Berlin does boutique hotels well because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Three big jugs of fresh, free Haribo gummy treats tempt guests round the clock at the front desk—the perfect German treat to fuel those late nights—and upstairs, rooms (most of which face a large, landscaped courtyard) hit the right balance of swank and comfy, with shag carpeting, big glassed-in showers, free non-alcoholic minibar, spacious beds, and ample breathing room for giant TVs and mod sitting furniture. The wide-open, semi-finished lobby of concrete and ductwork succeeds at personality shifts by the clock, being inviting enough for the bright and well-stocked breakfast buffet in the morning and dusky enough for evening beers—the choice of hallway music, ranging "Mr. Bojangles" to vintage Streisand, begs the question of whether the designers are going for kitsch or merely embracing a European's off-center sense of American style. Although the location is pleasantly out of the touristic fray, it's still deceptively accessible: Within two minutes' walk to both a U-bahn stop and an S-bahn station, a 15-minute stroll to Freiderichstrasse and all of 25 minutes from Tegel airport by public transportation.
Our Rating Neighborhood In Berlin-Mitte Transportation U-Bahn: Naturkundemuseum; S-Bahn: Berlin Nordbahnhof Phone 30/338-4000 Prices Doubles from €60 Units 103 Amenities Bar, breakfast (sometimes included), free non-alcoholic minibar, AV inputs for TV, 24-hour fitness room, sauna, free Wi-Fi Web site Hotel i31Book a Room Now
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