The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin elegantly mirrors the allure and dynamic evolution of one of Europe’s most enigmatic cities. From the Roaring Twenties, when the city fizzed with vibrant art, culture and nightlife, right up to the modern day, from the sultry songs of Marlene Dietrich to the heartfelt speeches of President Kennedy, Berlin’s story is one of continual change and reinvention.
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin – freshly unveiled after a three-year top-to-toe renovation and filled with its own cast of exceptional staff, the hotel’s ever-attentive Ladies and Gentlemen – pays full tribute to this monumental history, while also offering prestigious entry to modern life in the pulsating German capital.
From arts to architecture, music to technology, Berlin has adapted and innovated to become Europe’s third-most-visited city, home to over 440 galleries and standout museums and theatres. Let The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin guide you through the people and the places that make the city so remarkable.
Berlin has always embraced change, and the crossroads of Potsdamer Platz, home to The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, have witnessed much of it. In the eighteenth century it was one of the main gates into the city, and by the 1920s the first traffic lights in Germany had been installed there.
Today, 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz’s latest revitalising transformation is complete. It brims with urban energy, showcasing the best of city life, and is the centrepiece for Berlinale, Berlin’s annual star-studded film festival. Fragments of the Wall, a fitting homage to the city’s past, sit comfortably with ultra-modern architecture by Pritzker Prize-winning starchitects, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers among them: spirit-lifting, innovative buildings reinventing the city for a new generation of Berliners.
And at the heart of this historic location stands The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, acting as both an evocative reminder of the creativity and enchantment of Berlin’s Golden Age and a stirring symbol of its magical capacity for innovation and change.
The magnificent 19-floor building, with its art-deco façade, has recently emerged from a three-year multi-million-Euro renovation. The skilful changes have adeptly added to the art-deco beauty, ensuring that the Roaring Twenties roar back to life in The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin.
As guests are welcomed into the lobby by concierges Marc and Carina, the true 1920s-inspired beauty of this grand dame is apparent. Statuesque marble columns, fine metalwork on the sweeping double staircase and mesmerising lighting all play a part, while playful artwork inspired by Marlene Dietrich, the ultimate Roaring Twenties Berliner, adds to the mood.
The overall effect is calm and sophisticated, an enticing sense of place at a prime Berlin address. These themes continue in the guest rooms and suites, where an ultra-comfortable, contemporary take on the flamboyant art-deco era reworks the years when Berlin first shone.
Most important of all, and the blue riband for every Ritz-Carlton hotel, is the exceptional service on offer. Berlin is a city built on colourful characters, and the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin themselves are a vital ingredient in the guest experience.
They work tirelessly to make all stays memorable. Whether it is arranging a last-minute stadium tour for a football-mad child, securing concert tickets for a special birthday or just noticing and acting on guests’ preferences, the Ladies and Gentlemen have perfected the art of thoughtful and anticipatory service.
Tell your waitress that you are taking your children to Zoo Berlin that day and don’t be surprised to find a menagerie of toy animals assembled in your room later that evening. One guest was welcomed on her first visit to Berlin with a personalised gingerbread house, while another, staying with his father for his 18th birthday, was spontaneously delivered a bottle of champagne from the Club Floor by trainee porter Christophe. Business travellers and tourists, families and couples, regular guests and first-time visitors are all individually welcomed with a professional and genuine warmth that sets The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin apart.
Enjoy that same personal touch in the hotel’s bars and restaurants. Switch from day to night under the decadent gold lights of Fragrances cocktail lounge and let head mixologist Arnd Heissen create one of his sensory signature cocktails for you, adding carefully selected perfume aromas.
Or dine in Pots, a contemporary take on traditional German cuisine, overseen by three-Michelin-star chef Dieter Müller, who has successfully created a new destination dining experience for Berlin. His exquisite menu is expertly complemented by an extensive wine list overseen by Mathias, one of Germany’s youngest and most talented sommeliers.
Berlin has had a front row seat on European history and is setting the pace for the future. Come and experience a new Roaring Twenties one hundred years on from the first at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, where Old Europe and New Berlin stand side by side in perfect synchronicity.