Q: What is it? A: The Spanish shoe-makers 2nd hotel in a major European city (the first was Barcelona). As quirky and comfortable as their footwear!
I absolutely, honestly love this shoemaker’s shoes.
I admit it: My feet are shaped like Donald Duck’s. This means that just about no shoes feel good while I break them in. The exception to that rule is Camper. I’m thankful for what this Spanish shoemaker has brought to my wardrobe. Last year I stayed in the first Casa Camper, located in Barcelona’s El Raval neighbourhood. And weird as it may sound, the folks at Camper have managed to take the good stuff from their shoes and apply it to their hotels.
”…as a place for grown-up hipsters with a heart.”
I didn’t invent the grown-up hipster thing. It was something that I stumbled upon while checking the internet for reviews. I don’t exactly know what a hipster is but as for the heart thing, there are little messages here and there, like: ”Walk down. It’s healthier.” That is the message on the sign next between the elevator and the stairs. “Ugly but important.” reads the message underneath the emergency evacuation plan on the back of the door to my room.
OK then, what about rooms?
Rooms are identical in size: 32 square meters painted in that brick red color. A comfy bed. Tolomeo lamps on the wall. An easy chair next to a small table. TV on the wall. Berlin map on the wall. The bathroom is located near the window. The light is flooding. Open closet in oak with Camper slippers. Writers desk next to washbasin. It works. It’s not oozing with luxury. Obviously, designers Fernando Amat and Jordi Tio have been focusing on what’s functional and stylish, rather than bold and glitzy.
Take another look at the pictures above.
First, let’s me just say that the concierge services are excellent. The staff know their city and they are eager to help. Now, back to that picture: See the table with the miniature buffet? That’s what you get instead of a minibar in your room. Guests are invited to go to the breakfast room and help themselves to warm and cold drinks, (including espresso coffee and Pago juice), snacks, fruit and sandwiches. All included in the room-rate. The concept was tried out at the Casa Camper in Barcelona. It’s smart and it works. Which is quite a good way to describe the whole hotel: It’s smart and it works.
Casa Camper Berlin
BONUS INFO: Also, the hotel boasts a great restaurant: Dos Palillos. Here you will build your own sushi and have Asian tapas, prepared under the supervision of Albert Raurich, who used to be the commander in chief at El Bulli. Highly recommended, even if you’re not a guest at the hotel.