The 8 Best Hotels in Berlin

3rd January 2007 // By Zahra Al-Kateb


Hotel de Rome Ballroom

Housed in a former bank, Hotel de Rome is one of the few Berlin hotels to occupy a pre-war building.

Built in 1889, this neoclassical gem has been lovingly restored by Rocco Forte, and certainly makes its presence known on the expansive Bebelplatz. There are elegant nods to its banking past— a spa in the old bank vault, a swimming pool laced with gold—yet as with so much in Berlin, the hotel’s interior is very much à la mode. Just off Unter Den Linden in the fashionable Mitte district, Hotel de Rome enjoys a winning location and has become a favorite destination for the elite traveler.


Why we love it: A long balcony extends the full width of the suite and affords charming views onto Bebelplatz. The bedroom has parquet flooring and a large separate dressing room with a marble bath, with the option to add a second bedroom via a connecting door. The spacious living room is furnished in a refined, contemporary style, and opens on to a separate dining room with an attached kitchen. Leading off the vestibule are a guest lavatory on one side and a walk-in cupboard on the other. The design is a collaboration between Tommaso Ziffer and Olga Polizzi, who also designed the interior of the prestigious Hotel de Russie in Rome. There are some clever reinterpretations of original architectural features, for example the suite doors have been made to mimic bank vault doors.




  • Square footage: 1,290
  • Nightly rate: $5,450

Thies Sponholz, General Manager

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