Some 800 high-profile guests from the world of showbiz, society, business and media attended the exclusive grand opening of Waldorf Astoria Berlin this week.
Well known performers including Elisa Schmidt, Claudia Lahmann & Orchestra, Malvin Louis & Band and DJ Chan entertained guests at the glamourous event which also featured breathtaking performances by aerial dancers who illuminated the new landmark hotel.
Setting a new standard in luxury for Berlin and the wider German market, Waldorf Astoria Berlin marries the timeless elegance of the legendary flagship, Waldorf Astoria New York, with a unique design inspired by Berlin’s vibrant and contemporary personality.
Featuring 232 luxury guestrooms and suites, the hotel sits within the spectacular new Zoofenster skyscraper, designed by renowned German architect, Professor Christoph Mäckler. With a total of 32 floors and a height of 118 meters all crafted with stone and glass and the city’s highest suite, the splendid presidential suite on the top floor, the Zoofenster and Waldorf Astoria Berlin are a truly magnificent addition to the skyline of Berlin’s City West.
The hotel’s interior design has been conceived by the renowned Parisian agency, Inter Art Etudes, in a timeless yet contemporary interpretation of art deco style. From the lobby to the guest rooms and suites, the hotel’s interior design, is worthy of the prestigious legacy of the famed Waldorf Astoria, which opened its doors in 1931 on New York’s Park Avenue.
The hotel’s enviable location puts guests on the doorstep of some of the city’s most famous tourist attractions. This includes the historic church, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, built as a memorial to Kaiser Wilhelm I, the first man to become emperor of a united Germany. The glamour of the premium shopping boulevard, Kurfürstendamm, known to locals as Germany’s Champs Elysées is only minutes away and contains a plethora of designer fashion houses.
Waldorf Astoria Berlin boasts an impressive range of dining and drinking experiences in a variety of settings and styles. The outstanding attraction is the restaurant run by world-renowned French chef, Pierre Gagnaire. Boasting 12 Michelin stars at restaurants across the globe, Gagnaire requires little introduction and tables at the opulent “Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire” are set to be amongst the most highly sought after of the Berlin restaurant scene.
In addition, the Romanisches Café – renowned as a legendary meeting place for literati, local artists and musicians – has reopened on the ground floor of the hotel, just a stones throw from where it was first located around 100 years ago. The New York-styled Lang Bar offers upmarket ambiance in which to enjoy a range of cocktails and artisan beers. Whilst in the shadow of the famous Waldorf Astoria grandfather clock, Peacock Alley provides signature afternoon teas in a stylish, yet relaxed, environment to complete the hotel’s array of mouth-watering experiences.
Providing further opportunity for indulgence is the hotel’s spa, featuring acclaimed French beauty specialists, Guerlain. With a tradition of excellence in the field of wellness and beauty which can be traced back almost 200 years, the Guerlain Spa Waldorf Astoria sees the trendsetting brand bring its innovative range of treatments to Germany for the very first time.
Guerlain Spa Waldorf Astoria offers eight therapy rooms amid a spacious 1,000 square metre spa area, each individually designed to complement the delivery of a variety of treatments. Guerlain has also developed the “Beauty Revelation” a signature treatment which is exclusive to Waldorf Astoria Berlin, combining rejuvenating body and facial treatments to invigorate the senses and leave guests with a sensation of freshness in both body and mind.In addition to the hotel’s exclusive dining and wellness facilities, Waldorf Astoria Berlin also provides a spectacular venue for meetings, conferences and events hosting from 10 people up to 1200. The second floor of the hotel features a range of exclusive facilities including a 3550 square foot ballroom perfect for extravagant weddings, award ceremonies or banquets. Five private rooms all with the benefit of state of the art equipment and natural lighting throughout, are also available and a wonderful terrace overlooking the city, for up to 200 people, is located on the sixth floor.