A dose of hygge in Berlin, this outpost of the boho-chic Danish chain Guldsmeden Hotels opened its doors in early 2018. The eco-friendly, sustainable boutique property, a complete transformation of a mid-19th-century former hotel, effortlessly blends sleek Scandinavian design with exotic Balinese accents, bringing a wholly unique look to the loft-style rooms. An excellent Nordic restaurant and bar on the ground floor attracts locals who call the up-and-coming Tiergarten district home
Each of its rooms and suites has a different configuration, but all feature signature Guldsmeden four-poster eco-friendly bamboo beds with colorful accent pillows, wood floors, richly patterned area rugs, exposed brick walls and eclectic touches like dragonfly lamps imported from Bali. The loft rooms have an extra sleeping area above, while the larger suites feature repurposed antique chairs and sofas. Four rooms have a small terrace. There is free Wi-Fi throughout.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though there is no fridge in the room, the "mini-bar" has a nice selection of organic local products, including Berlin licorice and bio potato chips.
Though they are compact, bathrooms are beautifully designed with intricate floor tiles, stone sinks and bamboo vanities, and in some suites, deep stone bathtubs. All rooms have rainforest showers, sustainable towels and the hotel’s signature line of eco-friendly amenities.
The small lobby and reception area flows into the bar and features a cozy seating area with sofas and coffee tables and Scandinavian touches like mounted deer heads.
Saeson restaurant’s Modern Nordic cuisine ranges from elaborately composed open-faced sandwiches known as smørrebrød for lunch to sophisticated yet approachable Scandinavian delicacies like beef tartar with pickled beets on the dinner menu. Just about everything on the menu is organic, from the food to the NaturCola brand soft drinks to the well-curated wine list. Even the menu cards themselves are recycled from the wood floors during the hotel’s renovation. Dine on the terrace right on Potsdamer Straße during the warmer weather.
Set right on busy Potsdamer Straße, it’s a six-minute walk to the Kurfurstenstraße U-Bahn stop.
Tokyo meets Scandinavia at the Danish chain Sticks’n’Sushi (2-minute walk), sleek bi-level spot for grilled skewers, sushi and fancy juices straight from Denmark. In the cozy, wood-paneled Joseph-Roth-Diele (1-minute walk) you can find solid, and extremely affordable, German fare; it’s a neighborhood favorite whose rustic tables fill up fast, so be sure to make a reservation. Recently awarded its first Michelin star after only being open for six months, Golvet (3-minute walk) specializes in Nordic-tinged fusion cuisine served in a spectacular dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping cityscape views.
Ring the buzzer for admittance to one of the top cocktail spots in Berlin, Victoria Bar (3-minute walk), which serves top-notch mixed drinks at the long wood bar. Tucked into a coach house in a tranquil courtyard off bustling Potsdamer Straße, Tiger Bar (3-minute walk) boasts sublime cocktails made with unusual ingredients.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond just asking guests to re-use their towels; the entire property is designed to be eco-friendly, from the sustainable bamboo beds and refurbished seating to the natural bath amenities to the organic food and drink. The warm, friendly service extends from the front desk to the restaurant and bar.