The appeal of this late-19th-century apartment house with a leafy courtyard is its location in the lively neighborhood of Kreuzberg. The richly decorated facade hints that 100 years ago the aristocratic officers of Germany's imperial army lived here. Rooms have low-lying beds and are spartanly modern and quiet, but with the added touches of tea- and coffeemakers as well as iPod docks. In less than five minutes you can reach the subway that speeds you to Mitte and the Friedrichstrasse train station.
Categories range from single and double rooms to a spacious apartment suite. All have beautiful warm wood floors, large windows, high ceilings and original contemporary art. There is free Wi-Fi in all rooms, plus a desk, mini-bar and coffee- and tea-maker. The apartment suite has a living area, kitchen and fridge.
YOU SHOULD KNOW None of the rooms has air-conditioning.
Depending on the room, bathrooms have a shower or tub, and all come equipped with hair dryers.
The attractive lobby features wood floors, plenty of seating and even a piano.
There is a breakfast buffet but no on-site restaurant or bar.
Close to the hotel is the popular Bergmannkiez, lined with many restaurants and bars. The Mehringdamm U-Bahn station is a 5-minute walk.
The no-frills Yorckschlosschen (3-minute walk) serves hearty pub fare with live jazz and blues concerts every evening, plus a jazz brunch on Sundays. Tucked behind a magnificent Wilhelminian façade, Riehmers (5-minute walk) has a small, rotating menu of modern dishes that incorporate locally sourced ingredients.
The Limonadier (6-minute walk) is a classic cocktail bar that prides itself on using fresh, house-made ingredients for its bitters, juices and liqueurs. Located on the grounds of the historic Tempelhof Airport, the Silverwings Club (18-minute walk) is one of the oldest clubs in Berlin— Johnny Cash once played here—and today hosts a variety of live music and DJs.
WHY WE LIKE IT
An ideal location for exploring the hip neighborhood of Kreuzberg, this affordable hotel mixes historic flair with modern amenities.