Consisting of an historical portion and a new addition by Potsdam-based Axthelm Architects, the 78-room hotel is located in a traditional diplomatic neighbourhood. The area’s past is laden with historical importance, influence, and power. The many grand embassy buildings surrounding the hotel are a testament to the district’s longstanding international orientation.
The hotel is, in fact, a rethink of Berlin’s former Royal Danish embassy, a landmarked 1930's structure with its own story and great bones. A stately, slightly curved grey stone facade greets guests outdoors. Inside, an overhead wave of hundreds of tiny lights draws them into a grand entrance hall flanked by two sweeping staircases. Under the lights, a jaw-dropping sculpture of a crocodile’s head prompts visitors to decelerate, marvel, and transition into an environment that brilliantly melds the contemporary and traditional.