Budget boutique hotel Max Brown Ku’damm is a shot of colourful cool into the arm of Berlin’s leafy Charlottenburg. Inside, you’ll find copper pipes and exposed ducting muddled with mid-century furniture that’s spun through a bold, bright colour wheel. Hotel restaurant Benedict is similarly non-conformist, flying in the face of tradition by serving devilishly good breakfasts morning, noon and (all) night. A wurst’s throw from the upmarket Kurfürstendamm boulevard, Max is also close to some of the city's best boutiques; perhaps your room's Saar Zafrir interior will inspire you to hunt down a slice of Berlin design to call your own.
A glass of prosecco for each guest
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All of the hotel’s public areas are wheelchair accessible. Nearby Kurfürstendamm is one of Berlin’s most famous boulevards. First built by a prince to hasten the journey to his hunting lodge, it was later prettified by 19th-century German chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who took an idea or two from Paris’ Champs-Elysées. By the time the 20th century rolled in, the neighbourhood was awash with millionaires, intellectuals and artists. It’s been through a downturn or two since, but it’s firmly on it’s way back up, determined to prove that Berlin’s west is best.
Bring your bike helmet, as Berlin is a very cycle-friendly spot; the streets are wider than many European cities, and most pavements have lanes for those on two wheels. Fat Tire Bike Rentals loan a range of models at competitive prices – there’s a branch right next to Berlin Zoo station (www.fattiretours.com/berlin).
Berlin has an almost city-wide cool-but-casual dress code, and Benedict is no different. Just don’t come down in your dressing gown…
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Max Brown Ku’damm is a bona fide Berliner. With looks that are at once cosmopolitan and creative, this hotel’s got lashings of the city’s trademark style – a nonchalant sort of cool that doesn’t quite conform. Industrial fittings like copper pipes sit alongside leafy wallpaper and furniture that has a distinct mid-century flavour – you even get a record player and vinyl in your room. This stylistic medley suits the hotel to a T, because it’s perfectly placed for discovering the city’s various faces. You can spend all day in the avant garde galleries and boutiques that line the tree-filled streets of the west; come night, the city’s techno temples and leather bars (if that’s your thing) and are on hand in nearby Kreuzberg towards the east. Perhaps best of all, though, is the knowledge that no matter what time you return home, you’ll always be able to sit down to some pancakes – and perhaps just one more drink – at the hotel’s round-the-clock breakfast restaurant. As we said, Max Brown knows Berlin...
Uhlandstraße 49, Berlin, 10719
4.0 mi / 6.5 km from city centre
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Benedict is a bit of a rule-breaker. Here, breakfast is on the menu all day – and when we say all day, we mean it: this place is open round the clock. A neon sign hangs over the bar, bidding you Guten Morgen even if it’s darkest night. Like the rest of the lobby area, the look is half industrial, with exposed ducting and strips of naked bulbs running across the ceiling, and half organic, with parquet flooring, leafy-green wallpaper and potted plants. All manner of sweet and savoury breakfasts are available, ranging from North African to American to traditional German.
If the sun’s shining, take one of the tables outside on the street and watch the city in motion. Inside, there’s a set of half-moon booths up against the far wall, which give you a view across the room and the street outside.
Benedict and the bar serve round the clock.
Benedict's wooden bar is a handsome affair with a strong vintage look to it: the bar and bar back are filled with small metal-handled drawers, giving it the look of 1950’s cabinetry. The drinks selection includes a range of brunch cocktails such as Cinnamotion, a medley of Kraken Black Spiced rum, apple juice, lime and home-made apple and cinnamon jam. There’s never been a better time to discover that cocktails and breakfast make very good bedfellows indeed.
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