In my recent trip to Berlin, I had the opportunity to stay at Regent Berlin in Mitte. Regent Berlin is a top notch luxury hotel located near the popular Gendarmenmarkt, where the Neue Kirche, French Cathedral and Konzerthaud is located. During the winters, the Gendarmenmarkt also hosts one of the most popular Christmas market in Berlin.
The hotel’s prime location means that it is a close walk to many of the top attractions in Berlin such as Bradenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, and all the museums at Museuminsel. There are also a few U-bahn stations within a few minutes of walking distance nearby – Französische Street, Stadtmitte and Hausvogteiplatz.This area is also where many luxury brands have their shops, and the Galeries Lafayette Berlin departmental store is, just on the next street.
The hotel is luxuriously decorated, and the rooms are larger than your average hotel room. Some of the rooms and suites on the corners of the hotel have a great view of the French Cathedral and Gendarmenmarkt. All rooms in the hotel receive a complimentary bottle of Evian water daily, as well as fruits. There was also a Nespresso coffee machine in each room.
The bathrooms are large, with a shower cubicle, a bathtub and a large sink. Toiletries are from L’Occitane. There was also a separate goody bag from L’Occitane containing a body scrubber, 2 dissolving bubble bath cubes, wet tissue, hand cream and a lip balm. I must say that this is the first time that I seen a hotel giving out an amenity kit like this which includes a lip balm! Normally, I would only receive this kind of amenity kit in premium class seats on planes.
Gym & Sauna
In the basement of the hotel, there was a gym room with a good range of equipments and free weights. Next to the gym, there was a small relaxing lounge. The mens and womens changing rooms are situated by the gym, and they each contain a small sauna. The massage rooms are also located here.
Fischers Fritz Restaurant
The hotel breakfast was served at the famous 2 Michelin star restaurant, Fischers Fritz. Breakfast consists of a small buffet selection of pastries, cereal and fruits as well as an a la carte menu in which you can order hot items which will be made fresh. Fresh bread was separately served in a nice small basket, along with homemade jam, cheese and cold cuts served in a multi tiered serving tray. Freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee was also available.
During my stay, I had the opportunity to try out the omelette, eggs benedict with salmon, and the French toast. There were other items on the menu as well which can be ordered as sides, such as bacon, potatoes and sausages. Although there was less choice as compared to a full buffet spread, the quality of the food was top notch! Interestingly enough, Fischers Fritz also offers a full Japanese breakfast which must be ordered in advance. I did not try this out though.
As Fischers Fritz is quite a prestigious place, do not be surprised when you see people wearing suits at breakfast. I definitely felt underdressed with my shorts and flip flops! Just like the hotel, the restaurant was beautifully decorated. The restaurant also contains a very interesting item – a custom made lobster press by Christofle which supposed costs $40,000 USD, and was only one of 5 in the world. The press takes 2 people to operate, and will press a lobster to extract its juice, which is then beaten together to form lobster mousse to serve together with the lobster meat.
Other than Fischers Fritz, the hotel also has the Regent Bar where they serve drinks and light food, as well as a Tea & Lobby lounge where classic British style high tea is served in the afternoons. When the weather is good, the Regent bar actually moves outdoor to the inner hotel courtyard .
There are also multiple great dining options around the hotel, including other Michelin star or Michelin bib gourmand restaurants. A popular one nearby which I was recommended by the excellent hotel concierge is Borchardt, where many celebrities often dine. As that restaurant shares a courtyard with the hotel, I was told that some celebrities often contact the hotel to use their exit as a way to evade paparazzi! Not that the hotel lacks star power itself – celebrity guests here include Tom Cruise, Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Lady Gaga, and many, many more!
Overall, Regent Berlin is a superb luxury hotel with flawless service. I would not hesitate to stay here again in Berlin. Don’t take it from me – the hotel is also consistently ranked as the top or second hotels in Berlin, year in year out.
This review was written by Luxury Travel Diary contributor Lenard Lim.
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