Berlin is back! A huge banner with this saying currently adorns the facade of The Circus Hotel Berlin on Rosenthaler Platz. But it's not just Berlin that's making a comeback, including Circus Hotel, which once completely reinvented itself and is finally open to guests again after a period of remodeling and corona-related closure. A visit to Berlin's probably most innovative and creative hotel with some surprises.
The Circus Hotel in Berlin-Mitte: An institution on Rosenthaler Platz
I had the honor to test the new concept as one of the trial guests shortly before the official reopening. An overnight stay in your own city? There I am! As a travel blogger, I have to admit I was almost experiencing withdrawal symptoms, so this invitation came at just the right moment.
Not only the neighboring Circus Hostel, but also the Circus Hotel have been an integral part of Rosenthaler Platz since their inception and have played a major role in shaping the vibe there. Here, as there, they are always thinking up new things that are first dismissed by many as craziness, but later celebrated (or even copied). The Circus Hostel is home to the world's only David Hasselhoff museum, where "The Hoff" himself drops by from time to time. And this is also the location of the first microbrewery within a hotel.
The Circus Hotel: Boutique & design hotel in central location in Berlin-Mitte
The Circus Hotel is the adult brother of the hostel – a boutique hotel housed in a landmarked building on Rosenthaler Platz. Those who check in at the Circus Hotel usually do so not only to spend the night there, but because they feel they are being taken care of by the holistic Circus cosmos. Centrally located in Berlin, it is the perfect starting point for sightseeing, nightlife and shopping, and if you need a little help, you can join Circus' own events – walks, readings, guided tours of the city.
The concept of the Circus Hotel treats its guests like good friends, who are visiting the capital and who want to experience the feeling of the capital. Locals like to be asked about insider tips for their city and The Circus has also thought of this: Among many tips that are noted on small cards, you can put together your own individual Berlin insider guide.
The Circus and Rosenthaler Platz are closely intertwined. This special connection should also be felt by the guests. So there are stories about this legendary place, told by author Paul Scraton, which you can listen to there via your cell phone.
The best way to get an impression of the location of The Circus is from the hotel's own roof terrace – there you have a phenomenal view over the hustle and bustle of Rosenthaler Platz.
The Circus Hotel: Rooms & Prices
The Circus Hotel offers different room categories, from Single Room for one person (from 95€) over Medium (from 130€) up to Large Plus (from 174€) for two persons. Even in the lowest category, rooms come with a desk, a Smart TV including streaming access, Bluetooth speakers, tea, coffee, snacks, a safe, and even a mini-library.
In the highest category you get even more amenities such as a sitting area and a bulging minibar.
You will probably sleep very well in all rooms at The Circus Hotel: The box spring beds are from Birkenstock and there is a special pillow menu.
Free WIFI is available in all rooms as well as throughout the hotel area.
In addition to the hostel and hotel, The Circus also has a third type of accommodation, the apartment building, which is intended for longer stays.
The Circus Hotel: Breakfast in the Breakfast Lounge
As a passionate breakfast person, the first meal of the day is especially important to me. Because I am lucky enough to be associated with the Breakfast Lounge manager, I have been involved in menu development from the beginning and know how much effort and creativity goes into the breakfast menu.
From coffee from VOTE Coffee and tea from P&T to granola from Lichterjung and biscuits and cruffins from Black Apron, the emphasis here is not only on quality, but also on supporting neighboring and friendly producers and manufacturers.
The Circus Hotel: Sustainability
Travel and sustainability, an eternal topic where the cat usually bites itself in the tail. Air conditioning is now standard in better hotels and is also required by many guests, but it just consumes a lot of resources and energy. Instead of a classic air-conditioning system, an environmentally friendly alternative was chosen: a system of clay ceilings and water pipes is intended to ensure a pleasant indoor climate even at high temperatures, without the use of environmentally harmful refrigerants.
The Circus Hotel: The Lost My Voice Bar
Where there is breakfast and lunch during the day, there is stirring and shaking in the evening. With Nico Zillmann, The Circus Hotel was able to win over a bar operator who not only knows his way around alcoholic mixed drinks, but who also manages to create really good non-alcoholic cocktails and long drinks. The hotel bar is also open for non-overnight guests.
The Circus Hotel: Conclusion
Of course, I am not neutral when it comes to rating the Circus Hotel due to various personal associations. However, I can say from the bottom of my heart that I was very excited about my test overnight there. From the beautiful rooms to the stylish lounge to the very good breakfast, I will definitely recommend The Circus if someone asks me for a boutique hotel in Mitte. I will then also advise the person asking to definitely take a room facing out the back: When it gets dark, a giant goldfish glows here against the backdrop of Berlin's TV tower – a sight with a guaranteed wow effect.