More affordable than most Berlin boutique hotels, Honigmond’s pretty, antique-filled rooms fill a 19th-century tenement in a quiet Mitte district street. Service is personal and friendly and the location is great – central enough to have many sights in walking distance, but away from the crush of the crowds. For an especially calm stay try Honigmond’s smaller garden hotel, around the corner from the main building, with rooms grouped around a shady, tree-filled courtyard.
Honigmond Restaurant Hotel, Tieckstrasse 11, 10115 Berlin, +49 (0)30 284 4550
Honigmond Garden Hotel, Invalidenstrasse 122, 10115 Berlin +49 (0)30 284 4577
A great hotel for shoppers, Casa Camper is sited right next to Berlin’s best strip of independent boutiques, along Alte und Neue Schönhauser Strasse. It’s run by the Spanish shoe brand of the same name, which has put together a luxurious but very understated hotel. Décor is cool and modern, with room numbers printed large on windows and sparse, unfussy furnishings. An all-inclusive 24-hour buffet adds to the laid-back, luxury vibe, as does the small but sleek fitness centre. As well as the shops, many good museums, galleries, bars and restaurants are also within easy walking distance.
Casa Camper Berlin, Weinmeisterstrasse 1, 10178 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2000 3410
Laid-back, calm and vintage-inspired, Ackselhaus feels like a private home. Grouped around a green courtyard, the hotel’s suites are all highly individual and slightly quirky – children would love the Safari suite, decorated to resemble a tent, while the wood-lined beach house suite has views over the garden. The hotel’s location in Prenzlauer Berg is also a big plus. The tree-lined 19th-century streets of this is café-filled East Berlin neighbourhood are hugely popular with locals.
Ackselhaus, Belforter Strasse 21, 10405 Berlin, +49 (0)30 4433 7633
Alma Schlosshotel im Grunewald
It’s hard to believe how close you are to central Berlin in this beautiful, five-star, country house-style hotel. With interiors by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, the hotel is housed in a mansion built in 1914, just minutes’ walk from the sprawling Grunewald forest but only 20 minutes from central Berlin by public transport. The hotel is surrounded by gardens, has two restaurants, an elegant spa and swimming pool and distinctly individual suites. For a lavish but cosy hideaway, try the book-lined library suite, housed under the eaves. You won’t find the edgy Berlin of myth here, but with a hotel this pretty, who cares?
Alma Schlosshotel im Grunewald, Brahmsstrasse 10, 14193 Berlin, +49 (0)30 895840
Soho House Berlin
Once a department store, this 1920s Bauhaus building in East Berlin was transformed into an outpost of the Soho House group in 2009. It’s now one of Berlin’s hippest places to stay, with 65 rooms and 20 serviced apartments decorated in an updated twist on art deco styling. Beyond the rooms, the chief draws here are the club’s roof-top bar with its panoramic views and swimming pool, the extremely plush basement cinema and the location in the Mitte neighbourhood, East Berlin’s media and arts hub.
Soho House Berlin, Torstrasse 1, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 405 0440