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The best of the design hotels in the German capital:

Hotel de RomE (Mitte)

Wow factor
Visually stunning Rocco Forte transformation of what used to be the German HQ of the Dresdner Bank (the spa and pool in the basement have been fashioned from the former vault). The huge flower display and black marble in the lobby make it feel like an exquisite piece of art in itself. Check out the Italian-inspired cuisine at the Parioli restaurant, and the roof terrace – from which, over a glass of champagne, you can watch the sun set through the wings of cherub statues on the grand buildings all around.

Berlin factor
The location – in Bebelplatz, a little way back from Unter den Linden, the grand boulevard that sweeps down to Brandenburg Gate. The square was the site of the Nazis’ infamous book-burning frenzy.

Ow factor
For all its artistic magnificence, it can feel cold. By day, the area attracts tour buses in their droves; at night, it feels dead.

Cost factor
From £205 per night.

Cosmo (Mitte)

Wow factor
New this year, the Cosmo combines smooth curves with sharp edges, glass partitions with shifting lights and lots of lounge areas. The restaurant is presided over by wild-herb aficionado and “philosopher chef” Ottmar Pohl.

Berlin factor
Conveniently placed for the shops of Friedrichstrasse and a short walk away from Museum Island.

Ow factor
It’s on a busy road.

Cost factor
From £85 per night.

Lux 11 (Mitte)

Wow factor
Stylish conversion of a very grand 19th-century building that blends period features with modern angular designs and furnishings. Guests stay in spacious open-plan rooms equipped with kitchenettes. Attracts a younger arty crowd. The hotel’s Luchs restaurant offers Italian lite with a dash of South Tyrol (and some excellent accompanying wines).

Berlin factor
During the Cold War, the building was home to KGB agents who listened in on conversations in West and East Berlin; the street (see below) is named after the left-wing revolutionary murdered in the Spartacist Uprising of 1919.

Ow factor
Those lovely-looking open showers are perhaps a little too cool on a Berlin winter’s day.

Cost factor
From £105 per night.

Hotel Q! (West Berlin)

Wow factor
Who says all the action is in the East? This boutique hotel has a space-age feel, with lots of curves, beds that roll into baths (or vice versa), deep red colourings and a sandpit chill zone in the spa.

Berlin factor
It’s a quiet retreat two minutes from the Ku’damm – Berlin’s grandest shopping boulevard and the heart of old West Berlin.

Ow factor (or possibly wow factor)
Not only is the spa area mixed; the changing room is too.

Cost factor
From £90 per night.

Grand Hyatt (Potsdamer Platz)

Wow factor
This may be a chain hotel but it has a stylish, creative impulse with bold interiors and impressive artworks in wood, metal and stone. There’s a sushi restaurant, a bar with 260 kinds of whisky and a top-floor swimming pool with views on to the Berlin Philharmonic and the green spaces of the Tiergarten.

Berlin factor
The address (see below) has a certain resonance.

Ow factor
My head – the morning after a long session in that whisky bar?

Cost factor
From £190 per night.

Weinmeister (Mitte)

Wow factor
New this year and dubbed the “Golden Cage”, the Weinmeister has enormous beds (up to 6ft 5in square) and Apple Macs in the rooms.

Berlin factor
It’s a stone’s throw from the art and fashion hub of the Hackesche Höfe. Like so many of Berlin’s über-hip clubs, it feels no need to have a sign outside indicating that it is there.

Ow factor
With no wardrobe space or hooks for hanging towels, this is possibly a case of minimalism gone too far.

Cost factor
From £110 per night.

Soho House (Mitte)

Wow factor
Brand new this year, the first Soho House to open on the continent is located in a 1920s Bauhaus-style building and features a unique blend of industrial chic (bare brick, concrete pillars), art deco and English country house style. USPs include a stunning rooftop pool and, in the lobby, an original Damien Hirst drawing of a shark.

Berlin factor
Started life as a Jewish-owned department store, was taken over by the Nazis then, after the war, housed the offices of the president of East Germany.

Ow factor
Not completely sure about that industrial chic/English country club mix.

Cost factor
From £90 per night.

MandAla (Potsdamer Platz)

Wow factor
Since 1999, the Mandala has been offering balm to the soul in the heart of the commercial mayhem that is Potsdamer Platz. The Ono spa (Yoko would love it) on the roof is a genuine sanctuary, with white walls and furnishings, an Alpha Space zone (you just have to try it) and lots of running water. The hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Facil, on the fifth floor.

Berlin factor
You can’t get much closer to the glitzy new towers of Potsdamer Platz (a wasteland during the years of division, but in a previous incarnation the Piccadilly Circus of Weimar Berlin). From the rooftop there are almost surreal views of the revolving golden Mercedes-Benz symbol.

Ow factor
The spa’s Via Sensus, a Japanese-style walkway over stones of varying sizes.

Cost factor
From £135 per night.


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