In our brand new series “Hotel Crush” we will be following hot on the heels of our magazine – into the best hotels in town. Each month we’ll introduce you to a new Berlin&I partner hotel. If you’re really lucky you could even win a stay there… First up is the Lux11.
Since opening in 2005, the Lux 11 has established itself as a favourite amongst city slickers, creative types and international DJs. Let’s take a closer look at one of Mitte’s most sought-after design hotels…
The Lux 11 building started out life as an officers residence back in the late 19th century. Over the years it has had its fair share of image changes; from military hospital to banana warehouse, KGB telephone surveillance station to hip location for subcultures and underground parties during the 90s. By 2005, following two years of renovations, the Lux 11 hotel was ready to welcome its first guests.
The unique appearance and feel of the Lux 11 is testimony to the building’s colourful past. The grand, white facade harks back to its original function as a stately residential building whilst the interior and furnishings reflect today’s trendy, creative Berlin-Mitte. The emphasis is on space, one of the greatest luxuries in any city, and opposites: warm and cold, smooth and rough, old and new. A 19th century wrought-iron staircase wrapped around a modern, stainless steel lift. Sleek concrete features rubbing up against soft, fuchsia pink furnishings.
The rooms are well-equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury hotel, plus a few thoughtful extras you might not; like a kitchenette, for example, or authentic Spreewald gherkins on your pillow instead of chocolate. If you don’t fancy catering for yourself, you can let the Luchs Restaurant on the ground floor spoil you instead; delicious Italian food with a hint of South Tyrol in sophisticated yet unpretentious surroundings. Afterwards you can head to the Lodge bar for cocktail indulgence, groovy beats from resident DJ Clé and plenty of eye contact around the intimate, circular bar. Seek forgiveness for your sins in the Aveda spa the next morning.
The Lux 11 is located in the trendiest part of the trendy Berlin-Mitte district, surrounded by galleries, designer boutiques and the kind of relaxed yet glamourous nightlife Berlin is famous for. The staff are happy to share their insider knowledge of the city and they’ll even use Lux 11′s contacts to get your name on the guest list for clubs such as Weekend.
The Lux 11
+49 30 936280 0
…but you know what they say: an overnight stay is worth a thousand words. If you’d like to win a gift voucher for a night at the Lux then drop us a line or leave a comment below. The competition ends on Friday the 9th of March, at the stroke of midnight.