This modern glassy hotel has an ideal location in the heart of Berlin near the Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island and Unter den Linden boulevard, but one of its main draws is found in its courtyard: the 82-foot-tall AquaDom, the world's largest cylindrical aquarium. Despite the aquatic theme, this is a full-service business hotel, with trouser presses in the comfortable rooms and a shoe-shine machine on each floor. A spa area includes a gym, two saunas, and a pool, plus beauty treatments and massages.
Rooms are sleek and functional; Business Class rooms have balconies, while the spacious corner suites offer plenty of room to spread out thanks to separate sleeping and living areas. The inner, courtyard-facing rooms have views of the fish-filled Aquadom.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Only Business Class rooms and suites come with Nespresso coffee makers and robes and slippers.
Standard rooms feature a combo tub/shower, while rooms in the Business Class and Family categories, as well as the suites, have separate showers and tubs.
Dominating the lobby—and drawing many gawkers who aren’t hotel guests—is the towering glass tank, AquaDom, filled with 1,500 tropical fish and colorful coral.
The Heaven Spa offers a variety of treatment, including facials using German-made Babor products. There's also an indoor pool and sauna.
Restaurant Heat is a mish-mash of German, Italian and American fare; the terrace has excellent views of the River Spree and the Berlin Cathedral.
The hotel is set on the Spree River just opposite Museum Island. Alexanderplatz, with U- and S-Bahn service, as well as multiple tram lines, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
With just 20 seats and a reputation for serving fine (and affordable) French-themed tasting menus, Bandol Sur Mer (18-minute walk) is a popular spot, so be sure to make a reservation. Hackescher Hof (7-minute walk) serves authentic German cuisine in a historic, wood-paneled room with high, coffered ceilings. Brauhaus Georgbraeu (8-minute walk) is a bit touristy, but you can overlook that as it sports a lovely riverside setting (especially during warm weather, when the terrace is open) and rather tasty house-brewed beers.
One of Berlin’s most famous clubs, House of Weekend (15-minute walk) packs them in with top-notch DJs and a spectacular 15th-floor roof terrace. The Liberate (5-minute walk) appeals to the swanky set, with a glam, boudoir-like interior and fancy, pricey cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A great location near top attractions like Museum Island and the recently re-opened Opera House make this hotel a great choice for Berlin newbies. The expansive spa and indoor pool offer relaxation after a long day of sightseeing, and the cylindrical aquarium in the lobby is always a fun diversion