Berlin, Germany

Gorki Apartments

Rates from (ex tax)$167.01

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR152.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Scandi eye candy

Setting

Piggy in the Mitte

Perfect for style-savvy weekenders who value their privacy, the crash pads at Gorki Apartments are designed with you in mind: the Tom Dixon lights, RPL Parfums room fragrance and Scandi-style interiors are cool, welcoming and understated. Meanwhile, the 25-staff-to-36-rooms ratio means pretty much anything can be accomplished, from super-fast laundry to a romantic set-up of wine and flowers in your suite. Gorki may be exclusive but it’s also well-placed for action – situated in the Berlin-Mitte, you’re within strolling distance of the coolest shops, bars and restaurants (and trust us, Gorki’s concierge is on first-name terms with them all). 

Smith Extra

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A glass of champagne, wine or beer for each guest during check-in and free late check-out until 1pm

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

36, including two luxury penthouses.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $167.01 (€142), excluding tax at 7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR142.06), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

An à la carte breakfast at one of two neighbouring cafés (Gorki Park and Daluma) can be added to your bill for €13.50 daily.

Also

Gorki is about as hygge as you’ll get outside Scandinavia itself: from the staff uniforms (designed by Danish fashion giant Wood Wood) to the Finnish-made Pelago bikes available to hire, it’s straight out of a Nordic drama – but without the murder mystery. The whole hotel is scented with Copenhagen-based RPL Parfums’ heady signature fragrance (don’t forget to buy a bottle from reception).

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout and a laundry service. In rooms: a TV, Bose sound system, fridge stocked with white wine (and bottles of red on the side), free bottled water, Dr Bronner’s bath products. In-room kitchenettes have a kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, Berlin-based Paper & Tea luxury teas, dishwasher, microwave (on request), toaster (on request). Penthouses also have an oven, a washing machine and a dryer.

Our favourite rooms

The rooms are organised into ‘categorkis’ (see what they did there?), with numbers and letters denoting their size and level of luxuriousness. We’ve fallen hard for 2B with its biscuits-and-cream colour palette, freestanding bath tub and exposed-brick walls; when the sun sets behind the floor-to-ceiling French windows, Tom Dixon lamps bathe the room in a soft glow. The Penthouses are jaw-droppingly impressive: each one is a full-fledged flat, sleeping between four and eight people. On a couples’ holiday and feeling cheeky? Go for 2C, where the shower and bedroom are separated by a glass partition – only exhibitionists need apply…

Packing tips

Imagine yourself as a bohemian artist, living it up in central Berlin with only your paintbrushes and tortured soul for company: go for black polo necks, sunglasses and a trendy haircut.

Also

Categorki 3 rooms (at the back of the building) are suitable for guests with mobility issues, but the hotel’s common areas aren’t accessible to wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Furry Smiths are welcome for €20 a night, which includes an on-loan dog bowl and basket. See more pet-friendly hotels in Berlin.

Children

Gorki welcomes little Smiths of all ages and rooms are kitted out with mini robes and slippers. Extra beds can be added to Categorki 1 rooms for €30 a child, a night and the hotel can provide baby bedlinen, changing mats and highchairs.

Eco‐friendly

Each apartment has separate bins for paper, plastic and compost recycling. Fairtrade products (biodegradable paper cups, glass bottles for water) are used wherever possible.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Both Penthouses have access to the hottest ticket in Berlin: a private, rooftop dining terrace, for alfresco meals under the stars.

Dress Code

Silky PJs and cosy cashmere for lounging around in your room. (Burgers in bed? Don’t mind if we do…)

Hotel restaurant

There’s no bar or restaurant on site, but Gorki guests benefit from the insider knowledge of the hip staff: they have the best connections with local restaurants, from new openings to well-loved institutions. If you can’t bear to leave your room (and honestly, when they’re this gorgeous, we wouldn’t blame you), use Deliveroo to order food straight to your door, or take advantage of the hotel’s fridge-filling service to create your own in-room feasts.

 

Hotel bar

Gorki doesn't have a bar, but the hotel can organise for wine to be sent up to your room. If you fancy picking something out yourself, Weinerei on nearby Veteranenstraße (a five-minute walk frok Gorki) has a wide selection of European and international bottles.

Last orders

Whenever hunger strikes…

Location

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Address
Gorki Apartments
Weinbergsweg 25
Berlin
10119
Berlin
Germany

Planes

Fly to Tegel Airport – most major carriers (including British Airways; www.britishairways.com) have direct European flights. Gorki is a 25-minute drive away; the hotel can arrange transfers (from €66 one-way). Budget airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair fly to Schönefeld Airport, which is a 45-minute drive from Gorki (www.easyjet.com; www.ryanair.com). Hotel transfers cost €84 one-way.

Trains

Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. It’s Berlin’s largest railway station, running ICE, IC and RE services all over the country from cities including Cologne, Hamburg and Frankfurt (www.bahnhof.de).

