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
We arrived at midnight after a long weary journey. The gentleman waiting to check us in couldn’t have been warmer and had us all laughing and smiling within a couple of minutes. Eccentric, in the best way! Perfect welcome. The rooms are simple and beds very comfortable. Complimentary coffee and tea. Air conditioning, a fan and slippers.
Found this hotel on trip advisor after initially considering the Marriott. Excellent location with 2 underground stations a very short distance away. Welcomed by a lovely and friendly Chocolate Labrador. We stayed in room 46 on fourth floor over looking the main road above main entrance. Beds were comfortable, room was spotless, double bed with duvet each. Fridge was stocked with usual supplies but enough room for 4 small bottles of water. Toilet was a bit small but good shower facilities. Air con was very good and large window opens also. We ate breakfast at the coffee shop directly opposite the hotel on 3 occasions.
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