Brandenburger Hof, Berlin, Germany ****

Q: What is it? A: A very good hotel. With a Michelin-starred restaurant. Plus a huge wine-cellar. Let’s not forget about the great staff. So competent that it might feel a bit… German, (I’ll leave that open to your own interpretation).

The Eislebener Straße in Berlin is a tree-lined street in a resedential area not far from Kurfürstendamm. The location sure adds to the very private feeling of this hotel.

The Eislebener Straße in Berlin is a tree-lined street in a resedential area not far from Kurfürstendamm. The location sure adds to the very private feeling of this hotel.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to this interior. The huge window gives it a lot of character. And at the same time the rest of the room is so… anonymous.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to this interior. The huge window gives it a lot of character. And at the same time the rest of the room is so… anonymous.

Not that I am drooling over those Barcelona chairs. Instead I’d like to direct your attention to the chocolate and the exotic fruit on the plate. Tasty? Oh, yes!

Not that I am drooling over those Barcelona chairs, (of course they were original!). Instead I’d like to direct your attention to the chocolate and the exotic fruit on the plate. Tasty? Oh, yes!

Wrong street?
You’re only moments from telling the cab driver that Entschuldigen Sie bitte, but this can’t be the place! as it looks way too small from the outside. This quiet residential street is tree-lined and tiny and unless the doorman had come out to greet you, you certainly couldn’t tell that you’ve just arrived at one of Berlin’s top hotels. It looks more reassuring when you’re half-way through the doors and at the front desk you know: this sure is the place and it sure delivers.

Don’t come for the design experience.
Numerous design classics are scattered around the building in a somewhat understated way. A Corbusier here, a Mies van der Rohe there. Architects Peter Sauter and Kenji Tsuchiya obviously had a big budget when designing this place. The materials are top notch. There is a winter garden that is referred to as a “a unique combination of Italian monastery courtyard and Japanese garden, providing an oasis of tranquillity at the heart of the bustling city” [sic!]. Still, design is certainly not the trademark of this hotel. I would stick the label ‘cheesy’ on many of the interior details and the rooms are somewhat sterile as the minimalistic approach has been taken a bit too far. It’s the level of service that will keep you coming back.

If everything just was as good as the staff…
The staff is super professional. The concierge manages a late restaurant booking with ease. Bartenders will keep the bar open for you an extra 45 minutes just to serve you another drink and to have a chat. Breakfast is like a buffet but with every item served at the table. Expectations were in the higher quartile but they were exceeded. I was surprised to be so well taken care of. But maybe the level of professionalism makes this hotel feel just a little too business-y for my taste.

Still, I highly recommend this hotel.
The Brandenburger Hof is a very pleasant hotel experience. The Quadriga restaurant boasts one Michelin Star. With such ambitions and a price tag to match them, I’m surprised that WiFi still is available for a fee. That is not something unique for this particular hotel. In most Berlin hotels you will be charged for wireless internet access. Strange. I always thought that Germany was a modern nation. But… apart from a few little dents in the paintwork, you will enjoy your stay at the Brandenburger Hof. It may not end up on the list of hip hotels, but it’s certainly on my shortlist of Berlin hotels where I will be happy to stay more than once.

Hotel Brandenburger Hof
Eislebener Straße 14
D 10789 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Germany

+49-30-214-050

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