CHECK IT OUT CAPRI BY FRASER BERLIN

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Frasers Hos­pi­tal­ity is one of many ho­tel com­pa­nies in­vest­ing in tech-savvy, de­sign-led life­style brands fo­cus­ing on af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and en­gag­ing public ar­eas.

The newly opened Capri by Fraser Berlin is the group’s sec­ond ho­tel in Ger­many (the other is in Frankfurt) and fea­tures a ca­sual all-day din­ing restau­rant, 24-hour gym and 143 bright and breezy stu­dios and one-bed­room apart­ments, each with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows of­fer­ing great city views.

Si­t­u­ated be­tween the his­toric Pots­damer Platz and Alexan­der­platz, a short walk from Berlin’s mu­se­ums, the ho­tel is geared to the mil­len­nial (and young at heart), “al­ways con­nected” trav­eller who’d rather hang in the groovy, down­stairs public ar­eas than their gue­stroom, and save money by do­ing their own laun­dry.

In Capri’s sig­na­ture Spin & Play laun­drette, the lat­est games con­soles are at hand to help to al­le­vi­ate the te­dium of watch­ing your togs tum­ble about in the dryer. All apart­ments fea­ture a kitch­enette, smart TV, rain­shower, bathrobes and Malin + Goetz ameni­ties.

The larger two-room digs (rang­ing in size from 35 to 42sq m) have a sep­a­rate liv­ing area, wash­ing ma­chine and dryer, and a Ne­spresso ma­chine in the mini kitchen.

The lobby fea­tures graphic rugs, amoe­ba­like so­fas and a gleam­ing gold ceil­ing but also con­tains an im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site un­cov­ered dur­ing the ho­tel’s con­struc­tion and vis­i­ble through a glass floor.

Cor­po­rate trav­ellers rep­re­sent a large slice of the mil­len­nial pie so the ho­tel’s meet­ing and con­fer­ence rooms, while com­pact, fea­ture great views and all the techno bells and whis­tles. Berlin marks Fraser’s sev­enth Capri-branded ho­tel; there are plans to open 12 more in Asia and Europe over the next four years.

DON’T MISS: The lively Turk­ish mar­ket held ev­ery Tues­day and Fri­day in the sub­urb of Kreuzberg; it is also a great spot to check out the city’s street art. DIN­ING IN: Capri­li­cious of­fers ca­sual all-day din­ing with an in­ter­na­tional menu and plenty of Asian flavours.

DIN­ING OUT: There are loads of op­tions in this part of the city. A five-minute walk from the ho­tel is the Spat­zle Club (home-style cook­ing at great prices); take a 10-minute stroll and you’ll find the in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar Das Meis­ter­stuck, where su­pe­rior, hand­made sausages are grilled on an open fire and served along­side house­baked bread and craft beers. Twenty min­utes has you at Cook­ies Cream, a very cool vege­tar­ian restau­rant where the must-try dish is parme­san dumplings cooked in truf­fle stock with co­rian­der, car­rots and Amalfi le­mon sauce.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: A short walk from the ho­tel is Berlin Cathe­dral, where a climb up into the dome re­wards with 360-de­gree views. There are more than 200 steps and it costs €7 ($10.50) but that view is worth ev­ery cent.

CHECK­ING IN: Open­ing rates from €82 ($123). More: berlin.capribyfraser.com.

ALSO TRY: 25hours Ho­tel Zurich West; Capri by Fraser Bris­bane; Pull­man Paris Tour Eif­fel.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE

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