Hotels in Germany
What began in 2008 as an “art lab” in a palatial (but condemned) 1825-vintage residential building has evolved into a livable museum-cum-hotel near Berlin’s government district.
A rather humdrum façade belies the sumptuous interiors at the Regent—which is just steps from Gendarmenmarkt square (and which was a Four Seasons property until 2004).
Owned by Spanish-based hotel company Meliá Hotels International, the Hotel Meliá Berlin sits on the River Spree and offers river views from many of its guest rooms. The hotel's 364 guestrooms and suites are modernly decorated in shades of red and gold with dark wood accents.
For those who want to be closer to the action, the Hotel Stadt Hamburg is in the charming village of Westerland. You'll have to walk five minutes to the beach, but this tidy hotel, built in 1869, is an ideal base for exploration.
In the heart of the buzzing Mitte neighborhood, Lux 11 is the latest creation from a dynamic minimalist duo, Claudio Silvestrin and his wife, Giuliana Salmaso.
With its low-key, beveled façade, the Grand Hyatt hangs back in a neighborhood known for its postmodern architecture; however, inside, it's all skewed angles and bright blocks of color and chrome, paying homage to Berlin's history as a center of Expressionist art.
It’s a German fairy tale with a modern twist: a centrally located 19th-century brick water tower now houses an enchanting designer hotel. With an elevated bridge in the lobby, 35-foot-high walls, and 15-foot-high windows, dramatic architecture is a focal point.
For years, Berlin’s high-end hotels just weren’t cool. That all changed with Soho House, the London-based members’ club, providing Berlin with a welcome dose of English eccentricity and becoming the overnight choice for the art and fashion set.
The Rocco Forte group typically makes magic out of run-down but exquisitely situated properties, like Brown’s Hotel in London and the Hotel de Russie in Rome. Their latest accomplishment: Hotel de Rome, set in Berlin’s former Dresdner Bank.
For the IKEA-and-iPod set.
A unique blend of travel and art, the Art’otel Berlin City Center West is inspired by the works of famed artist Andy Warhol and displays original works throughout its public areas and guest rooms.