The Grand Hotel Berlin opened on August 1st, 1987 as a luxury hotel in East Berlin for Western tourists. It is located on the site of the former Kaisergalerie shopping center, destroyed during World War II. The plans for the hotel, which was constructed entirely from industrially prefabricated elements, were created by Japanese architect Takeshi Inoue.
At the center of the hotel is an eight floors heigh octagonal atrium with a grand staircase, crowned by a skylight. The glass dome was modelled after the one present in the Kaisergalerie.
The hotel became the Westin Grand on July 1st, 1997.