Tucked away along an eponymous side street, the Bleibtreu is just a short stroll from the restaurants and bars of Ku'damm and Savigny Platz.
The 60 bedrooms - split between Business and the slightly swisher Superior category - are tasteful and modern. In the last room I stayed in, personal remote-controlled systems allow you to adjust the lighting to suit your mood, and there was a deep soak Japanese-style baths, plus Jasper stone handles on the closets and minibars (which happen to be stocked with complimentary beverages). The bigger rooms can be found along the front of the building. In-room internet is available, but costs an additional fee.
The public areas include a lobby and a small courtyard garden. Both are pleasant and equally eco-minded. Like the rooms, they contain furniture made from untreated wood, carpets crafted from virgin wool, and walls coated in organic paint. Art lovers might also be interested in checking out the LiteraturRaum, not a public space as such but a programme that lets authors live and work in the hotel in exchange for contributing to its blog.
Eating and drinking
Downstairs, Deli 31 serves New York-style burgers and bagels, as well as classic German dishes such as meat dumplings and fried sausages. You can also get breakfast (buffet or a la carte), coffee at Espressobar 31 and cocktails at the Blue Bar. There's even a flower shop, should you suddenly need to acquire some roses.
Tying in with the "wellness" theme of the hotel, the Bleibtreu's spa offers a range of services from massage to colour light therapy and acupuncture. Guests can work out in the gym, make an appointment with a personal trainer or relax in the herbal steam bath.
Service tends towards the friendly and helpful, lending this Berlin design classic a pleasant personal touch.
Who stays there
Business and leisure travellers alike enjoy the Bleibtreu. The hotel also appeals to younger, more environmentally aware travellers.
Breakfast buffet is an extra 19 euros. Breakfast "131" is available at 8.50 euros.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Environmentally conscious
- Design aesthetic
- Quiet location
- Only 60 rooms, which tend to get booked out