“A welcoming design hotel with a fun restaurant and bar just off Berlin's answer to the Champs Elysées, well-placed for exploring”
Slip upstairs to find low-level red lighting, vibey music set at just the right volume, and corridors lined with a thick burgundy shag-pile carpet that would look unfashionable anywhere else. The 77 all-white and well-maintained rooms flaunt cocoon-like design, with swooping bath-cum-bed combos and barely a right angle in sight; quirky touches like naked prints and ceiling murals add a spot of humour to break up the minimalism. All in all, it’s sexy, stylish and fun - a great Berlin base for couples seeking a good time.
- An excellent location in one of Berlin’s most upmarket areas, with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby, and close to good transport links
- Service is friendly and unpretentious, and the staff know all the hippest places in town
- Breakfast is one of the best we’ve come across - not normally included in the rates, but worth the extra spend
- A small basement spa with a sauna, a steam room and a menu of massages
- Nice in-room treats: super-soft mattresses, iPod docks, Pure toiletries, complimentary chocolates, water and sweets, even Nintendo Wiis in the Studios and Penthouse Suite
- The bold design may not to be everybody's taste, although it was still looking slick on our last visit
- The bath-by-the-bed arrangement looks great, but you’ll need to wash gently or you'll splash your sheets, and you may find it easier to climb out onto the bed than floor
- No twin rooms and bathrooms are open-plan: it’s definitely a hotel for couples rather than friends
- The full-length mirror right by the shower we found a touch unforgiving!
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- Over 16s only
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
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. 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, iPod docks, minibars and plenty of Pure smellies. 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.
- Central heating
- Internet access
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
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 Asian dishes. 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 if a little predictable, with a range of spring rolls, spicy soups, noodle dishes and curries. We were more impressed with the bar, which is open to members and hotel guests only and serves cocktails, beers and spirits until 3am. In summer head outside to the patio or watch the world go by from a table on the pavement out front.
For 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).
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Ku’Damm is Berlin’s main retail street, and a short stroll along brings you to the famous KaDaWe
- Nearby is Savignyplatz, a small park surrounded by a ring of cafés for people-watching, with quirky bookshops and design boutiques under the old rail arches
- Walk for 20 minutes to the haunting ruins and blue-stained glass of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, whose bomb-splintered tower is a reminder of the horrors of war
- Catch a bus or tram to Mitte, Berlin's historical centre, for many must-see attractions, including the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial and the Brandenburg Gate. Hotel staff can organise private guided tours and bicycle hire
- Browse world-class art and history collections of the "Museum Island", and the churches and concert halls of the Gendarmenmarkt
- Diverse Kreuzberg, to the south of Mitte, has restaurants covering almost every global cuisine. It’s also home to Checkpoint Charlie and the striking Jewish Museum
- Jump on the U-bahn to Nollendorfplatz to visit the small but fascinating Bauhaus museum. Discover how this school of arts and crafts pushed the boundaries of design and was crushed under Nazi rule
- Make the most of Berlin’s fantastic nightlife. Reception can point you in the right direction
- Recover from all the above in the hotel’s spa. Yoga and Pilates can also be arranged
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Theatre and music
- Well being
Hotel Q! (pronounced Koo - which is also German for cow, hence its bovine logo) is located on Knesebeckstrasse, a quiet side-street about halfway down the Kurfürstendamm (or Ku'Damm for short). This wide commercial avenue heads southwest from the centre of Berlin, in the former western part of the city, with plenty of bus, tram and U-bahn stops. The hotel is not marked from the outside, so you'll need the exact address or directions (we provide these when you book through i-escape).
Berlin has 2 major airports: Tegel (8km away) and Schönefeld (19km away). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving them.
From the Airport
From Tegel, the 109 bus takes you to Bleibtreustrasse, which is a 3-minute walk from the hotel, or you can take a taxi all the way for around €25-30. From Schönefeld, it's a 1-hour journey by the overground S-bahn direct to Savignyplatz, a few minutes away.
Increasingly popular with connections from all over Europe, and a viable option from the UK if you're prepared to change en-route - see Seat 61 for more info.
There's a car park adjacent to the hotel (extra charge), but as a tourist there would be little point in having a car here. If you do want to hire one, see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.
More on getting to Berlin and getting around
- Berlin Tegel 8.0 km TXL
- Berlin Schönefeld 19.0 km SXF
- Beach 200.0 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.2 km