CHECK IT OUT CAPRI BY FRASER BERLIN
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.
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