Where to stay: GERMANY
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me and all hotel | Düsseldorf
The first of a string hip hotels by the rather staid Lindner chain, this outpost offers trendy rooms inspired by the Japanese quarter (hello bamboo screen exterior shower rooms) it is located in -aka Little Tokyo - , plus a "Local Heroes" concept accumalting in local DJ's spinning the wheels and singer-songwriters performing at the 11th-floor lounge bar.
THE FRITZ | Düsseldorf
The new THE FRITZ is a textbook example of what happens when a single agency (by The Invisible Party, Amsterdam) takes control of the entirety of a project – from the interior design right down to the design of the room keys, table linen and brand identity – to create a cohesive whole. The individuality of the 32-room property is telegraphed at check-in, the process taking place at the bar.
Excelsior Hotel Ernst | Cologne
Solid marble columns and floors, dark wood panels, gold bannisters – every square metre speaks of a bygone era. Yet everything is preserved to perfection. You can imagine a man in white gloves running a finger across surfaces to check for dust. Opened in 1863 (before Germany was even a nation), and still managed by the same family, noble guests that once trod these corridors now stare down from oil paintings. Member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Wasserturm Hotel Cologne, Curio Collection by Hilton
This 19th-century water tower, once Europe's largest, shaped like a big brick cake is now a stylish five-star hotel and a member of Hilton's Curio Collection. The 88 rooms are arranged over 10 storeys. BAR BOTANIK, the 360-degree bar located on the hotel’s rooftop offers the chance to end the day soaking up more breath-taking views of Cologne and to take a journey through the best of German spirits.
Breidenbacher Hof | Düsseldorf
The third incarnation of the Breidenbacher Hof opened in 2008, after a previous building opened in 1950 on the site of the original hotel from 1812 which was destroyed in WWII, the faith of many of the German grand hotels. Here expect traditional hospitality and luxury in a contemporary classic manner.
Schlosshotel Kronberg | near Frankfurt, Germany
This place was once the private residence of a German empress (and the daughter of Queen Victoria). There is something very special about the Schlosshotel Kronberg, a magnificent-looking English-style country mansion complete with gothic exterior, sumptuous interiors and extraordinary historic resonance.
Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg | Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Driving up to the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg conjures visions of an old-world arrival, thanks to a dramatic courtyard allée that leads to the dashing Baroque castle. Built some 300 years ago, the Schloss occupies an enviable hillside location with views of the Cologne skyline. Grandeur continues in the guest rooms, with high ceilings and elegant furnishings; special touches include an in-room Jacuzzi in one suite and exposed wood-beam ceilings in some top-floor accommodations.
Soho House Berlin
Soho House is set in a Bauhaus building in Mitte. The building is of special historical interest even by Berlin standards, since it was previously used as a centre for Hitler’s Brownshirts and later as an archival depot for the Communist Party. In keeping with Berlin’s penchant for dilapidated chic, many of the original concrete walls and columns have been left unfinished, interleaved with original artworks like a Damien Hirst shark, large chandeliers and tasteful furnishings and antiques.
SO/ Berlin Das Stue
Das Stue's classically curved main building was constructed in 1938 by German architect Johann Emil Schaudt, and once housed the Danish Embassy. The entrance hallway, which features a showpiece crocodile sculpture and gorgeous restored staircase, leads through to the reception area, lounge and bar, and restaurants. The interiors, by Patricia Urquiola, range from a comfortable and stylish pastel-shade mix of sofas and chairs to the more neutral tones of the Casual restaurant.
Hotel Palace Berlin
As Berlin continues to modernize itself, the Hotel Palace remains true to its original modus operandi: personalities prefer personal hotels. The privately owned Hotel Palace Berlin is located in the vibrant heart of the capital center - between the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Kurfuerstendamm and the legendary KaDeWe department store. At the House of Gin there are over 150 different types of gin to choose from.
Architect Sergei Tchoban’s eye-catching building nods to the area’s industrial harbour roots with a boxy, warehouse-like structure and upper-floors that cantilever, crane-like, towards the Spree. The interior, courtesy of New York-based designer Karim Rashid, is a slick riot of curvaceous shapes and loud colours; perhaps in keeping with his Pop Art aesthetic, there’s a constant buzz of corporate events and branded collaborations (Mini, Campari).
