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Hotel Highlights

  • Exclusive access to the Soho House member's club and Cowshed spa
  • Luxe vintage-chic bedrooms with super-comfy beds and all mod cons
  • Fantastic location in the buzzing Mitte district

Overview

A buzzing bistro, a pampering spa, a private cinema and a terrace bar at a member's club hosting media's most-wanted can only mean one thing: Soho House Berlin has arrived. This exclusive industrial-chic boutique hotel in Berlin's bleeding-edge Mitte district is the address for globe-roving coolhunters who want to combine power-brunching with decadent downtime.

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Here's what you get for booking Soho House Berlin with us:

A full-size Cowshed bath product

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Soho House Berlin

Advance Purchase: 20% off

Facilities

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Soho House Berlin hotel – Berlin – Germany

Need To Know

Rooms

40, including two suites.

Check–out

12 noon. Late check-outs (on request) are charged an extra night. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $208.55 (€154), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 5% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude à la carte breakfast.

Also

Cowshed spa in the basement has side-by-side white leather mani-pedi chairs (perfect for girlie nattering), relaxing treatment rooms, a hammam and a sauna. The excellent Soho House concierge can handle even the most outlandish rock-star rider.

At the hotel

Spa, hammam, gym, roof terrace, cinema, library, free WiFi throughout, event space. In rooms: touch-screen LCD Blu-Ray TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, Bose speakers, Roberts radio, minibar with free water, Cowshed products, record players.

Our favourite rooms

Tiny and Small rooms in the eaves of the hotel's right wing overlooking Prenzlauer Allee are great value; exposed concrete beams, herringbone fabrics, Anglepoise lamps and red wooden beds create an intimate retro dorm feel. Larger rooms have high ceilings and feature grand Deco-style furnishings, including screen-siren dressing tables and record players. Big room 17 has calamine pink walls and a freestanding rolltop bath behind a rollaway dividing wall, plus a walk-in monsoon shower and padded velvet sunray-design bedhead. This and other rooms at the front of the hotel have great city views; rooms at the back are quieter. Mr Smith likes masculine-hued Medium room 38, overlooking the cobbled courtyard. Extra Large room 34 on the sixth floor is truly enormous, with an oversize bed and quilted velvet headboard, and curvaceous ivory lamp-stands, freestanding tub, chaise longue, dining area and shower for two.

Poolside

The trademark Soho House pool terrace features a heated plunge pool lined with volcanic stone; flop onto a green and white sunlounger or park yourself at a parasol-shaded bistro table to soak up fantastic city views.

Packing tips

Hairdryers, hair straighteners, flip-flops, bathrobes and alarm clocks are all provided, so you can leave extra space in their cases for all those boutique buys and Cowshed goodies you'll be bringing home.

Also

Smoking is only permitted outside on the terrace or in the courtyard. None of the rooms is specially adapted for wheelchair users but accessibility in the common areas is good.

Children

This late-night scene-stealer is best for adults only. At a push, extra beds (€30 a night) and cots (€10) can be added to rooms by special request.

Food & Drink

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Soho House Berlin hotel – Berlin – Germany

Hotel Restaurant

Well-curated classics from pizza and schnitzel to currywurst made with apple-fed pork complete the House Kitchen's all-day bistro menu; breakfast options include pastries, poached eggs, Bircher muesli and a Full English. Barbecues and bar snacks are on offer on the roof terrace.

Hotel Bar

Racing green leather stools crowd round a pewter-topped beauty in the 7th-floor member's club, under a stunning Deco-style crystal chandelier. Order a mean martini (we loved Harlem Nights, a Grey Goose number laced with Cointreau and orange oil) or glass of fine wine and retreat to a dark velvety corner. Soho House's trademark terrace bar on the 8th floor is perfect for city street-gazing on balmy nights.

Last orders

The member's club winds down at around 3am, but your minibar (or a speed-dial staff member) will serve you all night long.

Room service

The House Kitchen menu is available 24 hours a day. Or you could just gobble down all the delicious hand-made biscuits hidden in a silver tin on your room's complimentary tea tray.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Fash-pack black; media-mogul casual; or graphics-geek specs and high-tops.

