FrontRunners: Back to the Wall

<< Back to Robb Report, November 2004

Once known for its intimate château hotel in the residential Grunewald district of Berlin, Ritz-Carlton has reemerged in the ultimate urban location in Germany’s capital. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin (+49.3033.7777, www.ritzcarlton.com) debuted in January in the Art Deco–styled Beisheim Center on Potsdamer Platz, an exclusive, contemporary square located next to a section of the former Berlin Wall. The square was rebuilt after the wall came down in 1989, and the new Ritz is the latest example of the area’s transformation. The hotel’s 262 rooms and 40 suites combine modern amenities—including bedside control panels and heated bathroom floors—with elegant touches such as a bath butler and a writing desk with ink and quill. The Club Lounge on the 10th floor, available to guests of the Club Level rooms and suites, is a quiet space with a burning fireplace and an attentive staff that serves champagne and delicacies—details that suggest the Ritz has retained some old-world charm in this modern Berlin marvel.

From Around the Web...
When traveling to Chicago for America’ Cup this June, stay in one of these four exceptional hotels…
Photo by Jennifer Cawley
The famed surfer’s signature line will be available exclusively at One&Only Resorts…
Photo by Mila Bridger
The first Dawn off the line commanded $750,000 at Florida’s famed charity wine auction…
Five classic New York City hotels for a perfect stay during the races…
From Whistler to the Alps, reach new heights with these superlative heli-ski programs…
After the big game, take off in time for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am as part of this premier package…
Photo by Evan Joseph
Guests can customize the color palette and request their favorite linens…
Many resorts are romantic by their very nature—here are the best of the best…
The opulent Katara Suite at Excelsior Hotel Gallia boasts an enormous spa and epic outdoor terraces…
This 19-day private jet trip visits landmarks along the trade routes of ancient Asia’s Silk Road…