If you’re planning on traveling to Germany, the Hotel de Rome is the place all roads lead in the city of Berlin. In addition to its location and its history, the Hotel de Rome has put together some great room and board packages to welcome your family.
We like the Hotel de Rome because it’s made very good use of the former Dresdner Bank building; its jewel vault now houses a 20-meter indoor swimming pool and the cashier’s hall is the grand ballroom. Hotel de Rome in located in the stylish neighborhood of Mitte, on Bebelplatz. It’s close to Museum Island and many other sites. In addition to having the luxurious facilities and amenities of all Rocco Forte Hotels, this hotel participates in the “r Families R Forte” program tailored for babies (ages 0-3), kids (ages 4-12) and teens (ages 13-16).
Families Welcome at Rocco Forte Hotels
You’ll find a Families R Forte passport at check-in, welcome treats, pint-sized bathrobes and slippers, and animal cuddly toys that are different at each hotel. Families with RBbabies can request everything from Bottle warmers to high chairs, night lights to baby tubs, free baby food to bibs and diapers, and a Teddy Turndown Service. There is 24-hour babysitting available on request.
The RKids amenities for ages 4-12 include cooking lessons, scavenger hunts, splash time at the pool, and kid’s spa treatments. The hotel’s Kids’ newspaper keeps all guests informed of the on-site schedule, and the special family concierges produce a city activities factsheet. In addition whatever personal entertainment devices your kids have brought, they can borrow books, magazines, movies, games and games consoles, a glow light, kid-focussed toiletries, and bath toys.
Bring the 13+ crowd too, for the R Teens program, which offers teen spa treatments, a parent-censored WiFi, and city adventures planned by the concierge. Berlin really is a great city for teens, as Allison Tibaldi discovered in working on her Berlin on a Budget: Tons of Teen Cool story.
Rocco Forte Specials in Berlin
For the simplest math, you can take 20% off the standard room rates if you stay three nights or longer. With their Family Suite Package, you’ll have plenty of space to learn about and experience the history of Berlin in style. You’ll get a deluxe room or junior suite with a 2nd room — a complimentary interconnecting or adjacent room — for two children, breakfast daily for the whole family, complimentary meals for children under 6, a 50% discount on meals and beverages for 7-11 year olds, free WiFi and in-house movies and, for the older and more fashion-conscious guests, free valet service to get evening wear pressed on the night you arrive.
This offer is valid through January 1, 2016. Rates start at €850/N for a suite with either connecting or adjoining rooms; see Family Suite promotion or call 4930/460-6090 for information. Many of the same perks can be enjoyed with a 2-room Family Package, with room rates starting at €563 and a mandatory second room at half price. That offer is valid until January 4, 2016.
Berlin Events this Fall & More Deals
The Berlin Tourist office has extensive listings of everything going on this fall, including an arts calendar for the September Music Fest, many theatre openings, and the two-week-long Berlin Arts Week. There are several major museum and gallery openings, including a fun Salvador Dali retrospective and a look at new interactive games at the Games Science Center in Mitte.
Kids who follow current events will be excited about the trip, because a special section of the Berlin Wall was recently sent to the new Diplomacy Center in Washington DC, a segment signed by individuals who played key roles in its fall 25 years ago. It features the signatures of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, former Polish President and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, current German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker.
Even though only a commemorative section of The Berlin Wall remains, it still informs much of the city after decades of demarcating the hip, young zones and artists’ enclaves in the former East Berlin from the political heart of the former West. Drop by Tempelhofer Field, a former Nazi Airport transformed into a city park and recreation area. The recent New York Times‘ piece, 36 Hours in Berlin has many suggestions for fun East vs West shops, restaurants and attractions to see with your teens.
If you’ll be in town for a few days, invest in a Berlin Welcome Card, a city-sponsored discount pass that costs €19.50 and offers free transportation on all public vehicles, more than 200 discounts, plus a city map and guide. Each adult will have to buy their own, but in family-friendly Berlin, up to three children ages 6-14 per adult travel for free and kids under 6 travel for free. The Berlin Welcome Card is also running a hotel promotion to give families three nights’ accommodation for the price of two at select hotels; rates start at €109 per person in a double room.
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