World famous and cosmopolitan

Hotel Adlon Kempinski focuses in renovation on fabrics from Alcantara/Saum & Viebahn

The traditional hotel with an international reputation, the Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, is going back to its roots. The traditional character and cosmopolitan charm of the building have been refreshed though a general overhaul. That needed particular solutions for the interior. When it came to the fabric coverings, among the firms chosen were Alcantara, marketed in Germany by Saum & Viebahn.

The legendary Hotel Kempinski is located immediately adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Since its reopening in 1997 it has been the most famous hotel in the German capital. Guests in search of superior quality will find more than 300 rooms and 70 suites available. A number of restaurants, bars, lounges and event rooms invite the visitor to stop a while.

The 5-star hotel was given a general renovation over a three-month rebuilding period. Now the extensive renovation work has been completed, under the direction of designer Anna-Maria Jagdfeld, and everything is shining in new glory. The aim of the rebuilding, carried out while normal business was still underway, was to revive both the traditional character and cosmopolitan charm of the building.

The result is clearly impressive. Even if it will certainly appeal less to design purists than to cosmopolitan guests looking for a high standard, who love the atmosphere of a grand hotel, and appreciate a certain opulence. You can see this as soon as you enter the expansive lobby, in the form of a sparkling crystal chandelier, produced by hand in Murano, which is the pride of the building. Weighing 750 kg and no less than 3.20 m high, this modern chandelier gives the entrance its extravagantly luxurious look. Emile Bootsma, the managing director, thinks so at any rate: “It is the finest lobby in the world.”

A major contribution to the high-quality interior of the building comes from the selected fabrics by the Italian brand Alcantara, obtainable in Germany (trade only) exclusively via the textile publishers Saum & Viebahn. In their sophisticated colours and patterns they lend the premium decor of the Adlon a special, residential yet elegant atmosphere. Some 200 square metres have been worked in the junior suites and the Brandenburg Gate Suite. Some chairs in the standard rooms, the so-called Executive and Deluxe Rooms, have also been covered with this high-tech material. High-quality, aesthetic, sustainable – that is what the Alcantara brand stands for. The material guarantees the quality of 100 percent made in Italy, but features the best technical characteristics, and is thus ideally suited for rooms which are meant to emanate something special.

Heike Gessulat

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