True Berliner charm
Posted Aug 1, 2016 on Hotels
Hotel Kastanienhof is a bit of an oddity on trendy Kastanienallee-- it's 100% old-school German in decor and appeal and steadfastly refuses to dish up international fusion anything- which, of course, makes it desireable to self-conscious hipsters. The reception is lovingly decked out in Berlin memorabilia and the rooms are comfortable and have been modernized without neglecting its German bourgeois roots. If you're looking for Philippe Starck-designed lounge chairs, mood lights and elevator electronica, you won't fin it at Kastanienhof. But the high-quality food at The Ausspanne, the little restaurant attached to the hotel is an added plus, as is its unusually un-gruff German waitstaff. In a weird bout of gastronomic schizophrenia, the all-American cheesecake and brownies on the menu are actually excellent.