The hotel sits right on the banks of the Spree, placing guests between Fredrichstraße’s renowned shopping scene and the nightlife, sights and restaurants of Orianierburgerstraße and surrounds. The Friedrichstadtpalast theatre is also just 100 metres away, and the Admiralspalast a little further along.
The Riverside offers 40 rooms that vary wildly in both quality and price, from functional budget singles with shared bathrooms to luxury suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, claw-foot bathtubs and Jacuzzis that overlook the river. All rooms feature the hotel's distinctive Art Deco touches, which are pre-empted by the dramatic gold and red carpet staircase that leads from the hand-painted reception area: think warm colours and lighting throughout. All rooms have Spree-views and complimentary wireless internet access.
The dramatic reception, characterised by its colour scheme and a large glass chandelier, doubles as a salon/lobby and is well stocked with tourist information - and therapeutic aromas, thanks to owner and health practitioner Uwe Buttgereit.
Eating and drinking
The Riverside’s in-house café offers river views and serves a buffet breakfast each morning, which can be taken in your own room for a little extra.
One of the hotel's main features is a modern Bali-style day spa, which is complimentary to most guests (guests in basic rooms pay half price). There's a sauna, steam room and massage services, but the adventurous should definitely check out the golden clamshell shaped flotation tank, which is big enough for two.
Service is polite and friendly, lending the place an unpretentious but professional atmosphere.
Who stays there
Since there are such a wide range of rooms, this hotel appeals to everyone from budget travellers, romantic couples (there's a honeymoon suite), business guests and more.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Range of options for all budgets
- Excellent location in Mitte
- Decent spa / wellness options
- The decor may be a bit too much for some
- The cheaper rooms are very basic