Tradition and elegance in hip West Berlin
246 Rooms / 55 Suites
An icon in western Berlin, Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin opened its doors in 1952 and has since hosted A-listers from John F. Kennedy to Cary Grant and Ava Gardner. Its traditional, classic style feels like an anomaly in today’s increasingly modern West Berlin, and although it was renovated in 2006 there is a certain patina to the establishment. But the charming setting inside a historic building, the excellent service and the prime location near the Kurfürstendamm all remain big draws, as do the luxury hotel’s top-notch restaurants and bright, engaging spa and pool area.
The lobby is grand, with green marble, towering wooden pillars and original Berlin artwork. Much of the hotel reflects this traditional-luxe aesthetic, though the 2009 refurbishment of the 64 rooms in the historically protected tower, which created two new deluxe suites designed by Peter Rudolf in an Art Deco style, is slightly more contemporary.
Berlin's most famous shopping street, colloquially known as Ku’damm, is on the doorstep of Kempinski Bristol. Big-name luxury boutiques like Lagerfeld, lingerie by Anna Dessous and royal porcelain by KPM line the boulevard. The Berlin zoo and aquarium are also nearby, and you can walk to Tiergarten (the city’s largest park) in less than 10 minutes. The U-Bahn station across the street is ideally situated for sites beyond West Berlin, and a limousine service is available on request.
The rooms, spread across several main floors plus an 11-floor tower, are a stylistic mix of classic and modern. All rooms feature a selection of pillows and hypoallergenic bed linens (Tempur mattresses can be provided on request), a TV and minibar, and either a bathtub and/or a shower. Rooms are categorized as either Classic, Superior or Deluxe.
The 55 suites have seven different categories are also range in styles — it’s either traditional and elegant (warm woods, rich fabrics, brass accessories) or contemporary (dark mahogony woods, nuetral color palatte). The most contemporary decor (and stereos with iPod docking stations) can be found in the 64 tower rooms, which were refurbished in 2009. If you’re after great views, go for the Ku’damm Suite, which looks out over the iconic boutique-filled street below.
The Berlin hotel offers a couple of main dining options, including the smart and well-loved Kempinski Grill, which serves Francophile haute cuisine with the occasional modern twist. The more casual, low-key brasserie Reinhard's at Kurfürstendamm specializes in regional Italian and French dishes and has a lovely terrace overlooking Ku’damm.
Gobelin Halle’s fireplace makes it the hotel’s coziest refuge for drinks and light bites, while the slick Bristol Bar offers bespoke cocktails and a rotating batch modern artworks along with a summer garden.
The luxury hotel’s wellness area, kitted out in a light-filled Roman-Greek style, has a heated, 59-foot pool, sauna and steam room with a cold water plunge pool. The spa itself features treatments by AHAVA and a massage menu that spans abhyanga to Swedish. There is also a small fitness room and solarium, plus a pool bar that serves drinks and light snacks.