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It looks like Soho House and its hotel rooms are on a major expansion kick. The Soho House West Hollywood opened earlier this year (but without hotel rooms) as did two new annexes in London--Dean Street Townhouse and Shoreditch--and Soho Beach House in Miami is expected to open in September.
The good news is that rooms are quite affordable here starting at 100 Euros a night for non-members (members can get it for 75 Euros.) The bad news is that rooms are tiny and indeed that is the name of the starting room category, "Tiny." These rooms are also on the top of the hotel in the attic and boast a "dormitory feel." (Other room sizes are Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large.) There's also only 40 guestrooms at the hotel so chances for availability are slimmer.
German police responding to an unrelated 1995 Berlin heist, as seen in "Masterminds: The Berlin Heist".
If they can wake up without a post-Oscars hangover this morning, Hollywood screenwriters could find the next big action caper writing itself with a little help from the headlines. A group of armed and masked bandits made off with a million-euro haul on Saturday after storming a poker tournament taking place at the Berlin Grand Hyatt in the middle of the day. German police said today that while the theft was captured on video, they still have no firm leads on the crooks.
The downtown hotel was home to a lineup of stars during the recent Berlin Film Festival, but the panic was real this weekend when the robbers toting machetes and guns forced hotel staff to hand over bags stuffed with cash. At least seven people were injured while trying to escape, according to reports.
Despite the attack—and the loss of part of the prize money—the five-day tournament organized by the European Poker Tour resumed again on Sunday.
[Photo: Crime and Investigation Network ]
Whoa whoa whoa. Do we have a new Ace Hotel-like concept going on here? This hipster haven you see above is the recently opened Michelberger Hotel in Berlin, and it's looking pretty sweet and polished for a budget hotel concept. Or at least, that's how the group behind the place describe it:
The Michelbergerhotel is a budget hotel concept created by a group of friends, who had the idea to make the best hotel they could, the kind of hotel they’d like to stay in. A place that’s individual, charismatic, stylish, fun, rebellious and inexpensive, a place where anything goes, just like Berlin itself.
Yes, that lobby is super cool and decorated with repurposed books and magazines; yes, it has an awesome and individual website; and yes, the rooms actually fall in the budget category by beginning at 59 Euro a night. Where was this place when we found ourselves bedding down at the Marriott Berlin in May?!
Berlin's Hotel Concorde has long tried to be hip with its accommodation packages, and each deal they come out with does seem to get better and better. Learning French in Berlin was a bit of a stretch; their Fall of the Wall deal was pretty good; but now comes the most sensible idea they've had so far: a Shop in the City package.
Being all very cosmopolitan and cool, yet not outrageously expensive, Berlin is an ideal place to go on a shopping splurge. The Hotel Concorde is also in the right part of Berlin for this, right on the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, and even through winter you'll be able to easily get around to all the best stores.
The Shop in the City package includes lots of shopping-related bonuses, like a 10% discount at KaDeWe (the largest department store in Europe and right next to the Mercedes Benz building), a €35 voucher for the Montblanc store, and 20% discount and a personal shopper appointment at department store Galeries Lafayette – and a bunch more. You also get a two-night stay for two people with buffet breakfast both mornings, all starting from $275 a night per room. Which is cheap enough that you'll still have some cash left over for all that shopping.
[Photo of the fantastic KaDeWe: sk8geek]
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It's hard to believe that one of our favorite parts of the world, Eastern Europe, has only been easy to travel to for the last twenty years – that's how long it is since the Berlin Wall fell, and that's also the reason why Marriott is celebrating with the Marriott's Go East! Package, with specials in five major eastern European cities. We like these deals because they're not just a bed and some food – they also feature some little touches to help you get to know the Cold War historical sides of the cities.
In the city where it all happened, you can stay at the Berlin Marriott Hotel with a Go East! package for €199 ($290) including a double room, breakfast, the Berlin Welcome Card and tickets to the very cool Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie. At the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel in Romania (pictured), the deal starts at 660 Lei ($226) and gets you a double room, breakfast, 20% off any other food and drinks during your stay, and two tickets to visit the city's Parliament Palace.
The W Barcelona may be stealing all the headlines but it’s not the only new kid on the European hotel block this autumn. The Aspria Hotel in Berlin looks pretty nice – and it’s rather more affordable, too.
Opening next month on 6 November in the posh Charlottenburg district (west of the Tiergarten), it doesn’t have the most auspicious of pedigrees – Aspria is a chain of health clubs in Europe - but they’re now offering accommodation at their digs in Hannover and Berlin. Original, but interesting – it means that the spa and fitness area are going to be souped up no end. In fact, the Berlin spa is going to be 14,000 m sq – to be shared by just 42 rooms. Look at that pool. We're doing lengths in our heads right now.
