The first in our series of Hg2 x features, we’re partnering with some like-minded brands to bring you the best of what they offer. First on our list is Airbnb – the darlings of the sharing economy and a business that has hotels around the world running scared. So we thought we’d sit down with them and rifle through their best apartments in Berlin to find the perfect pad for a weekend (or week) away. Why Berlin? Well, here at Hg2 we’re more than a little bit in love with Berlin, from the all-night raves in downtrodden warehouses to serene walks through empty parks, Berlin is a capital of contrasts. Brimming with history and free-spirited panache, the city’s architecture is wonderfully creative.
At the top of our list of Airbnb apartments in Berlin, is Jean Luc’s 250m2 penthouse. Set in the heart of the trendy and industrial Kreuzberg neighbourhood, this makes for an achingly cool Berlin base for up to four people. The décor is minimalistic, open-plan and airy, with a roof terrace that looks out onto the area’s wealth of street art and heaving bars.
With a bar, outdoor dining terrace and an abundance of naturally lit open space, Iris’s design-minded loft is ideally suited for those looking to entertain. Located between the Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts, the apartment’s stylish interior features one-off furniture pieces and even a space to show off a car.
Unique, contemporary and full of character, Chris and Oliver’s houseboat is moored on Lake Rummelsburg, but still remains only a short distance from the centre of Berlin. The modern interior is punctuated by glass doors that offer shimmering views of the city in the distance.
Perfect for families and groups, this top floor apartment in leafy Prenzlauer Berg features four bedrooms, a large kitchen and dining area and two terraces for those balmy or brisk Berlin evenings. Tastefully decorated, with a fashionable mixture of traditional and modern design this is one of our favourite apartments in Berlin.
A real artist’s retreat, Tina’s apartment is bursting with bohemian charm and features a library, dark wood furnishings and unorthodox art hanging from the walls. Located in the calm but hip Wilmersdorf, the apartment is only a short stroll from a host of avant-garde galleries and independent coffee shops.
Overlooking the cobblestone streets and cafes of Prenzlauer Berg, this light and spacious apartment sleeps six; making it an ideal place to stay for groups of friends . Housed inside an early 20th century building, the penthouse is newly refurbished and has a vast roof terrace perfect for barbeques.
What we love about some apartments in Berlin is the way they marry old-school cool with contemporary style. Offering some real historical heritage, this Charlottenburg apartment is housed in the former superior court of justice and was once the president’s own private quarters. With this in mind, the interior is suitably stately, with doors that open out onto a wonderful courtyard and garden and an elegant loft bedroom with a mezzanine floor. The pooch is not included.
Brimming with design quirks, artfully distressed décor and a sophisticated monochrome colour palette, this residence offers both Berlin local charm and high-end appeal. The neighbourhood is Mitte, and the apartment’s three bedrooms and open-plan interior effortlessly reflect the district’s innate style.
Located in upmarket Wilmerdorf, an eclectic and chic apartment features three bedrooms, a pared down, crisp design and a wealth of space for cooking, hosting and chilling. Along with its luxurious design and furnishings, the apartment is within walking distance of the Brandenburg Gate and myriad other Berlin sights.
An interior design-lover’s dream, Hartwig’s 600 square metre loft is like a gallery with bedrooms. Situated in Charlottenburg-Nord, this ultra trendy and meticulously styled apartment features everything from contemporary sculptures, to a vast, pillared entrance hall, to a black and white tiled and stainless steel kitchen.
Spanning three floors and able to sleep up to 10 people, this stylish, industrial riverside home in Oberschöneweide makes for a spectacular retreat for groups and parties. Each floor is uniquely designed, with large water-facing windows, a vast kitchen and a rotating sofa – it even retains the original rooftop crane, to add an extra dose of Berlin style.