Tucked away behind the historic facade of a grand Bauhaus office building, this modern hotel has small but stylish rooms, accentuated with modern art. The entry, staircases and some hallways feature the original design from the late 1920s and early ‘30s: white and green wall tiles, brass staircase railings, stucco ceilings and gold-plated lettering on the walls. The location is excellent: just around the corner from the famous KaDeWe department store and Kurfürstendamm’s shopping. The quiet courtyard and the restaurant and bar, with an open kitchen, offer a welcome respite from sightseeing in the area.
This extremely dog-friendly hotel has such perks as a dog-sitter, use of a glowing collar and free waste bags. If you don’t have space for a dog bed in your luggage, the provide your four-legged friend with one..
Austere and minimally furnished, the rooms are cleverly designed to integrate as many amenities as possible into the compact space. There are flat-screen TVs, mini-bars and comfy beds, and large, double-glazed windows look out over the street or courtyard.
Somewhat lacking in privacy, the bathrooms are incorporated into the room, with sinks behind the bed or partitioned by a half wall and showers or tubs in the open space (though the toilets are separate).
The sleek, spare, all-white lobby is dotted with vintage black-and-white photos and features modern leather seating.
The Duke Restaurant tackles modern French haute cuisine in a sophisticated, white-tablecloth setting, with the sounds of classic jazz in the background.
The extremely popular Sunday brunch features live jazz and a buffet filled with seasonal and regional delicacies; book at least a month in advance.
The hotel's pleasant Charlottenburg location is around the corner from Kurfürstendamm’s upscale shopping, and it's a 5-minute walk to the Wittenbergplatz U-Bahn station.
Brasserie Colette (5-minute walk), a casual yet sophisticated eatery overseen by Michelin-star chef Tim Raue, is a favorite of locals. The top floors of the KaDeWe department store (6-minute walk) are home to a massive gourmet food court, with everything from steak frites to wiener schnitzel to sushi.
Be prepared to queue up at the elevator for the Monkey Bar (7-minute walk), a trendy rooftop spot with great cocktails and panoramic views of the city and the Berlin Zoo below. If you fancy late-night drinking and dancing, head to The Pearl (14-minute walk), one of the city’s top clubs.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though it’s not for every taste, we like the stylish, modern interior design with its alluring 1920s touches. An excellent jazz-themed bar, gourmet restaurant and an ideal location off Ku’damm—great for shopping sprees!—makes this hotel a top pick.