Followed by a friend that kept saying "this is the best place in the world" and a long drinking day I have ended up here.
A nice bar, with cool design (and I must say it- really cool toilettes!) and fresh flowers everywhere, nice people and cool drinks (they never made a sour face when I was asking for extra berries in my drink), and the music is also very pleasant
Unlike so many other spots in the area, Hotel is one of those bars that is actually open before 8 or 9 p.m., making it an ideal spot to pop into for post-work drinks with a friend. In fact, this can work to your advantage in a place like this, because seating is ultra limited and fills up fast.
The bar itself is small, quaint, rustic. There are two levels, everything is candlelight, and the atmosphere is cosy. The drinks are also inexpensive. It can get a bit smokey though... not my favourite.
Musicians play here often, and I can't even imagine how packed the place is then. Your best bet is to come on a week day. Late nights and weekends? Well, you're taking your chances.
I love this spot. It's one of the first bars I came to when I moved to Berlin and though I don't go there too often, I always have a nice time. They have a good selection of libations, even stocking some Don Julio on the shelf!! Obviously zee Germans are not, by default, a fine tequila culture. So when you find a bar that has the good sh*t, you don't forget it.
As far as atmosphere goes, the music in this place is always wonderful. Normally some ragged, broke down jazz that suits a bar like this just right. The crowd is generally friendly, but I find it suits me on the nights where I prefer a civil night out. The place does not lend it self to getting messy or letting it all hang out otherwise.
The only thing I do not like about this bar is how awfully warm and smokey it gets. I'm a smoker and it's STILL too much for me to handle for more than an hour... tops. I think it suits winter moods more than summer.
Overall highly recommended. Apparently they own a little cafe 2 doors down and while I have only read the menu, it looks amazing and I've heard only good things. Even that they have a really proper burrito.
I love and I hate it.
NIce music, great athmosphere, decent cocktails but way too tiny and smoker go wild. I was with some smoker friends and even them couldn't breath in there. If it was for me it would be easily a 4 starts place, my asthma says 0. We both agreed on a 2,5, 3 during Sommer. Onwards.
If it wasnt for the heat inside this bar would get 4 stars, but it was really hot inside. They put some electro swing, it gave that beginning of century vibe in Berlin.
One of my friends had to take a walk because of the heat and the alcohol it was dense.
The area is great, Kreuzberg, walking distance from the main street. There was an outside terrace before, but due to neighbors complains there is no more. It's a generic bar, nothing special, you find that everywhere. The location is the best.
I've seen this place a few times, as it's right around the corner from my house.
It's extremely tiny; the ground level is about the size of my kitchen and when you walk up the steps, the area wraps around behind the bar. The entire joint must fit about 20 people comfortably. TINY.
No electric lights in here. The entire bar is candlelit, making it an EXTREMELY sexy place. Beers were pretty cheap, starting at 2.50€ for a Pilsner. You can smoke in here, which is always a plus for me :)
They played jazz in the background and we must have been the oldest people in there at 28 and 31. If this place existed in San Francisco or NYC, shit would have BLOWN UP. But in Berlin, it just seemed like just another solid bar. I'd definitely go back here.
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Das Hotel is a lovely little spot that draws a very international crowd.
My favorite thing about it is music. The staff, who are really nice and also huge music fans, have live music upstairs (usually solo or duos), and bands downstairs.
In the winter it CAN get a bit too smokey for me, but that's Berlin.
Small but great. Solid bartenders who care about mixing a good drink, despite the run-down/dive-bar feel. Beers are 2.50, cocktails around 8. Great small candle-lit rooms. Gets stuffy when they have to close up the windows after 10p for noise ordinances.
This place is very cool, I wanted to enjoy it. But it is just too warm and overcrowded. I didn't even end up staying for a drink. In fact, the bouncer outside yelled at us as we walked in, "Go back downstairs!" We had gone to another bar downstairs by accident when looking for Hotel. So maybe try this place out when it's not a busy Saturday night...
funny, crazy place. Always full of people.
A trendy bar and the favorite hipster hangout in the area. Too crowded on weekends but still good vibes.
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