The apartments are located on a quiet residential street that lies within striking distance of key Prenzlauer Berg areas like Kollwitzplatz, Zionskirchplatz and Helmholtzplatz as well as being a short stroll - or U-Bahn ride - to Mitte.
Ackselhaus offers 16 studios and apartments, each designed with a particular theme. There's the ‘Africa Deluxe’ room with a savannah tent, for example, and a ‘Movie’ room featuring photographs of screen legends on the walls. The themes could be novelty but they feel much more than that, since the apartments themselves have been lovingly refurbished and come with small kitchens and sitting rooms, and are furnished with antiques. Some rooms have iPod-compatible music systems too. Stylish and convenient, in other words.
Blauhaus, the second house, also occupies a 19th century building. The 19 rooms (studios, suites and apartments) are similarly sophisticated but without themes - they come in a range of styles and sizes (deluxe to exclusive) and are generally more spacious and decorated in bright, affable colours with good detailing and materials.
Aside from the shared reception desk between the two houses, there's a gorgeous Mediterranean-style garden at the back of Ackselhaus with lawn chairs, fountains and fish-filled ponds and an equally lovely Balinesian garden in Blue Home. In summer these are unbeatable places to unwind with a coffee (you can have your breakfast here) or glass of wine.
Eating and drinking
Club de Mar, located in the Blauhaus building, faces directly out onto the street. It serves a buffet breakfast in its cozy breakfast room - furnished with a fireplace in winter plus chandeliers and a wall-mounted aquarium. The restaurant is only open for breakfast, so in the evening you're left to your own devices. Fortunately there are lots of great places to eat in the area.
Service is attentive yet relaxed, as you'd perhaps expect in an apartment hotel of this kind.
Who stays there
The themed rooms appeal to young romantics, honeymooners and couples in general, while the Blue Home rooms have slightly broader appeal.
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Imaginative decor
- Good location for peace and quiet
- No leisure facilities