The newly opened hotel is the dream of design and art lovers for a luxurious stay

    (Felix Bruggeman)

(Felix Bruggeman)

A neon red sign, glowing through the frigid mist, is the sordid welcome every visitor to Berlin should seek if seeking a seedy (and if you’re not looking for seedy, then what are you doing in Berlin?) to to shelter the elements.

The Chateau Royal sign that adorns the grand historic buildings just off Unter den Linden is a beacon that draws you into an expertly created world that channels the glamor of Wilheminian Berlin (in the mid-1800s).e century) and the 1920s, the two eras from which the hotel’s listed buildings date.

Opened in late 2022, the hotel has some serious Berlin heritage: it’s run by the group behind the legendary Grill Royal – one of those Michelin-starred restaurants that grungy art crowds love to laugh at, but are just as happy to be invited to. David Chipperfield Architects oversaw the additions to the new building.

The group has also taken over the Einstein cafe in the same building as the hotel and joined forces with Icelandic chef Victoria Eliasdóttir, who runs the in-house dottir restaurant, to create what they describe – accurately – as a classic grand hotel with a contemporary feel.

The hotel's red neon sign glows through the winter fog (Felix Brüggemann)

The hotel’s red neon sign glows through the winter fog (Felix Brüggemann)

Style

Materials typical of Berlin’s more historic buildings are used throughout the hotel, creating a wonderfully local atmosphere and a reference to a decadent, luxurious era.

Designers Irina Kromayer, Etienne Descloux and Katariina Minits draw from Berlin’s underground stations with their use of colorful glazed bricks and tiles, while warm orange, green and brown stained glass elements refer to other interiors from the West Berlin period.

The rooms have a parquet floor and warm oak storage space and partition walls. Bathrooms have a sultry Seventies austerity thanks to dark green Art Nouveau tiles and dark red marble sanitary ware.

Stained glass in the dining room (Felix Brüggemann)

Stained glass in the dining room (Felix Brüggemann)

Much of the furniture was specially designed and manufactured for the hotel in and around Berlin and in Portugal, which Kromayer says matches the aforementioned Berlin interiors, which were “steeped in craftsmanship”.

Meanwhile, additional pieces and decorative objects were purchased from vintage markets across Europe, giving each room individual touches and design depth.

Broader artistic influences include paintings by the Bauhaus, Expressionism and New Objectivity. Indeed, Berlin remains a city of artists to this day, and the hotel’s art curation is another trademark. Kirsten Landwehr and Krist Gruijhtuisen curated more than 100 contemporary works of art that are displayed throughout the hotel and in every room. You could sleep under an Anri Sala, an Anne Imhof or a Daniel Richter.

Local design gem

    (Felix Bruggeman)

(Felix Bruggeman)

This is Berlin, so art and design are everywhere. Handily, though, you don’t have to leave the hotel to pick up some gems.

The vegan, organic toiletries can be purchased from reception – the large bottles of apothecary-style shampoo or body lotion make a fantastic gift or souvenir for €49. Brand T-shirts, sweaters and caps are also up for grabs.

Good to know

Don’t miss the fantastic Icelandic inspired breakfast that you can order à la carte. It’s heavy on fish, rye bread and veggies and will set you up for a day of galleries in healthy style.

A hearty evening cocktail at the bar does the same (less healthy) for a night of clubbing — though it would be a shame to miss out on an intensely restful night in the dark, quiet comfort of your bedroom. By the way, while brilliantly located for transport and shopping, the immediate area surrounding the hotel is a bit of a desert late at night.

How to book

There are 93 guest rooms including 26 suites and an apartment with rates from 195 euros per night

Chateau Royal, Mittelstrasse 41-44, 10117 Berlin; chateauroyalberlin. com

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