I must admit that the thought of visiting Berlin for 23 hours for back to back meetings and an evening media event did not fill me with thoughts of relaxation and pampering – but the new Waldorf Astoria Berlin managed to make my busy day as smooth and stress-free as possible on a recent trip to the city over ITB week.
On arrival I was whisked through a quick check-in and onwards to my room, thrilled to hear I’d been upgraded to a supremely spacious Junior Suite. What must be some of Berlin’s largest hotel rooms proved a great retreat for a hectic business trip. Gorgeously soft robes for curling up in post-work and a complimentary shoe shine service to be polished to perfection the next day were two lovely touches.
At the end of the day, this was an appealing vision…
But before my day of meetings kicked off I had a peek around the hotel and checked out the Presidential Suite – a super-glam suite that looks out over West Berlin from its lofty height atop the towering Zoofenster Building. With floor to ceiling windows along its length the suite is filled with light. A glittering bathtub with stunning city views, sprawling living area complete with baby grand piano and bar, ridiculously comfy looking bed and a direct view out over the Zoo (we spotted elephants!) were a few of the things we liked best.
One of the Presidential Suite’s two bedrooms…
Part of the Suite’s living area looking out over the city…
Floor to ceiling windows give the Suite lots of light…gorgeous on a blue sky day
After some great international meetings with Italian Marie Claire, Panorama Icon, Food & Wine and Conde Nast Traveler US, I attended a Media Hub event at the hotel, where luxury brands Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts were represented and over 100 members of the media were in attendance.
It wasn’t all hard work – Michelin-starred Chefs Heinz Beck and Pierre Gagnaire gave us cooking demonstrations, each showing how to create one of their signature dishes, and a pop up spa offered gorgeous mini back massages and oxygen facials to unwind after a busy day and showcase the spa experience at both hotel brands.
When the event wrapped up later that evening, we headed out for a late team dinner and a taste of the local beer before a well-earned sleep and morning breakfast meeting at Les Solistes, the hotel’s super stylish restaurant. A modern, sleek dining space, it’s a lovely setting for breakfast and a very special experience come lunch and dinner service when Pierre Gagnaire is at the helm.
Thank you Waldorf Astoria Berlin for making our business trip so enjoyable!