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.

Soho House Berlin Inner-city playground featured

Derelict until just recently, this former Bauhaus building has been transformed into a stellar members’ club and hotel, joining the illustrious list of Soho House locations—this time at the epicentre of the German capital.

Set over eight floors of the building that was opened originally in 1928 as a department store, Soho House is a twin-functioning establishment that combines the class and variety of a members’ club with the luxury and service of a boutique hotel.

With a full Cowshed spa and gym, a heated rooftop pool, restaurants, bars and a cinema, it’s easy to see why Europe’s creative elite check-in whilst in town, and why Berlin’s upper crust make it their inner-city playground.

Bleibtreu Faithfully yours

Named after the boutique-lined street it is on, the Bleibtreu is a place to truly feel at home in Berlin. The unassuming pavement tables of its deli and bar, a florist specializing in roses and a mortadella terazzo walkway all lead to an open courtyard with a soaring chestnut tree.

An inconspicuous front desk at the back of the building finally confirms that this is indeed a hotel and not a residential townhouse. The Bleibtreu opened in 1995 with the interior designed by Herbert Jacob Weinand and ecologically sound items that were exclusively handcrafted in Germany and Italy. Both the Blue Bar’s hand-knotted carpet and Berlin based artist Elvira Bach’s wall tapestry were manufactured in Ghent and form part of the hotel’s art collection. On top of all that each floor has a specially selected scent diffused through it—so your schnozz isn’t left out of the pampering either.

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