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Hotel Oderberger, Berlin, Germany
After a satisfying day pounding the grimy but always fascinating streets of Berlin, it's bliss to return to prosperous Prenzlauer Berg and this smart, family-run hotel. Opened in 1902, the huge building functioned as a public baths for 82 years and was then saved by a citizens' initiative that saw it reopen in 2016 as an exceptional 70 room hotel. Part of the appeal is admiring how original features from its 200 bathing cabins are incorporated in the design, along with the joy of taking a dip in its historic indoor pool. Add in neat, stylish rooms, a sumptuous breakfast and a snazzy bar with top class cocktails, and you have one of the most distinctive places to stay in the German capital.
This is a leafy and gentrified neighbourhood with wide avenues, grand apartment blocks and the green lung of Mauerpark with a popular Sunday market.
The hotel is in the vibrant Prenzlauer Berg district. A short metro ride away, you'll find Hackescher Markt and the famous Alexanderplatz with its shops.
By plane: direct flights to Berlin Brandenburg from London (1 hour 40 minutes), Manchester (1 hour 55 minutes) and Edinburgh (2 hours 5 minutes). It's a 50-minute drive to the hotel. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Swimmers, fans of design hotels and cultured travellers looking to stay somewhere special will love this hotel. The entrance has putti washing and drying themselves and in the pool the gargoyles are gripping floats.
Service & Facilities
This is a hotel that invites hanging out - there is a large library where you can work and bikes for rent.
- Swimming pool
- Art gallery
- Table tennis
- Free Wi-Fi
The premium rooms at the front look onto tree-lined Oderberger Strasse and have high ceilings and oak floors. Rooms feature coat-hooks, cubicle doors and tiles from the former baths, along with artistic photos taken in swimming pools around the world.
Comfort, Premium, Maisonette, Family Room, Junior Suite, Tower Suite, Apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Three varieties of Berlin honey and seriously good jams are served up at breakfast. Add in homemade pastries and a glass of German sparkling wine and the day is starting well. The mixologists in the Kaminbar know their stuff - try a Basilica made with white port and cachaça or a margarita with quince.
The Restaurant: three-storey restaurant with terrace, buffet-style. Open daily for breakfast, 7:30-10:30am.
Kaminbar: atmospheric and cosy cocktail bar, serving snacks. Open Tue-Sun, from 5pm.