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Brandenburger Hof Quadratic and charismatic featured

On a quiet side street within walking distance of Berlin’s moneyed Kurfürstendamm, this boutique hotel is an oasis of casual, understated luxury, with four opulent wings wrapped snugly around an inner courtyard. Covered with a glass ceiling, the Hof is awash with light and lush greenery, creating a serene breakfast area that can’t fail to give you that smug feeling that only the finest hotels can. The breakfast itself is the stuff of legend, with a variety of appetizing à la carte options and not a buffet cart in sight.

The courtyard is flanked by snug private meeting and dining rooms for a range of occasions, as well as the intimate restaurant, Die Quadriga, headed by Finnish Michelin starred chef, Sauli Kemppainen, serving up his unique brand of new Nordic cuisine.

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.

Chessboxing Rental Apartment Check, mate

You’ll likely feel in control when resting your head on one of five beds with playful Muhammad Ali, Bobby Fischer, Mike Tyson, Miyamoto Musashi or Anantoly Karpov themes.

These fully tricked-out rental apartments—where international chessboxers stay during tournament season—offer TVs with DVD players, fully equipped kitchens, DSL internet, and of course a chess set and boxing bag. These generous spaces start at 130€ per day plus 50€ for clean sheets and towels.

The Regent World-class quality

Everyone knows that if something has a lot of polished marble in, on or around it, you’re dealing with some serious 5-star, high-grade shit. So the fact that the entire facade, lobby and even the guest bathrooms of The Regent Berlin are all made of the stuff should be enough information for you to glean that you’ve come across a hotel of truly world-class quality. The rooms are huge and replete with luxurious touches aplenty, the views over Gendarmenmarkt are sublime and the service is nothing short of flawless—doting but never claustrophobically so. And the food? All on-site cooking is covered by the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant Fischers Fritz —the restaurant equivalent of polished marble…

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