Mino Kodama

Orania Berlin

  • Where:
  • Why:Celebrating the end of my Berlin chapter before moving to LA
  • When:August 2021
  • Who:My husband and I
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Orania Berlin Enjoying my coffee with a view over Oranienplatz

Enjoying my coffee with a view over Oranienplatz

Orania Berlin The stunning Art Nouveau façade of the hotel

The stunning Art Nouveau façade of the hotel

Orania Berlin The lounge — I wish this was my living room!

The lounge — I wish this was my living room!

Orania Berlin Elephants adding the extra touch to your stay

Elephants adding the extra touch to your stay

Orania Berlin Perfect reading nook with a Patricia Urquiola Armchair

Perfect reading nook with a Patricia Urquiola Armchair

Orania Berlin Learning about the history of the hotel's building

Learning about the history of the hotel's building

Orania Berlin After a long day outside, making coffees back at the room

After a long day outside, making coffees back at the room

Orania Berlin Black slippers to match your Berlin outfit

Black slippers to match your Berlin outfit

Orania Berlin A spa-like bathroom with local vegan skincare products

A spa-like bathroom with local vegan skincare products

Orania Berlin Starting the day with a healthy breakfast

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast

Orania Berlin Loved the Shakshuka!

Loved the Shakshuka!

Orania Berlin Don't forget to try the famous

Don't forget to try the famous "Xberg Duck" at the restaurant

Orania Berlin Get a peek into the open kitchen when you walk into the restaurant

Get a peek into the open kitchen when you walk into the restaurant

Orania Berlin The Kennedy with a side of ume truffle — highly recommended!

The Kennedy with a side of ume truffle — highly recommended!

Orania Berlin Berlin's finest musicians setting the mood for the night

Berlin's finest musicians setting the mood for the night

Orania Berlin Berlin's most vibrant nightlife at your door step

Berlin's most vibrant nightlife at your door step

Orania Berlin Breakfast to go for our early morning flight

Breakfast to go for our early morning flight

Highs & Lows

  • The design — a well balanced mix of refined furnishings (favorite pieces by Antonio Citterio & Patricia Urquiola!) and rich textiles sourced from artisans around the world.

  • The location — best area to stay for an authentic Berlin experience. The hotel is surrounded by lots of shops, restaurants, and bars.

  • The service — very kind and attentive. Our flight was at 8 a.m. in the morning and the hotel staff prepared a take away breakfast for the road for us.

  • The hotel's integration with the community through supporting local farms, artists, and brands.

  • Felt very safe throughout our stay at the hotel despite the pandemic. Sufficient Covid-19 measures like disinfectant and signage in all areas of the hotel remind guests to social distance, wear masks, etc. Staff operate in accordance with local law.

  • The "take-out" room service menu was small and limited.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Historic Lifestyle Design Hotel

  • Vibe

    Urban chic living room meets cosmopolitan traveler

  • Location

    Central, in the creative heart of Kreuzberg

  • Rooms

    41

  • Arrival Experience

    Warm and welcoming. The reception is connected to a “Living Room” style lounge that is filled with the hotel’s signature icon — the elephant — which was the owner’s father’s favorite animal. The receptionist greeted and checked us in promptly, offering a drink from the bar. The whole process was seamless and we were made to feel right at home without being too overbearing

  • Future Forward

    Paperless check-in and contactless personal concierge via “Orania.Berlin” App for important hotel info and entertainment programs. The restaurant serves locally sourced food, the minibar is stocked with locally produced beverages, the bathroom is filled with high-quality natural products from Berlin-based skincare companies. Orania also supports the local arts scene by hiring Berlin-based musicians for their live music performances and contributes to community programs by donating meals to local homeless shelters

  • Music

    A cozy mix of Classic, Jazz to Soul music

  • Year Opened

    2017

  • Designed By

    Hilmer Sattler Architects (hotel) and Dietmar Mueller-Elmau (interior design)

  • Health & Wellness

    24-Hour gym with the latest equipment from Technogym

  • Food

    Breakfast starts at 6.30 a.m. and goes all the way until 3.30 p.m. so you won’t miss a thing even if you’re having a proper Berlin-night out. The breakfast menu is a mixture of classic egg dishes and Orania’s take on shakshuka, cold cuts, and small buffet. The well-crafted dinner menu by chef Philipp Vögel offers a variety of dishes with German, Italian and Asian influences. However, if you get the chance, order the once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience called “Xberg Duck” — a four-course menu for two serving only dishes with duck. So simple but genius!

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Located in the “Living Room” area between reception and restaurant, the bar offers an eclectic selection of artisan brands as well experimental cocktails with excotic ingredients. We liked the “Kennedy” (Freedom Rebels gin, mampe halb und halb, orange, lemon, mint). Elevated music featuring Berlin’s finest musicians most nights and centrally located within a stone's throw of all of Berlin’s top venues whether you’re looking for a club or juicy glou glou

  • Minibar & Retail

    Yes, stocked with local products

  • Accessibility

    Yes. Every floor can be reached by an elevator

  • Pet Friendly

    Very pet friendly. You can even request a dog bed from the reception (made by a local maker!)

  • Children

    Yes. Family friendly, prepared with games and special program for children, though we didn't see any children during our stay

  • Price

    Great value considering location, design and quality of service

  • Tel.

    +49 30 695 396 80

  • Website

    Visit website

Orania Berlin

Orania Berlin

Oranienstraße 40, 10999 Berlin, Germany

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