Aspira: Berlin’s Latest Design Hotel

Berlin Hotel Room - AspiraOn November 6th 2009, a new and unique refuge from the bustling city of Berlin will open behind the trees and noble façades of Berlin’s affluent Charlottenburg district: The Aspria Hotel, a 42-room retreat connected to a renowned 14,000 m2 state-of-the-art spa and sporting club.

Berlin-based designer, Michael Brown of NAU, redesigned the former industrial space and all accommodation – 39 rooms, 3 apartments and 2 conferencerooms – bears the signature of this up-and-coming design team. The result is an innovative series of calming, highly modern spaces, full of light and thoughtful design touches.

The generously sized open plan rooms have nearly 30 m2 of usable space, 3.5 m high ceilings and elegant furniture by German designers, Vitra and Walter Knoll. Guests enter their accommodation with a clear view of a panoramic window and a tailor-made pedestal bed that seems to float in the middle of the room. Along the length of the window stretches a desk with the same grey surface as the bed. It varies in height and can be used as a writing desk, a bench or an area to open suitcases. In order to bring natural light into the bathroom, frosted glass has been used extensively, separating the shower area and toilet from the open sink and dressing room. The lighting design, featuring Moooi and Linea products, allows for flattering ‘mood lighting’ or brighter, concentrated light for working, playing off elegant Vescom ‘Brora’ wallpaper on one wall and, in a special touch, a gold shimmering bedhead upholstered in ‘Sudden’ fabric from Kvadrat. Even the television has not gone without a rethink: the cutting-edge Philips Ambilight screens are ceiling-mounted at an angle that corresponds perfectly with the bed’s backrest.

Berlin Hotel Aspira PoolEqually as important as the rooms, however, is the hotel’s setting: in place of a standard lobby and a tucked-away after thought of a gym, the Aspria Hotel allows guests to take advantage of an impressive 14,000 m2 of fitness and wellness space. The spa has been extended and refurbished, adding a hamam, a salt inhalation room and a wave dream installation relaxation room to the saunas, whirlpool, the lap poolkneipp baths, and the amazing rooftop terrace. Treatments and massages by the professional spateam complement this range of almost endless wellness opportunities.

The result: the ultimate city health and wellness resort for that jaunt to Berlin.

Prices start at an über-reasonable  €89/night

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