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50-52 Charlottenstrasse, Berlin, 10117, Germany

Berlin’s first boutique hotel sits in what proprietor Tini Countess Rothkirch says is “the most beautiful spot in the city”—directly across from Gendarmenmarkt square. And although the Sofitel occupies a GDR-era building, the interiors here (all brushed steel, gleaming glass, and polished black marble) are up-to-the-minute modern. The 70 rooms and 22 suites are small yet luxurious studies in minimalist chic: white walls, fluffy white featherbeds, chrome fixtures, Bose sound systems. Some have intimate balconies overlooking the square and the ornate dome of the French Cathedral. The hotel’s fantastic wood-floored attic spa/wellness center and ground-floor breakfast room both have soaring ceilings that keep things airy and light.

Room to Book: For stunning views of the square’s Concert Hall, ask for an upper-story balcony room on the Gendarmenmarkt side.

Doubles From $447.

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Sofitel am Gendarmenmarkt

Berlin’s first boutique hotel sits in what proprietor Tini Countess Rothkirch says is “the most beautiful spot in the city”—directly across from Gendarmenmarkt square. And although the Sofitel occupies a GDR-era building, the interiors here (all brushed steel, gleaming glass, and polished black marble) are up-to-the-minute modern. The 70 rooms and 22 suites are small yet luxurious studies in minimalist chic: white walls, fluffy white featherbeds, chrome fixtures, Bose sound systems. Some have intimate balconies overlooking the square and the ornate dome of the French Cathedral. The hotel’s fantastic wood-floored attic spa/wellness center and ground-floor breakfast room both have soaring ceilings that keep things airy and light.

Room to Book: For stunning views of the square’s Concert Hall, ask for an upper-story balcony room on the Gendarmenmarkt side.

Doubles From $447.