The Savoy Hotel
The first grand, classic hotel in Berlin, the Savoy relies heavily on past glories. Having survived World War II almost intact, it was used as a domicile for the British headquarters in 1945-46. A hub of celebrity activity, the hotel’s best suites are named after two favourite patrons: Henry Miller and Greta Garbo. These suites mirror each other in negative: one is black and the other white. Marble pillars are trimmed with gold and the rooms reflect a truly extravagant ’40s style. Sadly, the hotel’s standard rooms are far less impressive. The drab lavender colourings do little to bring the Savoy into the 21st century and give the impression of an ageing department store. However, cigar lovers will not be disappointed: the adjacent Times Bar is one of only 90 shops worldwide licensed to sell Cuban Havana Cigars. Guests can also store their new purchases inside a walk-in humidor. A faded beauty.