Casa Camper Berlin
What We Love
- Camper’s 24-hour Tentempié honesty bar, with its cache of well-known and obscure beers and liquors
- A wood and slate 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, a sauna, cardio and chill-out areas
- Former El Bulli chef Albert Raurich’s in-house Dos Palillos restaurant
What To Know
- Travelers relying on urban public transport will be thrilled with the Casa Camper’s location: just around the corner from the Weinmeisterstraße subway station
- Free bikes and personalized Berlin maps for exploring the city
- In fashionable Mitte, a vibrant but noisy neighborhood with boutiques, bars and coffeeshops
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Much of the Casa Camper Berlin’s modish styling, both inside and out, is derived from the essential aesthetic of Camper itself. No detail seems superfluous. The eight-floor hotel is a design collaboration of Fernando Amat and architect Jordi Tio, a team that obsessed over the functionality of space. Colorblock fabrics, flooring and paints make ordinary furnishings such as lounge chairs and coat racks seem like pin-lit gallery showpieces. At this hotel simple, effective design trumps distracting flourishes.
Bed and Bath
Something about the Casa Camper’s guestrooms and suites makes guests want to inquire if they’re available to lease monthly. Room designs are simple, clean and practical; the brand’s signature red colors the walls, with long rows of hooks for hanging clothes, bags and the rooms’ portable lamps, allowing guests to throw light wherever they need it. Bathrooms and built-in desks and storage units are situated at the back of the rooms, by the street-facing windows, creating a naturally well-lit space.
Perhaps the most forward-thinking aspect of the Casa Camper Berlin is the 24-hour free Tentempié snack lounge, which functions as something of a very posh minibar. Finger sandwiches, fresh fruit bowls, salads of every shade and a cache of juices, soft drinks and mineral waters are replenished throughout the day – and are entirely free! And the lounge itself, where all this gratuitous hospitality happens, is on the penthouse level of the Casa Camper, strewn with fat armchairs and super rooftop views of East Berlin.
In the Area
Mitte is to East Berlin what the East Village is to New York: a gritty, once rundown area that scrubbed up well and attracted more than its share of designer boutiques, coffeehouses and new, increasingly unaffordable luxury apartments. Call it a renaissance if you like, but as location goes, the Casa Camper is at the heart of most of Berlin’s most popular shopping, including Butterfly Soul Fire, Schwarzhogerzeil and Starstyling Shop; check out the latter for crazy modern attire and knitwear. When tired of shopping, pop into Restaurant Reinstoff for haute twists on traditional German fare (think local catfish with sweet-and-sour radishes) or Monsieur Vuong‘s short list of classic Vietnamese dishes in an uber-hip setting.
How to Get There
We traveled from city to city by train and this was the only hotel that we did not stay at that was within walking distance from the central train station. To say it was worth it is an understatement.
First recommendation is to take a cab if you are at the central station. You can certainly choose to take public transport and there is a station right outside the hotel, but stairs and suitcases are not best friends. That being said though, once you are there public transportation is literally 20 feet from the front door.
Check in was very easy and the front office people were very friendly and helpful. The room was very spacious by even American standards. The beds were very comfortable. There was no refrigerator in the room which was no big deal. I know it seems to be a small item but this had the best shower of any bathroom we stayed at. Very large with instructions in German and English. Wonderful water flow via a rainfall shower head.
Biggest attribute is the 7th floor. Breakfast is included and eggs are made to order. Sausage and bacon are options along with pancakes. The amazing part is that the 7th floor is always open. When breakfast is not served, there is a fridge full of pop and bottle water. Sandwiches options were present. Cookies, fruit, yogurt, rolls, smoked salmon, salami etc were always available. Alcohol including beer and hard alcohol were available on an honor system. One day after a lot of walking we chose just to go upstairs, enjoy the view and had a light dinner. A true money saver and is included in the cost of the room.
Absolutely loved this hotel and would definitely return here in the future. Enjoy.
We recently stayed at this hotel for 3 nights, as part of a family holiday. The rooms were great, service friendly and very helpful, and the top floor 24 hour buffet was fabulous. Would highly recommend this hotel.
Recommended by a friend and we are so glad we took her advice. Great rooms, great service, great food/drink system in place on the top floor with lovely views. We would definitely stay again and recommend others to stay.