Situated in up and coming Prenzlauer area the Hotel Oderberger exemplifies the ongoing changes that Berlin is experiencing.
Converted from an old Turkish Bath the Oderberger is a statement of restrained high end german design and quality. Retaining the Pool the rest of the building has been transformed into high end hotel with tastefully restrained rooms clustered around courtyards on either side of the pool main building. The Lounge Bar has a dash of eccentric colour with a roaring log fireplace and Stark-esque furniture reminding me of the Royalton in NYC. An impressively casual library for browsing the art books or enjoying the daylight flooding in while reading the morning paper balances out the eccentric Bar.
The Restaurant and Breakfast room was the old Pump room for the Baths and the refurbishment has retained some character of the original space.
Situated on Oderberger Street the Hotel is within an easy walk of several good designer cafes (Engelberg) and the weekend Flea market at Mauerpark at the far end of the street.
Around the corner is Die Schule forming another part of the extended oderberger complex which also incorporates a language school. International cuisine is to be had with a view of the street or in the quiet garden behind the "School".
Other more bohemian establishments are to be found in the neighbourhood together with some eclectic shops and boutiques.
There are easy Tram connections to Mitte and the extended area has some great local history and buildings.
A perfect base to explore Berlin.