From the extravagant to the humble, from the artistic and the quirky, Berlin is a city that has something for everyone. It lures in travellers of all descriptions, and many who flock here have come to experience the open, edgy coolness for which the city is known. Our list of boutique hotels in the east end of the city offer a taste of just that.
This hip, independent hotel is housed in an old warehouse in Friedrichshain, and depending on which of its charming rooms you choose, is also friendly on the pocket. The Michelberger Hotel believes that small is beautiful, and each room is dedicated in its decoration and functionality to their clients’ desires. From rooms perfect for couples and families, to a hideout for dreamers, to the glitz and the glam, this hotel is epitomised by creativity and fine details. Highlights at this quirky hotel include a stylish lobby full of books and magazines, an outside terrance where breakfast can be enjoyed and a bar that hosts live music and DJs.
Forming part of the members-only Soho House club in Berlin, this five-star hotel comes with the special lure of exclusivity, although non-members are invited to check in. Set in a cultural landmark that is a monument to history, it was designed in the Neue Sachlichkeit(New Objectivity) style by architects Georg Bauer and Siegfried Friedlander in the 1920s. Rooms are categorised through their sizes, from ‘tiny’ to ‘extra-large’, with lofts and apartments also available. Guests are welcome to use the members’ spaces during their stay, which include an ultra hip bar, restaurant, rooftop pool and spa, offering unbeatable views of the city.
The idea to erect a small artist hotel in Berlin was conceived before the fall of the Wall, with the aim of creating a space where musicians, artists and art lovers can live and work. In 1994, this art lab used a dilapidated building in Mitte to create the vision of ‘the artist’s home.’ The space evolved into a hotel when an investor and architect got involved in order to turn the art laboratory into a comfortable and economically viable hotel. Today, this arty option comes with affordable and stylish rooms, Mediterranean dining and even a photo studio.
Hotel Ackselhaus is an intimate, eclectic boutique hotel that features incredible décor and a beautiful courtyard garden. Housed in a restored 19th-century building, the hotel boasts prime location on a leafy street in Prenzlauer Berg. The high-concept rooms were designed to feel as though you’ve just stepped into an elaborate film set, and merge together exotic, colonial and marine-style textures.
The Circus Hotel is located at Rosenthaler Platz in Mitte, in the heart of the former Communist capital of East Berlin. It’s a good location for visitors to see the Berlin Wall and Soviet-era sites, as well as the fashionable shops and restaurants of the nearby Hackescher Markt. This retro, designer hotel comes with a few added perks, such as free pre-loaded iPods, Segway rentals, mini-laptops and the Fabisch restaurant, serving German specialities.
Situated close to Berlin’s buzzing downtown scene, this bold, trendy hotel is marked by its contemporary and colourful rooms. Guests can enjoy a 24-hour lounge offering complimentary drinks and snacks and free fitness facilities. It was designed by the duo behind Casa Camper Barcelona, and has the brand’s signature ‘Casa Camper red’ splashed throughout the hotel, from the red umbrellas near the entrance to the corridors, rooms and suites.
This fun, sleek hotel was made exclusively with musicians in mind. Set in a bold, futuristic building that hangs over the Spree, it’s said to be Europe’s first music hotel. The silver space-ship like box that juts out into the air is rumoured to be a recording studio, and guests can order room service in the form of musical instruments.