The Berlin branch of this luxury hotel-club brings the chic atmosphere of London and New York's Soho to the German capital. Inside the grand, restored Bauhaus building, the rooms are quite large, designed in an eclectic style, with all the amenities of a luxury hotel for a moderate price. The main draw, however, is that many of the communal spaces—including the city's only hotel rooftop pool, which has a magnificent view of Berlin's skyline—are open only to hotel guests and club members.
Rooms range from “tiny” to enormous lofts and feature hardwood floors, 300-count sheets and eclectic furnishings. Studios and apartments have separate living spaces with a kitchen and dining table.
If you really want to splurge, the three-bedroom lofts come equipped with DJ decks and speakers, table football, and a 70-inch TV screen. One even has a grand piano.
All rooms have walk-in rainforest showers, heated floors and exclusive Cowshed body products. Larger accommodations boast freestanding bathtubs and steam showers.
The large, open, industrial-chic lobby has plenty of comfortable seating to chill out, but you can find guests and locals tapping away on laptops in the adjacent Store Kitchen, a hybrid café- concept store.
The House Kitchen restaurant on the club floor is open only to hotel guests and club members. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as smaller late-night menu. One floor up is the rooftop restaurant (also open in winter), which features rotating menus created by local guest chefs. The lobby-level Northern Italian spot Cecconi’s is popular with locals.
The hotel is set on the corner of Torstrasse and Prenzlauer Allee, close to many fashionable boutiques and bars. It’s a 5-minute walk to the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz U-Bahn station. The M2 and M8 trams run right in front of the hotel.
A large, leafy seasonal courtyard terrace is one of the biggest draws of Tauro (9-minute walk) but its stellar tapas menu is worth sampling year-round. Chutnify (19-minute walk) dishes up modern South Indian street food in a lively, colorful room and out front on picnic tables in warm weather.
Scotch & Sofa (11-minute walk) serves up 54 varieties of whiskey, along with an impressive roster of gins, in a relaxed, dual-level space. One of Berlin’s most famous clubs, House of Weekend (9-minute walk) packs them in with top-notch DJs and a spectacular 15th-floor roof terrace. Tucked inside a former GDR skyscraper near Alexanderplatz, the 70s-style gem Beate Uwe (19-minute walk) spins retro and electronic music Friday to Sunday.
WHY WE LIKE IT
As with other Soho House properties, the Berlin outpost has the requisite “cool” factor: a landmark Bauhaus building, edgy interiors, an exclusive rooftop pool and bar, a hip clientele. The spa and hammam in the basement and a state-of-the-art gym are also nice luxuries, while the lobby’s well-curated concept store stocks a fantastic assortment of trendy clothing, cosmetics, books and more.