nhow Berlin Soft beds, hard beats featured

Billed as Europe’s first “music hotel”, nhow Berlin, a brick behemoth on the north bank of the river Spree in Friedrichshain, was built to beguile those exploring Berlin’s music scene. The hotel is equipped with a conference center, music lounge, “guitar room service” and recording spaces run by the co-directors of the city’s legendary Hansa studio, where David Bowie wailed out “Heroes” in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.

Meeting somewhere halfway between 2001: A Space Odyssey and a mid-90s Kylie Minogue music video, the hotel’s Pop Art-inspired interior aesthetic from New York-based designer Karim Rashid certainly goes for the gusto, sporting an eye-popping array of neon colors, curved forms and the occasional gold leather couch. Rooms come in a choice of baby blue, hot pink or a muted gray—pick a room with a river view (60 percent of the 304 rooms have one) in case your eyes need a more placid focal point.

Crowning the building is a three-story, aluminum skinned upper tower for the studios and suites, fronted with double-skinned glass on the Spree side and cantilevered 21 meters out from the building over the riverbank. At ground level, Chef Patrick Rexhausen, a native Berliner, serves up modern interpretations of German-French cuisine at Fabrics restaurant, which also offers fine views of the Spree, albeit from a lower altitude.

Amano City slicker

Located at the popular junction of Rosenthaler Straße and Auguststraße, Hotel Amano has an extensive offering at an affordable price. A touch of luxury is brought to the foyer and ground level space with rich shades of ruby, gold and warm gray. Designed by Büro Gold, rooms and apartments are in contrast minimal and comfortable, predominantly white highlighted with select furnishings in red and black.

The rooftop terrace is special, affording you with stunning views over the city. Free Wi-Fi, a business centre and bikes to hire at your leisure are just a few of the convenient features. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining hall let you observe the morning activities while you enjoy the fresh buffet-style breakfast.

Michelberger Hotel Trendsetting sleeps featured

The precocious hipster of Berlin’s hotel scene has all the pizazz of a trendsetter, without the bravado. There’s no icy ‘hipper than thou’ dismissals at this place—quite the opposite.

The welcoming ethos is fostered courtesy of the group of friends who created this hotel while the decor bespeaks unpretentious individualism. The floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed concrete walls and artworks are a refreshing change from the usual blanket of beige, while the downstairs spa will soak away any travel woes. Each of the 119 rooms comes with ensuite, TV, WiFi and prices that has globetrotting backpackers aplenty ditching grimey hostel options for this innovative little gem.

Hotel Otto A personal touch

This cheery apartment building-cum-hotel is the welcome newcomer on an old block. Plugged into the upmarket Charlottenburg area, Otto experienced a recent face lift at the hands of Swedish designer Lars Bork, who brightened the space with healthy splashes of blue, magenta, green and black colors to achieve a contemporary chic look.

It’s easy to tell why young professionals favor the establishment, from its faultless service to its immediate accessibility. The 45 rooms take many incarnations (standard, comfort, studio or suite with a private rooftop sundeck), but each comes equipped with bottles of Aveda products in bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and wi-fi. Organic produce and weekly changing delicacies—such as Alsatian meat and cheese platters—greet guests at the very minimalist, very clean breakfast nook, as does the super fair checkout price of 80-120 Euros per night.

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