Soho House Berlin
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Winner: Best Business Meets Pleasure
- The laid-back but glam 1930’s design, which runs throughout the hotel
- Innovative services such as in-room bartenders, wireless printing and the option to host private parties in the spa
What To Know
- Access to the pool and to the bar and restaurant on the Club Floor is limited to certain hours for anyone 18 and under
- A two-night minimum applies if you're staying Friday or Saturday night
- Guests must comply to the House Rules (see the Details tab for more information)
- Free WiFi
In a former 1920s department store in Berlin’s Mitte district, Soho House is hipster hotel heaven. This private members club features a rooftop pool and terrace, retro-kitsch bars and a Cowshed spa, and if you bed down in one of the 85 industrial-chic rooms, you’ll have access to all that makes this hot property cool. The building’s Bauhaus pedigree is evident in carefully placed exposed concrete and industrial touches, but the hard edges are softened with tactile fabrics, country-style patterns and subdued lighting.
Bed and Bath
Vintage-style furniture sits side by side with genuine antiques (love those chandeliers!) to create an aura of timeless elegance complemented by such up-to-the-minute lifestyle essentials as giant flat-screen TVs with Sky+ and Jamboxes. Even the “Small” room category packs plenty of elbow room, with textured walls, individually dimmable lights and sumptuous kingsize beds for quality cocooning. The dreamy bathrooms dazzle with walk-in rain showers, heated floors, full-size Cowshed body products and a bevy of thoughtful amenities. Larger units have sensual steam showers and freestanding soaking tubs.
From the luxurious spa and hammam in the basement, to the state-of-the-art gym, all the way to the buzzy rooftop pool and bar, Soho House Berlin packs an entire resort’s worth of diversions into one compact package. At its heart is the buzzy Club Floor, where meister-mixologists whip up such signature concoctions as the Soho Mule under a sparkling chandelier. The bar segues smoothly into the House Kitchen restaurant, which churns out sophisticated comfort food, including much-adored pizzas. The Sunday brunch is called Feast, and it’s just that.
In the Area
Like an exclamation point, Soho House sits at the bottom of Torstrasse, Berlin’s creative-hipster mile. The strip crawls with fashion-forward boutiques including Happy Shop, clandestine bars such as Butcher’s and celeb restaurants like Mani and Dudu (a fave of Soho House regular George Clooney). Torstrasse segues into the Scheunenviertel, Berlin’s historic Jewish quarter, where more deluxe indie shopping awaits in a warren of charismatic lanes. A major sightseeing highlight around here is the Moorish-style New Synagogue. Twenties Berlin decadence, meanwhile, gets a revival at the enchanting Chamäleon Varieté theater.
How to Get There
You will need to ignore the history of the building (which the hotel's website describes as "complex"). But then again you are in Berlin!
This is one of the best hotel experiences we have enjoyed. From an early arrival where everything was done to accommodate us to the assured service throughout, this is a highly recommended experience.
The room (large) was very reasonably priced (it was the middle of winter) and extraordinarily large, comfortable, well fitted out and in keeping with the early twentieth century feel.
We loved the club lounge for breakfast, a snack or a drink and had a very enjoyable early dinner before the theatre one evening. We also ate well in the ground floor restaurant Cecconis.
I loved this hotel for the atmosphere and chilled out ness. My friend and I shared a standard double, the bed was a King and huge, but the pillows were so soft they were not comfortable. The bathroom was very small.
We had lunch and drinks in the Club room on level seven on two separate occasions, both times the service was awful. We asked three or four times for table water, my friend asked twice for her glass of pink champagne, when it arrived it was not what she ordered. It was the night before New Year’s Eve and we were told it was due to preparation of that night for the slow service, but I don’t think that’s an excuse. Sort out the service and you’d have got 5 stars!
Interesting accommodation, friendly and helpful staff and spacious rooms and public areas. Generous facilities and toiletries in rooms but our apartment had a very 'tired' shower facility that leaked into the main bathroom area. Don't expect German cuisine. The upper floor restaurant is 'International' but interesting and the ground floor restaurant is expensive Italian. Only expensive public parking at the hotel but the ISIS hotel about 300 metres away offers reasonable parking rates. Vehicle access to reception area at the back of the hotel for unloading and loading but only on certain days. Located in the old East German sector and a good walk to the U Bahn at Alexandria Platz. Not on any tour bus routes.
shop and little restaurand/coffee bar. Lovely clothes and accesories are sold here. The also have a coffee and juice (fresh) bar and the also sell breakfast, sandwiches, salads and sweet stuff. 7/10 for
Great meet and greet at the check-in desk - super-friendly - but annoying to turn up to the other (identical) check-in desk first, only to be told that it wasn’t the check-in desk. Confused. You’ll understand when you visit (just head for the left hand desk first to see the problem). We were a little intimidated by the piles of unwearable clothes and unreadable books, all at unfeasible prices in the lobby but welcomed the great coffee and easy place to sit down and do a spot of work.
Great cocktails but we get constantly and heavily upsold-to in the restaurant in ground floor. The food was massively over salty and we were rushed through until we asked them to slow down at which point we were ignored for 25 minutes - bliss, as it happens.
The room, however, was fab! Great, endless bed with a superb shower (small room). Again the cynical and relentless up-sell is tiresome and puts one off from a return visit. Entire drawers in the room devoted to selling you sweets, crisps...ice left in your room after you’ve been to the restaurant (clearly they agree that the food is too salty) but really it’s just playing with your resolve to tuck into the incredibly-well-stocked but definitely not complimentary mini bar.
Omigod...did I mention the bed!
We did get asked rather a lot whether we were a member or staying at the hotel. They should just ‘chip’ us all...
Great location from which to explore Berlin but just too many beards to allow one to relax naturally.