If luxury, location and history is on your pans when visiting Berlin, consider Hotel Adlon KempinskiA world war crashing down on your doorstep has a way of clearing a lot of real estate in a town. It’s a sobering urban renewal mechanism to think about as you stroll past the gracious cafes lining the leafy promenade of Unter den Linden toward the Brandenburg Gate, but in 1945, 70% of Berlin had been flattened. Which is perhaps why Berliners are so adept at sifting through rubble and repurposing all sorts of wreckage into elegant new lodgings for the annual flood of 22 million national and international tourists overnighting in the capital. That Berlin has become a hip tourist must-do mecca over the last decade is without question. But that also makes it one of the most fun towns in the world in which to find a cool hotel. Here are some of the city’s finest. Hotel Adlon is a classic Berlin story. Right on Unter den Linden before it dead-ends at the Brandenburg Gate, it was once the location of a grand old hotel that was bombed out by the end of the war. After the Berlin Wall fell, the hotel rose like a phoenix from its original positions. Now a Kempinski hotel, the Adlon’s vast lobby-lounge sofas are the drinks-hour stage for diplomats and business folk alike. The rebuilt American Embassy is just around the corner, the spanking new Chancellor’s office is just out back. An excellent pool and spa round it out. The hotel says on its website: We are proud to offer you an extensive range of five-star services to ensure your visit to Berlin is a trip to remember, from incredible city tours to luxury limousine and concierge services – we will go the extra mile to meet every one of your expectations. Choose to stay in one of our elegant guest rooms or pick from 13 different suite types all with beautiful views of Berlin. As well as an extensive spaoffering, the hotel has two stylish bars and three refined restaurants for guests to enjoy. So whether you are staying for leisure or are here on business, you can rely on our services to accommodate all your needs.