“A fun and stylish design hotel just off Berlin's answer to the Champs Elysées, well-placed for exploring and mixing with the in-crowd”
The 77 rooms share the same flowing, cocoon-like design, with cream-white walls, dark oak floors, slick wardrobes with hidden handles, and grey slate-tiled bathrooms. The comfy beds are also made of oak, with faux ostrich leather on the wall behind. In those with a bath, the tub and bedstead are made from the same piece of wood - you could literally roll from your mattress into the water! It looks ever so sleek, but beware of wetting the bed (as it were). Other rooms have glass-doored showers, and you can choose between smoking and non-smoking. Bear in mind that there are no twin rooms, and bathrooms are open-plan ("guests must love each other", explains the manager with a twinkle in her eye), although the loos are separate.
Most rooms are similar in layout and overlook Knesebeckstrasse, a quiet side-street about halfway down the Kurfürstendamm (Ku'damm), or the rear courtyard. The Studios on the 7th floor are larger than the standard Doubles and Singles, with a separate sitting area and a Nintendo Wii; there’s also a highly desirable Penthouse Suite.
All rooms have air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, minibars and plenty of Pure smellies (including handy bottles of deodorant - an unusual addition). They also come with a few fun touches such as nude prints and subtle murals - only when lying in bed did we realise that the random shapes painted on our ceiling were in fact a young lady smiling down in a coy, Mona Lisa fashion.
The hotel lays on an excellent breakfast spread , arranged artfully around the bar is a huge array of pastries, artisan breads, smoked fish, meat and cheeses, along with olives, salads, bowls of sweets, and even miso soup. It’s a real feast and filled us up until evening.
The restaurant is a seductive space decked out in reds and blacks, with white floor-to-ceiling drapes and little booths for intimacy. Open for dinner only, the Thai-focused menu is tasty enough but a little uninspiring, with a range of spring rolls, spicy soups, noodle dishes and curries. We were much more impressed with the bar, which is open to members and hotel guests only and serves cocktails, beers and spirits until 3am. In summer you can head outside to the patio or watch the world go by from a table on the pavement out front.
When it comes to eating out, there’s plenty of choice. We recommend avoiding the somewhat dull offerings along the Ku’damm itself and instead heading right out of the hotel towards the small cafés and restaurants around Savignyplatz (a few minutes away). For more atmospheric eateries, explore the neighbourhoods of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte (a tram, U-bahn or train ride away).