This historic hotel, once the haunt of celebrities such as Vladimir Nabokov and Brigitte Bardot, re-opened in 2014. Combining a beautiful Art Nouveau structure with intimate, high-end service, the hotel offers a discreet but central location with an excellent restaurant and bar and lovely spa.
Hotel am Steinplatz occupies a leafy square that, although just a 10-minute walk from the bustling “Zoo” area, feels more affluent and residential than “Bustling Big City”. A short walk will bring you to a number of excellent venues, from contemporary photography gallery C/O Berlin (one of the best in Berlin) and the Deutsche Oper, to famous retail boulevard Kurfürstendamm. U- and S-Bahn Zoologischer Garten are right around the corner.
Address: Steinplatz 4, Berlin, 10623, Germany.
Style & character
The Moorish arches and maze-like public areas of the original Art Nouveau-inspired interior have remained intelligently intact. The gorgeous renovations have juxtaposed aristocratic touches like a marble-encased fire hearth and grand piano with modern elements such as the black and white historic videos screened in the corridors, contemporary artworks and 21st-century technology throughout.
Service & facilities
Compact and bijou it might be, but the hotel has pretty much everything from a bright and airy rooftop health club and spa (offering body treatments and massages using high-quality Thalgo products) to an excellent bar and restaurant, a lobby with fireplace, a couple of (well-hidden) meeting rooms and a leafy inner courtyard. The multilingual staff, available 24 hours, make sure you feel special from start to end.
The 84 rooms and three suites (including two Spa suites) are masterpieces of discreet opulence. Filtering Weimar-era flair through a modern emphasis on technology and natural materials, interior designer Tassilo Bost has plumped for elegant shades of grey, brown and black throughout, punctuated with designer lamps and chrome-edged mirrors. The black-and-white bathrooms feature walk-in showers and Etro toiletries, and there are also iPod docking stations, 42-inch TVs and Illy coffee makers.
Food & drink
Breakfast, taken in the hotel’s main restaurant, is a buffet of cold cuts and croissants combined with an à la carte menu with an all-star cast of eggs and pancakes. In the evening it’s a glamorous affair, operated in conjunction with Marcus Zimmer, whose contemporary take on German cuisine comprises delights such as saddle of veal and locally-caught perch. The neighbouring bar serves a very broad range of innovative seasonal cocktails as well as rare craft beers.
Access for guests with disabilities?
The hotel has one room suitable for guests with disabilities.
Kids get their own bathroom amenities and a special turndown service.
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