A tranquil, utterly stylish Berlin escape
43 Rooms / 10 Suites
Stroll along the tree-lined streets in Berlin’s tranquil, residential Grunewald district and you could easily miss Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel. Tucked behind baroque-style gates, it blends in with the surrounding stately homes. The only hint that the discreet former palace is a hotel is the gold luggage cart near the side entrance.
Even when you step inside, it feels more like your own private mansion than a cookie-cutter hotel. Of course, it helps that German fashion veteran Karl Lagerfeld designed the utterly stylish interiors.
The dazzling décor in the public spaces makes you want to linger. Plum walls with white trim and checkerboard floors greet you at check-in. The striking two-story lobby looks like the backdrop for a fashion magazine spread — crimson damask covers the walls, a dark wood coffered ceiling and matching accents add richness and a gold chandelier dangles above dark purple velvet sofas.
The cozy Le Tire Bouchon is fashioned to look like a British gentleman’s club, with a herringbone wood floor, black indented ceiling lined with gold, gold-and-cream-striped wallpaper and a wood bar. Sink into one of the brown leather chesterfield sofas flanking fireplace, sip a whiskey sour and take in the faint scent of cigars (it also serves as a cigar lounge).
The adjoining sitting room goes for a more opulent look with wood walls with gold flourishes, mirrored panels and a crystal chandelier.
The 43 rooms and 10 suites in the 1914 boutique hotel are undergoing a renovation by Schlosshotel’s new owner, Patrick Hellmann. The German designer ensures that it will remain a fashion hotel, but he’s looking to inject the spaces with new life.
He unveiled new rooms with “New York” and “Boheme” themes. Fabrics from Hellmann’s suits adorn the room — velvet, silk and flannel — and embroidered details you’d see on clothing pop up throughout, like the “PHC” (Patrick Hellmann Collection) monogram on the doorknob and the throw pillow. The palette sticks to fresh and chic with gray, purple, black and white.
Hellmann also refreshed the small basement-level spa, which includes a peaceful indoor pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, Finnish sauna, salon and gym. The spa also gives you access to the lovely grounds of Berlin hotel.
You also can admire the leafy grounds from Le Jardin. The glass-walled conservatory lets you gaze into the garden as you have your eggs, buffalo mozzarella, pretzel bread and mango lassi shooter in the morning.
For other meals, visit Vivaldi Restaurant. Decked out with wood-paneled walls with gold details and tables dressed in white cloth, the opulent fine-dining restaurant focuses on Mediterranean-influenced food. Try dishes like lamb with rhubarb, beans, carrots, baby potatoes and shallots.
While the Grunewald hotel is in West Berlin, it’s a ways outside of the city center. This is the place to visit when you want to escape the quick pace of the city in favor of peaceful, private surroundings.
Schlosshotel is close to the 7,413-acre Grunewald forest filled with trees and lakes and about four miles from the Kurfürstendamm shopping strip and sites like Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Zoo Berlin.
But a car is necessary if you plan to leave the hotel grounds and do any exploring. If that’s the case, rent Schlosshotel’s Rolls-Royce or pay to have a chauffeur drive you around.