“A stylish B&B with vintage touches, a laid-back café and a self-catering apartment for 6, set in trendy Prenzlauer Berg”
All rooms have restored wooden floors and a stylish yet quirky mix of vintage furniture. The ceilings are particularly beautiful, with faded frescoes and ornate plasterwork, while the ensuites (with a walk-in shower or tub and handheld shower) are clad in Turkish limestone tiles.
Room 4 is the smallest, and the only one facing the rear. Its walls are panelled in reclaimed wood complete with quirky bird sculptures; it sounds cheesy, but it’s surprisingly charming. Note that the shower is integrated into the bedroom, though the loo is separate.
The other 3 rooms are larger and face the street. Room 2 has an industrial-chic vibe, with a leather Pierre Cardin sofa set in a bay window, a long desk, and a huge light fitting that looks like something from an operating theatre. Room 3 is painted in a deep peacock-blue, with oriental artwork and paper lampshades. We stayed in calming, minimalist Room 1, which is dominated by a vast and blissfully comfy four-poster bed set on a raised platform, and has a small balcony.
There’s also a 2-bedroom suite, decked out in rich purples and elegant velvet chairs; and an apartment, Cuba, which has 3 double bedrooms plus an open-plan living, dining and cooking space. They, too, have balconies.
The downstairs café is a lovely place to linger, with mismatched tables and chairs, stacks of magazines to browse, and a wall covered with 50s-style pink display cases. It serves a range of tasty breakfasts - everything from banana and almond morning cookies (low in sugar, high in energy and flavour) to delicious baked eggs with chorizo - as well as organic coffee, smoothies, pastries and cakes. There’s also a selection of light lunchtime meals: chilled gazpacho, cheese platters, sandwiches.
The café closes at 6pm, but guests are welcome to use it as a lounge after hours, and in the evening there’s an honesty bar where you can help yourself to beer and wine.
Prenzlauer Berg is packed with restaurants, and Bodo and Antonio will happily recommend their favourites. Just next door is Kochu Karu, which serves Spanish-Korean fusion food; it sounds odd, but the menu of oriental-inspired tapas really does work. Also within an easy stroll are the Italian Cotto e Crudo and the French Les Valseuses (both are very popular with locals, so you may need to book), and lively beer garden Prater. If you want to splash out on something special, jump on the tram and head a couple of stops to Mitte, where you’ll find Michelin-starred Pauly Saal, set in the gymnasium of a former Jewish school.