The Organic Traveller
Monday, 20 May 2019

Berlin: Organic hotels

Taste- and love-less, standardised conventional breakfast buffets are still league in Berlin, but if you have the chance to decide where to stay you can easily start your day in a way that's good for you and the planet: If you don't mind hotel chains the easiest bet are the hotels of the Motel One chain. All over Germany they offer partially organic breakfast for 11.50 EUR in addition to the room charge. They promise organic dairy products, plant-based drinks, jam, honey, apple juice, coffee, tea, apples and muesli at all hotels, and if you are lucky there may be more organic and fairly traded options.

But you can have it even more luxurious, at welcoming, owner-run boutique hotels striving for a fully sustainable overall experience. Both of them are located in the city centre, and you may even be surprised to find that they aren't necessarily more expensive than the chain.

Almodovar

If you do yoga or adhere to a minimalist lifestyle Hotel Almodóvar in Friedrichshain is a must-go (but neither of the two is a prerequisite to feel at home here). The reduced geometric minimalist chic in white and dark-brown, with carefully selected design objects to light the room, beanbags, and yoga mats generate a very special, focussed room atmosphere. All food and drinks here are organic: In the morning you wake up to a gorgeous vegetarian breakfast buffet with lots of regional produce and tasty home-made spreads and preserves at Bistro Bardot; on Sundays you can have brunch until 3 pm, with (among others) vegan curry "sausage" and scrambled "eggs". Given the pleasantly styled location it's sad that the bistro isn't a public bar in the evening, but as a hotel guest you can have a glass of organic wine to quit the day.

While the Almodóvar building is quite new (opened in 2013) the Guldsmeden hotel Lulu in the vibrant neighbourhood of Potsdamer Straße in Tiergarten/Mitte is located in a beautifully renovated 1850’s building. Part of a small Danish family-owned sustainable hotel chain which carefully and individually decorates the rooms you can expect the lunch at their restaurant and bar dubbed Sæson (Danish for "season") to be fully organic. For breakfast, dinner and at the bar there may be some conventional exceptions. Also here you can have predominantly organic brunch on Sundays even if you do not stay at the hotel, with live jazz music. The beer comes from the Moabit-based Brewbaker brewery, also juices, gin, and wine can be had organic. I haven't had the chance to stay here yet but given my absolutely positive experience with the Guldsmeden hotels in Copenhagen and Oslo I'm pretty sure you won't regret your stay here. All body care products there are organic, so I expect them to be so at the Lulu, too.

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