Elephant fountain now resplendent after refurbishment
Berlin, 25 August 2016. “We mainly took our inspiration from the famous elephant fountain, a present from the Maharaja of Patiala around 1930. He enjoyed the finer things of life and was particularly well known for his lavish lifestyle,” explained Anne Maria Jagdfeld at today’s reopening of the lobby. She was responsible for the complete redesign of the public areas of Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.
After three months of refurbishment and renovation during normal hotel operations and an investment of six million euros, the heart of the hotel now shines anew with an architecturally streamlined design, new interior furnishings and a modern lighting concept.
“Timeless, elegant luxury with a classic grand hotel ambience – this is how we have injected new life into the Maharaja’s style,” explained the interior designer. Selected antiques and elegant furniture from Italy, magnificent Murano glass chandeliers and fine materials such as limestone, leather, brass and onyx are the characteristic elements of the new design. The colours are rich and brilliant to reflect the Indian style of the Maharaja: warm gold, turquoise, blue-grey and silver.
“Hotel Adlon was already one of the best luxury hotels in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. Ms Jagdfeld’s interior design has successfully combined the splendour of the hotel’s golden past with contemporary 21st century features,” said Emile Bootsma, Managing Director of Hotel Adlon Kempinski.
The hotel’s new pièce de résistance
The shining star of the new lobby, positioned between the main staircase and the guest lifts, is the 750-kg, 3.5 metre-high chandelier which has a diameter of 1.5 metres and is fitted with 390 glass prisms. This single piece was made from the finest Murano glass by the traditional Venetian manufacturer, Venini. The lobby also features an elaborate lighting system which illuminates every single ceiling cassette decorated with leaf gold from four different angles and bathes the new lobby in a soft, golden light. The focal point of the lobby is still the famous elephant fountain whose presence has been enhanced thanks to modern lighting effects. Directly above it, the classical glass dome with over 180 individual glass stars which now emphasises the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the lobby area thanks to new interior and exterior lighting.
More spacious Lobby and Lobby Bar
The removal of the white marble balustrade around the Lobby and Lobby Bar has not only freed up this area optically but has also considerably extended the space available. The eye-catcher in the new Lobby Bar is a hand-crafted piece of glasswork over four metres long by the London artist Emma Peascod. The so-called verre églomisé shows golden elephants, frogs and lotus flowers, motives from the famous elephant fountain, and so integrates the Lobby Bar harmoniously with the Lobby. The inviting bergère armchairs blue embroidered covers as well as various chairs and seating elements covered with blue-grey and golden-yellow velvet entice guests to sit and relax here. Blue and amber-coloured glass table lamps with cream-coloured silk lampshades adorn the new frosted glass tables. A new, dazzling grey carpet designed by Tai Ping from Hong Kong on the marble staircase leads up to the Bel Etage which also underwent refurbishment. On the wall of the staircase landing, there is a 3 x 5 metre triptych by the Brazilian artist Luzia Simons. The photograph comes from her famous series “Stockage” from 2010 and shows a colourful array of tulips on a black background. Tulips which originated from Central Asia here symbolise the connection between Occident and Orient. Light brass balustrades and armchairs with yellow leather and gold-patterned materials now embellish the first floor of the hotel.
More space for arrivals and departures
The reception area is still located on the left-hand side of the Lobby – but has now been set further back and considerably enlarged. Gold-coloured velvet sofas and bergère armchairs with gold-embroidered materials from the North Italian weavers, Rubelli as well as golden table lamps provide a welcoming atmosphere in the reception area. The now circular reception area is flanked on the left and right by the concierge desk and the reception counters of the Ladies in Red, the brand ambassadors of Kempinski. The newly refurbished Smokers’ Lounge and Business Center are located directly behind this area.
A fresh look for the event venue Kaminzimmer and entrance to the star-awarded restaurant
The renovated Kaminzimmer offers a view of the Boulevard Unter den Linden and is suitable for a variety of events – a modern event venue with an open kitchen for up to 30 guests. Light limestone, dark wood and elegant brass create a fresh ambiance. A separate reception area has been created for the entrance to the 2-star restaurant Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer. The colour scheme used here also coordinates perfectly with the design concept for the modernised lobby and the entire Bel Etage.
On the designer
Anne Maria Jagdfeld is an interior designer and owner of the Berlin interior design company “jagdfeld design”. The entrepreneur has her own very distinctive style: understatement, timelessness and quality are just as important to her as sustainability and tradition. Anna Maria Jagdfeld: “My style is characterised by high-quality materials, first-class craftsmanship and harmonious colour and design concepts. I combine classic devices with modern designs and prefer to work with natural materials and substances: natural stone, leather, linen, parchment, bronze and high-quality woods with new and exciting surface finishes using unusual processing techniques. Her most well-known projects include Berlin’s “Hotel Adlon”, the “Departmentstore Quartier 206” in Friedrichstraße, the Hotel “Quellenhof” in Aachen, the Japanese embassy in Berlin, the Grand Hotel in Heiligendamm, the China Club Berlin and the Hotel “St. James’s” in London.
About Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
The iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is located in the very heart of Berlin, right next to the famous Brandenburg Gate. Its unique location, legendary history, opulent furnishings and décor as well as a service above and beyond impeccable make the Hotel Adlon Kempinski ideal for leisure travellers, but also the perfect venue for social and corporate events. 307 luxurious guest rooms, 78 exquisite suites, 3 restaurants, a magnificent spa and wellness area are designed to attract the most elite guests from all over the world.
About Kempinski Hotels
Founded in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe. With more than 110 years of experience, the group offers its guests first-class quality and exclusive, personalized service worldwide. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels in 29 countries. The group continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, without ever losing sight of the demand for exclusivity and personalized service. The group's impressive portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Kempinski is also a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.