“A former office block? You’d never guess. Playful, spacious, well-priced und uber cool”
The 170 rooms come in 3 categories - Standard, Comfort and Upper Class. All are similarly furnished and designed with plain linoleum-type floors (less austere than it sounds) and neutral or light pastel walls, with good sized windows allowing plenty of light. Some rooms face out over the Kurfürstendamm or a side street, others over the courtyard at the rear. It’s extra space you’re buying as you go up the price scale, and only the Upper Class rooms have air conditioning.
Beds, with chunky, comfy mattresses, have plump white duvets and thick pillows. We certainly had a great night’s sleep. As to bathrooms, Standards have shower only while Comforts may have a shower or bath, and Upper Class have both, all in the same stocky, white-tiled pattern. The hotel has its own-brand shampoo and shower gel, and a rubber hippo for the tub! There’s decent cupboard storage, and a safe in which you can easily fit a laptop. Perhaps the quirkiest feature, in an era when flat-screen seems to be all the rage, is the retro, zebrano-wood TV cabinet on wheels, an homage to 60s German actor Heinz Erhardt.
The seventh floor dining room, with great views down the Kurfürstendamm, serves only breakfast, but it’s a great spread with tasty, fresh breads, yoghurts, cereals, fruit, cheeses, meats, pastries and jams. There’s a coffee pot and milk on each table and if you want tea, you'll find a "tea-bar" where you can fill your pot with a choice from 9 different bowls of loose leaf.
The lobby bar downstairs serves a limited range of snacks, such as sandwiches and the ubiquitous Berlin treat, the currywurst - a sausage sprinkled with curry powder and ketchup. The bar looked stylish, with an impressive selection of bottles and reasonably-priced cocktails; on our Thursday-night visit we were the only people there, but other guests assured us that it is usually livelier.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby, including Reinhard's, the proud-to-be-old-fashioned Lubitsch on Bleibtreustrasse and a wider choice around Savignyplatz (10 minutes). For café culture, explore the neighbourhoods of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte (an underground or train ride away).