With an ever-lengthening list of honors, including a Four-Star Award from Forbes in 2017, Berlin’s five-star Regent isn’t short of an official accolade or two—and it’s easy to see why. With Biedermeier furniture and dramatic chandeliers in the public areas, and antique desks and marble bathrooms in the rooms, the hotel blends sumptuous luxury with the upscale refinement you'd expect to find on regal Gendarmenmarkt, home to the historic Konzerthaus. Service throughout is as professionally polished as the classic brass concierge trolleys, but despite the hotel's traditional feel, it does offer modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and digital entertainment stations. The hotel's flagship restaurant, Fischers Fritz, is renowned for its fresh fish dishes and is generally regarded as one of the city’s finest eateries.
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An unbeatable location next to historic Gendarmenmarkt means hotel guests enjoy the Konzerthaus and the French and German cathedrals as neighbors. Both cathedrals house fascinating exhibits relating to Berlin’s political and cultural history, while the elegant Konzerthaus is known worldwide for its classical music repertoire. Numerous classy bars and restaurants await nearby. Borchardt’s is a popular dinner spot with celebrities and diplomats, and Newton Bar—which contains a wall of iconic nudes photographed by Helmut Newton—is the place to go for cocktails. The upscale shops of Friedrichstrasse and Unter den Linden are also within striking distance.
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Rooms: 195 rooms and suites; from $310. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s double-Michelin-starred restaurant, Fischers Fritz, is a destination in itself. Helmed by Christian Lohse and focusing on fish and seafood, the restaurant features an open fire and a private dining room. Afternoon tea and light snacks are served in the Tea & Lobby Lounge, while the Regent Bar is predictably well stocked. Spa and gym details: The Regent Health Club has a gym with high-tech equipment, saunas, and a wellness center offering spa and salon beauty treatments on demand.
Who's it for: High-end business travelers and luxury-seeking leisure travelers. Our favorite rooms: The deluxe suite is one of the mid-range suites and offers beautiful views of the two cathedrals and concert house in the adjacent Gendarmenmarkt. Cocktail o’clock: The bar's special martini menu offers half a dozen types of cocktail that can be shaken or stirred at your table.