As you may have gathered by now, I have a soft spot  for small and homelike hideaways, especially when decorated with love and care. Linnen, in the Prenzlauer Berg district, is a classic example of this. Moreover, staying here feels like you’re visiting with friends.

This Hideaway only has four rooms and one suite (with two bedrooms). Should you need more space, there is a three bedroom apartment in the same building and the hotel also rents out three apartments in “Mitte”. The old building, with its high ceilings and wood floors, is fantastically decorated with lovely vintage furniture, warm colours and funny little objects. Everything is in perfect harmony, the beds are very comfortable and no two rooms are the same. For instance, I stayed in room #1, which has a large, minimalist canopy bed, a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower and a small balcony. As in many places in Berlin, the owners try to be as eco-friendly as possible, for instance by installing a wood pellet heating system, using environment friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents and putting up a dispenser with organic shower gel instead of providing the usual small plastic bottles.

The wonderful ground floor café, run by siblings Benedict and Nicoletta, makes you feel even more at home at Linnen. They serve a wonderful breakfast until late in the morning (not included in the roomprice) and make great coffee and tea, so you will be fully energized for your exploration of Berlin. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a lovely lunch, various pies and pastries or have a glass of wine or beer. A perfect place, not only for guests but also for the locals.

By the way, don’t be misled by the first (somewhat dreary) impression of the street, because this is Berlin and a surprise is always just around the corner. When you least expect is,  you will suddenly find the hippest hotspots, or a wonderful restaurant or coffee bar. Prenzlauer Berg, for instance, is one of Berlin’s greatest districts, with its many (vintage) shops and bars. I would highly recommend dinner at Linnen’s neighbour Bini Lee, who not only serves wonderful Korean dishes but is also a gifted professional soprano (Kochu Karu). And another tip: would you like to get to know the real Berlin, the way it is never described in the travel guides? Then you should book a local through My Plus One. This personal guide will be sure to give you a one off experience of Berlin life. What a great initiative! On top of this, Linnen is located centrally, so you can explore the rest of Berlin easily. The tram practically stops at the front door and the Ubahn is just around the corner (one last tip: buy a BerlinWelcomeCard).

Read more about Berlin in the Local Hideaways Blog: ‘Berlin is Calling!’