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Waldorf Astoria Aims High Opening in Berlin's Zoofenster Skyscraper

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  Site Where: Hardenbergstrasse 28, Berlin, Germany, 10623
January 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

When we took an early look at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam last week, we promised we’d follow up with more details on its sister hotel in Berlin, which is now officially open. Set within the brilliantly named Zoofenster skyscraper in West Berlin, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin first popped up on our radar four years ago this month.

We won’t spend much time dwelling on their missed 2011 opening and move right on to what you can expect at the 232-room hotel.

For one, it has the city’s highest suite, occupying the top floor of the 387-foot tall building. This Presidential Suite isn't yet listed among the room categories on the hotel website (although it does pop up under reservations at a cool €6,000+ ($7,800+) a night), but even King Deluxe rooms start at a large 452 square-feet and feature all the luxury amenities you’d expect. There’s special mention of room windows partially opening, something we’d love more hotels to have.

The indoor pool seen below is part of the expansive Guerlain spa, the only one by the French brand in Germany.

Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire (a multi Michelin-star French chef) will be the signature restaurant, while the Romanisches Café brings back a historic meeting place for the local art and literature crowd close to where it first opened a century ago. There is the clubby Lang Bar (below), and like the original Waldorf Astoria in New York, the Peacock Alley for afternoon tea.

If you haven't been to Berlin, we highly recommend going. Not only is it a fantastic city, but it probably offers the best value options for luxury hotels in Europe. A King Deluxe room at the Waldorf Astoria runs at €212 ($277) on a weekend late February on a no-change, no-cancellation basis. As a comparison, the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, a hop and a skip from the Brandenburger Gate and the Reichstag, is available for €176 ($230) at the same time. Try finding that in Paris or London.

[Photos: Waldorf Astoria Hotels]

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