Arte Luise Kunsthotel
Each of the 50 rooms of the Arte Luise Kunsthotel (art hotel) in Berlin has been decorated by a different international artist and they range from the innovative to the utterly bizarre. Often referred to as ‘a gallery where you spend the night’, this art lover’s paradise, formerly known as Künstlerheim Louise, is less a place to lay your head and more a sight to stimulate the mind and the senses. The ‘belle etage‘ lies in the older part of the building – a neoclassical house dating back to 1825. Rooms can be viewed and reserved in advance from the hotel’s website: Elvira Bach’s ‘Three Women In Red’ in Room 101 depicts a wall-sized image of (you’ve guessed it) three women on a red backdrop, while black and white pinstripes create a harsh optical illusion; stranger still is Christoph Platz’s ‘Standby’ (411) where 3D plastercasts of multi-coloured socks have been glued to the wall; and on a pure mind-bending tip, Dieter Mammel’s larger-than-life bed (107) is yet to be rivalled. Rooms tend to be redecorated every couple of years so you never really know what to expect – except a delightful surprise. The hotel is situated close to some of East Berlin’s biggest attractions and hottest nightlife.