Concierge.com's insider take:
The original Honigmond (located just down the street and still operating as a hotel) was popular with East German intellectuals and dissidents, who used to gather at its café. As Berlin's Mitte district saw a rather different set of visitors arrive along with the galleries and fashion ateliers, the owners of the Honigmond decided to open another, more upscale—but still affordable—hotel. The Garden Hotel is in a historic building, and the interior's wide-plank wooden floors, built-in window seats, and moldings have been painstakingly restored. Massive wooden wardrobes and iron-frame beds anchor the large, airy rooms with white walls and soaring ceilings. Prussian blue-and-yellow bedding is the singular bold statement. The overall effect is romantic and peaceful, particularly in the courtyard's lovely garden, which has a bubbling fountain, goldfish pond, and writers' retreat–like guest rooms bordering it. Be sure to book a garden-facing room; those overlooking the busy street are marred by the noise of shrieking traffic.