It’s over twenty years since the wall came down and the city of Berlin has grown back together with a spirit and joy that is infectious to all visitors and an example of how to create a great visitor experience for all.
So much has happened here that most random places you stop at have an interesting story to tell and Mitte, literally “middle” in German, is a fantastic area with layers of history and cool to explore. Although a relatively newly formed area (created in Berlin’s 2001 administrative reform), this has always been the centre of Berlin and before the war this was a predominately Jewish middle class area with some of the best department stores in Berlin. After the wall went up in 1961, the area was part of East Berlin and over three decades became very run down and neglected, but the last ten years has seen Mitte restored to it’s former beauty and glory.
Bang slap in the middle of Mitte, on Weinmeister Strasse, is one of the best design hotels to open in Berlin for years. And in a city like Berlin where tourism is a major industry with constant new players entering the market, that’s saying something! The perfect mix of cool while still warm and friendly, edgy yet with an air of luxury, The Weinmesiter is one of those hotels that achieves what every great hotel in the world manages to pull off.
From first impressions to check out, the hotel is central to your city break experience. So much so that for us it is now hard to imagine visiting Berlin and staying anywhere else! The location is perfect for a short stay in the city. As the name suggests Mitte is at the heart of Berlin and so you are within walking distance of many must see sights and spoilt for choice with public transport options. The nearest U Bahn stop is at the end of the street.
Don’t just rush through this area on the way to tick off sight seeing achievements though. Over the past 10 years this area has become the undisputed HQ of cool in Berlin with diverse cultures and individuals colliding to create the beating heart of the city. If you enjoy New York’s trendy lower East side you’ll love Mitte. Despite being minutes from most of Berlin’s big plazas there is a definite village feel here. The area is a shopping paradise from big brands and edgy boutiques to upscale jewelry shops and galleries. After the shopping and sighseeing is done for the day this is also the spot to find some of the best restaurants in the city, buzzing nightlife and great cafes.
However you spend your day, if you’re staying at The Weinmeister one of the best parts will be coming back to the hotel. Help yourself to variety of teas and coffees or sample a “Schwarz liqueur” on the way through the lounge. This herbal cordial is made to the secret family recipe of German actress and hotel regular Jessica Schwarz for whom the bar is named. Live DJs play most evenings but if you want an even more chilled atmosphere hit the rooftop terrace for spectacular views in the shadow of the TV tower. The super service doesn’t stop here after hours either. In fact, there is no “after hours” here. If you’re feeling a little peckish on your return from an evening out, help yourself to a bowl of chilli laid on in the lounge on your way to bed. These little touches are what make The Weinmeister special.
The rooms are really well designed with low key, cool decor and all the touches of luxury you would expect with white fluffy robes, slippers and delicious bath products to enjoy in the sublime rain shower. Every room also has an Apple iMac, free WiFi, CD/DVD player and an extra large (and extremly comfortable) bed.
Further your indulgence with a trip to the 6th floor BeautySpa where you can enjoy treatments from a hot stone massage to a manicure including access to the largest choice of Chanel nail polish in Germany!
If you are considering a trip to Berlin the location, service and experience of staying at The Weinmeister will make your visit extra special. If Berlin is not on your current city break list, we think a stay at this hotel is worth travelling to Berlin for.