While the cheaper rooms are characterised by a stylish simplicity reminiscent of a school gym, the pricier rooms have an air of tongue-in-cheek decadence, decked out in gold from floor to ceiling or in the style of a mountain resort, with sunken bathtubs and film projectors. The downside of the convenient location right across from Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn station is that some rooms are quite noisy; the quieter ones face the courtyard.
This is one of the most charming small hotels in Berlin. The rooms are decorated with flair, in a mix of antique and Conran-esque modern furniture, each with an enormous black and white photo hung by the bed. The en-suite bathrooms are cleverly integrated into the rooms without disrupting the elegant townhouse architecture. Even the TVs are stylish. The breakfast room has a fridge full of goodies, should you feel peckish in the wee hours, and the staff are sweet.
Housed in an elegant 19th-century townhouse, this room boutique hotel was created by an advertising executive to provide a humorous antidote to identikit hotels. There are a number of house rules — including no photography and no large groups — to help foster an atmosphere of anything-goes discretion. The rooms are quite stark, with brass beds offset by block-coloured walls, and there are Molton Brown goodies in the bathroom.
Breakfast is served in the all-day deli, and the high-end steak restaurant, The Brooklyn, specialises in rare whiskies and Napa Valley wines. But even the toughest critic would have to admit that the imposing Bauhaus building and its history deserved a new lease of life; it originally housed a Jewish-owned department store before it was taken over, first by the Nazis, then by the Communist regime. These days, Soho House occupies eight floors; in addition to 65 guest rooms, there are 20 apartments and four lofts, plus the excellent Cowshed spa, a library and a cinema.
In the rooms, beautiful old wooden floors and s furniture mix with raw concrete walls.
A swim in the rooftop pool overlooking east Berlin rounds off the experience. And the upper-floor apartments have balconies with outstanding views. The laid-back staff can help you get discounted tickets to almost anything, or give directions to the best bars and clubs, of which there are plenty nearby. The place is deservedly popular and is always full, so be sure to book ahead.
The breakfast buffets are bountiful, with an excellent choice of organic granolas, and useful things such as laptops are available to rent, as well as bikes, Segways and even electric motorbikes. Choose between large bedrooms facing the street, smaller ones overlooking the fish pond and Tuscan-style garden, or spacious apartments on the upper floor. As with all great places, the secret is in the finer detail.
The rooms are impeccably styled with polished pine floors, paintings in massive gilt frames, antiques and iron bedsteads. New York designer Karim Rashid opened his eye-popping music and lifestyle hotel in a huge modern building right by the River Spree. Even the elevators are illuminated by different coloured lights, and some are decorated with photos of Rashid and his wife. More dedicated musicians can make use of the rehearsal rooms and two recording studios, or perform at one of the rooftop gigs and parties.
Unsurprisingly, the open mic night here is superb. The river views are beautiful, and the breakfast buffet generous.
A real beauty on the Spree. Staff are pleasant, and the views of Mitte from the top suites breathtaking. Katrin, the host, goes out of her way to make you feel at home.
Set on the ground floor of a typical Berlin tenement, the rooms are small but clean, and each is unique and tastefully decorated. Rooms are bright and cheerful, with parquet floors. Towels, of course, which are available for free at reception. Each morning, guests emerge from their boltholes to discover little bags containing croissants. The four-person room can feel a little cramped, but if you need to get up and stretch there are two common rooms, a lounge and three terraces offering tip-top river views. The owners have now done up a second boat, the Western Comfort, which is moored across the river on the Kreuzberg bank.
That makes this wonderful pension, which is hidden away on a quiet side street, a real find. The house, built in , used to be home to the Danish silent movie star Asta Nielsen and has been lovingly restored, with elegant dark wood furniture and art deco detailing. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Minds.
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