luxe - nhow Hotel, Berlin
Written by Renuka Rayasam
Situated along the River Spree, every aspect of Berlin’s nhow hotel embodies music.
While some hotels make their guests feel like rock stars, at Berlin’s nhow hotel guests can become rock stars. German rockers finalstair were discovered at the hotel’s popular monthly open mic night. Next to a major concert venue and nestled among the city’s most popular clubs, the hotel caters for musicians and music lovers. Not only are all of the 304 rooms fitted with iPod docks, but guests can also order a guitar or keyboard through room service and make special requests to an onsite music manager.
Artists can record songs at one of the two sound studios that jut out of the hotel’s top floor and float high above the river. Equipped with state-of-the-art recording equipment and top-notch acoustics, the studios are run by the manager of Germany’s Hansa Tonstudios, whose producers occasionally pop into one of the hotel’s steady stream of music events.
Just in case inspiration unexpectedly hits, the hotel is wired to the hilt. Microphones in bathrooms, conference rooms, the presidential suite, and the lobby make sure that music can be recorded whenever and wherever guests feel the beat.
Guests can be forgiven for thinking that the photogenic couple on the ceiling of the hotel’s elevator are rock stars. After all, pictures of rock stars adorn many of the building’s walls. In fact, it is the hotel designer Karim Rashid and his wife. The hotel incorporates many of the designer’s whims. Interiors are Rashid’s favourite colour: bubblegum pink, which provides a stark contrast to the grey stone buildings surrounding the hotel. The golden circular structure over the bar is based on Rashid’s profile.