Schlüterstr. 45, Berlin, Germany star
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Editor's note: The famous Hotel Bogota closed for business in November 2013. Below is an edited snipped of our original review.
Remembering the Hotel Bogota
A storied Berlin institution, the family-run Hotel Bogota in Charlottenburg was captured in novels, history books and fashion shoots. With its old-world grace and ghosts of Berlin’s tumultuous past, the two-star establishment just off Ku’Damm offered a special (and affordable) Berlin experience.
The Hotel Bogota wore its remarkable history on its stunning, classic sleeve. Built in 1911 as an apartment house, the landmark building was converted into four small hotels (one of which was founded by a Jewish émigré upon his return from Colombian exile) in 1964. Its list of illustrious former occupants includes entrepreneur Oskar Skaller (plus his famous collection of Impressionist paintings) and fashion photographer Yva, who trained Helmut Newton and whose works hung in the fourth-floor hallway.
The hotel’s luxurious lobby was lit by a decadent chandelier, lined with mahogany and marble and accented with oil paintings and delicate settees. Benny Goodman once tapped his toes on the parquet floors here, and the Bogota’s elegant TV lounge, which is done up with leather sofas and green-and-gold-striped wallpaper, was the Nazi-era headquarters of the Reich Chamber of Culture.
The Hotel Bogota’s 120 rooms varied from plain and almost nondescript (save an oil painting or a brass chandelier) to delicately refined. Amenities here were few: All rooms had a telephone and most had a TV.
The subtly sophisticated hotel was as intellectually stimulating as it was unpretentious and comfortable. No wonder Rupert Everett and Keira Knightly (who stopped by for a Vogue photo shoot) raved about the Hotel Bogota despite the fact that most of its rooms were reasonably priced and on the simple side.
After all, this was more than a hotel—it was a treasure trove of Berlin history.
Reviewed by: Susan Buzzelli, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
- Bicycle Rental
- Breakfast Included
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Machine
- Free Newspapers
- Groups welcome
- Hair Dryer – at reception
- Historic building
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Pet Friendly
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Safe at reception
- Shoe polishing service
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi Connection
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
- Handicap accessible rooms
- Internet Access
- Rooms with view
Near the Ku'damm, Berlin, Germany
About the Hotel Bogota neighborhood
The Kufürstendamm, or Ku'Damm, is Berlin's major shopping boulevard, the commercial heart of the former West Berlin. It features the utterly massive KaDeWe department store and about three million other retail experiences. Ok, we exaggerate, but not by much. For our purposes here, we claim hotels within a block or two of the Ku'Damm as "near." To the north is Charlottenburg and to the south is Wilmersdorf.