Built as a "budget design hotel," the basic rooms of the Amano are fairly small, and there is no real restaurant or room service, but stay here and you'll be in the center of the Mitte action. The excellent downstairs cocktail bar hosts frequent parties for the creative set, and come summer, there are barbecues open to all on its roof deck and in its courtyard garden. Some apartments on the fifth floor have small balconies, and there are also several large, beautifully designed but minimalistic apartments available in their adjoining, renovated "Altbau" (old building).
Extras like bicycles and Xboxes are available from reception, as are mini-maps, compiled by the hotel team, which direct you to cool local restaurants, galleries and bars.
Designed with clean lines and warm earthy tones, accommodations range from compact standard rooms to sprawling “XL” apartments with separate dining, living and sleeping quarters and a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, stove and microwave.
Depending on the room category, the bathrooms may have showers or tubs.
Connected to the lobby is the Amano bar, a great spot to settle in for an afternoon coffee or evening cocktail along the plush gray-velvet banquettes.
There is a breakfast buffet, but no on-site restaurant.
The buzzy lobby bar is a favorite of locals thanks to its inventive, affordable cocktail list, while up on the rooftop (open seasonally), you can relax on cushy seating while sipping mixed drinks and soaking up excellent views of the nearby TV Tower.
The hotel is set in the heart of trendy Mitte and surrounded by boutiques, galleries and hip bars along Rosenthalerstrasse and Torstrasse. The U-Bahn and trams are just up the street at Rosenthaler Platz.
The iconic corner café St. Oberholz (2-minute walk), in a gorgeous 19th-century building, is a popular spot for locals to grab a coffee and pastries. Night Kitchen (11-minute walk) occupies a renovated turn-of-the century brick building in the courtyards of Heckmann Höfe, and excels at slow-cooked regional cuisine.
Bar Saint Jean (2-minute walk) is a low-key spot that specializes in long drinks, with a broad selection of whiskeys and tequilas. The Dean (1-minute walk), set inside the Amano’s sister property across the street, has a retro, vaguely Studio 54 vibe, with lots of low, velvet-covered seating, wood paneling and candles.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Along with the slick design, we love that the hotel gives guests plenty of opportunity to mingle with locals, thanks to the popularity of its lobby and rooftop bars. The excellent location puts you in the heart of hip Mitte, while major tourist attractions like Museum Island are within easy walking distance.