Behind an almost inconspicuous gate in a historic building, a whole new world opens up in the middle of the bustling Kantstrasse in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Between high walls there is a garden and inner courtyards that merge into one another and radiate a wonderful tranquility. This place has undergone an incredible transformation, turning from a historic prison into a modern hotel after years of remodeling.
The term "behind Swedish curtains" has a double meaning here. In the past, the steel for prison windows mostly came from Sweden, as it was considered to be particularly hard and escape-proof. Parts of these "curtains" have been preserved after the conversion in front of the windows and are reminiscent of earlier life. The new, softly falling fabric curtains, on the other hand, stand for the new use of the building. The aim of the conversion was to respect the original architecture and at the same time to integrate a new lightness, openness and warmth. A successful synthesis of old and new that will amaze you. Enlarged windows, lavish mirrors, floating glass lamps, floral prints, muted colours, natural materials and plants ensure new perspectives, elegance and naturalness.
The modern steel construction in the stairwell carries the new glass roof over the atrium. The old cell doors serve as room doors and the cozy lobby was built into the former meeting room. The old official salon is used for contemporary exhibitions and the "Lovis" restaurant is a culinary revelation not only for hotel guests. Head chef Sophia Rudolph and her team cook traditional dishes that they reinterpret. Seasonal, regional and product-focused. In summer you can sit on the roof terrace with a view over the roofs of Berlin and enjoy the freedom of this city.
|Double room||from150 €|
ArchitectureThe hotel has won both the DA Berlin Architecture Prize 2021 and the DGNB Prize 2022 for sustainable building. The hosts are Almut and Armand Grüntuch-Ernst, an architect couple from Berlin. The hotel is a former women's prison in Charlottenburg, built in 1896 by the architects Adolf Brückner and Eduard Fürstenau. In 1985 the prison was closed and only served as an archive. From 2010 the complex even stood empty for a few years. The greatest challenge during the long-term renovation was the protection of historical monuments and the new light architecture in order to free the building from the narrowness that was once intended. The roof was glazed for this purpose and the windows enlarged at great expense. One cell has been preserved in its original form and serves as a mini-museum.
FoodSeasonal food from regional and organic farms with a focus on vegetables. The food waste is processed and composted as best as possible. All drinks are offered in glass bottles only. There is a water filtration system in the restaurant and guest lounge. The breakfast buffet is completely packaging-free.
EnvironmentPlastic is largely avoided. It is cleaned with biological agents and a composting machine and a solar system are planned.
Well-BeingYoga, massages, gym and sauna.
|Double room||from150 €|
The Wilmina is centrally located in Berlin and can be easily reached by various means of public transport. The Amtsgerichtsplatz bus stop is only 150 meters from the hotel, the next S-Bahn station Charlottenburg is around 500 meters away and the nearest underground station Sophie-Charlotte-Platz is around 600 meters away. It takes about 10 minutes to take the S-Bahn from the main station to Charlottenburg. Since there are no hotel parking spaces, we recommend using public transport. The exact address can be found on the website.
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