ART AND REMEMBRANCE
The glitz of another time takes center stage at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, where East met West at Potsdamer Platz, once Europe’s busiest hub and epicenter of the Roaring Twenties. Inspired by the decadent glamour of the era, which was the Golden Age of German film, the lobby, whose fanned walls and brassy geometric art deco accents imbue a sophisticated air, is anchored by a sprawling curved marble staircase and overseen by a cluster of burstlike chandeliers reminiscent of paparazzi camera flashes. And just aside the grand entrance, a more intimate area, nestled around a bold kelly green hearth, calls for a well-crafted drink. You’ll find other thoughtful nods to movie history: The minibar, reminiscent of a piece of luggage, brings German singer and silent-film actress Marlene Dietrich’s song “I Still Have a Suitcase in Berlin” to life.
The pinnacle of this homage rests at The Ritz-Carlton Suite, whose warm gold tones reflect the sunny side of this vibrant city, and whose geometric patterns and intersecting lines symbolize the historical importance of Potsdamer Platz. But the inspiration here is not all nostalgia; state-of-the-art amenities help marry the city’s past with its technologically advanced present. Nature abounds here too; the hotel overlooks the lush Tiergarten, the large urban park that’s popular with locals and visitors alike.