This towering modern conference hotel boasts a comprehensive list of amenities that include a chic Michelin-star restaurant, a slickly designed 14th-floor bar with excellent views and a good-sized spa and fitness center. Its location may be a bit far from major sites, but there’s S-Bahn and tram service right outside the doors.
The bright, spacious rooms are well-designed, in sleek black and white with pops of bright yellow. All have wardrobes, desks, coffee- and tea-makers, minibars, flat-screen TVs with satellite and Sky TV, and free Wi-Fi. Four categories range from Superior rooms to Suites; rooms on the executive floors give you access to the lounge, which offers breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, and drinks and sports a large terrace. Some suites have a separate living area and kitchenette.
Large, modern bathrooms have heated floors, walk-in showers and hotel brand products. Pricier rooms come with a separate tub and shower.
A sprawling lobby offers a variety different seating areas, including a popular communal table near the front window and cozy armchairs next to the fireplace.
Spanning 6,000 square feet, SpaSphere offers a variety of treatments using local organic products from Und Gretel and Aqua Organic. Finnish and bio saunas, a whirlpool, fitness studio and an al fresco relaxation terrace round out the offerings.
The ground-floor Mavericks serves casual, California-style cuisine in a light-filled, dual-level space decorated with funky local artwork. If you can score a reservation—there’s currently a two- to three-month waiting list—the 35-seat Michelin-starred Skykitchen, on the 12th floor, offers panoramic views along with chef Alexander Koppe’s inventive spin on Berlin cuisine.
Try Berlin-style home cooking at Skykitchen’s Sunday brunch, with specialities made by Edeltraud Koppe, mother of star chef Alexander Koppe.
Aptly named, Skybar occupies the hotel’s top floor and features spectacular views to the east and west and over the neighboring velodrome. There’s a long green-marble bar with stools and plenty of retro-style seating where you can enjoy a Berlin twist on classic cocktails.
Set on busy Landsberger Allee at the edge of Friedrichshain, the hotel is directly across from the S-Bahn and tram stop.
A former stamp shop on Karl-Marx-Allee is now home to Briefmarken Weine (28-minute walk), which has a small but well-curated menu of Italian specialties. Excellent burgers and fries make up the menu at Rembrandt Burger (20-minute walk), which requires evening reservations.
One of Berlin’s most famous clubs, House of Weekend (14-minute tram ride) 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 (10-minute drive) spins retro and electronic music Friday to Sunday.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The large, light-filled rooms come with plenty of modern amenities, while the Michelin-starred restaurant and swanky rooftop lounge make up for the fact that the property isn’t within walking distance of many restaurants or bars. With a tram and S-Bahn stop right across the street, you can get to most major sites quickly and easily.