Visiting Berlin? Cool places to stay, dine and drink

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* Hotel Adlon, Unter den Linden, in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate. Built in 1907 when the king lived down the street and used to send his houseguests to stay at the Adlon. Bombed to rubble during the war, one of Europe's first great luxury hotels re-opened in 1996 with all its former opulence.

* Artotel, Wall Strasse. By contrast, stylish minimalism.

* Hotel Kunstelerheim Luise. Ideal for agency creatives. Each room is decorated by a different contemporary artist, who gets paid a cut of the room rate.


* Borchert. This is where agency heads entertain clients. Spot the politician.

* Reichstag Building. A restaurant on top of Parliament. Panoramic city views are better than the food. Drawback: Everyone has to be out at 11 p.m.

* Vau. Trendy and upscale.

* Gugelhof, Prenzlauer Berg. President Clinton ate at this fun Alsatian restaurant and bar on a visit last spring.

* Der Schwarze Rabe. Translation: The Black Raven. A popular agency drinking haunt.

For the security-conscious, some suites have bullet-proof windows and bomb-proof walls.

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