Top table

A red-leather banquette seat in the black-and-white tiled House Kitchen for breakfast; a city-view velvet wing-back sofa in the club bar.

Local Guide

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Soho House Berlin hotel – Berlin – Germany
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

For a quick local foray, stroll down Torstrasse to menswear boutique and event space SoTo at number 72 (+49 (0)30 2576 2070); among the limited-edition sneakers, cool Japanese imports and dandy accessories, we love the bow-ties and leather-covered bike chains. On Sophienstrasse, you'll find the Firlefanz puppet theatre (+49 (0)30 283 3560) and if you're feeling guilty about leaving the kids with the in-laws, there's a fantastic shop next-door selling traditional hand-made wooden Erzgebirge nutcrackers and figurines. Take the next left and dive into the pedestrianised Hackeschen Höfe to discover little shops, cafés, a cinema, a pool hall and the credit-card-teasing Berlin Fashion Network concept store (BFN).

Local restaurants

Bandol sur Mer at 167 Torstrasse (+49 (0)30 6730 2051) flourishes the French flag with its excellent snails, foie gras and entrecôte steaks. It only has 6 tables though, so make sure you book ahead.Try a modern take on Vietnamese staples at Monsieur Vuong, a stylish spot for a laid-back lunch or supper at 46 Schönhauser Strasse (+49 (0)30 9929 6924).

Local bars

Luchs Bar, adjacent to minimalist Mitte hotel Lux 11, is a popular drinking den – get there for pre-dinner cocktails and then move into its next-door restaurant.

Local cafés

Mitte newcomer Neu in the Heckmannhöfen (+49 (0)30 6640 8427) is great for a hearty seasonal brunch or early supper. Sip Asian tisanes at trendy tea room Chén Chè at 13 Rosenthaler (+49 (0)30 2888 4282).

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Mitte's coolest crossroads

Soho House Berlin

Soho House Berlin, Torstrasse 1, Berlin, Germany, 10119

Planes

Schönfeld airport is a 30-minute drive to south-east of Soho House Berlin. A taxi from outside the Schönfeld terminal cost about €35 to the hotel. Tegel airport, to the northwest, is just 10km away; a taxi will set you back €22 each way.

Trains

Services from all over Europe call at Berlin's massive Hauptbahnhof station (+44 8718 80 80 66; www.bahn.de), just a couple of clicks from the hotel. A 30-minute airport express train will take you from Schönfeld to Alexanderplatz, a five-minute walk from the hotel. Soho House can arrange train tickets for your departure.

Automobiles

There's a public car park next to the hotel: the first hour costs €1.30; then it's €1.20 an hour (€3 between 8pm and 6am). Mitte is very pedestrian friendly. You could hire a car to explore Berlin and Potsdam, but you might as well cycle, hail a taxi or hop on a train or tram.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Juliet Kinsman , On-the-go editor at Mr & Mrs Smith

Toes wiggling in the pool, Earl Grey Tea cocktails in hand, this Mr & Mrs Smith are planning how best to use their weekend in the German capital. Berlin's Mitte district sprawls below, begging to be explored, a landscape of mostly grey communist facades familiar to me only from the film Good Bye Lenin! We’re at Soho House Berlin. Now the largest outpost of the renowned members’ cl…
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Soho House Berlin

Anonymous review by Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

Toes wiggling in the pool, Earl Grey Tea cocktails in hand, this Mr & Mrs Smith are planning how best to use their weekend in the German capital. Berlin's Mitte district sprawls below, begging to be explored, a landscape of mostly grey communist facades familiar to me only from the film Good Bye Lenin!

We’re at Soho House Berlin. Now the largest outpost of the renowned members’ club group, it was once home to East Germany’s Politisches Büro. A Bauhausey building opened in the 1920s as a department store, it’s now a trophy of this quarter’s gentrification; its six stories occupy the all-white corner block at the start of Torstrasse, the main road that sweeps across the top of Mitte from Prenzlauer Allee to Friedrichstrasse. An hour ago, we’d stepped into a taxi at Schönefeld; it whizzed us into the city, past the last remaining stretch of the Berlin wall before dropping us off at a retro clock tower marked ‘hotel’.

