art’otel berlin mitte
This peaceful boutique hotel central to Berlin is a contrast of epochs and styles; while the rooms are filled with the contemporary art of George Baselitz, the banqueting suites in the 16th century Ermelerhaus sport original Rococo ceilings. Overlooking the Spree, the hotel is located in somewhat of a city centre backwater, between Potsdamer Platz and Mitte, though within easy walking distance of Alexanderplatz and Unter Den Linden. The modern rooms are tasteful and guests can choose between different colour schemes: red, green, blue or aubergine. Of the 109 rooms, 10 art suites have a balcony and a 2008 refurb has meant new beds, furniture, carpets and flat-screen TVs. Staff are helpful and conduct business at an efficient but relaxed pace. The quirky hotel bar and restaurant, awash with pop art motifs, offer a refreshing start to the day. The older wing of the building is usually reserved for conference events, but it is worth sneaking a look.