One of Europe’s most vibrant cities and Germany’s capital of cool, Berlin is a creative centre that is home to thousands of artists, musicians and writers. With over 450 galleries and new ones opening all the time, it has an internationally renowned gallery scene, flourishing in the districts of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. Its own art fair, Art Forum Berlin, is staged annually in October and has made the city a melting pot for the international art market and a seismograph for contemporary art trends. The unofficial opener to the spring art season in Berlin, Gallery Weekend Berlin, showcases exhibition openings at diverse galleries around the city and is on from 30 April to 2 May this year. And, until 22 May, homegrown talent design-duo Osko+Deichmann’s Tainted Beauty exhibition can be seen at Gallery Helmrinderknecht.
Hotel design is greatly influenced by this booming art scene, so your stay in Berlin can reflect the galleries and exhibitions you visit.
On the exhilarating Potsdamer Platz in Berlin’s uber modern Mitte district, The Mandala Hotel is where purist luxury meets elegant style. The hotel’s 157 suites are renowned for their sleek design and inspirational interiors. Space is the key factor for the uncomplicated atmosphere, where suites have between 40 and 200 square metres of living space. The cool, distant atmosphere often associated with luxury hotels is dispensed with and the hotel’s aesthetics express authentic joie de vivre. The hotel is a modern home-away-from-home for those who appreciate sense and sensibility. From comfortable beds to a room-climate free of electronic smog, the objective is to ensure maximum comfort by paying close attention to detail. The Mandala Hotel’s hip QIU lounge and FACIL restaurant have become destinations in themselves for Berlin‘s socialites, as well as the top floor ONO Spa – a world of holistic well-being high above Berlin. HOTEL Q!
In the arty Charlottenburg district, Hotel Q! has played host to any number of international celebrities, from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Amy Winehouse and Drew Barrymore. Owner Wolfgang Loock describes it as a hotel that meets people’s growing desire for individuality paired with traditional family values, such as protection, friendliness, liability and warmth. It has a unique central location and the design plays on optical and haptic features. The central element of each hotel room is the bath, which is integrated into the sleeping area. The Graft architects have used extraordinary materials, such as artificial ostrich leather, baked oak and slate and created spaces that resemble futuristic cocoons. A wellness area includes heated sand, a Japanese washing zone and a sauna, and an exclusive bar for guests and members only is cosy and inviting.
Located at Kurfürstendamm 101, between Charlottenburg and Grunewald, is the minimalist Ku’Damm 101 Hotel for those who want a sophisticated and relaxing stauy. Zurich-based creative agency, Kessler+Kessler, designed the interior, bringing together functionalism and purism. The guiding aesthetic principle is reduction: no frills, no superfluous décor, just clean lines and warm light. Omission is also part of the hotel name; Ku’Damm 101 is reminiscent of the nickname Ku’damm, which Berliners have given their famous Kurfürstendamm street. The apostrophe also appears in the design of the hotel – on the staircase and on doors, as well as in the path around a flowerbed in the garden. The reduced design concept matches a carefully considered colour palette, inspired by Bauhaus mastermind Le Corbusier. Young talents, not just established designers, were involved in furnishing the hotel. The TV furniture and lamps in the rooms, designed exclusively by German designers Lemongrass and the RE Group, are youthful and innovative. In the urban garden the Yogi green sofa and tables contrast playfully with the lightweight metal chairs designed by Hans Coray in the 1930s.