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Stay in Berlin's oldest district
Pretty stunning, huh? Our hotel in Berlin Mitte makes quite a visual impression before you even step inside. Set amid a series of so-called Plattenbauten, prefabricated apartment buildings typical for Berlin, the Motel One Berlin-Spittelmarkt is situated in a charming brick building on Leipziger Strasse. That makes it part of Berlin’s former newspaper district, which emerged during the industrialisation of the printing industry at the end of the 19th century and where more than 500 printers and publishers were located. The main area was bordered by Leipziger Strasse to the north and Wilhelmstrasse to the west, and stretched to Axel-Springer-Strasse and Lindenstrasse in the east and Mehringplatz in the south. The origin and heart of the historical newspaper district was the headquarters of the Berliner Tageblatt, the Mossehaus. The building can still be found at the corner of Schützenstrasse and Jerusalemer Strasse, a short walk from the hotel. It is now listed and home to the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL) Berlin. After the widespread destruction of World War II and construction of the Berlin Wall, the area lost its original significance over the years. But this spirit has been revived in the interior of our hotel at Spittelmarkt. Here, everything is about journalism and the press, culture and literature, analogue and digital media.
Guests are greeted by a Litfasssäule as soon as they enter; these advertising columns were invented by the Berlin printer Ernst Litfass in 1854, and remain a local institution to this day. A period newspaper box offers guests free copies of our One Design magazine rather than daily newspapers. The reception features a stripped-back design, so as not to steal the spotlight from the bar across the way. Large hanging lights above the bar offer a hint of industrialisation, drawing on the exterior look of the hotel. Steel shelves, large sliding doors, industrial lamps and an unobstructed view of the ceiling technology, which has been painted black, further underscore this industrial style.
Artwork in a matching style also enjoys a place at the Spittelmarkt hotel; the lobby is home to pieces by artist Ines Kouidis. She assembles countless paper shreds from newspapers and glossy magazines to create portraits. Marlene Dietrich, John F. Kennedy and David Bowie are all honoured in our hotel – after all, they all had a special connection to Berlin. Reproductions of the works also adorn the walls of the rooms.
And, of course, let's not forget the egg chair, a design classic (and our signature seat). Arne Jacobsen’s armchair is the perfect combination of modernity and comfort, inviting you to relax in our lounge together with large sofas and other seating ensembles. In addition to our exceptional design, we offer comfortable rooms with cosy box spring beds in our affordable hotel, as well as an extensive breakfast buffet with regional and organic specialities – so you can enjoy a strong start to the day after a restful night’s sleep. Interested in a nightcap later? Our bar offers a broad selection of gins, and our guests have access to 24/7 free WiFi as well as our friendly staff. If travelling by car, you may use the limited number of parking spaces in our underground car park. If getting here by air or rail, the hotel offers great connections to Tegel airport and the main railway station with public transport such as the metro and bus.
Optimum price-performance ratio and a central location – even in Berlin, since our affordable design hotel is in Mitte, right next to the Spittelmarkt metro station between Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz. It is a perfect base for exploring the capital’s main sights. One of the most beautiful squares in Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, site of the stunning Konzerthaus, is in immediate proximity of the hotel. The Berlinische Galerie and Jewish Museum are also worth a visit. Other locations within easy reach include the famous Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstrasse and Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s main landmark. The Spree River and Museum Island are also just a short walk away. The Nikolaiviertel is just across the water, on the eastern bank of the Spree, and one of Berlin's oldest districts And don't worry – if your stomach starts growling while sightseeing, you’re spoilt for choice: there are countless restaurants in the city to enjoy – and particularly in Mitte. Meanwhile, Berlin’s hip Kreuzberg area offers something for everyone. Luckily, it’s just a short walk from our hotel. And as the German Schlager classic goes, ‘Kreuzberger Nächte sind lang!’ (Kreuzberg nights are long). Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird – Berlin will supply the entertainment, while we’ll provide you with the perfect accommodation. We look forward to welcoming you!