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.

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.

andel's Hotel Corporate cool

This behemoth design hotel has more than a few tricks up its sleeve: a compelling interior conceptualized by leading British designer duo Jestico & Whiles, an extensive wellness area and no less than four—yup four—restaurants.

Despite its massive size—andel’s offers some 500-plus rooms, plus a ballroom and corporate center—the newly-minted hotel never feels corporate with its poppy avant-garde design and bold colors with minimalist Asian touches. Meanwhile, the penthouse “Sky Bar and Cafe” rivals Weekend for the best bird-eye view over the city—all while nibbling on Viennese cakes and enjoying a glass of wine from the hotel’s very own walk-in wine storage, no less.

Miniloft Maxi pads

What happens if you’re an architect searching for the holy grail of accommodation—the “home away from home”? You create it yourself, naturally. At least that’s what Britta and Matthew Griffin, the architects behind these self-contained apartments in Mitte, have done.

The once run-down apartment block now features 14 elegantly redesigned “mini-lofts,” each cradling ultra-modern furnishings, well-equipped kitchenettes and plushy beds. Guests are offered complete privacy and an escape from nagging hotel policies, and at 80-200 Euros per night, it’s a steal. Britta and Matthew, meanwhile, were so pleased with the result that they moved in themselves.

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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