Facts: Opened in 2005, this strikingly modern hotel, distinguished by its tapering limestone exterior, was designed inside and out by renowned Berlin architect Jan Kleihues. Hotel Concorde makes an elegant and luxurious welcoming statement as one of Berlin’s five-star hotels. Centrally located off the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm and near several leading attractions, Hotel Concorde exudes contemporary European sophistication in its public spaces as well as in the guest rooms.
Guest Rooms: With some of the largest guest rooms in Berlin, the 17-story Concorde offers 311 rooms including 44 executive suites. Suite guests may relax at Club Etoile, a lounge with a breakfast menu, business services, complimentary cocktails, wines and beers, and evening snacks (in fact, they’re more than snacks – you could make a meal from the evening offerings). All rooms and suites are furnished in the contemporary European style with warm colors and lovely wood accents. Most have large windows, with some framing the dramatic stark shell of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (pictured). The hotel has won several awards for its design, highlighted by contemporary art from German artists.
The Final Word: If you are looking for a first-rate jumping off point for business or touring in Berlin, the Concorde is a great choice in a great location. Service is consistently excellent, and the facilities are sparkling and new. Although situated in the German capital, the hotel does use the French expression “savoir-vivre” – the art of living – as its service standard. The sleek brasserie restaurant Le Faubourg offers traditional French cuisine with a Mediterranean accent, while the Saint Germain restaurant serves a breakfast buffet. Guests may also gather for drinks in the comfortable Lutèce Bar. Guests with access to Club Etoile (pictured) will enjoy stunning city views in the relaxed setting.
From Berlin’s Tegel Airport, Hotel Concorde Berlin is about a 15-minute taxi ride. Bus 109 travels between Tegel and Hotel Concorde Berlin (cost of a one-way ticket, 2.10 euros; journey time, 25 minutes). Exit the bus at U Kurfuerstendamm and walk two minutes to the hotel. If you’re arriving by train, the Hauptbahnhof (central rail station) is only three stops away from the hotel on the S-Bahn in the direction of Bahnhof Zoo (Zoo rail station).