to have created dishes such as the Waldorf salad and sweet treat the red velvet cake. The elegant ROCA restaurant allows for these to be sampled in all their glory. The hotel is now focusing on its latest culinary showstopper, the Champagne and Eggs Breakfast. It might sound like a simple combination but, believe me, there’s not many better ways to kick-start your day than with a glass of bubbly and a delicious plate of eggs benedict.
Book it: B&B from £207. The Champagne and Eggs Breakfast costs £33 including a glass of champagne or £61 with unlimited champagne.