Berlin's Soho House is now the coolest hotel in Germany's coolest city

Berlin's Soho House is now the coolest hotel in Germany's coolest city

For the discerning traveller, nowhere is that encapsulated more than the city's Soho House, which has become a cornerstone of the capital's cool scene since opening in 2010.

Occupying a building once sold to the Reich Youth Leadership in 1933, it's now the perfect collision of history and hipster - conveniently available to all, whether you're a member or not.

The place to be: For the discerning traveller, Soho House Berlin is at the epicentre of cool 

The place to be: For the discerning traveller, Soho House Berlin is at the epicentre of cool 

I spent three luxurious nights there earlier this summer and as a result, got to experience a landmark in all its modern glory while also living as a local creative.

Interestingly, like many addresses in the metropolitan Mitte district, the Grade II-listed building at 1 Torstrasse has a complex past.

But what elevates it above the others is how its shape-shifted from a near-derelict shell - a relic of the Reich, you might say - to the Swiss Army Knife of destination points: nightclub, bar, spa, hotel, coffice, shop and restaurant in one.

It is, quite frankly, Berlin's coolest place to be - and be seen.  

Art attack: The lobby boasts a bespoke Damien Hirst creation, which reads 'Soho Haus Berlin' in spray-painted letters on exposed stone

Art attack: The lobby boasts a bespoke Damien Hirst creation, which reads 'Soho Haus Berlin' in spray-painted letters on exposed stone

Now that's a view: Guests can soak up the skyline - after taking a dip in the private pool

Now that's a view: Guests can soak up the skyline - after taking a dip in the private pool

The Club Room: Hotel guests also get access to the popular Club Room, plus the gym and pool

The Club Room: Hotel guests also get access to the popular Club Room, plus the gym and pool

Located near Rosa Luxemborg Platz and Alexanderplatz stations - the latter being a main artery in the city's travel network - SH Group directors certainly believe the 'location, location, location' maxim.

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Impressively, it took just 45 minutes to get from Schönefeld Airport to the SH check-in desk, where I'm flanked by the only piece of obvious branding - a one-off Damien Hirst creation, which reads 'Soho Haus Berlin' in spray-painted letters on exposed stone.

Huge velvet sofas and brass workstations populate the central layout, while a spiral staircase acts like the building's brushed metal backbone. 

Travel in style: Soho House Berlin is the city's coolest place for travellers to be - and be seen

Travel in style: Soho House Berlin is the city's coolest place for travellers to be - and be seen

Eat your heart out: Peter's suite was bigger than his north London apartment and even boasted a dining table, kitchen and lounge

Eat your heart out: Peter's suite was bigger than his north London apartment and even boasted a dining table, kitchen and lounge

Sumptuous: The suites offer 1,076 square-foot of space featuring extra-large beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and oversized bathrooms

Sumptuous: The suites offer 1,076 square-foot of space featuring extra-large beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and oversized bathrooms

Boasting 65 bedrooms of varying sizes, plus 20 apartments and four lofts, I find myself in one of the venue's bigger suites - a 1,076 square-foot of space featuring extra-large beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and oversized bathrooms (each generously stocked with products from the organic Cowshed range).

It's then I realise that this place is bigger than my north London apartment.

As I inspect it, all I can think is: 'Why would anybody want to stay in a mere hotel when there's this?'. Especially as guests also have access to the club floor, the gym and the rooftop pool. 

Occupying a building once sold to the Reich Youth Leadership in 1933, Soho House Berlin is now the perfect collision of history and hipster - whether you're a member or not

As it is now: Although it stood empty for ten years, the Soho House group has revitalised the double-fronted space at 1 Torstrasse, Mitte

As it is now: Although it stood empty for ten years, the Soho House group has revitalised the double-fronted space at 1 Torstrasse, Mitte

As a result, I resolve to make the next 72 hours count. This, I decide, means staying up as late as possible and waking early for maximum experience. Usually an unrealistic plan, it's made workable by the fact Soho House Berlin is a self-contained metropolis in itself. 

