Contemporary eclecticism, a hotel in Berlin

A boutique hotel interior participates in the renovation of a historic building, recalling the “belle époque” of the German capital in an experience that avoids vintage clichés.

Not far from Brandenburg Gate, The Chateau Royal is a new 93-room boutique hotel – with 26 suites and an apartment – housed in two historic buildings dating back to the period between 1850 and 1910, recently restored and integrated with a roof extension and a new volume on an architectural drafting by David Chipperfield Architects. The hotel concept moves from the idea of creating a point of encounter between different stories, geographies, and cultures sharing some relationship with the city of Berlin. Conceived under the direction of Irina Kromayer, with Etienne Descloux and Katariina Minits, the interiors evoke the Berlin Belle Époque taste, reworked with a contemporary touch. 

Kromayer, Descloux & Minits, Chateau Royal Hotel, Berlin. Photo Felix Brueggemann
Kromayer, Descloux & Minits, Chateau Royal Hotel, Berlin. Photo Felix Brueggemann

Polished marble, oak floors and boiserie, wallpapers, colored glass, glazed ceramics and custom pieces of furniture, shiny Bauhaus-style chrome plating and Schinkelian atmospheres melt without giving into excesses, attracting the eye on details all while avoiding any cloying effect. The experience of the space is completed by the enogastronomic offer, curated by chef Victoria Eliasdóttir, and by the collaboration with numerous artists. Rooms and courses are thus nourished by a continuous interplay between classic reinterpretation and avant-garde experimentation, brilliantly keeping away from the realm of vintage cliché. 

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