Renowned German architect Christoph Mäckler’s mark lies in the way he seamlessly blends modern aesthetics with traditional ideals. For years, he’s walked that very line with libraries in Frankfurt and shopping centers in Berlin. With the January 3 opening of Waldorf Astoria Berlin, which sits in the new Mäckler-designed Zoofenster skyscraper, another entry has been added to the man’s immaculate résumé.
Boasting 32 floors and ascending to a height of 387 feet, the tower has a presence unlike most other buildings in Berlin. Once you’re inside, the views are equally astounding, especially in the presidential suite, which happens to be the city’s highest. The other 231 rooms may not provide quite the same vantage point, but their in-room touches — full-length picture windows, under-floor heating in the bathroom and elegant chaise lounges — are a sight to behold in their own right.
In addition to the artistry shown in the rooms, Germany’s first Waldorf Astoria has extras elsewhere to ensure a pleasant stay. Hungry? The property flaunts a number of dining options, ranging from the upscale experience at Pierre Gagnaire’s Les Solistes to the classic American feel of Lang Bar. If you need therapeutic attention, the country’s only Guerlain Spa offers eight uniquely designed therapy rooms to reinvigorate the senses. And if you want to sightsee, attractions like the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlin Zoo are only minutes away.
The combination of spot-on location, bountiful amenities and Mäckler’s brilliant design makes this property a stellar entry to the Waldorf’s growing global catalog.
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