Arrival/Check-In: In the heart of the hustle and bustle of Berlin we found ourselves arriving at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin on a sunny day, which also happened to be my birthday. The lobby featured a gorgeous chandelier and a Baroque-style staircase to the level above. Excited about the day ahead, we arrived quite early to check in, around 9 a.m. Of course, the room was not yet ready, but the staff kindly offered us coffee while we waited. Shortly afterward the room was ready, and we checked in within minutes. The friendly staff welcomed me with happy birthday wishes at check-in, and the wishes continued during my stay.
Guest Quarters: As I walked into the room, I noticed a tray of delicious goodies that included a few desserts and a fruit plate along with a birthday card from room service. That was one of three birthday cards I received from the staff during my two-night stay. It was a wonderful way for the staff to go that extra mile, so simple yet so thoughtful. Offering views of the Potsdamer Platz, the spacious junior suite offered plenty of room to roam in the living area, office and bedroom — each sporting a large, flat-screen TV. The marble bathroom not only included an oversized bathtub but also had his and her sinks along with Asprey amenities. The king-sized bed was more than comfortable, and I took full advantage of it, even enjoying a quick nap one afternoon. That is something I rarely do.
Services/Amenities: Although I didn’t take full advantage of all the services at this beautiful property, they include a bath butler and a shoe butler as well as catering services. Each morning I enjoyed reading my complimentary newspaper while indulging in room service for breakfast. I also discovered the little oasis in the spa area consisting of a sauna, pool and fitness room. It is a perfect way to unwind from your busy day.
Definitely do lunch or dinner at The Brasserie Desbrosses, a fresh, farm-to-table concept serving creative dishes made with organic vegetables and herbs cultivated at the hotel’s own field. Ask for wine recommendations, but the house red is immaculate. Try the steak tartar and the buffala burrata, but you can’t go wrong with any of the dishes. Even the bread and butter were incredible.
◆ Visit Fragrances, a cocktail bar based on perfumes, for an evening of unique indulgence. Even though I didn’t get a chance to experience it, I put it on my bucket list for next time.
◆ For pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap, stop at The Curtain Club and catch the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. each night. I’m disappointed my schedule didn’t allow me to do so.
◆ In the mood for afternoon tea? You’ve come to the right place. The luxurious Tea Lounge even features its own tea sommeliers — both tea masters trained in India.
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
Potsdamer Platz 3
Berlin, 10785 Germany
tel 493 033 7777
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