Both business and leisure travellers tend to enjoy the Ritz Carlton for its five-star reliability and prime location. The hotel’s distinctive skyscraper-style building fits perfectly into Potsdamer Platz’s NYC-esque cityscape but the interiors are more European – albeit Old Europe, with baroque chandeliers, marble staircases and Art Deco furnishings.
There are 303 guest rooms (including 30 suites), all of which continue the classic theme albeit with concessions to modernity: think a soothing mix of beiges and browns, Markus Luepertz watercolours and gorgeous cherry wood furniture. There are lots of creature comforts in the rooms, including bedside control panels, heated bathroom floors as well as views of either Potsdamer Platz or the sprawling Tiergarten Park. There’s a very comprehensive spa on site, too.
Ritz-Carlton hotel seating area
Ackselhaus and Blue Home hotel
The two hotels are connected on a quiet, residential street in leafy Prenzlauer Berg, not far from the downtown buzz of Mitte or the kid-friendly environs of Kollwitzplatz to the north. The two hotels are different, though both have been very tastefully done. The hotel has an open and immediately friendly feel to it – the lounge-style apartment makes it feel like a home. During summer you can put your feet up in the leafy and lovely Balinese courtyard garden.
Bluehome has a more Mediterranean feel with some aquatic touches (and is more expensive), while Ackselhaus’ mini-apartments offer various themes that range from the geographical to the filmic (none are too OTT). Each apartment comes with a theme in the bedroom.
Ackselhaus and Blue Home hotel garden
25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
One of the funkiest hotels in West Berlin, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin retains just the right amount of original exposed concrete. Aisslinger 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, a Vitra swing sofa) and a plethora of tropical foliage. The reception (3rd floor) comes with an in-house bakery and a shop run by local coffee-table book publishers Gestalten.
Choosing a room here largely means choosing 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.
Hotel Steigenberger Berlin, Germany Original Vintage Postcard
Entertainment Memorabilia (CardCow.com)
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