Historic breakfast hall of the Josty restaurant
One of the highlights of the Josty restaurant is the historic breakfast hall of the former Grand Hotel Esplanade, one of Berlin’s most famous hotels in the 1920s. The reconstructed dining hall of the otherwise almost completely destroyed hotel is directly connected to the café area of the Josty.
Magnificent stucco on the walls and ceiling, chandeliers and a wonderfully sweeping wooden staircase with a gilded railing tell tales of a bygone time.
The modern glass-and-steel construction surrounding the historic breakfast hall creates a fascinating contrast of old and new, which is likely to be unique. You don’t want to miss it!
The history of the Hotel Esplanade’s breakfast hall
The Hotel Esplanade with the historic breakfast hall was built between 1907 and 1908 according to the plans of the architect Otto Rehnig in Bellevuestraße, not far from Potsdamer Platz. Its contracting authorities were none other than members of the princely houses Hohenlohe, Fürstenberg and Henckel von Donnersmarck. The construction period and opening was during the Belle Époque, a time in which economy, art and culture boomed in Europe. People would get together on the boulevards of Berlin, in cafés and salons. The carefree, hedonistic lifestyle of the high society was also reflected in the design of the Hotel Esplanade; Rehnig particularly followed the past stylistic periods of Baroque and Rococo. The rooms were grand, playful, with a Baroque opulence and elegance. He thus appealed to popular taste: Many famous figures such as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo and Billy Wilder were among the guests of the Esplanade.
During the war the hotel was, for the most part, destroyed. Only the wash rooms, the stairwell, the Kaisersaal and the breakfast hall survived relatively unscathed. In the 1950s, in the midst of the ruins they were variously used as a restaurant and as function rooms for dance events and fashion shows. When the Berlin Wall was built, the hotel was situated in the restricted zone and served many directors as a film set, for example in Cabaret with Liza Minnelli (1972) or Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1986).
After the fall of the wall and in the course of the reconstruction of Potsdamer Platz, the historic parts of the Hotel Esplanade were integrated into today’s Sony Center. For this purpose, the breakfast hall, which became a listed historical monument, was dismantled into 500 pieces and faithfully reconstructed in a new location.
Book the historic breakfast hall for your events
Today the historic breakfast hall has once again established itself as a perfect location for events. Centrally located at Potsdamer Platz, the hall of over 150 square metres is booked for events of all kinds. The extraordinary atmosphere frequently lends itself to spectacular film premieres, TV shows, press conferences, parties and cocktail receptions.
The historic breakfast hall can also be booked exclusively for private events. Would you like to celebrate your wedding or birthday in the breakfast hall of the Josty?