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nhow, Berlin, Germany
A large, zanily-designed riverfront hotel with a rock music theme in the east of the city, nhow Berlin embraces the neighbourhood music scene and includes a recording studio, stage, gallery and event spaces. Swirling carpets, purple furniture, bright pink bedding, lurid cocktails and free-to-borrow guitars create an air of perpetual party.
Rooms available from £70.90 per night
You're on the east bank of the River Spree where Stralauer Allee and Naglerstrasse meet, in the revitalised docklands area. Castellated Oberbraumbrücke bridges the river; head to East Side Gallery to view a poignant remnant of the Berlin Wall.
Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations are a ten minute walk away; there's is a direct connection from the S-Bahn to Brandenburg Airport.
By plane: direct flights to Berlin Brandenburg from London (1 hour 40 minutes), Manchester (1 hour 55 minutes) and Edinburgh (2 hours 5 minutes). It's a 40-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs €18 per day. Book flights to Berlin.
CHARACTER & STYLE
This is a striking nine-storey building with an eye-catching mirrored overhang. The wild Pop Art interiors are by Karim Rashid; reception is a quirky purple and white pod while copious black and white photos of rock stars reveal a strong music biz theme.
The ground floor is open plan, integrating reception, a sofa-strewn lounge, a stage for music nights, the circular Envy Bar and colourful Fabrics restaurant. A shop sells snacks and travel essentials, and there's an art gallery, recording studio, gym, two types of sauna and a steam room.
- Sun terrace
- Fitness centre
- Art gallery
- Electric guitars
- Free Wi-Fi
Some rooms face a six-lane highway, which is fine if you're only staying a night or two. Some noise from guests partying and playing guitar can reach the boldly coloured rooms. Bathrooms have a rainshower, black tiles and La Bottega toiletries from Italy.
Room types: nhow Room, Premium Room, Junior Suite, nhow Penthouse
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with La Bottega toiletries, Nespresso machine, entertainment centre, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
The drinks menu is lengthy - there's a choice of over 20 cocktails - while the food menu is somewhat shorter, although it includes classics like currywurst as well as plant-based options. The large restaurant is better at weekends when it's busy and there's a lively ambience.
nhow Restaurant: bright dining room, quirky décor. Buffet breakfast served daily.
Envy Bar: lobby bar with outdoor terrace. Serving snacks and light bites. Open daily, 11am-2am.