Automobiles

You’re best off walking, cycling and hopping on the S-Bahn or U-Bahn (Berlin’s underground) to get around this notoriously busy city. If you insist on driving, hire a car at either airport and take Seestraße (from Tegel) or the B96 (from Schönefeld) to the hotel. There's garage parking nearby (€15 a day, depending on availability; on-street parking for €5 a day).

Other

Like many European cities, Berlin has a comprehensive tram network – they’re greener than buses and a nippy way of getting around (www.bvg.de).

Worth getting out of bed for

You’re spoilt for choice in Berlin, a city synonymous with both culture and cool. Start off by visiting the usual suspects – Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall – to warm you up, culture-wise. Architecture fans should hit the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island: its exterior is Messel- and Hoffmann-designed, and it houses monumental buildings – Russian doll-style – such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus. While you’re there, pop into the Alte Nationalgalerie. If your tastes run towards the contemporary, make your way to the Bauhaus-Archiv and Berlinische Galerie, both of which celebrate the city’s reputation as a modernist hub. The German Museum of Technology is also worth a visit. Consider buying a Welcome Card, which gives significant discounts at museums, theatres and other attractions – it gets you onto public transport, too.

However, you needn’t go to museums to see culture in Berlin – the lively street-art scene (operating mainly around eastern Kreuzberg and Boxhagener Platz) features famous artists such as Blu, Pure Evil and Os Gemeos, alongside local talent such as El Bocho. While on your makeshift tour, have a rummage through the renowned flea markets. On your way back to the hotel, stroll through the Hackescher Höfe in the Mitte: a warren of eight restored courtyards, now a hive of shops, restaurants and quirky fashion and design.

Local restaurants

There’s a restaurant every few feet in Berlin, so you’ll never be short of somewhere to cosy up with a kartoffelpuffer (deep-fried potato pancake – don’t knock it till you’ve tried it). For something fancier, try Katz Orange on Bergstraße, a light and airy bistro with rustic wooden furniture, white-painted walls and exposed brick here and there. You’ll find smoked mackerel, spare ribs and poppy seed strudel on the menu. If you really want to push the boat out, go to Scandi-style Lokal on Linienstraße, where the menu changes daily (make sure you book in advance). Hugos, Grill Royal and Der Goldene Hahn are also must-visits while you’re in town.

 

Local cafés

Daluma – right by the hotel – is our top pick for breakfast; their coffee is top-notch. A five-minute walk away on Alte Schönhauser Straße is Zeit für Brot, a bakery selling lip-smackingly good rolls and cinnamon buns. For a classic German pretzel or bratwurst, locals rave about the street vendors, who always have the freshest ’dogs.

 

Local bars

Berlin is better-known for its burgeoning social scene than almost anything else. The cutting-edge crowd hang out at Soho House, Berghain and Chalet, but only the very hippest should attempt to wangle their way in. For something more manageable (and with less techno music), try Tausend on Schiffbauerdamm – a grown-up bar with wasabi cocktails, industrial decor and 3D light installations. The entrance is unmarked, so look for the iron door under the train overpass. Poke your nose into Newton Bar on Charlottenstraße; named after Helmut Newton, the walls are adorned with massive reprints of his photographs. For table football and very drinkable cocktails, Ä on Weserstraße is a fun weeknight option. The more laid-back locals favour kneipen (the German version of a pub) for a stein of beer and a pretzel: Prater and Bei Schlawinchen (+49 30 693 2015) (on Kastanienallee and Schönleinstraße respectively) are firm favourites.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique, apartment-style hotel in the Mitte and unpacked their Scandi-designed trinkets and Dr Bronner’s soaps, a full account of their trendsetting city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Gorki Apartments in Berlin…

For those of us that don’t have a super-hip, Scandi-design magpie friend living in central Berlin, Gorki Apartments are the next best thing. Like a luxurious private house, Gorki pays as much attention to its guests as it does to its meticulously curated, interiors magazine-worthy decor. When you check in, you’ll get an hour-long chat with one of the friendly, discreet staff, who’ll ask you what you want from your stay, what you’d like to see, what foods you favour, and so on. You’ll be taken up winding, outdoor staircases (spot the pot plants and trailing vines, all installed by trendy garden designers Strauchpoeten) to an apartment-style suite – your exceedingly comfortable home for as long as you choose to make it so. Gorki caters to long-term guests as well as weekenders: there are stainless steel letterboxes in reception if you’re here for a long time as well as a good time, and the fridge-filling service is an excellent resource for lazy shoppers. Planning something a little more spezial? Flowers, champagne and a selection of wine can be installed in your room, no problem. You’re even taken care of when you go: the concierge will hand you a freshly-brewed coffee in a biodegradable cup on check-out to perk you up on the way home. 

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 Gorki Apartments’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the space, the upgraded room, the comfy bed and the location. 

Don’t expect

To be upgraded.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Nov 2017

We loved

The relaxed, helpful staff; the high-ceilinged, large, stylish and quiet rooms; the central location.

Don’t expect

Room service – although with the excellent kitchen facilities, it's not really necessary.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Sep 2017

We loved

The spacious apartment, the location, the organic products in the room and the funky, clean design

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jul 2017

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