I recently spent a weekend at the Circus Hotel. It marked the first time I’d slept somewhere other than my own flat, since the summer of 2020 when I travelled to Hamburg for a weekend. What a wild feeling! It was great to finally put my small carry on, packing cubes, and other travel related accessories to use again.
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Come To Germany And Stay At The Circus Hotel Berlin
The pandemic has been extremely difficult for the hospitality industry as lockdowns forced businesses, such as hotels, to temporarily close their doors. The Circus Hotel took the “quiet time” to do something they’d been dreaming of for years, and that was to renovate the hotel from top-to-bottom and create an entirely new concept that would not only better the guest experience, but forge new partnerships with local brands and be more environmentally friendly.
The end results of their efforts are fantastic and certainly make the hotel one of the top places to stay when you’re visiting Berlin. From their spacious rooms, their central location, the rooftop bar, and tons of other really cool amenities, your stay at The Circus Hotel Berlin will be a memorable one.
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A Large Room
I shacked up up in a large room and couldn’t have been happier with my temporary 28 square meter home. Not only was it decked out in a natural, earthy design, the room came with a large (not to mention super comfortable) king-sized bed, flat screen TV with streaming services, working area, a reading nook, a fully stocked mini-bar, as well as a spacious bathroom.
While these types of amenities might sound typical for any hotel, there’s more than meets the eye with the Circus Hotel Berlin and it’s hard to even know where to begin.
Take the beds for example – the staff spent a whole lot of time researching new bed types and even tested them out for themselves. This long and thorough selection process led to selection of Birkenstock mattresses. Yes, this iconic German brand makes more than sandals (that people like to pair with socks!). The mattresses make you feel like you’re sleeping on a big fluffy cloud and you’ll have no problem getting a solid night’s rest.
Then there’s the hotel’s climate controls. As part of the hotel’s massive renovation effort, they installed a new air conditioning system that’s both sustainable and environmentally friendly. As they should be, they’re especially proud of this unique offering and I hope this sparks a growing trend in the hotel industry overall.
Aside from that, the fully stocked mini bar comes with all sorts of unexpected delights. I tried out some of their snacks like the Chazz Eco vegetable chips, as well as a very tasty Disco Limo. Inside the desk drawer, there were other fun things available for purchase like a disposable camera you could use to document your Berlin weekend. As much as possible, they also partner with local Berlin based small businesses for these offerings.
Other room perks include Bose Bluetooth speakers, free tea and coffee, and a libraries filled with all sorts of interesting books.
The Rooftop Area
One of the big selling points of the Circus Hotel Berlin is their small rooftop area, which provides iconic views of Berlin’s Mitte area and most notably, the TV Tower. I spent some time up there in the afternoon, taking photos, reading, and having a delicious craft beer from my favourite Vagabund Brauerei. Later that evening, a friend joined me there for some sparkling wine and conversation.
There’s an adorable little area with drinks available, called the “Honesty Bar”. This self service options allows you to grab a beverage, take note of it, and inform the hotel staff later upon checkout.
The Restaurant and Courtyard
Another mainstay of the property, is the hotels’s restaurant lounge and garden courtyard area. It’s quite the peaceful little oasis that makes you feel like you’re not in the center of the city, much like Vabali Spa. Amidst a bunch of plants, in summer you can opt to eat indoors or outdoors and take a leisurely breakfast. I went with a big cappuccino and a breakfast burrito and it was yummy. It’s also open in the evenings for those seeking a relaxing dinner or even, just some drinks.
At night, the courtyard becomes all the more magical with the lighted fish themed installations you see pictured above.
What do you think of the Circus Hotel Berlin? Would you stay at this design hotel when you visit the German capital? Tell us about it in the comments.
The Circus Hotel
Rosenthaler Str. 1, 10119 Berlin
Good To Know About The Circus Hotel Berlin
1) While we hope you visit Berlin and stay at the Circus Hotel (you really should stay there!), we can also recommend checking out our overview of other Mitte based hotels, or seeing your options on booking.com.
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3) If you love my adopted home of Germany as much as I do, check out some of my other blog posts:
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