101, Kurfürstendamm - 10711 BERLIN (Quartier : Charlottenburg) - Allemagne -Berlin, Germany -See the map
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Open since 2004, the Ku' Damm 101 offers a pleasant insight into the present trend of the hospitality industry, demonstrated by the ultra-contemporary architecture and decor it displays. Guests move around in a stylish hotel where minimalist decor and originality are the hallmarks of its design. Located outside the city, the Ku Damm enjoys delightfully quiet surroundings. Avoid it, however, if you are allergic to walking: the nearest underground station is a 10 minute walk away. We would primarily recommend this hotel to young people.
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Located at number 101 on the famous Kurfürstendamm avenue (affectionately nicknamed Ku'Damm), the aptly named Ku' Damm 101 is unfortunately less blessed with the avenue's advantages (shopping centres, bars, restaurants, activities and attractions) than some of its neighbours. This part of the street is indeed much quieter than the rest... The slight drawback, as far as the location is concerned, is that the nearest underground station (Halensee) is a 10/15 minute walk away. However, the bus network is very dense in the area.
The doors to the 169 guest rooms lead into a very soft and gentle minimalist decor. Some may even find the decoration a little bit bleak, but one thing is for sure: guests feel at ease in them. The bed sits in a white and beige corner, the floor of the bedroom area is made of linoleum in an off-white shade (black around the desk area), a contemporary television unit comes to life thanks to a vintage television set, the windows are very big, etc... Everything is very carefully designed with nothing left to chance. Forget about carpeting, which is a real nightmare for people allergic to dust mites, and mini bars, which are no use to guests who would rather have a drink at the real bar. Three room categories are available: standard (20m²), comfort (22 to 30m²) and 'Upper' standard (35 to 38m²). Every room is equipped with a safe and a cordless telephone, and a bathroom with either a shower or a bathtub, hospitality products, and a hairdryer. Note that bathrobes are available on request and that air-conditioning is only installed in superior standard rooms.
It is hard to imagine the wonders hiding behind the plain-looking windows of this modern building. Yet, as soon as you step inside the lobby, you will realize that this hotel stands out from the rest, even though it follows the present trend of the hospitality industry: a stylish and minimalist interior design. The hall itself is kind of 'alien to this world': semi-circular sofas, light columns, pony-shaped chairs (or frog-shaped, whatever takes your fancy!), ephemeral decoration designed for special events, etc. The idea was to blend all these features with natural materials such as wood, which has incidentally crept up all over the reception counter. The rest of the amenities also wander off the beaten track: the computer is used standing up, (discreet) music plays throughout the corridors, and the visually impaired will find their way thanks to an ingenious system of brushes hooked on the walls, on a floor dedicated to them. As for the spa, it is hidden in the midst of a floor of guest rooms, but no oriental decor is to be found here: the interior decorators opted for a mixture of parquet flooring and bathroom tiles! Equipped with a hammam and a treatment room, it may be a touch too small...
Food and drink
There is no restaurant between the walls of the Ku Damm 101, but guests can nevertheless enjoy some nibbles, like sandwiches or soup, at the lobby bar from 10:00am to 2:00am. There is talk of a true restaurant opening its doors in the present smokers' room. A call for bids has indeed already been sent to some architects! For the moment, breakfast is served from 6:30am to 10:00am on week days, until 11:00am on Saturdays, and 1:00pm on Sundays. Ideal for weekend clubbers! Note that freshly squeezed fruit is the only extra charge. Located on the 7th floor, the breakfast room displays a decor identical to the one found in the guest rooms (chairs, linoleum) and offers a superb view of the city. You will also be able to eat out on the terrace in warm weather.
The Ku' Damm 101 is a place where art is generally appreciated: the stylish architecture and furniture are complemented by a great deal of artwork, in the rooms as well as in the common areas. One room has even been requisitioned to exhibit the works of a German artist. This area may be turned back into a smoking lounge, or exhibit the work of other artists in the future...
Located slightly outside of the city but close to the elegant Ku'Damm avenue, the Kronprinz is a 'boutique hotel come historic monument'. This is an original combination in this city, where most hotels were built after the fall of the wall. The owner himself may even tell you a little bit about the hotel's history, going back over a hundred years! While some rooms may seem a little outdated compared to those found in the numerous contemporary hotels of the city, some of the others are extremely charming, decorated in a lovely Provencal style... The hotel is acclaimed by guests on business trips but also attracts a good number of holidaying couples.
There are many prestigious hotel groups to have opened an establishment in the German capital and Swissotel is no exception. It's a reassuring establishment for those who are not used to travelling, and a guarantee of quality for globetrotters. Although the interior decorating is modern enough, it doesn't really stand out among its sister establishments in other countries. Although this hotel is in Berlin, it could very well be anywhere in the world... It's an establishment to be recommend to travellers who don't like surprises..
The Breibtreu 31 is a small friendly hotel that opened in 1995. This original and modern establishment was entirely built according to ecological standards. It is elegant and sober and stands out for its attention to detail and peaceful surroundings. A couple of ounces of finesse in the heart of Berlin's bustle! The small size of the establishment hasn't prevented it from having two bars, a restaurant, a small area for relaxing and a flower shop. Recommended for guests of all ages.
This modern, functional city hotel belonging to Spanish hotel chain Abba only opened in 2009 and is actually pretty well-located, just a few minutes' walk from the famous shopping street commonly referred to as Kudamm. The hotel also boasts a car park and a well-being centre consisting of a gym, a sauna and a jacuzzi surrounded by deckchairs. The guest rooms, meanwhile, come with all the basics you would expect, including a television, a mini-bar and even a trouser-press. What's more, if you've forgotten to bring your laptop with you or you simply need to quickly surf the internet, you can always borrow one from reception.
