Berlin has become one of the most fascinating cities to visit in Europe. There is a lot of edgy new architecture amidst so much history. Better yet, it is a very lively place because a lot of young people came to the city and opened clothing and design boutiques, bars, and restaurants.
Berlin has always attracted a young, alternative, creative crowd of artists and designers. Now that more visitors are coming to the city to enjoy, boutique hotels and chic B&Bs have been popping up in various districts.My favorite has to be the Miniloft Mitte in central Berlin, only a 10-minute walk from the new Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), which itself merits a visit because it is a stunning glass structure that looms over the empty space stretching between Mitte and Tiergarten.
Miniloft Mitte consists of four apartments, two of which are in the new building, which recently garnered several architectural awards. The extrovert is the larger of the two loft apartments in the new building. The owners of Miniloft are founders of the architectural firm called Deadline.
- Vibe: modern industrial chic, minimalist interior filled with light and stylish furniture.
- Pros: located in the Mitte district of Berlin, it is close to public transport and within walking distance of a lot of cool shops, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries. Mitte and the neighboring district of Prenzlauer Berg are the best places to stay in Berlin. The owners are architects and their work is stunning. The apartment is large and has everything you need, including fast Internet access (wired). Prices are reasonable. You would pay far more in a standard chain hotel room with much less space.
- Cons: nothing really unless you expect room service.
Another thing: the owners pay a lot of attention to detail to make your stay enjoyable. They have a little book in the apartment where they list their favorite cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood, interesting walking tours that include architectural gems of Berlin (with an excellent map), as well as practical places like grocery stores to fill your fridge.
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Here is a Google map of my favorite hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops in Berlin.