From the heavily trafficked street, the behemoth “Inter Conti,” the epitome of old West Berlin, evokes the Louvre with its glass pyramid entrance. There are 558 rooms and suites in the thoroughly contemporary corporate hotel; the Club rooms on the seventh and eighth floors have a private check-in area, and come with their own lounge, meeting rooms and other extras. The spa’s sauna, indoor pool and summer terrace, plus the Michelin-starred restaurant, Hugo’s, are incentives to stick around the property.
Modern gray, black, and beige furnishings are offset by pops of color and a rotating wall unit allows you to watch TV while soaking in a tub. Categories range from superior to large senior suites, while the Club InterContinental rooms include sprawling Park and Presidential suites. Some rooms offer views of Tiergarten park and the zoo.
The spacious bathrooms feature a separate tub and shower; some have rain showers.
Typical of a corporate hotel, the large marble lobby is used mainly for check-in purposes.
The heated indoor pool spans 50 feet and is there's also an extra-large whirlpool for relaxing.
The 14th-floor restaurant, Hugo’s, not only enjoys panoramic city views, it also boasts a Michelin star for its impressive four- to six-course seasonal tasting menus. The adjacent Hugo’s wine bar has an award-winning wine list.
Vegetarians won’t be left out of the Michelin-star experience; Hugo’s offers three- and four-course vegetarian tasting menus.
Named after Berlin-born actress Marlene Dietrich, the Marlene Bar has a stellar cocktail list and live music most nights. The adjacent cigar-friendly lounge has a fireplace.
The U- and S-Bahn Zoologischer Garten are a 10-minute walk away.
Hearty German fare like calf’s liver, beef goulash, wild hare and schnitzel are served in a cozy candlelit atmosphere at Restaurant Elefant (14-minute walk). There are plenty of dining options at the hip concept mall Bikini Berlin (9-minute walk), including Asian, Mediterranean and Latin American fare; try the fresh juices and smoothies at local favorite Funk You.
The aptly named Monkey Bar (7-minute walk), on the rooftop of the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, is a buzzy cocktail spot with a unique view of the monkey enclosure at the Berlin Zoo. Dance into the wee hours at the sleek, multi-story bar-nightclub Puro Sky Lounge (10-minute walk), which serves up great city views with throbbing house and hip-hop music as a backdrop.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though its massive size and corporate vibe may not appeal to everyone, the five-star property excels in comfort and service. Bonuses include the sprawling spa, which received a European Design Award, and the Michelin-starred restaurant, Hugo’s, with gorgeous panoramic views of the city and nearby zoo.