Time to move your fingers muy, muy rápido to take advantage of a caliente four-day sale by the Sol Meliá chain of hotels. (Okay, officially ending choppy use of Español). We were recently alerted to the fact that, from now through September 14th, Sol Meliá will be offering reduced rates on 130 of their Tryp, Meliá, Innside, Gran Meliá, and Sol hotels throughout Europe.
While we always welcome a good deal, when we visited the website to check out exactly what was on sale, we were inundated by a flood of different discounts, none of which seemed specifically oriented with the four-day sale. Sleuthing under "Special Offers" unearthed rooms at the Meliá in Barcelona starting at 150 Euros per night for check-in on an early weekend in October, Meliá Berlin starting at 57 Euros per night, and Tryp François in Paris for 149 Euros per night.
So it's been twenty years since the Berlin wall came down, and that's as good a reason as any to visit one of our all-time favorite cities, Berlin. To celebrate the anniversary of the Fall of the Wall, the Hotel Concorde Berlin has got an "Ich bin ein Berliner" package going through to December 28.
If you decide to be a Berliner for a couple of days, you can get two nights' accommodation, buffet breakfast, one dinner, plus the authentic Berlin part: a Palm guide, Berlin Wall map and a private guided tour in a Trabbi those old east German cars which somehow haven't fallen apart yet.
The deal starts at around $370 per person based on double occupancy and the Concorde is said to have some of the biggest rooms in the city. Oh, and this deal is a whole lot more logical than the time the Concorde decided to throw French lessons into their accommodation deals; but it's not the best Berlin Wall deal we've come across; remember the Ritz Carlton's Remember the Wall deal which even includes an actual chunk of the wall? Much cooler.
The difference between a hostel and a hotel may only be marked by one lowly letter “s,” but anyone who’s ever stayed at a hostel knows the experience can be starkly different. Let’s just say “peekaboo” showers can take on a decidedly more awkward meaning.
So when a legendary hostel opens a 64-room hotel, it’s hard not to cock your eyebrows at least a bit. In Berlin, the owners of Circus Hostel did just that, last October opening the Circus Hotel (sans “s”). The NYT checked the new spot out to discover whether backpackers are getting richer or the rest of us are feeling the pinch.
Remember our list of the Worst Hotel Rooms for Drunk People? Yes, well: just as we were reminiscing about our fantastically blurry, buzzed and stumble-y weekend, we came across photos of Berlin's new Michelberger Hotel on Contemporist. And as we gazed at the pics of these rooms, the party girl alter-ego inside of us, well...she cried.
The 119-room hotel is on its way to Berlin and is slated for a September opening. Contemporist says:
Five different room categories offer a range of different layouts. The rooms display a high level of space efficiency and lots of vertical drama and airiness - a feat allowed by the placing of loft bed areas above the bathrooms. Most rooms are for singles, couples and threesomes but other options including The Big One allow groups of 4 or even more to room together.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Oh, this? Oh, no big thang, just the Berlin Cathedral, a.k.a. the Berliner Dome.
We're sort of on a Berlin high here at HC this summer (since our own JetSetCD just returned from a jaunt out to Germany), and so this shot out the window of room 6111 at the Radisson Blu Berlin made us sorta giddy.
Also making us giddy: the ginormous cylindrical aquarium that runs up the middle of the hotel's lobby atrium which makes for a pretty fly killer view on the inside of the hotel, too.
Rooms like this are a bit on the pricier side, though: we're assuming this was taken from a business class room (the website shows that only biz class rooms seem to have a view of the Berlin Cathedral), and those go for about 245 Euros around $245 USD.
[Photo: Wolfgang Jung]
It may be the Berlin hotel of choice for visiting dignitaries, like Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama, and it may occupy a sweet spot next to the Brandenburg Gate, but the Hotel Adlon Kempinski suffers from a serious case of inflated ego.
Perhaps they'd remember that it was out of their windows that Michael Jackson dangled his baby? Or maybe they'd take a second look at their less than 5-star website? But no, the Hotel Adlon sure loves itself and knows that when you pay some 1,900 Euro for one night, you too are head over heels for their snooty exclusivity.
For the reason that the Adlon simply can't imagine that their guests would stay with them and be able to continue living without a hotel-monogrammed cheeseboard, you will find the hotel's very own store around the corner on Wilhelmstrasse. If you think the W Hotels' stores are a bit much, then please stay away from the Adlon.