Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm: French style in the German Capital
One of Berlin’s most outstanding hotels, Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm is a landmark property steps away from the city’s most stylish boulevard, the lovely, tree-lined Kurfürstendamm. The specialness of the hotel is evident immediately upon entering the spacious lobby and seeing unusual artworks adorning the walls. The friendly staffmembers are a smiling bunch who see to it that a stay here is a memorable one right from the first contact at the Reception desk.
Under the careful supervision of general manager Stefan Winistoerfer, Sofitel Berlin delivers the type of guest experience seasoned travellers expect from a five-star property. Rooms are quiet, service attentive, cleanliness impeccable. Some of the spacious rooms and suites have views of the nearby Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the most recognised monument in western Berlin. The newly renovated rooms and suites are particularly appealing, redone in vivid colours that make the interior spaces feel more open. Whether they be cacao-shaped chocolates presented on arrival, dressing rooms separate from bathrooms, or special tables reserved by astute servers in the restaurant, the small touches that take Sofitel properties worldwide to a higher level of guest satisfaction are also present in Berlin.
Being a French-owned Accor hotel, it comes as no surprise that dining at Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm’s Le Faubourg restaurant is an enjoyable experience. Whether partaking of the executive lunch meant for business people on the go or taking more time to relax over a superb dinner, Le Faubourg has made its mark as one of Berlin’s finest restaurants. The freshest of ingredients are used both for seasonal dishes and for timeless classics found on the extensive menu. As always, a human touch can add much to the overall impression, and Le Faubourg’s superbly trained staff certainly enhance the experience here.
Just out the door is Berlin’s charming Kurfürstendamm, the grand boulevard where the elite meet to greet each other in the shops, art galleries, luxury car showrooms, or the historical Paris Cinema just a block away from the hotel. The elegant thoroughfare connects the buzzing area around Zoo Station with the more patrician Charlottenburg residential district to the west. Other parts of Berlin are easily accessible with the city’s comprehensive public transport network. Buses and trains make visits easy to reach Charlottenburg Palace, the Siegesäule victory column, the Brandenburg Gate, and that other famous Berlin boulevard, Unter den Linden, lined with stately buildings. Amazingly forward in its thinking, Berlin’s rail network is barrier-free, meaning ticketed passengers can simply walk to the platforms to board their trains without needing to go through turnstiles or other bottleneck-inducing obstructions. Holders of the very useful BerlinWelcome Card have unlimited use of the urban public transport network to make exploring this exciting city easy and convenient.
Now that Scoot Airlines has introduced nonstop flights between Singapore and Berlin, it has never been easier for Australian travellers to reach the German capital and enjoy all that it has to offer, including Sofitel sophistication in accommodation and dining.