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The razzle-dazzle art’otel berlin city center west shines a spotlight on the Pop Art master Andy Warhol. Oodles of art—more than 250 copies by (or of) the man who made soup labels iconic—give this vibrant four-star establishment a glint of disco-era glam.
Set in a glassy building on the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf border, the westernmost outpost of the art’otel mini-chain is within walking distance to the area's department stores, restaurants and boutiques. Solid four-star amenities make it a cushy home base for sightseers. Rates are not the cheapest in town, but they are low enough to make all these “extras” feel like solid gold.
Pros: Snazzy artistic aesthetic. Covetable location.
Cons: A bit pricey (but worth the splurge). Can pick up traffic noise.
You’ll forever have an image of Warhol (and his spiky tresses) seared onto your brain after a stay in this gallery-cum-hotel. The art’otel city center west’s 152 spacious guest rooms feature a mixture of the artist’s works (usually portraits of Marilyn Monroe) and black-and-white images of the man himself (some nearly life-size cut-outs).
Some rooms sport a green-and-purple color scheme, while others are of the red-black-white persuasion. Either way, the feel is sleek and, in true Warhol style, edgy—think slick lighting (including some panels infused with ghost-like Andy images) and sassy, strategically placed decals. Our favorite detail? The low-slung, ‘70s-style chairs in bold shades of purple or red.
All rooms offer air conditioning, a tea kettle, minibar, phone, safe and flat-screen TV. Twenty-seven “art’room xls” offer a bit more space (for a higher rate). Those sensitive to traffic noise should request a room facing the courtyard.
The white-tiled private bathrooms are spacious and clean. Some are a bit boring compared to the splashy rooms, while others feature funky touches like Warhol’s signature scrawled up the shower glass or Marilyn’s silhouette (and bright red pucker!) on the mirror. Bathrooms are outfitted with a hair dryer and toiletries.
The Warhol party continues in the hotel’s open-plan lobby-restaurant, which is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows sporting life-size Andy portraits. And the bar/breakfast room, appropriately named "Factory," does its best to evoke Studio 54, with “spotlights” over the bar and shimmering Warhols on the walls. (The only thing that’s missing is the New York attitude.) And the art’otel city center west also offers a luxurious sauna with an adjacent fitness center.
Wi-Fi is free throughout, and breakfast is sometimes included in the room rate (check when booking).
The art’otel berlin city center west prices a bit higher than most of our Berlin picks, but it’s one the handful of “Classy Cheapos” we include in the city: those slick spots that are worth a bit more for the extras they provide. And given the hotel’s cool style, superb location and high standards of amenities and services, the rates are an excellent value.
That said, should you want a similar experience for less, we recommend checking out the city center west’s sister hotel, the art’otel berlin mitte, another EuroCheapo pick that is equally splashy but tends to be a bit cheaper.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
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About the art'otel berlin city center west neighborhood
Wilmersdorf is south of Charlottenburg. Though quite central, it's not exactly a booming hood. Pockets of a lively café culture can be found in Wilmersdorf, but for the most part this is a quiet area. Wilmersdorf is a great neighborhood for those who seek a central location and wish not to run the risk of stumbling across noisy nighttime revelers.