The oversize, light-flooded lobby is bookended by a bar and a well-stocked reading lounge
Tapas and cocktails are served on the garden terrace in the summer months
The super-central location, close to shopping, sights and public transport
What To Know
Blockbuster sights in the eastern part of the city are a subway or cab ride away
The spa is open from 5 to 10 p.m., or upon request
Adjacent to the Kurfürstendamm underground station (U1 and U9)
Parking on site
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Contemporary crash pad in a 19th-century schoolhouse steps from Berlin's boutique-lined boulevard the Ku'damm
Behind an elegant brick façade in Berlin's City West district (within easy reach of blockbuster sights and steps from the Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard), the H10 combines sleek modern interiors and original design features from its previous incarnation as a 19th-century schoolhouse. The airy lobby has an opaque glass ceiling and is decorated with custom-designed chrome and leather furniture and an eye-catching metal sculpture of a diver in midleap. The historic wing preserves traditional high ceilings and large windows, and everything works like a well-oiled machine at this warm and welcoming city crash pad.
Bed and Bath
The streamlined look of the public areas continues in the light-drenched guestrooms, which pack plenty of style and amenities into a fairly compact space. All offer free WiFi, wall-mounted LED TVs and AC, and rooms in the Privilege category feature such perks as a Nespresso coffeemaker, a pillow menu and access to a private lounge for free snacks and beverages. The fluffy robes and slippers come in handy for trips down to the spa. The sparkling bathrooms feature rain showers, plenty of counter space and a full complement of H10-branded amenities. The 199 rooms are split between the historical wing and a modern annex.
The lobby feels like an oversize living room where guests can pick up a tome in the reading lounge, surf the web in the business corner, or lounge on a Bedouin-inspired armchair in the bar. Off to one side, the Salt + Pepper restaurant serves modern international favorites; it doubles as a breakfast lounge until 11 a.m. After a full day of sightseeing, kick back with tapas and cocktails on the quiet garden terrace, or hit the petite but stylish spa for a sauna, steam or massage.
In the Area
Situated in the City West district, the H10 is mere steps from the Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s top shopping boulevard, a two-mile cosmopolitan cocktail of designer labels, hip boutiques and the century-old department store KaDeWe, with its must-see food hall. Have lunch here or take a shopping break in the enchanting garden of the Café im Literaturhaus. Nearby, the Story of Berlin multimedia museum delivers an edutaining introduction to the city’s turbulent history, including a tour of a Cold War atomic bomb shelter. Younger travelers will be enthralled by the critters at the Berlin Zoo, which is part of the vast Tiergarten, which has rambling paths, idyllic ponds and fun beer gardens including the Café am Neuen See.