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Whether you’re a seasoned international traveler or your passport has more blank pages than stamped ones, you’ll likely find yourself missing the faraway comforts and familiarity of home from time to time while on the road. The Mandala Hotel in Berlin takes great care to make guests feel as they have that home away from home. From towel warmers and complimentary foot cream waiting on every pillow to minimalistic interior design and handpicked art on the walls, each space feels less like a hotel room and more like a chic city apartment. Each of the 157 luxury studios and suites at Mandala also presents guests with a small library of art and culture books and relaxing CDs. Mandala Hotel welcomes long-stay guests, and it’s no surprise that actors, celebrities, and film crews working in Berlin frequently choose to stay at Mandala when in the city.
Though centrally located in Potsdamer Platz with views that extend to old and new Berlin, Mandala is an urban haven. Cherry wood floors, sliding bathroom doors, and large windows contribute to the uncluttered and spacious feel of each room. This leaves room for extra amenities. The largest suites ($690 for the Mandala Suite) have full-service kitchens, and the smaller, 430-square-foot studios ($373) have ample counter space, cupboards, and electric burners.
For guests not interested in cooking their own food, Mandala has a variety of dining options. FACIL restaurant is an oasis, with floor to ceiling windows looking out to bamboo and foliage. It’s easy to forget it’s located in a bustling city center. The one Michelin star restaurant serves breakfast to guests, as well as lunch and dinner for around $41 and $138, respectively. Chef Michael Kempf’s menus are light and exotic, featuring a variety of meats and fish and such seasonal items as hokaido-pumpkin soup. The QIU Lounge also serves light lunch and dinner. Here, the atmosphere is more social, but is just as sophisticated as the rest of the hotel; bartenders prepare cocktails (about $14) in front of a Bisazza mosaic wall cascading with a peaceful trickle of water.
For guests looking to detox after one cocktail too many or who just want to up their relaxation game, the ONO spa offers a full range of massage and beauty treatments. The spa spans all 6,500 square feet of the hotel’s 11th floor, offers magnificent views of Berlin, and is fully dedicated to guests’ privacy and serenity; you’ll not even hear a footstep in the hallway during your Sensory Ono Spa Journey ($304) or Jetlag Revival Massage ($124).
Whether relaxing in the studios and suites, with a glass of Weinbrände at the lounge, or in the spa’s iLifeSOMM Bed, Mandala Hotel is guaranteed to deliver a luxury experience that just might be better than what you can find back home. www.themandala.de
For general trip-planning information, see our Berlin Travel Guide.