The appeal of this late-19th-century apartment house with a leafy courtyard is its location in a lively neighborhood. The richly decorated facade hints that 100 years ago the aristocratic officers of Germany's imperial army lived here. Rooms have low-lying beds and are spartanly modern and quiet, but with the added touches of tea- and coffee makers as well as iPod docks. Downstairs is a light-filled lounge and restaurant. In less than five minutes you can reach the subway
that speeds you to Mitte and the Friedrichstrasse train station.