Hartweizen: terrific Italian restaurant in Berlin

When you stay in Berlin for three weeks as I did, and you love Italian food, the first thing you realize after visits to several so-called Italian restaurants, is that they cater to what Germans mistaken believe to be Italian food. So it was such a delightful surprise to find Hartweizen, which was recommended to […]

Soho House Berlin: luxury hotel and private members club in the Mitte

The Soho House Berlin has opened in the trendy Mitte district, offering the same exclusivity and luxury you can find in other Soho House locations around the world (for example, the Soho Beach House in Miami). The hotel is located in a late-Bauhaus edifice that opened originally as a department store in 1928 and was […]

Axel Hotels: gay boutique hotels in Barcelona, Berlin and Buenos Aires

Axel Hotels is a unique concept in the world of boutique hotels: they target a primarily gay clientele, although the hotels are very hetero-friendly, too. Axel Hotels has three locations: Barcelona, Berlin and Buenos Aires. The design of the hotels can be described as stylish, urban chic with lots of comfortable lounges for guests and […]

Weinmeister: high tech boutique hotel opens in Berlin Mitte

I am always on the lookout for new boutique hotels in Berlin, one of my favorite cities in the world. So I am thrilled to see that one has just opened in my favourite neighborhood, Berlin Mitte. The hotel is called The Weinmeister and bills itself as a “high tech” boutique hotel. Instead of a […]

Casa Camper: stylish boutique hotel in Berlin Mitte

The Casa Camper Berlin outpost is the second hotel of Camper, the Spanish shoe retailer. The first one is in Barcelona. Casa Camper Berlin is, like its Catalan counterpart, very hip and well-designed. The location – Mitte – is unbeatable. Room rates start at 170 EUR. The hotel has a 24-hour rooftop bar and restaurant […]

Michelberger Hotel: funky artsy budget hotel in Berlin

I love Berlin because it seems to be one of the last cities on earth where cool people get to do cool funky things. Everyone knows that if you want to attract edgy young people, or simply people who are not stuck up, you can’t charge 500 EUR per night for the privilege of sleeping […]

Uniqotel: unique personally run hotels worldwide

Uniqotel is a network of small, stylish hotels and apartments run by people who believe in good design and personal service. It’s hard to believe that there aren’t more of these networks around, but I guess getting small hotel and B&B owners together is like herding cats. Uniqotel’s first three members are Miniloft Mitte (Berlin), […]