Schlosshotel Grunewald - Enchanted in the City
A place that has been so dear to me for years now, Grunewald’s Schlosshotel is situated intimately among the district’s beautiful mansions and never ceases to amaze me.
Built in 1912 for Walter von Pannwitz and his wife, the Italian Renaissance palais hosted lavish parties and celebrities. It is said that the German Emperor was a frequent visitor and rumor has it he even had an affair with the lady of the house.
After Pannewitz’ death, the house stood deserted for 20 years, was then sold to the government in 1940 and hosted the Croatian Embassy until the end of the Second World War. It’s all thanks to the former landlady that the villa was not ravaged at the time and remained intact until today.
Turned into a hotel in 1951, celebrities came together under the building’s roof once again. Robert Kennedy, Josephine Baker, Peter Ustinov and Errol Flynn were guests as well as Romy Schneider, who celebrated two of her weddings on the premises and spent both wedding nights in the same room.
The reception, the dining hall, the music room - each one more beautiful than the next, those rooms take my breath away over and over again. The scent of patinated wood and whimsical details in every corner!
Karl Lagerfeld was commissioned to redecorate the guest rooms in 1993 when the hotel was re-opened as Schlosshotel Vierjahreszeiten. Troubled times of administration by the Ritz Carlton and The Regent Groups followed. Fortunately, Spanish Alma Group took over in 2002.
The rooms were modernized and gained a certain lightness. The bathrooms are equipped with products by one of my favorites Malin+Goetz, which are replaced by Bulgari cosmetics in the suites.
Each room tells a story. What I would give to spend a night in one of them - much like Kate Winslet who booked the whole house during her shooting of The Reader to host her entourage.
But until that day comes, cozy evenings at Le Tire Bouchon’s fireplace and luscious breakfast sessions on the hotel’s gorgeous terrace during summertime will have to suffice. Dreamy, intimate and studded with tiny details, this is one of Berlin’s most beautiful hotels.