PHOTO: Soho House Berlin

8 Berlin Hotels in Historical Buildings

Jennifer Ceaser | January 17, 2018

Former banks, office buildings, private mansions, and even public bathhouses—these architectural jewels are steeped in history. Now you can lay your head in these storied buildings.


Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel

Why it made the list

Built more than a century ago, this Italian Renaissance-style manse, with a huge park-like garden, has hosted the likes of Josephine Baker and German singer Hildegard Knef; actress Romy Schneider was married here. Today it's one of the city’s finest luxury hotels, with opulent interiors designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

In the beautiful, verdant setting of residential Grunewald, Read More


Hotel am Steinplatz

Why it made the list

Opened as a luxury hotel in 1913, famed authors like Vladimir Nabokov and Günter Grass, and later international film stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Romy Schneider, stayed in this elegant Art Nouveau building.

Set in a grand turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau building, thi Read More


Ellington Hotel Berlin

Why it made the list

Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and the hotel’s namesake, Duke Ellington, all played in this 1920s building, which once housed a grand ballroom. Later Davie Bowie and Lou Reed partied here, in “Dschungel,” the Berlin equivalent of Studio 54. Transformed into a hotel in 2007, many of the original details remain, including its magnificent art deco façade.

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Hotel de Rome

Why it made the list

A former bank dating from the 1880s is now a five-star hotel, featuring the historic marble lobby, rooms with original oak paneling and a spa housed in what was once a jewelry vault.

Discreet service and a boutique atmosphere make the Hotel de Read More


Hotel Oderberger

Why it made the list

A public bathhouse dating from 1898, the building was converted into a hotel in 2016; its palatial stone façade and the original pool—featuring a stunning vaulted ceiling—have been beautifully restored.

A conversion of a landmarked 19th-century public bathhouse, Read More


Das Stue

Why it made the list

This impressive curving 1938 building, once home to the Royal Danish Embassy, is now a luxury hotel, dripping with original details like a stately marble lobby and a grand double staircase.

History meets contemporary style in the heart of Berlin, in Read More


Hotel Zoo Berlin

Why it made the list

From the 1950s to the ‘70s, this glamorous hotel, dating from the 19th century, hosted all the top celebs attending the Berlin International Film Festival—Romy Schneider, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, to name a few.

Tucked inside one of the city's oldest grand hotels, this re Read More


Soho House Berlin

Why it made the list

Set in a late Bauhaus building on a busy corner in trendy Mitte, this outpost of Soho House has a checkered history: It was first a department store, later the headquarters of the Reich Youth Leadership and after WWII, the home of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. It was restored and opened as the Soho House Berlin in 2010.

The Berlin branch of this luxury hotel–club brings the chic Read More

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