Hotel Adlon Kempinski – BERLIN
THE UNOFFICIAL GUEST HOUSE FOR HEADS OF STATE…
Lorenz Adlon (1849 – 1921)
The sheer fascination that begins upon arrival, with the breath-taking view of the famous Brandenburg Gate – equally impressive by day or by night – gets guests in the mood for a
memorable stay at the legendary Hotel Adlon Kempinski. The Hotel Adlon owes its name to its original owner, Lorenz Adlon, who invested 20 million gold marks and
two years into the creation of the hotel, which first opened on 23 October, 1907. After being re-born literally from the ashes after burning down in WWII, admittedly with
some decades delay, the new Adlon has quickly reclaimed its reputation as Berlin’s most illustrious hotel since its re-opening in 1997. Today, the hotel is once again the
gathering place of heads of state, royals, politicians, stars and starlets, intellectuals, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, charming roughs and quirky characters, which
ensures that there will never be a dull moment once one enters the magnificent world that is the Adlon.
Rebuilt from the original designs of the previous Hotel Adlon, the classic building reflects the grandeur of the ‘Unter den Linden’ boulevard perfectly, where it proudly
stands right next to one of Germany’s most historic landmarks – the Brandenburg Gate. 304 spacious rooms and 78 lavish suites, three restaurants (one of which was
awarded two Michelin stars), two bars, 15 meeting and event rooms plus the grand ballroom and the Adlon Palais, a fitness centre with an indoor pool and an exquisite
Adlon Spa by Resense are just some of the facilities of this grand hotel. The hotel’s location is the most prestigious in the German capital; any major outdoor
event in the city will have its start or finish at the Brandenburg Gate and therefore will be at the hotel’s doorstep. It’s in the middle of the governmental and Embassy district
as well. Berlin’s most significant sights and monuments are only a stroll away. A comprehensive cultural repertoire, such as the Museum Island and exclusive shopping
opportunities, is easily accessible via public transport which is within walking distance.
Guest Rooms & Suites
The Adlon houses 304 rooms and 78 suites, some of them overlooking the ‘Unter den Linden’ boulevard and the Brandenburg Gate. Spoilt for space, all rooms have at least
35 sqm of floor space. Two rooms for disabled guests are available with an interior and space modified for wheelchairs, in addition to two similarly modelled bathrooms.
There are also six unique rooms which offer hypoallergenic pillows and fabrics to accommodate guests with allergies. 40 suites are separately accessible from Behrenstrasse,
and feature living and working areas and a kitchenette for long-stay guests. All hotel floors and door borders are made of valuable limestone, while the walls and doors have
tasteful mahogany and cherry furnishings. Ezra Attia Associates(London) and AB Living Designs (Sweden) are responsible for the interior design. A heavy focus has
been placed on the guest bathrooms; with black granite, pale marble and noble wooden furnishings, they boast vanities, a bathtub and an integrated multifunctional dressing table.
One of the technical highlights is the electronic key card system, which simultaneously turns on the lights and air-conditioning when it opens the door. Each
room has an extra quiet fax and an individual fax number and offers satellite TV and high-speed Internet access, in addition to wireless-LAN all over the hotel, two
telephones with DECT-Systems including a portable phone. Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) can be used all over the hotel as well. A
personal safe, a mini-bar and variable multipurpose plugs and PC-access points are part of the standard equipment. Instead of normal switches, the rooms are equipped with easy-to-handle consoles with which the circulation and humidity of the air and the room temperature can be regulated and the nightlight for the room and the bathroom can be switched on and
off. The consoles are hidden discreetly in the bedside tables.
The Lobby Lounge & Bar
The best place to enjoy the unique flair of this truly iconic hotel is set in the heart of the hotel: the Lobby Bar. Additionally,the symbol of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski is provided here: the elephant fountain. The model in its design matches the historic piece; today it is one of many elements that remind of the illustrious past. The gentle sound of piano music and a glass
of chilled champagne, a piece of cake freshly baked in the in-house patisserie or the famous Afternoon Tea are the perfect accompaniment to being pampered by charming head
bartender Franz Höckner and his team.
RELAXING AT THE ADLON
…INTRODUCING THE ADLON SPA BY RESENSE
“Most people do know the Hotel Adlon. Less people know that the spa is also one of
the best spas in Germany.”
As soon as they enter, guests are enveloped in the elegant atmosphere of the Adlon Spa by Resense, designed by interior designer Anne Maria Jagdfeld, as though it were a soft cashmere blanket. The welcoming area, with its fireplace and illuminated walls made of Alabaster, sets the tone of the spacious but cosy and relaxing spa with its elegant mix of minimalism and Manhattan style. The Adlon Spa by Resense offers first class beauty treatments, massages and care programmes, combined with years of expertise, the latest developments in skin research, and natural cosmetic products by Dermalogica and Daniele de Winter Monaco. The spa’s philosophy is based on the firm belief that outer beauty is dependent on inner well-being.
THE FAIRY GODMOTHERS …INTRODUCING THE “LADIES IN RED”, GUEST RELATIONS
“To our guests, we are like good friends; we are their contact person, we always listen to their needs and we are always happy to meet them.”
Those who enter the lobby of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski and are greeted by the friendly smile of an elegant young lady in a bright red designer dress have met one of them: one of the five “Ladies in Red”. These ladies are attentive to the needs of every Adlon guest and strive to satisfy guests’
every wish, whim and fancy. They are available as contact partners around the clock. The “Ladies in Red” operate in addition to the concierges and are the persons to address
whenever the guests have wishes which require complex organizational procedures. Some of those fancy wishes may be the regular guest who would like to have his
mother greeted at the central railway station with some much-loved Bircher muesli or a guest wanting a marriage proppsal made out of chocolate. The most important thing for the “Ladies in Red” is personal contact with their guests. Additionally, they must know the hotel and its departments inside and out and be familiar with the hotel’s internal procedures.
Their aim is to give the guests “happy moments” throughout their stay. For this, smooth and efficient communication and an extensive leeway, are essential.
There is at least one “Lady in Red” in every Kempinski Hotel in the world since March 2010 and in a flagship hotel such as the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, there are as
many as five. The discerning guests were so delighted and grateful for the personal service that, within a very short period of time, the department grew from two to five members of staff. They are the brand ambassadors of Kempinski Hotels and represent the European heritage of the luxury hotel group.
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