Opened in 1995, Berlin's first design hotel is relatively unassuming, with simple and serene rooms decorated with untreated oak, polished stone, and neutral shades. The eye candy lies in the terra-cotta-tile courtyard, where you can sip drinks at the 23-foot-long table, which is covered in shiny blue ceramic shards and rests on a bed of glass pebbles. A tall chestnut tree lends shade. To reinvigorate after shopping at the nearby Ku'damm boutiques, help yourself to the
free items in your mini-refrigerator or slip into the herbal steam bath inside the wellness center.