What: An opulent and historic mansion-originally built in 1912 as a private residence-that was recently renovated under the artistic direction of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The three-story property has 54 guest rooms and 12 suites and combines gracious accommodations with impeccable service.

Where: In the exclusive residential area of Grunewald and conveniently located near the legendary shopping boulevard Kurf├╝rstendamm and the Potsdamer Platz. Blessed with a large, verdant garden, the hotel is a virtual oasis in the middle of a bustling city, offering all the comfort of a resort in an urban area.

Why: Gastronomes will be spoiled by the choice of dining options at Berlin's only historic castle hotel. Vivaldi, the hotel's haute cuisine restaurant, is considered one of the capital's finest dining establishments. In warm weather, the terrace and the garden offer al fresco dining and in winter, the cozy Tire Bouchon bar crackles with an open fire. At the fully-equipped spa, which uses products by French beauty brand Guerlain, guests can choose from a variety of treatments including aromatherapy, manicures and pedicures.