Need to know
36, including two luxury penthouses.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $159.97 (€140), excluding tax at 12 per cent.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Furry Smiths are welcome for €20 a night, which includes an on-loan dog bowl and basket. See more pet-friendly hotels in Berlin.
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.
Each apartment has separate bins for paper, plastic and compost recycling. Fairtrade products (biodegradable paper cups, glass bottles for water) are used wherever possible.