This boutique bed-and-breakfast is tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street in Prenzlauer Berg and offers uniquely designed rooms, which make it feel more like a finely appointed guest house than a stuffy hotel. Ackselhaus has several impressive themed rooms, including the safari-esque Africa suite and the Picasso room; the more subdued Blue Home offers rooms with oceanic colors and decor. The two buildings share a cozy breakfast room (included the room rate if you book directly), and the nearby tram will speed you back down to Alexanderplatz and the center of town in just five minutes.
While rooms are large in both buildings, the Ackselhaus’s rooms are outfitted in themed décor that features antiques and unusual design touches, while rooms in the Blue Home skew more modern. Most feature a bedroom, living area and kitchenette; the Blue Home’s Summerhouse room has a terrace with outdoor pool.
Bathrooms vary greatly depending on the building and room; many have large freestanding tubs and rainforest showers.
The black-and-white-tiled lobby features arched exposed brick walls, contemporary artwork and comfy tufted seating.
The Club del Mar, with a fireplace during the winter months and a terrace in warm weather, features a breakfast buffet.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no room service and the restaurant is frequently not open past breakfast.
Set in the hip Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, the property is surrounded by bars and restaurants; the M2 tram stop on Prenzlauer Allee is right across the street and will get you to Alexanderplatz in about five minutes.
The tri-level Tauro (8-minute walk) excels in Spanish-Med cuisine, including paella, tapas and Iberico ham. One of the first “dining in the dark” themed restaurants—and still going strong 18 years later—is Nocti Vagus (7-minute walk), which also includes a live performance (check the website for English nights).
Scotch & Sofa (5-minute walk) serves up 54 varieties of whiskey, along with an impressive roster of gins, in a relaxed, smoke-free space. Sip classic and contemporary cocktails at the gay-friendly Perle Bar (9-minute walk), either inside the bright, modern room or out on the small terrace. There aren’t many places in Berlin with drink specials, but Bar 55 (6-minute walk) offers 2-for-1 drinks during happy hour from its 200-strong cocktail list.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The large rooms and eclectic design make for a memorable stay that feels homier than hotel. The intimate location is removed from the bustle of the city but is nevertheless close to transportation. If you want to station yourself in one of Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods—with tons of edgy dining and drinking options—while still having a four-star experience, this property is your best bet.