Ambling into Soho House’s industrial-feel lobby, a world of cool hits us: there’s graffiti-art by Damien Hirst and have-a-go ping-pong tables, both pitched perfectly at Soho House group’s young-at-heart, work-hard-play-hard clientele. Checked in, and en route to the rooftop, we use our key card to scratch our initials into the leather lining the lift. Not our idea – the hotel’s interior designers got the scuffed-cowhide graffiti-party started. ‘Vandalism chic’, I suggest to Mr Smith.

A few moments later, we’re that couple, soaking up the sun from the top deck of this former Communist Party HQ, overlooking the iconic television tower. It’s a moment in my life I’ll remember in freeze-frame.

It's the height of summer: all around us bright young Berliners bask in the searing rays, surrounded y a sprinkling of international visitors. Twee white wrought-iron furniture cushioned in dusty pink florals seems more home counties than Deco chic, but populated with blond hipsters resplendent in this season’s haircuts and sunglasses, it’s like a scene straight from a Taschen book. We’d happily plot up here for our minibreak, but we have art, culture and history to discover on our doorstep. Mr Smith assures me that, if there’s one city where an adventure will unfold on its own, it's Berlin.

An absence of garish neon signs in Mitte adds to the ‘What’s coming next?’ mystique as we meander through the city’s most central chunk. Unobtrusive shopfronts conceal a world of contemporary creativity in the cafés, boutiques and galleries to be found at almost every turn: we discover white-hot womenswear on Mulackstrasse; delicious Modern Vietnamese cuisine on Rosenthaler Strasse; perfect cappuccinos and quirky concept art on gallery-lined Augustrasse.

Kunsthaus Tacheles on Oranienburgerstrasse is the next surprise in store. An artists’ collective amid a working ironmongery-cum-sculpture garden in the Jewish Quarter, it’s not your average art centre: every inch of this five-floor former department store is graffiti’d. And, to give you the full all-sensory description, Tacheles is also steeped in a scent unlikely to be peddled by Jo Malone any time soon: Old Urine and Oil Paint, anyone?

On our way back to the hotel, we pop into SoTo, a menswear store on Torstrasse. Friendly as can be, its co-owner Philip Gaedicke is a Soho House scenester, but one who couldn’t be further from NY or London’s cooler-than-thou stereotypes. Happy to share the word from the street, he suggests that we visit an art project he’s involved in. (After a little recharge back at our boutique bunk-up, of course... )

Somewhat incredibly, in a city with no shortage of hotel rooms, until this hip hideaway opened, nowhere offered modern cool quite like this – let alone modern cool with a pool, a Cowshed spa, a screening room and a see-and-be-seen bar and restaurant. Soho House Berlin's 40 rooms range from dormitory-style attic abodes to huge suites like the one we’re staying in: it may be a lot pricier, but it’s worth it for the feeling we have our own elegant apartment.

Freestanding tub filled with Knackered Cow bubbles (selected from the full-size gamut of Cowshed toiletries), Mr Smith pops an original jazz LP onto the old-fashioned record player. I settle back in the froth to leaf through a copy of Berlin: City-Lit Series. A reflection on the city’s recent history through literary snapshots, essays and soundbites, it’s a guide unlike others. As Mr Smith describes our panoramic view over mid-century concrete (courtesy of Soviet rule), it's hard to imagine that this same spot was once 19th-century Prussian terrain and, in the roaring pre-war Twenties, a hotbed of cabaret.

Galvanised to find our own colourful blast of nightlife in our new neighourhood, we start with G&Ts, flopped on a chintzy sofa in the birds-nesty bar and brasserie above. Well, you can take the members’ club out of London… After a quick side-tracking to France, care of snails and perfectly-cooked entrecôte at Bandol sur Mer, a six-tabled Torstrasse bistro beloved of Brad and Angelina, we seek out Berlin proper.

We’ve arranged to meet Philip at the grey tower block in Alexanderplatz that hosts not only the renowned rooftop club, Weekend, but also the cutting-edge art space he’s told us about, Made. Converted from a disused ninth-floor office space into an all-white workshop, theatre and gallery by architect Alexis Dornier, the Made studio regularly buzzes with up-and-coming artists and music events – drop-in crowds are drawn by word of mouth and posts on Made's blog (if you fancy checking out the latest happenings).

