Friday, January 13, 2012

Berlin - Brandenburger Hof Hotel

There's no two ways about it. Berlin is a looooonnnggg way from home.
 But for Australians there's no better time to travel to the German capital than now.

With our strong exchange rate and cut-price airfares, the arctic chill can turn on a magical winter wonderland at this time of year.

And there's no better place to make your travel base than the Brandenburger Hof Hotel in Berlin's ritzy Charlottenburg just off the famous Kurfurstendamm shopping precinct and near Europe's largest department store the Kaufhaus des Westens. (KaDeWe)

The Brandenburger Hof is one of those destination hotels.

I could easily pull up sticks here for a few weeks...

Of course it helps that it's a five star hotel with a Michelin star restaurant Die Quadriga.

This is the view from our room of the twinkling bejewelled Christmas Tree in the atrium courtyard.

The one-bedroom suite is modern yet soft and inviting.

I wanted to ship this bed back home with me

after a long chilly day of sight-seeing, there'splenty of room to put up your feet.....

...very relaxing...

... or catch up with some blogging..

Nougat, marshmallows and iced gingerbread to keep the energy up

luxurious bathroom with heated floors, double vanity, deep bath and roomy shower

beautiful body treatments and a spa suite for a rejuvenating massage...

Through the lobby is one of the coolest lounge bars

cocktails and an excellent wine list..

And some interesting pieces of art collected and curated by the hotel's owner

love this mirrored piece..

There are several private dining rooms to book for dinner or a meeting. German Chancellor Angela Merkel can sometimes be spotted here.

Breakfast is the real piece de resistance. It's more like an elaborate ceremony.

several courses featuring the Nordic staples of yoghurt, eggs...

cheese, fruit, pickled fish and buttered chive bread.
The service is impeccable. And yes we did feel like royalty for the day.

To top off a perfect stay we were able to snaffle up some standing-only tickets to the Berlin gig of Bryan Ferry's current tour.

Third row from the front at the intimate Admiralpalast Theatre.
My Only Love.
You have got to come here.


  1. Lovely post Indira. Hope you get out to the Kreuzberg area as well, which is a little bit more interesting.

    1. Dear Daniel, we were able to explore the Kreuzberg area as well. East Berlin is a must for its creative, pre-Berlin Wall vibe.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous place, food and WOW Brian Ferry - am jealous!!!! Happy holidays - here in Melbourne it has turned like Autumn/Winter - wish I was in Berlin!!!

    1. Dear Evelyne, the Brandenburger Hof really was one of the most remarkable hotels I've ever stayed in. Keep it in mind if you are ever in Berlin. And yes hasn't Melbournes weather been all over the place!