New Hotels in Berlin
The winds of change are blowing through Berlin’s hotel scene
Berlin, July 2022 After two long years of the pandemic, Berlin is still at the top of the list of travel destinations - now also for more and more foreign tourists. And for a good reason. The city doesn’t just have something for everyone in the cultural sphere. Berlin’s hotel landscape is also colourful, distinct and innovative. The pandemic obviously left its mark on the capital city as well. Berlin’s hotel market has shrunk by ten per cent: There were 787 hotels, boarding houses and guesthouses at the end of 2019, but this number was at 695 at the beginning of 2022. In May 2022, the city already counted 715 accommodation establishments again. This shows: The Berlin’s hotel market has always been dynamic and adaptable. People with good ideas and a willingness to invest are bringing a breath of fresh air into the scene and teaming up with professionals to create new hotel concepts. The lodging sector is becoming more customised and catering to the most varied lifestyles. Berlin’s hotel landscape has a few surprises in store for its overnight guests.
Berlin’s new hotels
Have you already spent the night at a former women’s prison from the 19th century? Go to Berlin. Charlottenburg’s Hotel Wilmina has been open for business since April of this year. With 44 rooms and suites, a spa and a gym, this family-owned hotel was sensitively turned into a contemplative retreat by Grüntuch Ernst Architekten. The former Schleusenhof now hosts the Lovis Restaurant, which lets guests savour contemporary German dishes made from regional and seasonal foods.
Hotel Luc can be found at the Gendarmenmarkt in the Mitte district of Berlin. Steeped in history, it has brought its Prussian heritage into the modern era. The Marriott hotel chain opened this exclusive five-star hotel - which has been tagged with the exclusive Autograph Collection seal of quality - at Charlottenstraße 50 in February. Its 70 rooms and 22 suites are elegantly set up in a shade of Prussian blue. Guests on the terrace are rewarded with a view of the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) while they enjoy an à la carte breakfast and hors d’oeuvres which draw inspiration from French bistros.
With the greet Berlin Alexanderplatz, hospitality company Accor opened the capital’s first upcycling hotel in the middle of March. What’s special about the second hotel established by this relatively new hotel brand is that a conscious decision was made to renovate an existing hotel building. What’s more, a design and architecture team used sustainable materials and second-hand furniture and accessories to customise the 61 rooms and common area. A sustainable concept that is consistent with Berlin as a sustainable travel destination.
After extensive renovation, there is now a new hotspot for "locals and globals" directly on the Museum Island: The " Telegraphenamt" opens its doors there, with 97 rooms, several restaurants, bars and cafés, event areas, as well as its own gym in the former main telegraph office of Berlin.
Berlin’s future hotels
Those travelling to Berlin are going to have to be just a little more patient: The Château Royal boutique hotel will be opening its doors in the Mitte district in late summer. This new luxury hotel at Mittelstraße 41–44 is an ensemble of two historical buildings and a new one. One of the hotel’s culinary highlights is the Dóttir seafood restaurant, which is about to make its long-awaited comeback. Head chef Victoria Elíasdóttir is the sister of artist Olafur Elíasson.
The stilwerk Hotel is also opening in the summer season, and represents yet another one of Berlin’s special lodging facilities. Located on the area of the former workshop shed of the Kant-Garagen, it is connected to the Design Center by a corridor. Design fans can thus be surrounded by style icons during their stay in Charlottenburg. And go shopping right next door.
‘Feel Ginntastic’ is the motto of the GINN City & Lounge Yorck Berlin hotel in Kreuzberg, which is opening its doors during the summer. This design hotel is right next to the Gleisdreieck Park. The 121 rooms are kitted out in a high-grade and sustainable manner, because the GINN concept also includes gentle and careful handling of resources.
Berlin’s unusual hotels
Spend a night in outer space – You can have this unusual sleeping experience at the Hausvogteiplatz at the centre of Berlin. The ‘Space Night’ capsule hotel allows guests to spend the night in a futuristic sleeping capsule. They can spend the night either by themselves in single capsules, or in pairs in spacious double capsules. When they come back to Earth, they can proceed to go on a sightseeing tour via the Friedrichstraße, the Gendarmenmarkt or the Potsdamer Platz.
Berlin’s refurbished hotels
Out with the old, in with the new: This hotel concept is also sustainable and compatible with the capital. After all, since 2021, Berlin has been one of the five metropolises that are listed as sustainable travel destinations in the ‘Global Destination Sustainability Index’. After having been lavishly renovated last year, the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Mitte district was thus reopened under the Radisson Collection Hotel brand at the beginning of the year. And the renovation paid off: The luxury hotel has now received the highest possible classification: ‘5 star superior’.
The ibis Styles Berlin Treptow is also shining in new splendour. The motto of the renovation work was ‘Colours of Berlin’. The unique interior and design concepts are reflected in the floor patterns, the walls and the furniture. The design hotel’s two conference rooms can be booked for meetings with up to 50 participants.
The legendary Circus Hotel at the Rosenthaler Platz has also been renovated from top to bottom. The equipment was modernised, an air-conditioning system was installed and the number of beds was increased to 140. There’s also a brand-new gastronomic concept: Felix Mielke is opening his second ‘Schüsseldienst’ at The Circus, thereby raising the snack bar concept to the level of fine dining.
Award-winning hotels: Berlin has "Germany's best hotel"
The fact that Berlin's hotels are decidedly excellent is also shown by the latest awards: three Berlin hotels were honored at once. The 5-star hotel The Regent was named "Germany's Leading Hotel" for the third time in a row. "Germany's Leading Conference Hotel 2022" is the Hilton Berlin at the Gendarmenmarkt and the Waldorf Astoria has the most beautiful suite with a 360-degree view over the whole of Berlin.
Berlin’s hotels for conventions and conferences
Berlin scores with a sustainable MICE sector: The capital illustrates how conferences, conventions and events can be planned and held sustainably. With more than 120 hotels and locations for conferences, conventions, meetings and events, Berlin has a lot to offer in this area. One of the classics is the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, which has 15 meeting rooms, two ballrooms and three meeting lounges. Hotel Berlin Central District is one of the largest event hotels: With an event area of 6356 square metres, 48 event rooms and 27 conference suites, there’s something for every event. And the relatively new Student Hotel Berlin invites you to experience creative co-working in the Mitte district. It offers everything from a two-person incubator to a fully-equipped meeting room for groups of up to 94 participants. The Estrel Tower is still under construction, and will eventually be a spectacular location for conferences and conventions. At the end of 2024, some of the 45 storeys on the waterfront of the Neuköllner Schifffahrtskanal will have been turned into a new event hotspot for the city of Berlin.
The ‘Sustainable Meetings Berlin’ online platform of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office provides practical tips for planning events. The Meeting Guide Berlin lists additional conference hotels and event locations.
Berlin in 15 minutes
Discover the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods on foot or on a bicycle: Berlin lives the experience of sustainable tourism. The concept of the ‘15-minute city’ – an innovation in city planning – re-thinks cities and tourism. Whether it’s the Mitte, Kreuzberg or City West district, Berlin’s various neighbourhoods contain hotels from which tourists can explore the neighbourhood and its cultural and gastronomic highlights on foot in 15 minutes. You will thus be on your way in an environmentally friendly manner, while simultaneously experiencing a slice of the authentic neighbourhood life. The ‘15-minute city’ concept targets guests who are visiting the city for the first time, as well as Berliners who want to reacquaint themselves with their city.
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