No sooner have we stepped into this space, we’re sipping vodka cocktails with a US rapper, admiring artwork studded with Swarovski crystals care of Tadi Rock, and thinking Berlin's interiors are more Star Trek than Stalin these days. Mr Smith was right: anyone staying at Soho House Berlin doesn’t need to stray far in search of an adventure – no matter what direction you walk in, you can be sure one will find you.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Soho House Berlin's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The in-room cocktail service is fantastic! I was expecting room to service to show up with two drinks on a tray but instead a man with a fully kitted-out trolley came into the room and made them in front of us. Word of warning: it's best to tell your significant other before you organise this as a suprise as it was somewhat awkward when mine stepped out of the shower to find a man mixing cocktails 2ft away.

Don’t expect

My minor quibble was that there was no wardrobe in the room, just a coat hook with a few hangers, which wasn't enough to hang everything properly.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the fabulous room with every need taken care of. The staff was also sensational: efficient, helpful, knowledgeable. I absolutely loved it.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the room: we booked a small room but small it definitely wasn't – GREAT value! I loved the products and room facilities, too! We used the Cowshed spa, which was a fabulous and really kicked off our weekend.

Don’t expect

We asked for a few recommendations for local restaurants and a walking tour but weren't given great options. They did point us in the right direction, though, and then we quickly found things out ourselves.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the pool, massive bed, and Cowshed massages. The staff there is amazing.

 

Don’t expect

There was a bit of confusion with the bill, but when we pointed it out it was fine and quickly sorted.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked our room, spa, Sunday brunch in Soho House and the concierge.

Don’t expect

I would've liked an explanation of services available to guests e.g. hamman, and of the payment process.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the hotel – it was my first stay with the group and will definitely not be the last. I got a really warm welcome at check-in, loved the decor and style of the hotel, liked the Damien Hurst in the lobby, enjoyed the good gym, nice bar and pool on the rooftop. Nothing was too much trouble for them. There were great coffee facilities in the room, which we enjoyed as well.

Don’t expect

We noticed some one else's meal and tip added to our bill – this was annoying as I am not sure how it happened, but it was rectified fast!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Loved the club atmosphere and the fact that mobiles were banned on the club floor. Funky Bauhaus architecture with retro decor. Staff were incredibly cosmopolitan, smiley and helpful and the bedrooms (both times) have been really comfortable and warm.

Don’t expect

No complaints. It does what it says on the tin.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We were celebrating my boyfriend's 40th and the highlight was having a drink next to the very handsome Mr Clooney on our first night in the bar....Wow!!! What can I say? Very sexy indeed, which sums up this hotel!!! Loved the record players in the room and listening to the Soho House records. Great tunes!!! Monsieur Vuong was superb and conveniently located for lunch. Berlin is an amazing city. Gendarmenmarkt is worth a visit as well as Hohenschonhausen Memorial.

Don’t expect

Not quite the same standard as the other Soho House hotels that I've stayed in. As this was a special occasion, I splashed out on a Big Room and asked for a quiet room with a freestanding bath but got a noisy room instead with fixed bath... woken up each morning by housekeeping renovations at around 7:30am! Not quite what I was expecting.

Rating: 4/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

As usual with all the Soho House hotels, the rooms were decorated how we wish our home was. We had a 'small' room but it wasn't small at all. A comfortable velvet armchair in front of the TV and a huge king-size bed, a glorious roll-top bath and a separate walk-in shower made for a very comfortable stay. I had two massages in the spa – one better than the other – but both were lovely and relaxing. The bar was fun and cosy in cold November and we had a lovely meal in the restaurant. The staff were really helpful and friendly. It was the best hotel we could have picked to return to after cold days spent walking and sightseeing.

Don’t expect

I actually can't fault them, which is unusual for me!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Fabulous staff, great location, and the food was great value. Our room was amazing with some really nice touches – a Bose iPod dock and Cowshed products. The staff were really helpful and chatty. The rooftop terrace has a great view of Berlin and is a fabulous place to have a sneaky drink.

 

Don’t expect

Nothing!

Rating: 7/10 stars