A few years ago, at a cost of more than $.5 million per room, German designer Karl Lagerfeld breathed new life into what is now Berlin’s finest hotel. Combining great charm with authentic luxury, the Schlosshotel sits on manicured grounds behind high walls and a gated entrance in the city’s neighborhood of great houses, the Grunewald. Unfortunately, the city center is 15-20 minutes away by public transport. Among the five best hotels ever rated by Gemütlichkeit.

Brahmsstrasse 10, D-14193 Berlin, tel. +49/030/895 840, fax 8958 4800, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., patrickhellmann.com/schlosshotel/, doubles from €209