Berlin… Just the sound of the city tells you a lot about it. Berlin is a bon vivant – passionately feasting on the smorgasbord of life, never taking things – or itself – too seriously. Berlin is a big multicultural metropolis but deep down it maintains the unpretentious charm of an international village. Locals follow the credo ‘live and let live’ and put greater emphasis on personal freedom and a creative lifestyle than on material wealth and status symbols. Cafes are jammed at all hours, drinking is a religious rite, and clubs keep going until the wee hours and beyond. Size-wise, Berlin is pretty big but its key areas are wonderfully compact and easily navigated by foot, bike, or public transport. The city is literally high on history and it’ll tell you a lot of stories as the day goes by…
Couple of blocks away from Alexanderplatz, along Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße lies the Lux 11- Berlin Mitte. Not as prominently visible from outside, but something surprisingly chic and trendy: a 72-room apartment boutique hotel, which is spread over three connected, seven-story, 19th-century whitewashed buildings. The ground floor is primarily taken up by the cute reception space, the hip restaurant called Prince, and Type Hype – a concept store and cafe that serves freshly brewed coffee and sells cool stuff.
The apartment is spacious and well lit. From the window I can see the tip of Fernsehturm tower, a television tower that was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the government of the German Democratic Republic, a prominent landmark as a tallest tower in the city.
The rooms could be described as minimalist meets affordable chic decorated with cream-colored walls, faux fur throws on the bed, dark curtains, and plush suede chairs. It has a living room with a separate flat screen TV, and kitchenette with electric stove, coffee maker, fridge, sink and utensils to use as well.
The bathroom is quite sexy and stylish, the shower is open to the bedroom and made mostly from glass. The toilet, on the other hand, does afford some privacy; it’s separate from the shower and closes shut with a door.
Location; an easy stroll from the Hackesche Höfe, Museum Island, the neighboring bohemian neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, as well as many of East Berlin’s top shops and popular restaurants.
The big advantage of Lux-11, apart from its unique details and great location, is the affordability itself. It’s the ideal place to stay for anyone who’s looking to visit Berlin – especially those who wish to stay a little longer as they then have a home away from home.
9-13Berlin 10178 Germany