A space to work, meet, shop, socialise and relax, while rubbing shoulders with the like-minded - and, I won't lie, the occasional celebrity, it offers a cross-section of fellow left-brainers. Everyone from fashionistas to film directors.

Many of whom have followed the Soho House brand across the world (they have venues in New York, Malibu, Chicago, Istanbul, Toronto and West Hollywood - not to mention the cluster in London and the surrounds).

Man about town: Peter stayed in one of the venue's bigger suites and loved every second

Man about town: Peter stayed in one of the venue's bigger suites and loved every second

Landmark: The venue sits in the shadow of Berlin's famous Fernsehturm television tower

Landmark: The venue sits in the shadow of Berlin's famous Fernsehturm television tower

My daily wake-up call is realised with a gym and spa session, followed by a caffeine hit in The Store - the building's very own record exchange, cafe, designer clothes boutique and book shop.    

By the afternoon I'm ready for lunch, which I enjoy in the club room - but don't expect to be hit by an extortionate menu. They have a lunch offer which provides two dishes for €10 (I recommend the sour cream soup). Bargain.

That said, when it comes to dining there is only one real choice - be it in Soho House or Berlin itself - and that's their own branch of Mayfair eatery Cecconi's: the first-ever in Germany.

First choice: When it comes to dining, there is only one choice - be it in Soho House or Berlin itself - and that's their own branch of Mayfair eatery Cecconi's: the first-ever in Germany

First choice: When it comes to dining, there is only one choice - be it in Soho House or Berlin itself - and that's their own branch of Mayfair eatery Cecconi's: the first-ever in Germany

Tasty: The Cecconi's menu is packed with fresh ingredients and gives the German capital's dining scene a welcome jolt

Tasty: The Cecconi's menu is packed with fresh ingredients and gives the German capital's dining scene a welcome jolt

Originating in Venice, fellow Londoners worth their salt will already know it's a classic Italian with high celebrity quota. And this incarnation is no different. But, thankfully, because of the club rules, it all unfolds with discretion and class. 

Sexy and stylish, its rich design - featuring an open-plan kitchen, wood oven, marble floor, red leather booths and crisp white tablecloths - effortlessly complements the clientele, whom I notice are equally sexy and stylish.

Meanwhile, the menu is packed with fresh ingredients and gives the German capital's dining scene a welcome jolt. Treat yourself to the veal cannelloni and beef carpaccio.

Handsome: Sexy and stylish, its rich design - featuring an open-plan kitchen, wood oven, marble floor, red leather booths and crisp white tablecloths - oozes class

Handsome: Sexy and stylish, its rich design - featuring an open-plan kitchen, wood oven, marble floor, red leather booths and crisp white tablecloths - oozes class

Guests don't need to be members of Soho House to enjoy their incredible restaurant 

Guests don't need to be members of Soho House to enjoy their incredible restaurant 

Once you've finished eating, if you listen closely, you'll be able to hear a small buzz from beneath the floor - thanks to basement club The Red Room, which houses a private cinema and cocktail lounge.  

As I venture downstairs, the space is a hive of activity that's only privy to those in the know. Just like those opulent, underground parties Berlin was so famous for back in the pre-War 1930s - the city's so-called hey-day.

History, it seems, has a way of repeating itself. And, thanks to Soho House Berlin, it's even better the second-time around.

TRAVEL FACTS

A one-night stay in Soho House Berlin is available for non-members from £199 per night. It boasts 65 bedrooms of varying sizes, 20 apartments and four lofts.

In addition to their rooms, hotel guests have access to the club floor, the gym and the rooftop pool.

Meanwhile, the venue's ground-floor restaurant - Cecconi's - can also be booked by non-members. The restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday, and for brunch on weekends. 

Visit Soho House Berlin for more information

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