10623 Travel Guide
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.
According to the latest gossip rags, Brad, Angelina and kids are still on their whirlwind European Family Tour, this time landing in Berlin.
While everyone knows how much Brad and Angie love Baby Zahara and Maddox, they are still very much like other parents in that sometimes it's nicer without kids around.
So they spent a night at Hotel Q, sans bebes, where they sat down for tea with the hotel's director, Eva-Miriam Gerstner. Gerstner told Star Magazine she was so nervous she put a cigarette the wrong way into her mouth. (Nice to see that hoteliers can get nervous, too.)
Given that there are pics of naked ladies on the ceiling, not to mention the naked backside of a man on the web site, leaving the kids with nannies was probably a good idea.
Hotel Maven Mark Nottingham writes in to give us the real dirt on
Spoiler: No fake ostrich divans or male models were spotted.
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Gridskipper isn't so sure the about the new Hotel Q! in Berlin.
Architectural masterpiece, yes, but will you get a good nights sleep?
We we still haven't heard from anyone who has actually slept at Q!, however, as we said previously, there are two things that fascinate us about Q!.
- "A divan upholstered in cream-colored fake ostrich facing a gigantic flat-screen television." Huh?
- The precarious pose of the nude male model on their website (pictured to the right).
We don't know what any of this means, but if and when you stay at Q!, tell us about it.
Lately, everyone has been asking what's next? W is expanding like crazy, and even Intercontinental has gone "boutique." Most ahead-of-the-curve hoteliers have outlawed the term boutique, and some won't even utter the words "design hotel." So what is next?
Well, New York Times scribe Daniel Altman believes he has found the future...in Berlin.
Hotel Q! is a 72-room hotel on the Knesebeckstrasse in Berlin where the walls and counters take on folded forms with rounded corners. The U-shaped studio rooms come with a queen bed with a soaking tub abutting it. However, our favorite decorative touch has to be, "a divan upholstered in cream-colored fake ostrich facing a gigantic flat-screen television." Huh? Nice.
Our second favorite thing about Hotel Q! is their use of a nude male model in a particularly precarious position on their website.
Altman mentions a couple other hotels that are trying to become the new new thing: