Berlin is a fascinating city to visit, and here are 5 trendy Berlin hotels to consider for your stay
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One of the funkiest hotels in west Berlin, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin retains just the right amount of original exposed concrete. Werner Aisslinger, the designer, has otherwise gone wild, dangling Schindelhauer bicycles from the ceiling, plastering the walls with eye-catching slogans, illustrations and photos, and peppering the public areas with funky furnishings (including fur-lined hammocks) and a plethora of tropical foliage. The reception comes with an in-house bakery and a shop run by local book publisher Gestalten.
Choosing a room here largely means opting for a view: “Jungle” rooms have views across the ape and elephant enclosures at the zoo and “Urban” rooms look over the war-damaged spire of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the City West skyline.
This hotel has everything and something more that make you feel happy:) Great location, fantastic architecture and interior design.
We had one of the best breakfasts ever and the food at the restaurant was fantastic. We will be back.
Soho House occupies eight floors of a late Bauhaus building in Mitte. The building is of special historical interest even by Berlin standards, since it was previously used as a centre for Hitler’s Brownshirts and later as an archival depot for the Communist Party.
In keeping with Berlin’s penchant for earthy chic, many of the dilapidated concrete walls have been left unfinished, interleaved with expensive original artworks and modernist sculptures. Downstairs you’ll find a library and private cinema (for up to 36 people) as well as a gym and spa.
The 40 idiosyncratic rooms come in various sizes from very “itsy” to “XL”. Rooms at the front have great views of the city and all are aptly decadent, with 300-thread-count linens, free-standing bathtubs, rain showers and quirky objects such as antique hat boxes scattered around.
I spent 3 nights with a friend at Soho House Berlin last weekend. It was by far the best hotel experience I have had in Europe. We stayed in a ‘small room’ which was plenty big enough. It is all the little touches that make it so remarkable – the coffee set-up, the shower, the lotions. The bar is similar to any of the other Houses around the world, as is the roof terrace. But the quality of the room and the friendliness of the staff was second to none.
Cannot wait to return.
Although it falls into a budget category, the space has been designed by internationally renowned Werner Aisslinger, who also designed 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin and has worked hard to make sure the whole place yells youthful creativity. The big round desk that acts as reception is part of a large, open lobby that has a deliberately unfinished feel and contains a cafe and lounge. There’s also a courtyard that doubles as a beer garden and the cafe/bar stays open all night long (and serves a decent breakfast in the morning). Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms (all 119) are individually designed in a dizzying variety of themes (a chalet, a library etc) and contain plenty of Berlin-style “flea market” furniture and cheeky fixtures such as mirrors dangling from ropes.
I just love this place. Being in the publishing industry, the books and use of paper certainly appealed to me. We arrived on a Monday so unfortunately the restaurant was not open that evening, nevertheless the bar food was nice (good choice of healthy stuff) and the cocktail menu was unique and adventurous. The menu design was very cool too. The rooms were all different with their own quirky feature. The whole place was oozing style and simplicity. The building I’m lead to believe was a former factory.
This classic Berlin hotel in the upmarket City West district more than earns each of its five stars for its convenient location, excellent service and superb Michelin-starred cuisine. Elegant and sophisticated, the interiors form a blend of classic and modern touches, from the grand spiral staircase and marble floors to the signature Peacock Alley lounge. The giant metal gate in the lobby pays homage to the towering facade of the flagship Waldorf Astoria New York. Forming part of the imposing 118m-high Zoofenster (“Zoo window”) Tower, all 232 rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Berlin Zoological Garden. The spacious rooms channel a classic Twenties-inspired look with pops of purple, red and gold.
The Waldorf was everything I expected it to be. The front desk staff was very professional, friendly and polite. I arrived early and they were able to get me into a room (so I could shake off some of the travel dust and get ready for the day ahead – Thank you Waldorf!) My room was perfect – clean, refined furnishings, great “fit and finish”, etc. I was a little concerned that my room overlooked a main road (great view of the Zoo entrance as well as the plaza in front of the nearest rail station) and would be noisy as a result. It wasn’t. The sound-proofing was spot on and I got some of my best travel sleep during this stay.
On a pretty, tree-dotted avenue in Charlottenburg, the hotel is peaceful yet close to the much busier Kurfurstendamm. The hotel oozes refined character in a number of styles. There’s a whiff of Bauhaus about the place, but also classical elements such as stucco ceilings and Doric columns, and contemporary features such as the modern sculptures that are dotted around. The library, wine cellar and piano bar enhance the sophisticated feel. Modern touches in the bedrooms (which open on to garden or street-facing balconies) include beds raised on platforms. Suites overlook the courtyard garden.
We stayed here for 4 nights and enjoyed it thoroughly. The hotel is situated in a very convenient location only minutes to the sites around. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I would definitely return.