Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a city of contradictions. While it holds the history of one of the most turbulent times in recent memory, it also is home to exceptional museums, universities, and architectural marvels. In the center of this once tormented city lies the beautiful Bebelplatz, a public square surrounded by exquisite architecture that is also the site of significant historic events. Those well-versed in World War II history know the infamous Nazi book burnings occurred in the Bebelplatz.
But in stark contrast to such dark times, the magnificent buildings around the square are a wonder to behold and a must-see venue on a Berlin vacation. Though the Old Library, the State Opera House, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, and the other buildings were nearly destroyed during the war, through the years, they were painstakingly returned to their former glory. In addition to the architecture, set in the paving stones of the Bebelplatz, is the Library Memorial, a small glass square that allows visitors to look under the square to empty bookshelves.
Seated directly on the Bebelplatz, next to St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, is Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Rome. Built in 1889, the Hotel de Rome was originally the headquarters of Desdner Bank. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the building was restored. Throughout this five star hotel, guests can observe little touches of the building’s original purpose. Just minutes from Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and Museum Island, home to 5 distinct art and artifact museums, the location of Hotel de Rome make it one of the best hotels for every Berlin vacation.
Hotel de Rome is comprised of 108 beautifully appointed rooms, each of which has the touch of designers, Olga Polizzi and Tomasso Ziffer. At this five star hotel, the 37 suites play upon the unique history of the building it calls home. The Historic Banker Suite was formerly a conference room. Now, guests will delight in the whimsy of finding the hidden compartments that were lovingly preserved during reconstruction. In the Humbolt Historic Suite, guests can marvel at the original oak ceiling. However, guests looking to experience the utmost in luxury at this exclusive getaway should look no further than the Royal Bebel Suite. A gorgeous mix of antique and contemporary, this suite includes a full library of over one thousand books. But the most impressive and breathtaking feature is the 27 yard wide balcony overlooking the incredible Bebelplatz.
As with all Rocco Forte Hotels, suite guest receive access to exclusive perks such as a personalize concierge, packing and unpacking service, garment pressing, and an in-room mini bar. There are also special treats for families staying in a Hotel de Rome suite such as children being gifted a stuffed teddy bear named Eugen.
Hotel de Rome is home to three dining establishments. La Banca features family style, classic Italian fare. The restaurant is decorated with the works of local artists. On the Rooftop Terrace, guests can enjoy a gorgeous view across Berlin while dining on a seasonal menu created to refresh in the summer and warm in the winter. Guests seeking a traditional English tea complete with over 30 loose teas and varies treats will delight in Opera Court. Opera Court can also be reserved for private dinners of up to 60 people.
Spa de Rome is available to pamper and attend to the wellness of Hotel de Rome guests. In addition to body treatments, the spa is has a Finnish sauna, a 20 meter indoor pool, steam room, and fitness center. Fitness experts are on staff to provide personal training and private yoga sessions.
With its desirable location in the center of Berlin, Hotel de Rome is one of the best hotels for events and meetings. Not only can the hotel host meetings in their 5 meeting rooms, it provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for luxury destination weddings. Capable of serving 250 guests, the Hotel de Rome ballroom has a neutral pallet, 19th century mosaic ballroom floor, and a nearly 33 foot glass ceiling. To add to the special day, uniquely, Hotel de Rome has a wedding license which allows the hotel to host the ceremony as well as the reception.
A visit to Berlin should be on every traveler’s bucket list as the city is awash with art, culture, and history. On that visit, there is no better place to experience the epitome of luxury than Hotel de Rome.