Hotel De Rome: A monument to power, culture and sophisticated luxury
This glorious hotel which is in the former headquarters of the Dresdner Bank has one of the most desirable addresses in Berlin. It’s on the Bebelplatz next to the State Opera and a short walk to Museum Island, one of the greatest cultural quarters in Europe, along with Palazzo Doria, as well as a mere ten minutes from the Brandenburg Gate. While retaining all the architectural splendour of the 19th-century building, with its high ceilings and classical proportions, the designers of The Rocco Forte Collection, headed by Olga Polizzi, have imbued the hotel with contemporary chic – all vibrant colours, rich fabrics and flower decorations the size of small forests.
From its imposing entrance hall a huge lobby lounge studded with vast velvet-backed sofas, the whole experience is one of splendour. This is echoed in the sheer size and opulence of the rooms and suites, some of which have fantastic views of the Platz and beyond to Unter den Linden, and also the grandeur of the public rooms, including the restaurant and the roof terrace which is used for al fresco dining in the summer.
Downstairs in the walk-in former jewellery vault is a gem of a spa to rival the one I visited in Hotel Anassa, complete with fitness-centre and a swimming pool whose walls are decorated with gold-flecked mosaics.
The sound of music, in the grand city of music
Experience the sound of the city – beg, borrow, steal or simply ask the concierge to get you tickets for Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. No other orchestra has that oomph!
You can bank on style at this former Dresdner headquarters now luxury hotel. Splendour with a contemporary twist makes for the perfect residence in a city of intellectual chic.
In the upcoming district of Friedrichshain you will find Berlinomat. If you want Berlin design, it’s all here. Icke Berlin, Magaco, Presque Fini, Nix amongst the 150 in stock. Minimalist space and scads of modern chic, so you’ll instantly feel cool in this rare atmosphere. Clothing, jewellery, furniture, it’s all here.
Life is a cabaret, so sang Sally Bowles in Bob Fasse’s legendary film. Also legendary is Bar Jeder Verunft where you can experience amazing musical extravaganzas from song and dance to comedy. Curtain up in an Art Nouveau mirrored tent that dates to 1912, just stunning. Come to the cabaret, old chum, it’s simply wunderbar.
If you like a really good coffee go to Bonanza Coffee Heroes. Worth the wait for sublime coffee from talented baristas. The perfect blend, creamy and punchy. I can smell it’s aroma now. It’s on the edge of Mauerpark with outside seating for good weather and great on Sunday when the market is in full swing.
It seems only natural that you should experience a beer garden and Prater has been serving up since 1837. Everyone goes, and with every beer imaginable on tap and fabulous food to go with it, then if the sun is shining, go. Families and trendy locals are all side by side at the wooden tables. Bottoms up!
Jules is a writer for various online lifestyle mags. When she is not travelling the world, she’s chilling in a spa in Arizona most likely.