Sleep In Style
Bedding down in Berlin doesn’t have to mean basic bargain or top-end treasure. Several new design hotels are offering style and edge with a side of comfort. Most are located in the heart of Berlin’s ever-growing shopping district Hackescher Markt, located in Mitte — by its very definition, the middle of things.
The three-star Hotel Amano, a sleek yet cozy spot with 162 rooms, opened this summer, bringing with it a popular bar and a roof-top terrace, a must in temperate weather. The blend of classic and new pairs modern furniture with old patterned carpets. Hotel director Corinna Schuster insisted, “We’re also a cut above competitors,” pointing to special services like Smart Car, bike and iPod rentals. The hotel even has its own nail polish, Amano Orange, produced with Berlin-based cosmetics firm Uslu Airlines.
Nearby Casa Camper is a shoe-in with 51 stylish rooms and complementary 24-hour restaurant Tentempié for guests who need a midnight snack or a morning treat; eatery Dos Palillos serves up Asian-tapas fusion from el Bulli chef de cuisine Albert Raurich. This is only the second hotel location for the Spanish footwear firm. The four-star lodging offers natural soaps, interactive TV and personalized maps for visitors.
In Berlin, the name Circus brings to mind a beloved hostel for the backpacker set. The company’s new hotel keeps the core philosophy of a welcoming, social approach to travel, but catering to a different crowd. The decor of the 60 themed singles, doubles and apartments blends color, handicrafts and flea market finds; accommodations are also eco-friendly.
The tech-savvy staff will burn photo CDs and charge iPods for guests, while a nearby yoga studio provides classes for those needing a different kind of boost. The hotel’s restaurant, Fabisch, serves modern German fare made with local, sustainable and largely organic foods.
Further east, the funky 119-room Michelberger Hotel attracts traveling rock bands, businessmen, and families. This boutique hotel near historic Oberbaum bridge and the river Spree offers rooms with loft beds for extra space, accommodations for groups of four or more, as well as three individually designed luxury rooms. The Michelberger aims to deliver the feeling of staying with a cool and welcoming chum; which makes sense: it was started by a group of entrepreneurial friends.
— Susan Stone
43 Auguststrasse, Ecke Rosenthaler Strasse, 10119
Nightly rates: 70 euros to 75 euros (about $100-$107 at current exchange) a night; a few larger private apartments are also available.
1 Weinmeisterstrasse, 10178
Nightly rates: from 165 euros ($236)
1 Rosenthalerstrasse, 10119
Nightly rates: from 68 euros (about $97) for a single to 160 euros (about $229) for a three-room apartment.
Warschauer 39 Strasse, 10243
Nightly rates: Standard rooms start at 59 euros (about $84); luxury rooms, 120 euros ($172)