Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann

A tranquil, utterly stylish Berlin escape
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.

Plum walls with white trim and checkerboard floors greet you at check-in. The striking two-story lobby looks like the backdrop for a 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 look is equally chic in the new GQ Bar. Under its ornate coffered ceiling, black-and-white herringbone walls are adorned with large black-and-white fashion photos and a sleek black bar beckons.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The dazzling décor in the public spaces makes you want to linger.

• The GQ Bar has found its first permanent location in Western Europe within the Berlin hotel. Sip a Manhattan in the dark, sexy space.

• Tucked away in the basement, you’ll find the spa, which includes a peaceful indoor pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, Finnish sauna, salon and gym.

• The leafy grounds beg for you to take a walk or just sit back and bask in the beauty of the numerous trees, gurgling fountain and statues.

• Admire the 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.
Things to Know
• 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.

• 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.
The Rooms
• The 43 rooms and 10 suites in the 1914 boutique hotel each bear a unique design from owner Patrick Hellmann.

• Newly redesigned rooms have “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 accommodations’ palette sticks to fresh and sophisticated with gray, purple, black and white.

• The Grunewald Suite Karl Lagerfeld was designed by its namesake fashion icon. The handsome suite comes with a spacious living room and an art deco bathroom with white marble flooring and French handmade seafoam-green wall tiles.

• The largest is the 2,153-square-foot Kaiser Suite. The elegant dining room seats six and there are two bedrooms, but the centerpiece is the antique library with its original frescoes.
The Restaurants
• 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.

• In the summer, opt to take your meals in the terrace to take in views of the lovely landscape.

• The GQ Bar also serves food. Expect elevated pub food, like wagyu burgers, with watercress and peppercorn umami.

• The hotel will open a Vogue Bar later this year.
Getting There
Brahmsstraße 10, 14193 Berlin, Germany
TXL (14 min)  
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