The Berlin City Center opened in 2002 and is the newest of Berlin's art'otel establishments. Art by the world famous Andy Warhol was chosen to decorate the walls of this decidedly pop-art space, which is easily recognizable from the outside thanks to the giant stickers and posters on the facade. Although there are no sporting facilities and there is no spa centre or gastronomic restaurant, this enables you to better appreciate the establishment's two main assets: its location and its decor. This urban hotel is an establishment recommended for art lovers, or for those who simply want a bit of colour during their stay in Berlin.
This unpretentious member of the German Grand City chain benefits from a highly practical location if you are looking to discover the famous Kurfürstendamm avenue and the stylish areas of former West Berlin. Having said that, don't expect to find a luxury establishment. The 3 star Grand City Berlin Ku'damm offers few facilities and its 81 guest rooms are small and rather basic, providing no more than the strict minimum. Internet access is charged.
Its name may be sunny but the California Hotel does little to light up Kurfürstendamm avenue, where it has been residing for 25 years. Even its 4 star status is deceiving in a city where hotels are continuously outdoing each other in terms of their imaginative interior decoration. Despite the opening of a brand new section and a few originally themed suites, the California is far below the general standard of its competitors. Although the interior decoration is not very original, the hotel does offer quality services.
This hotel is a member of the German chain, Gran City, and nestles at the heart of the sophisticated district of Charlottenburg, a stone's throw from the famous Ku'damm avenue. It is a comfortable 4-star establishment, but is slightly lacking in terms of facilities. However, it is nicely decorated and has a sushi bar where you can enjoy fusion cuisine with Latin American influences. Guests who book into one of the executive rooms, which are called 'business rooms' here, have free access to the executive lounge reserved for them, and can use the computers and printer provided here. Fitness fanatics, meanwhile, can cross the road to use the facilities of the neighbouring hotel, the Berlin Zentrum.
The original facade of this establishment, one of the German capital's finest, says a great deal about its illustrious past, and the Hôtel de Rome is in fact one of the few luxury hotels to have taken up residence in a period establishment. Having said that, it's still hard to imagine the wonders concealed behind its walls, a tasteful combination of old and contemporary, from the superb entrance hall to the wonderful spa housed in the building's former vault. This hotel comes highly recommended to all those who have the means to stay there, and if you haven't, at least try the restaurant!
The Adlon Kempinski is a historic luxury hotel in Berlin, also considered one of the world's most beautiful hotels. At the foot of the Brandenburg Gate, this highly luxurious hotel aspires to be the worthy successor of the illustrious hotel located on the same spot and destroyed during World War 2, but it does claim a modern facet to its service and decor. Managed by the Kempinski group, this hotel is hailed by all as a gem of architecture, with perfect technique and ambiance. These assets did not leave celebrities such as Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin or still, many politicians, who all stayed at this hotel, unmoved. Ideal for a little break or even just a little glimpse!
Most of the guests staying at this elegant hotel, which stands between the avenues of 'Unter den Linden' and 'Friedrichstraße', do not know about its history. The chunk of wall displayed near the front door is the first clue. Built in 1987, the Westin Grand Hotel replaced a shopping centre destroyed during the Great War. This establishment inherited its predecessor's refinement, as well as a few almost identically reconstructed former characteristics. The rest of the hotel teeters between a classical and a contemporary style. Everyone should be able to find what they are looking for here... as long as they can afford it of course!
You might be wondering how the Lux 11, which opened in 2005, got its name. The truth is, this very popular upmarket hotel in the country's capital is, in fact, located between numbers 9 and 13 on a discreet little street in the select Mitte district of the city. This once sad little corner of former East Germany has since been taken over by a large number of art galleries, boutiques, lively bars, and even celebrities. With its minimalist white and fuchsia pink geometric decor, the hotel will undoubtedly appeal to a young and trendy clientele.
Ideally located to explore the most modern district of Germany's capital city, the Ritz-Carlton Berlin has established itself at the heart of Potsdamer Platz. An elegant first class hotel, it is just a stone's throw away from the city centre. Its hushed atmosphere is sure to please vacationing couples as well as business travellers.
The Berlin Hilton is one of the city's luxury establishments, offering deluxe rooms with fantastic views over the square of Gendarmenmarkt and the Französischer Dom church. From the decoration of the 601 guest rooms to the furnishing in the communal areas, where a mixture of modern features and older items sets the scene, the interior decor has been closely thought out, right down to the smallest detail. In addition to the varied set of facilities, which include a swimming pool, a gym, a hair stylist and a beauty salon, the Hilton also boasts an à la carte restaurant that serves regional gourmet specialities. Breakfast, on the other hand, consists of a copious buffet of delicious dishes served every morning in a first-floor dining room.
It is considered by some as 'the only modern luxury hotel' of Berlin. Open since 1998, the Grand Hyatt is certainly part of the very close circle of highly luxurious hotels in the German capital city. As it stands close to the famous Potsdamer Platz, the hotel benefits from an ideal location close to the splendid Christmas market in winter and inevitably enjoys the proximity of shops and restaurants open all year round. Guests can also use the in-house spa, so the activities are endless, whether indoors or outdoors!
The Berlin Movenpick hotel is much like its home town. It's a surprisingly trendy establishment. It was built in 1914 by Herr Siemens, opposite his first factory, and still shows many industrial architectural elements of that era, associated with a modern interior and noble materials such as European wallnut wood. With items taken from the ancient next-door railway station decorating each floor, the industrial interior is complete. The establishment includes 243 fully-equipped rooms (the standard ones feature a bathtub designed by Philippe Starck), a business centre with two computers connected to the Internet, a gym and a sauna. The restaurant and its large bay window which opens up in the summer are worthy of mention.