Renovation now complete: new Adlon ballroom showcases craftsmanship from Berlin to Hong Kong


The finest materials, stylish design and harmonious colours right down to the last detail, wherever you cast your glance. The interior designer Anne Maria Jagdfeld has once again made a clear style statement in favour of classic modernity with the renovation of the famous Adlon ballroom.

From now on, guests invited to balls, dinners and conferences in the ballroom of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin will not be overwhelmed by any effusive splendour. Instead, they will be captivated by the exclusiveness of the materials, the perfect craftsmanship and the stylish overall concept that is evident throughout the 500 m² room. “We wanted to create the ideal setting for the high-calibre events taking place here. For all the luxuriousness of the room’s decor, the focus still needs to be on the event itself,” explains Matthias Al-Amiry, Managing Director of Hotel Adlon Kempinski, referring to the deliberations behind the renovation concept.

Inspired by historical ballrooms, the choice fell on opulent chandeliers, soft carpeting in the style of Versailles parquet flooring and giant mirrors, all of which does not seem that unusual at first. However, these design elements have been created by some of the best specialists in their field. As in the Adlon lobby, the ballroom features extremely heavy chandeliers and large wall lights by Venini, the glass masters of Murano. Thanks to gold-coloured reflectors and an unusually high colour rendition value, they bathe the room in a warm, authentic light. The sight of the carpet transports you to the world of glittering balls at the Palace of Versailles, its pattern matches the Palace’s elegant parquet flooring so precisely. At the Adlon, a decision was made against wooden parquet flooring and in favour of a hand-knotted carpet for acoustic reasons. This taupe-coloured masterpiece of carpet manufacturing was created by the “House of Tai Ping”, carpet makers of international renown based in Hong Kong. The large mirrors are made of Verre Églomisé and were manufactured by the company “Verre D’Or”. The most prominent of these mirrors hangs over the bar in the similarly redesigned, lighter ballroom foyer and shows a scene from the legendary ballroom of the old Adlon. It was designed by Emma Peascod who has dedicated her studio in Gloucestershire, UK, to the creation of bespoke glass pieces using this virtually forgotten technique of reverse glass gilding.

The new ballroom not only showcases exceptional craftsmanship and design from abroad, it also features expertise and high-quality material sourced locally and nationally in Germany. The special brush-stroke technique used by Berlin painting companies gives an inviting wood effect to the ivory-coloured walls and the balconies on the Bel Etage have been straightened and equipped with elegant, hand-made brass balustrades from the Ore Mountains. Needless to say, the event equipment is absolutely first-class and state of the art. However, the designers have cleverly concealed it so that it is virtually invisible.

Anna Maria Jagdfeld’s renovation of the Adlon ballroom has again been an unqualified success. She has managed to transform a room rich in history into an aesthetically pleasing, modern multi-purpose space. This legendary ballroom with an area of 500 m² in the even more legendary Grand Hotel Adlon is now ready to host celebrations and dance events, conferences and meetings once more. Crowned heads of state will now parade on the new Versailles parquet carpet under the new chandeliers. Similarly Hollywood greats will appear at press conferences, global players will launch their products and top politicians will invite guests to dinner against this sumptuous new backdrop. Outstanding cuisine is served at dinners and banquets not only by the top chefs at their kitchen stoves and new live cooking stations but also from La Tavola’s elegant buffetware which is unparalleled in its aesthetic appeal, allowing the most impressive food displays. Event planners, guests and gourmets alike will be absolutely delighted, that much is certain.

About the designer
Anna Maria Jagdfeld is an interior designer and owner of the Berlin interior design company “jagdfeld design”. The entrepreneur has her own very distinctive style: understatement, timelessness and quality are just as important to her as sustainability and tradition. Anne Maria Jagdfeld: “My style is characterised by high-quality materials, first-class craftsmanship and harmonious colour and design concepts. I combine classic devices with modern designs and prefer to work with natural materials and substances: natural stone, leather, linen, parchment, bronze and high-quality woods with new and exciting surface finishes using unusual processing techniques.” Her most well-known projects include Berlin’s “Hotel Adlon”, the Grand Hotel in Heiligendamm, the Hotel “St. James’s” in London and the well-known “China Club Berlin”.

About Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin:
The iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is located in the very heart of Berlin, right next to the famous Brandenburg Gate. Its unique location, legendary history, opulent furnishings and décor as well as a service above and beyond impeccable make the Hotel Adlon Kempinski ideal for leisure travellers, but also the perfect venue for social and corporate events. 307 luxurious guest rooms, 78 exquisite suites, 3 restaurants, a magnificent spa and wellness area are designed to attract the most elite guests from all over the world. 

About Kempinski Hotels:
Founded in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe. With more than 120 years of experience, the group offers its guests first-class quality and exclusive, personalized service worldwide. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 33 countries. The group continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, without ever losing sight of the demand for exclusivity and personalized service. The group’s impressive portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each individual hotel provides guests with the quality they expect from Kempinski while respecting the culture and traditions of the respective location. Kempinski is also a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.