Hotel The Dude Berlin-Mitte
What We Love
- Designer digs with original features and eclectic furnishings
- Central location close to the river Spree and Museum Island
- Hipster room amenities include Moleskine notebooks and Molton Brown toiletries
- Fantastic in-house steak restaurant, the Brooklyn Beef Club
What To Know
- No surcharge for the extensive room service menu
- Free WiFi
- The mini-gym is just that: two cross-trainers
- Parking is available for an additional $15 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A former ad exec and his assistant are the brains behind The Dude, a sleek design-conscious home away from home in Berlin’s Mitte district. In a townhouse that dates from 1822, this boho boutique has retained its original lofty ceilings and hardwood floors and added quirky elements dreamed up by German interior designer Uwe van Afferden; the wall art installation made from vintage suitcases is a particular highlight. The Yada-Yada cigar lounge sits next to the ’50s-style Whisper Room bar, and the dashing Brooklyn Beef Club is a former Stasi hangout turned sultry steakhouse that serves an awesome selection of more than 150 whiskeys. The 27 guestrooms are furnished with cast iron bed frames, Art Deco lounge chairs and coat racks made from industrial piping. Each has a royal blue feature wall and hipster amenities that include Molton Brown toiletries and Moleskine notebooks. The spacious Suites come with a dining area and a bathtub as well as a shower.
In the Area
South of Berlin’s Mitte district, Kreuzberg is an artsy neighborhood lined with hip eateries and boutiques. For a foodie fix, pop into Markthalle Neun to load up on snacks from organic bakeries, delis and teahouses. Continuing from Alexanderplatz, Alte Schönhauser Strasse is home to eclectic design stores and kitsch retailers, and along Oranienstrasse you’ll find storefront eateries like the adorable Gerüchteküche, which serves tasty organic dishes. Try an Asian-fusion burger at Shiso Burger or, for Michelin-starred eats, book a table at Tim Raue‘s eponymous restaurant on Rudi Dutschke Strasse.
How to Get There
The hotel stay had been fine until after I left. As I checked out I mentioned to the manager at the front desk the towel was stained when I arrived - I didn't complain but politely informed. He then sends me an unpleasant message afterwards accusing me of having done it. He has since refused to apologise. Arrogant and rude is an understatement - avoid
This small hotel is a real gem - excellent friendly staff, superb location, and a great breakfast cafe. The cafe manager actually remembered what kind of tea I preferred after the first day. This is so unlike the impersonal interaction one receives in big chain hotels. Highly recommended
This boutique hotel, which reminds me of the Bowery in NYC, is superbly located where all great neighborhoods can be easily and quickly accessed. In addition, the staff are incredibly helpful. The food options for breakfast and dinner are great and the rooms are very cozy with lots of light and wooden floors. I'll be visiting again.
We really like to book boutique type hotels as they are always a bit different from the normal clinical hotel rooms - this hotel was no exception.
We checked in quite late on the first night, but the welcome was warm and friendly - we wanted to just have a beer and chill for a bit and they sorted this for us no problems. The room was spacious, clean and best of all the bed was super comfortable. There was no view, however, that was to be expected really so not a problem.
Breakfast is served in the adjoining cafe - all you can eat buffet - which was very nice but a bit pricey (we found a cafe just up the road with amazing breakfasts for 1/2 the price) so we decided not to eat here anymore.
Once you get your bearings, this hotel is ideally placed in the centre region, close to lots of things - taxis everywhere or you can walk or catch the tube - during our stay, we visited pretty much everywhere and this was a great starting point.
The decor and quality of the finishings were excellent, the staff were so helpful - giving us tips on where to go and what to see so we were really happy and would definitely recommend here - we stayed on the top floor in one of the recently refurbished rooms.
To be met by a brown labrador is a treat :-) the hotel is all I could ask for, rather small rooms (at least the one I got, but with an Nespresso machine and a great shower, then there is nothing to compalian about in my book. The hotel is clean, cool and contemporary...
Located between two Ubahn lines (I do ont hrecall what numbers) the location is ok as well. Next time I am in Berlin I will for sure try to get a room at the hotel.