In the heart of vibrant City-West, slip behind a historic façade to discover a hidden gem among Berlin hotels. The site of a former women’s prison has been turned into a bright and beautiful hotel offering a warm welcome to its guests. Whether you’re looking for foodie fun, the cultural crème de la crème in the capital or the best of Berlin nightlife – the family-run Wilmina Hotel Berlin is the ultimate home from home for your trip to the capital.
A hidden haven of peace and tranquillity: Wilmina Hotel Berlin
At Kantstraße 79, you’ll find one of Berlin’s most unusual and elegant hotels. Inside a former women’s prison in Charlottenburg, a new hotel has taken shape. Stunning and simple rooms enjoy views of intricate courtyards and lush gardens in a design brought together by architecture firm Grüntuch Ernst, who left the traces of history in this place while bringing it into the 21st century. The result is a magnificent oasis in the heart of the city with a truly unique feel.
The family-run hotel is home to 44 rooms and suites in light tones and delicate shades, with a real feeling of spaciousness that’s a far cry from the prison cells of the past. Perfect for solo travellers and couples as well as business travellers and families, this versatile establishment offers all the amenities of all great Berlin hotels , including a TV, a safe and a small desk in every room. Rooms can also be joined together to form suites for families looking for a little more space to enjoy their break.
The roof terrace is a beautiful spot to breathe Berlin’s fresh air, while the library is ideal for curling up with a good book. For the more active, the hotel offers a gym and spa, a bar and its own restaurant, Lovis, where head chef Sophia Rudolph serves up delicious dishes redefining contemporary German cuisine.
Wilmina Hotel Berlin: past, present and future
The historic Wilmina Hotel building complex in Berlin-Charlottenburg was built in 1896 as a court with an adjoining prison. Over the years, it played host to a number of public institutions. The prison closed in 1985 and the spaces were given over to administrative offices. The Wilmina Hotel Berlin of today lives up to its fascinating past, unique among Berlin hotels, in a sophisticated space that is now home to a new institution of the modern-day city. The former court building has become a multidisciplinary arts space, Amtsalon, offering designer and artists room to create. Entry is free and the temporary exhibits are sure to offer plenty of food for thought.
Wilmina Hotel: explore Charlottenburg
North of the lake, you‘ll find the Schillerwiese, a popular sunbathing spot, and the nearby Bootshaus Stella with a beer garden for hearty dishes and drinks. The view here is very special indeed: when the sun sets, the Berlin Radio Tower is reflected in the water, creating a unique panorama. Another down-to-earth spot is the Bavarian restaurant Engelbecken on Witzlebenstraße, also overlooking the lake. Take a trip to southern Germany without leaving the capital by sampling their schnitzel and potato salad along with a refreshing glass of Weißbier. Before you head back to the hotel, make sure to leave a little room to visit Blomeyer's Käse and Wald Königsberger Marzipan – true local legends famous far beyond Charlottenburg, with a range of delights on offer so you can take home a taste of your trip.
A journey of discovery near the Wilmina Hotel Berlin
Head east along Kantstraße from the hotel – in just a few minutes, you’ll reach Wilmersdorfer Straße, a sweet shopping street where you can rummage to your heart’s content for hours on end. If you prefer hunting for bargains at markets, head to Karl-August-Platz and Lehniner Platz to browse and buy. Kantstraße itself has become something of a hub for Berlin’s Asian cultures. Here, in what’s known to locals as ‘Asiatown’, you’ll find all kinds of stores selling fascinating goods and foods from east Asia. Emerge from the hustle and bustle at the relative peace of Savignyplatz, a popular pre-war hub for artists and intellectuals. Close your eyes and breathe in some of their spirit here today: this leafy spot just off Ku’damm, sweetly scented with the blooms of the past, is a perfect spot to relax on a bench with a good book – perhaps one you’ve picked up at nearby Bücherbogen.
Wilmina Hotel Berlin: the ideal base for arts and culture
Culture vultures and arts aficionados will fall in love with cosmopolitan Berlin-Charlottenburg. This slick district is home to many chic galleries and museums, from the stunning nearby Villa Oppenheim and Museum Berggruen to the iconic Bröhan-Museum, a hub for all things Baroque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. There’s no shortage of evening events to delight and surprise, too – from stirring music at the Deutsche Oper, stunning theatre at the Schaubühne and the magic of the movies at Kant Kino, all within walking distance of the hotel. If you’re more of a foodie than an arts buff, never fear: there’s plenty of culinary diversity available in City-West to whet your whistle.
Discover peace and tranquillity at the Wilmina Hotel Berlin
Whatever you have planned, you’ll be glad to kick back and relax after a long day exploring Berlin – and the Wilmina Hotel Berlin is the perfect spot to do just that. Lie back and enjoy the bright and natural space in the comfort of your room. This peaceful spot is the perfect base for exploring your Berlin neighbourhood and beyond.