Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Between them, Ackselhaus and Blue Home have various accommodation
options to suit couples and families alike.
The themed rooms in ochre-coloured Ackselhaus are more like suites, with sitting areas and, in some, fireplaces and freestanding bathtubs. Paintings, furniture and knick-knacks evoke the seaside, exotic destinations such as China, Rome and Africa, or even the lives of famous figures like Picasso and early 20th-century globetrotter Burton Holmes; it’s fun yet sophisticated. We loved our Cairo room, set at the front of the building and filled with spring sunshine. We felt a little bit like professors on an archaeological dig - well-picked antiques, intricate carved doors, Arabic tiles and sepia photographs added flair, while the huge flat-screen TV, Denman sound system and Nespresso machine reminded us that we were in the 21st century. We also had a peek inside the fabulous Beach House room, lined with whitewashed wood and dotted with hurricane lamps, model ships and jars of pretty shells.
Ackselhaus also has several mini-apartments with an entrance hall, a bathroom, a bedroom, a sitting area and a kitchenette (small but functional, with the basics and no more). Some have an extra room which can be used as a second bedroom - useful for families. There are fun touches here, too - a life belt in Ocean, tented walls in Safari.
Blue Home has a sleeker look, with a range of rooms, studios, apartments and suites. Expect plenty of handsome Balinese teak furniture, beautifully fitted bathrooms, and walls in calming shades of blue and cream. Floral fabrics, chandeliers and bright tropical prints are scattered here and there to add colour. The apartments and suites have kitchenettes (the rest have fridges), and the larger suites have a second bedroom. Our favourite options were the sumptuous Summerhouse rooms at the top of the building, which have a breezy beach feel, sitting areas with contemporary fireplaces and vibrant artwork, freestanding in-room tubs, and open-plan showers clad in brickwork or reclaimed tiles. Best of all are their private terraces, complete with loungers, sofas and sweeping city views.
- Central Heating
- Baby Cots
- Extra Beds