Max Brown Hotel Ku'damm | Berlin
Budget boutique hotel Max Brown Ku’damm is a shot of colourful cool into the arm of Berlin’s leafy Charlottenburg. Inside, you’ll find copper pipes and exposed ducting muddled with mid-century furniture that’s spun through a bold, bright colour wheel. A wurst’s throw from the upmarket Kurfürstendamm boulevard, Max is also close to some of the city's best boutiques; perhaps your room's Saar Zafrir interior will inspire you to hunt down a slice of Berlin design to call your own.
The Mandala Hotel | Berlin
From the soothing, sand-coloured tones of the public areas and rooms to the burbling fountains in the restaurant and spa, the flickering candles in the gold-coloured lobby, and the staff’s crisp but unhurried professionalism, the Mandala has been designed throughout as a calming experience. All the designer furnishings, artworks, floral displays and mini-libraries have been hand-picked and, thanks to constant micro-refurbishments, everything feels more or less brand new.
Gorki Apartments | Berlin
With almost as many staff as there are rooms, Berlin-set Gorki Apartments are designed to ensure that everything is just-so: Tom Dixon lights, RPL Parfums room spray, Wood Wood-designed uniforms… It’s a sophisticate’s fantasy, where rooms are expensively styled with a whimsical, roughed-up charm – an exposed brick wall here, a hand-carved table there. Gorki may be exclusive but it’s also well-placed for action – in Mitte, within strolling distance of the coolest shops, bars and restaurants.
Linnen | Berlin
Tucked discreetly inside a beautifully-refurbished 19th-century residential building, the apartments emphasise original features like large windows and decorative stucco, but have modernised the interiors with a mix of modern and vintage touches. The apartments are eco-friendly too, using a modern wood pellet heating system, electricity from 100% renewable energy sources, and organic cleaning products and laundry detergents.
Cosmo Hotel Berlin Mitte
Parquet floors, elegant carpeting, and the crisp angles of exquisitely designed furniture adorn the well-lit spaces. Shades of chocolate melting into slate, cream, and robust mustards vary between each room, constructing an overall sensation of comfort and conviviality that, when contrasted with the brilliant, floor-to-ceiling illumination and cool, sharp lines of the furniture, translate to pure sophistication.
Arte Luise Kunsthotel | Berlin
It was a long, but worthwhile way from the makeshift “Künstlerheim Luise” (artist home Luise) of the era after the fall of the Berlin wall to today’s hotel. The “sleep over gallery” has 50 rooms each designed to the concept of a renowned artist. The city palace from 1825 and its outbuilding are located in the middle of the city center. Government district, Brandenburger Tor, Tiergarten, and Friedrichstraße are just around the corner.
Michelberger Hotel | Berlin
The recently redesigned lobby takes its inspiration from the surrounding East Berlin architecture, with handmade 1960s-style glass chandeliers and comfy low sectional sofas, plus shelves of used books in every language. Locals sip indie wines at the newly unveiled black-tiled bar, where DJs spin every Friday and Saturday. This hotel is a must-see if you dig the hipster vibe and want to be within walking distance of some of the city's top nightclubs, including the world-famous Berghain.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
A Berlin landmark, with the most glamorous address of all the city’s five-star hotels. Coffered arched ceilings in its opulent lobby, overhauled in 2017, now feature updated lighting, which brightens and dims depending on the time of day. There are still plenty of classic details, though, including the enormous stained glass and gold leaf cupola, and the iconic elephant fountain, which was presented to the Adlon in 1930 by India's Maharajah.
Hotel AMO by AMANO Friedrichstraße | Berlin
The newest in the hip German mini-chain Amano Group, the AMO opened in June 2019 in a converted office building. Turn off bustling Friedrichstrasse and walk through a small courtyard, where you’ll spot a glass elevator. One level down you’ll step into an underground lobby—the first of its kind in Berlin—a sprawling, thoroughly glam space outfitted with plush velvet seating, brass-accented glass tables, shelves of art tomes, and a groovy, gold-tiled gas fireplace.