Ask The Concierge
Nobody knows the city better than your expert concierge. Nicolai Laaser, concierge at the Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, shared his experiences and insider tips.
Nicolai Laaser, concierge at the Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, shares his tips for drinks and romance.
When friends come to visit, where do you take them?
The classics – a stroll along Unter den Linden from the Brandenburg Gate past Museum Island and ending at the TV Tower.
Any secret Berlin tips?
The Turkish restaurant Osmanya in Tiergarten. It is modern and decorated in dazzling white and royal gold. Extravagant chandeliers cast a romantic glow and the architecture is accented with Roman numerals, elaborate bows, and colorful paintings.
Three words to describe Berlin.
Multicutural, vibrant, sexy.
What are some wild experiences you’ve had as a concierge?
Once, a guest was very interested in busses, especially in hydrogen busses. I called the BVG (public transport company) and was put through to the highest officer who was able to arrange a hydrogen bus on a regular public transport route, leaving my guest completely overwhelmed.
Which events would you recommend for the month of October?
Once a year, Berlin’s world-famous sights and monuments in the city center become the canvas for a spectacular light and video display for the Festival of Lights.
Where is the coziest place in Berlin?
Enjoy a glass of wine with sommelier Christoph Geyler at Rutz wine bar, or a beautiful cocktail at TheLiberate bar.
A Berlin specialty our readers should try?
Definitely the currywurst, either at Krasselts in Steglitz or at Curry36 in Kreuzberg. Restaurant Aigner at the Sofitel or Altes Zollhaus in Kreuzberg also serve great German specialties.
What differentiates Berlin from other cities?
It isn’t as stressful and dirty. Also, Berliners are very open to foreigners and life in general is more affordable.
What Berlin spot would you recommend for romance?
French restaurant La Raclette: intimate, with a fireplace and candles on the wall.