Berlin Original Stayings: Ackselhaus
Ackselhaus is one of a kind in a city that already thrives on individuality. The 13 rooms and suites, spread over four floors of a 19th-century townhouse in Prenzlauer Berg, are all individually themed and reflect the owner’s love of art and antiques.
WHAT’S MY ROOM LIKE?
Every room is different at Ackselhaus, but all are enormous and quiet, with tall windows, king-size beds and wooden floorboards. Suites include the colourful Picasso, with bull’s head, art books, and paintings adorning the walls; nautical Ocean, made out like a beach hut; and industrial, loft-style NewYork.
WHAT AM I EATING?
A buffet breakfast with plenty of choice is taken in front of the fireplace at the hotel’s restaurant, Club del Mar, a few doors down. It’s available until an extremely civilised 12.30 at the weekends. There are more eateries than you’ll ever need in the neighbourhood; the hearty German dishes at Prater and Gugelhof are particularly welcome on a cold day. Nearby Kollwitzplatz and Kastanienallee both have plenty of choices, from Korean -German fusion at Frăulein Kimchi Kocht to vegan at Lucky Leek.
WHAT’S IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?
Various events and exhibitions take place at the Kulturbrauerei cultural complex, in the grounds of an old brewery. These include a Christmas market until 22 December. If you’re here over the weekend, pick up some DDR memorabilia at the Arkonaplatz Sun day market.
GOOD TO KNOW?
The reception isn’t staffed 24 hours, and you’ll be given an entrance code if you arrive after 10 pm. If Ackselhaus is booked, ask about a room in sister hotel Blue Home, attached to Club del Mar.