Jul 21st, 2010 by Håkan
Q: What is it? A: The location for this hotel is kinda off, but as a budget alternative in Berlin it works very OK. Clean and rather modern, although not particularly exciting.
So you want to go shopping, don’t you?
Tourist guides often praise the Kurfürstendamm as being the place for ”Some of the best shopping in Europe…” Honestly, it always failed to impress me, as a few stores of the Gucci/Louis Vuitton/Cartier kind will never be reason enough to call an area interesting. Consequently, for me this means that the location of the Ku’Damm 101 will never have the same magnetic pull as it seems to have on the authors of these tourist guides.
Also, the Ku’ Damm 101, is not located in the middle of everything, but in a converted office block in Wilmersdorf; a district at the very west end of the boulevard.
Prepare yourself for something that’s trying to be modern.
Behind the transformation of the nondescript office building into a place that tries to be both design-y and modern-ish is the Swiss concept/design firm Kessler + Kessler. One reliable site tells that ”…there’s a subtly institutional feeling throughout, a playful wink toward the office design of decades past.” There sure is an institutional feeling. Sadly the concept/design people forgot that there’s a life to a hotel long after the design sketches; someone eventually will pay for staying there. Antiseptic, is the word I’d like to use. Rooms feel like somebody started to furnish them and then changed his mind and stopped when the work was only half done. With that in mind, the fact that those concept folks embraced Le Corbusier’s colour theories* when designing the hotel… well, to me it only sounds like corporate ca-ca.
Will modern-ish furniture make a hotel feel modern?
The rooms feature furniture by Lemongras Design (yes, only one ‘s’), a Munich-based company. Their most obvious contribution to the rooms is the TV trolley. There’s no minibar and no room-service is available. If you want to, you can rent a stocked mini-refrigerator. The modern-ish ideas become clearly visible in the laboratory-like breakfast room on the 7th floor. It should be mentioned that some obligatory Arne Jacobsen chairs can be found in the lobby.
Is there anything good with this hotel?
The helpful and friendly staff makes a difference. The warmth they added to my stay is worth one extra star. It is also well worth mentioning that this hotel is not a very expensive one – so if you’re travelling on a budget and want a place that’s clean although not cosy, you might consider the Ku’Damm 101. But with just a little bit of extra thought added to the interior design, my guess is that guests would much feel much more like at home. Damn! I feel sorry for them. It wouldn’t even have been costly.
Ku’ Damm 101 Hotel
+49-30-52 00 55-0
*The Swiss company Salubra, a producer of wallpaper, hired Le Corbusier and made it possible for him to develop his Purist colour theory. This was based on the effects of colour on the human being and proposed that human reactions to colour were constant. Apparently, there were no theories published on what effects a sloppy and unfinished design work will have on hotel guests…