Fodor's Expert Review Orania.Berlin
Oranienstraße 40, 10999 Berlin, Germany See on Map
Tucked behind the handsome sandstone façade of a restored 1913 Art Nouveau building, this upscale boutique property opened in summer 2017 in the lively, bar-filled neighborhood of east Kreuzberg. Its warm contemporary design incorporates a multitude of exotic woods, finely crafted furnishings and subtle Asian influences. A sprawling corner restaurant-bar-lounge space entices with two wood-burning fireplaces, live piano music and plenty of cozy seating. The hotel’s crown jewel is the top-floor salon and library, with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies offering breathtaking views of the skyline, plus live classical and jazz concerts Tuesdays and Thursdays (12 euro).
Though rooms and suites vary in size and shape, all feature beautiful wood floors, rich red textiles emblazoned with the hotel’s signature gold elephant and high-end German-made mattresses. Suites offer expansive seating areas with contemporary gray furnishings; some have French balconies. Flat-screen TVs with Apple TV technology, free Wi-Fi and mini-bars stocked with local Berlin products come standard; most rooms have Nespresso coffee-makers or they are available upon request.
The extremely spacious modern marble bathrooms boast colorful his-and-her robes, Berlin-based i+m natural vegan products and walk-in rainforest showers. Some suites have a separate bathtub.
The open-plan lobby lounge-bar, referred to as the “Living Room,” offers lots of cozy seating areas, along with a wood-burning fireplace and huge windows overlooking Oranienstraße and the greenery of Oranienplatz.
A small but well-equipped 24/7 fitness center on the lower level offers Technogym equipment, including treadmills and stationary bikes, as well as weights. You can sign up ahead of time for a massage in the single treatment room.
Tucked in the corner next to a roaring fireplace, the Orania Restaurant offers a well-curated international menu that focuses on seasonal ingredients; the salads and seafood dishes are particularly good. A bar menu lists affordable small bites, but you can also order off the dinner menu at the bar.
You can sidle up to the long curving wood bar, which sports high-backed velvet stools, or settle in on the comfy low-slung sofas and armchairs scattered about the “Living Room.” Seasonal and classic cocktails are made with care, and include some very innovative creations, such as a celery-tinged gin drink topped with warm mustard foam.
Live piano music is played Monday to Friday nights starting at 8 pm.
The hotel is a six-minute walk to either the Moritzplatz or Kottbusser Tor U-Bahn stations.
A former pharmacy is now home to the chic café and bistro ORA (1-minute walk), open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the beautiful bar area is lined floor-to-ceiling with old wooden apothecary shelves. A historic, wood-beamed former customs house along the Landwehr canal is the idyllic setting for Altes Zollhaus (19-minute walk), which specializes in upscale, locally sourced German cuisine.
The Limonadier (30-minute walk) is a classic cocktail bar that prides itself on using fresh, house-made ingredients for its bitters, juices and liqueurs. Gretchen (28-minute walk), set in what was once military stables, is where to dance your Friday and Saturday nights away to funk, hip-hop and electronica.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This stylish boutique newcomer makes a sophisticated splash among the edgy environs of Kreuzberg, with an upscale cocktail bar featuring live music played on its grand Steinway piano. Its contemporary rooms are beautifully designed, with elegant exotic woods, luxurious beds and sleek lighting. The hotel’s top-floor music and literary salon, open to the public, features internationally acclaimed artists and breathtaking views of the city.
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