We were undecided between the Hotel de Rome and the Adlon, and we made the right choice. The Hotel de Rome is located on the Bebelplatz, very near Museum Island, and just off Unter den Linden, at the opposite end from the Brandenburg Gate. It's a terrific location, and when the construction is completed on the theater that stands near the hotel, it will be part of a stunning architectural composition. The hotel is located in the old Dresdner Bank building, which was a socialist office during the separation. It's quite a beautiful restoration and adaptation of an old building.
The style is quiet elegance, with very contemporary furnishings. I'm not sure how much longer the furnishings can last without becoming dated, and the carpets in the room floor hallways is right at the point of needing replacement. That might be our only negative.
The service was excellent, although we did not rely on the hotel staff for much. We had made most plans in advance. The doorman did offer up the the hotel limo to take us to our restaurant one evening, which was a great unexpected pleasure.
The room was on the small side, but if you check out the website and look at the photos of the rooms, you can see that size varies widely. Although tight, the room had everything we could wish for, short of coffee making facilities. All the expected 5 star amenities were in place, with the exception of a US style outlet in the bathroom. A separate shower was much appreciated.
We didn't have a regular meal in the restaurant, but as we were there around New Years Eve we decided to splurge on their dinner and dancing special, which included a visit to the roof terrace of the hotel to see the fireworks bringing in the New Year. A really special treat. The food was good, but not exceptional. I think that I would use the hotel restaurant for a (very expensive) breakfast or have a quick snack in the bar, which we did a couple times. The breakfast buffet was extensive and quite good.
We did check out the Adlon for a wildly expensive breakfast one morning, but were reassured that we had made the right decision staying at the Hotel de Rome. Much more our style than all the traditional style at the Adlon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de Rome is located on Bebelplatz, off Unter den Linden. It is a conversion of an existing building constructed in 1889 by architect Ludwig Heim (appointed master builder of the government), which housed the head office of Dresdner Bank until 1945. This is one of the few luxury hotels in Berlin located in an original building making use of its full architectural splendour and thereby offering guests an authentic Berlin experience.The ornate and classical design of the original building has been given a contemporary twist by designer Tommaso Ziffer, who also designed the Hotel de Russie in Rome. Tommaso Ziffer has been assisted by architects Aukett + Heese with Olga Polizzi and her design team at Rocco Forte Hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Rome Hotel
- De Rome Berlin