17 March 2015
HOTEL LINNEN // BERLIN
You might have read about my weekend work trip to Berlin with Fritha last week, and as part of our visit we stayed at the wonderful Hotel Linnen with i-escape and it couldn't have been a better place to rest our heads. Whenever I travel I love to find stylish stays where thoughtful design meets quirky interiors, and the Linnen Hotel and Apartments didn't disappoint.
Pefectly situated a few minutes from the Eberswalder Strasse U-Bhan (U2) in Prenzlauer Berg in former East Berlin, this hotel is like a tardis. On passing through the small streetside entrance, you're welcomed by a beautifully formed cafe and warm welcoming smiles from the staff. All of the fixtures and fittings are thoughtfully curated by local artists using recycled kitchen cupboards to handpicked retro pieces, and if the line of fresh pastries and menu isn't enough to stop you in your tracks, then you can simply climb a few steps through to the back desk and pick up your keys.
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The Linnen Hotel is housed in an 18th century building and each of its six bedrooms are uniquely furnished whether it's a luxurious suite or a minimalist urban style room containing hospital operating lights, all while retaining the period features. We stayed in Room 3 with its perfect blue hues and beautiful contemporary mirrors, and even though we had asked for an extra camp bed to be added to the room it wasn't needed, as the large queen bed could easily fit four of me in there!
There are no twin rooms in the hotel but as a family of three this would easily house all of us and the area is perfectfor exploring the city with or without kiddos. Super little ones might need help with the stairs as you need to climb the grand spiral staircase to reach your bolthole, however they do have apartments if you would prefer a complete self catering experience in the popular area of Mitte, or you could wait until the end of the year when a new lift will have been installed.
I was really blown away by the attention to detail and love that had gone into making this hotel special, and the owner Antonio is super friendly, taking time to chat with us about the local area and help us navigate a map of the city. As well as the unique design, the hotel boasts a Green Leaders Silver award due to their eco-friendly approach by using organic products, LED lighting and wood pellet heating system, which rates it pretty high in my book. There are no TV's but who needs them when you're in a city this cool, and you can always hang out downstairs in the cafe and people watch while enjoying a coffee.
Berlin has really captured my heart and I can't wait to return to this city and hotel.
*I was given a complimentry stay at Hotel Linnen with i-escape. All words and opinions are 100% my own.