Lux 11, Berlin
Tel: 49 30 936 2800
Concierge.com's insider take:
At the latest design hotel to enter Berlin's increasingly competitive market, the interiors were styled by the Italian-born husband and wife team of Claudio Silvestrin and Giuliana Salmaso, a duo many consider to be the high priest and priestess of contemporary minimalism. The result is a balanced, harmonious space that's bold but still playful enough to appeal to a young, hip clientele (many who come for the nightlife around Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz). The 72 nearly identical rooms have an open plan bath/wet area and are finished in concrete; the look is softened by textured beige fabrics and honey-colored woods. The total effect is elegant but not ostentatious. An Aveda Spa and an AsianEuro fusion restaurant pick up on the Zen vibe, while a 2,700-square-foot designer boutique run by Ulf Haines, formerly of the exclusive Berlin department store Quartier 206, is a great place to indulge in retail therapy.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Created from four former apartment buildings, this 72-room property is a cut above the city's other recent high-design openings in large part because of its fabulous location on Rosa Luxemburg Strasse, bang in the heart of the Mittecurrently Berlin's hippest neighborhood. More good news is that it offers attractive accommodations at great prices: celadon walls and bleached wood furniture with minimalist lines. The spacious rooms also have useful comfortsDVD/CD players, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, and kitchenettes. Shiro i Shiro serves Mediterranean-Japanese food in a very different space, more reminiscent of Liberace's living room. 2006 Hot List
When to go: Year-round, but Berlin is appealingly funky in summer.
Which room to book: Since rates are so reasonable, spring for a $220 junior suite (doubles, $145–$220).
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Spa