The Mandala, which opened on Potsdamer Platz in 1999, is a stand-out among Berlin’s many new hotels. It is dedicated to calm, and in a big, busy city like Berlin, that’s a winning concept. You can chill out with a cocktail at the chic Qui lounge, dine on-site without missing out at the highly regarded FACIL restaurant, or enjoy a sauna or spa treatment at the top floor Ono spa. The large rooms and suites have a quiet, soothing, contemporary decor with natural finishes of wood and stone and larger-than-average bathrooms that feature high-quality i+m toiletries and bathrobes. The ambience is both understated and very luxe. As in most hotels, the Mandala offers an array of room options at varying prices, from simple doubles to executive suites with balconies to a fabulous penthouse. The opulent breakfast buffet is served in the lovely FACIL restaurant, a glass-walled structure surrounded by bamboo and greenery. Check the hotel website for special offers.