Europe is to get its first new-build Waldorf Astoria hotel, when Hilton opens a 242-room Berlin property in 2011.
The Waldorf Astoria Berlin will be one of the few luxury hotel developments to be located in the western part of the capital in recent times, with brands such as The Rocco Forte Collection’s Hotel de Rome and Starwood’s Westin Grand being situated in the east of the city. A key exception is the long-established Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, located on the west’s prestigious Kurfuerstendamm.
The 31-storey Waldorf Astoria Berlin will be located close to Bahnof Zoo train station and adjacent to a metro station, and will feature 242 rooms, over 1,100sqm of conference and meeting facilities, a spa and wellness area, a restaurant and bar, and on-site parking. The location in the west of the city will provide easy access to Tegel airport, although Schönefeld airport is situated further away to the east of the capital.
The Waldorf Astoria brand is based on the iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York, and is predominantly a new-build luxury portfolio, with the properties all sharing uniform brand and construction standards, and offering the same products, facilities and services at each hotel.
Slightly confusingly these hotels do not form part of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Collection, a network of hotels that are well known for being unique or historic properties. These affiliated hotels are existing properties that maintain their independent names, standards and facilities, while adding the Waldorf Astoria Collection as a mark of their exclusivity.
Future properties for the Waldorf Astoria brand include The Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida (2009), The Waldorf Astoria Sarasota (2010), The Waldorf Astoria Montreal (2011), the proposed Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (2011) and the Waldorf Astoria Philadelphia (2012).
For more information visit hilton.com.
Report by Mark Caswell