DID YOU KNOW THAT ABOUT BERLIN: THE OLDEST HOTEL IN TOWN
According to the records held by Berlin´s DEHOGA (German Hotel and Restaurant Association) the oldest hotel in Berlin stands in Zehlendorf in Fischerhüttenstraße 113.
“Haus Leopold”, the oldest still open guest house in Germany´s capital opened on March 1st, 1889 and 127 years later still remains in the hands of the family, the Leopolds, who established it.
(image CS für Zehlendorf Aktuell)
The oldest luxury hotel (a different league, so to say) is allegedly the “Kempinski Hotel Bristol” on Ku´damm 27. However, it is rather the company, Kempinski as a brand, than the establishment itself that was taken into account when that title was granted in one of our favourite RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg) TV shows.
Kempinski Restaurant on Kudamm, opened in 1926 and became an immediate success. Half-servings were offered at half price (image through kurfürstendamm.de)
Kempinski registered his Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft in 1897, however, the elegant guest house in Kurfürstendamm did not open until 1918. Still, it is one of the best-known traditional Berlin hotels today.
And speaking about Berthold Kempinski, the great hotel owner of the pre-WWII Berlin whose name still adds a touch of glamour and old-world charm to many places in Germany´s capital and abroad, yesterday, March 14th, marked the 106th anniversary of the great investor´s death. Kempinski, who died in 1910, was buried at the Jewish Cemetery in Weißensee.
Kempinski´s grave in Weißensee with a red honorary-citizen stone in front of it (image by W. Hartwig, 2010)