The Propeller Island City Lodge is one of Berlin’s best-known art hotels and deservedly so. Each room has a different theme, ranging from the weird to the sinister. Please look at the pictures on the website: it is definitely out of the ordinary.
Since each room is different, it is hard to write a general review. My room had a raised bed, a desk under an artificial skylight and an open-glassed bathroom. There was no TV, but it is possible to play eerie experimental electronic music. Free, good Wifi was available.
The hotel is in Charlottenburg in West Berlin, an area considered uncool by the hipper citizens of the town, but safe and convenient because of its location and many restaurants. For example, there are various small Asian eateries in walking distance, in the direction of station Charlottenburg.
My major complaints would be about practicalities. I never saw any staff until checkout. There is no staff in the evening, so I got my key by accessing an outside safe with a pre-sent code. Also, I was always away too early for breakfast, which starts only at 8.00. This was only a minor problem, but for the price they really should have more staff present. Also, a proper wardrobe in my room was not deemed artistically justifiable.
Comparing it to the other major art hotel in Berlin, the Arte Louise, the latter is somewhat better as a hotel, with more comfortable beds, better service and a more central location. It is also a bit more expensive than the Propeller Island City Lodge. As works of art, the hotels have a different style: the Arte Luise is playful and light, whereas the Propeller City feels alienating and spooky. I’m tempted to say the former is where you take your partner for a romantic weekend, the latter where you bring your secret lover. It’s a question of preference. In any case, they’re both great places.
Despite the practical drawbacks I give the full score, because this is the kind of hotel that should be supported. It is so much more original than most other places.
- Also Known As:
- Propeller Island City Hotel Berlin
- Propeller Island City Berlin