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Berlin, Germany's capital, with its thriving art and fashion scenes, is one of Europe’s most exciting and vibrant centers of contemporary culture. The city’s creative scene is permeated by a sense of exploration and risk-taking—perhaps one of the reasons that Berlin is often likened to 1980s New York City. Shaped by a complex history and a current urgency to prove itself, Berlin is a massive place to explore.


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Regent Berlin

In a city the size of Berlin deciding where you want to be based is as important as picking the hotel. The Regent has one of the city’s loveliest locations, right next to the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt square. It’s in walking distance to Unter den Linden boulevard and the Brandenburger Gate but feels tucked away, discreet and more quiet.

It used to be the Four Seasons Berlin before Regent took over in 2004, and the common spaces and rooms have an upscale—if not terribly inspired—look and feel. The lobby—appointed with marble floors, silk-upholstered chairs and sofas, crystal chandeliers—is cozy rather than imposing, and it’s a wonderful place to linger over a cup of tea. The 195 comfortable rooms are classically decorated in tones of gold and beige, and the marble bathrooms are spacious with separate bath and shower, as well as L’Occitane products. The Regent has some of the largest rooms in Berlin (the smallest category starts at 430 square feet), and the best ones face the imposing buildings of the Gendarmenmarkt, including the French and German cathedrals and the Konzerthaus concert hall. It’s also in walking distance to such restaurants as Borchardt, Cookies n’ Cream and Lutter Wegner, and an easy walk to the cool neighborhood surrounding the Hackesche Höfe north of the river

The staff is warm and not overly stiff or formal, which adds to the nice ambience of this hotel. The Regent is also home to Berlin’s sole two-star-Michelin restaurant called Fischers Fritz, where expertly prepared seafood is served in an appropriately haute setting with wood-paneled walls, luminous chandeliers and well-chosen original art work. Fischers Fritz serves an excellent breakfast in the morning.

Suite at Soho House Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Soho House Berlin

Located on the edge of Berlin's hip Mitte neighborhood, this private club has a screening room, spa, restaurant, bar and rooftop pool. Accommodations are spacious and outfitted with such elegantly cool furnishings as velvet tufted headboards and mirrored-glass Art Deco style coffee tables. The building's previous life as a late Bauhaus-era department store remains evident in the many large windows, exposed brickwork and high ceilings. Whimsical (though not always working) amenities include vintage record players, radios and rotary telephones, alongside modernized features like heated bathroom floors, large rain showers and Bose sound systems. The bathroom is stocked with delicious-smelling, full-size, organic Cowshed amenities.

Walking into the cozy downstairs Cowshed spa feels like going to visit a friend's house. Before treatments, guests sit at a dining room table stacked high with magazines, newspapers and pitchers of cucumber- and lemon-infused water. Massage treatments are exceptional and very reasonably priced.

Created by Alex Eagle, The Store is more of a showroom than a concept store and offers much more than fashion. You can find food and fresh pressed juices at the Store Kitchen’s organic café, music in the record shop, literature in the library and beautiful bright flowers from florist Mary Lennox.

The restaurant on the seventh floor and the bar and pool on the eighth boast fabulous views of Berlin's TV Tower and serves an excellent breakfast though the dinner menu can be skipped in favor of Berlin's many other excellent eateries. The Soho House brand's iconic restaurant, Cecconi's, is located on the ground floor and serves cozy Italian fare in an elegant dining room with red leather booths.

The one caveat to know is that service can fall short, and everything takes about ten times as long as it should. It is also worth knowing that while located in the hip Mitte, Soho House is a good 10 minute walk from the center of the action. Casa Camper and Lux 11 have better locations in this neighborhood for those who don't want to be walking too far for dinner or shopping.

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