the older sister who has grown a passionate liking for
eyeliner, fishnet tights and prides herself on skipping family
dinners, Berlin has unashamedly separated itself from the
familial traits of a European capital, cultivating a distinct
culture of its own. The boisterous German city knows exactly who it
is and everyone wants a piece of its captivating confidence.
This bustling yet surprisingly open-aired metropolis is painted
with provocation. Stumble through the neon-lit nightlife, learn
about LGBTQ+ history and culture at Schwules
Museum and most definitely try on a leather jacket – it just
feels right. The Spree River flows right through the city centre,
with landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building
grounding Berlin in its history while simultaneously celebrating
its present authenticity.
Ready to roam? Read on for the stays that will ensure you set
off with a spring in your step each day.
Gute nacht, Berlin: our pick of the German capital’s top
Max Brown Ku’Damm
Settle into the mid-century-modern comfort of Max Brown Ku’Damm,
whose interiors mimic the sentiment of the surrounding city in
their balanced appreciation of the old and the new. Bedrooms are
colourful, but not in an overbearing way, adding some spice to the
classic layout. Just outside the city centre, the property’s
location offers a more laid-back neighbourhood experience to escape
to after giving in to all the tourist attractions – it’s okay; we
won’t tell. What may be most alluring about Max Brown Ku’Damm,
though, is its legendary fluffy pancakes, giving you an excuse to
eat (what may as well be) birthday cake for breakfast.
Uhlandstrasse 49, 10719
Calling all travellers who survive on matcha and yoga:
Michelberger Hotel is for you. With a sleek aesthetic that’s
carried through all 132 rooms, it screams LA in a more endearing
and quirky way than any Instagram influencer ever could. Equipped
with loft beds and roped walls, each of the airy spaces feel like
an adult’s dream jungle gym – in the chicest way possible. Located
on the east side of the Spree, just a couple of shimmies away from
the electric nightlife, Michelberger promises a good time.
Warschauer Str 39-40, 10243
Get ready to live out your Great Gatsby fantasy – minus the
heartbreak – at the lavishly moody, centrally located Provocateur
Hotel. Adorned with velvet furniture and dramatic silhouettes, the
rooms conjure an old-Hollywood vibe. Can a bar be sexy? In this
one’s case, we say yes. Seductively lit, the glowing bottles and
deep-red booths set the scene for indulgence. Start with one of the
signature cocktails – our pick is the whisky-based, orange-laced
sage lips. After breakfast, we’ll be heading down the street to
JEWEL Vintage to find some 1920s pieces that match the luxury of
Brandenburgische Str 21, 10707
Remember that book you purchased months ago with a promise to
read more? Make sure it’s in your suitcase for a stay at Sir
Savigny. Situated in Berlin’s western, literary district,
Charlottenburg, this streetside bolthole meshes both an industrial
and homey approach to interior design: think brass finishes and
leather headboards. Suites are super-spacious – when you finally
find the bathroom, the rain showers are a pleasant surprise.
Blessed with an abundance of communal spaces, including a library
and lounge, Sir Savigny reflects the neighbourhood’s old-school
charm and appreciation of the arts.
Kantstrasse 144, 10623
Remember your cool aunt who’d wear block-print dresses with gold
bangles and go to the farmers’ market every Saturday? Well, now
imagine she opened a hotel in Berlin and you’ll have a good idea of
what to expect at Orania. The sprawling, loft-styled, sun-soaked
rooms, with earthy tones and natural wood accents throughout, feel
like a warm – and let’s admit, well-needed – hug. Want a night in?
Orania hosts its own concerts featuring local Berlin artists,
giving you a taste of the vibrant and youthful flow of the
Kreuzberg neighbourhood it calls home.
Oranienstrasse 40, 10999
You’d never guess it from the fairy tale-like, whimsical
character of Wilmina, but it used to be a women’s prison. Ok, fine,
the bars on some of the windows might give it away. Otherwise,
conjoined with the nextdoor courthouse that’s now the hotel’s
gallery, Amtsalon, Wilmina has given new life and purpose to a
unique space. Wander around the low-hanging bulbs and modern
artworks, before returning through the garden courtyard to your
billowy, minimalist room. Beds could be mistaken for a bundle of
clouds, so embrace your inner child and belly-flop onto the crisp
Kantstrasse 79, 10627
SO/ Berlin Das Stue
SO/ Berlin Das Stue really knows what it’s doing. This is a
quintessential class act, providing a polished and elegant
experience for guests. The suites – in common with the terrace
lounge, restaurant and bar – have a clean, sophisticated design and
a distinct opulence about them. Take the #selfcare mantra to a
whole new level by taking advantage of the expansive gym and
personal training programme, pool, sauna and natural spa. We know
you’re still sorting through the trust issues gifted by your last
ex, but SO/ Berlin Das Stue has got you fully taken care of and it
actually means it.
Drakestrasse 1, 10787
Pose as a local – who mysteriously still relies on Google Maps –
with a stay at the Gorki Apartments in the happening Mitte
district, brimming with Berlin’s best museums, shopping and eats.
These chic apartments have an artsy feel and come with full-scale
living and dining areas. For access to rooftop views, book one of
the two penthouses. Both have terraces overlooking Berlin’s blocky
skyline and guarantee a good shot to send to the group chats.
Explore Berlin with the free bikes included, convincing your Apple
Watch you’ve overpaid for a SoulCycle class, stopping by Minty’s Fresh Food Bar on
Torstrasse for coffee and brunch.
Weinbergsweg 25, 10119
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