In the heart of Berlin in the vibrant neighborhood of Kreuzberg my friends Georg and Martina Siegmann have opened “The Five Lofts” apartments in a former store house that Georg bought in 1986. Moving from Rothenburg ob der Tauber where they owned and operated the successful “Passage 12″ gift store, the Siegmanns have invested in restoring and rebuilding this formerly shabby complex into a fantastic, spacious apartment complex with all of the modern amenities. I can’t think of a better place to unwind and relax after a busy day of sightseeing than The Five Lofts.
My treat was two nights in the “Presidential Suite” which is at the top of the former storehouse which held spices in the old days. The 90 square meter apartment features room for six to sleep plus a well-stocked kitchenette, huge bathroom with massive shower, cozy leather couches and chairs and a big flat-screen TV plus stereo, original art and very handy for the late sleeper, shades to black out the morning sun and allow for slumber parties.
The Five Lofts are in a neighborhood known for its wide variety of dining and entertainment. Close by are Vietnamese, Persian, Turkish, Italian and German restaurants. Best of all, Kreuzberg is known for having exceptionally low prices for food. Four people can eat and drink to their contentment here for less than 20 Euro per person, which is pretty remarkable in a European capital city. Also nearby is a jazz club and numerous small bars which keep the neighborhood hopping well into the morning hours. Best of all, the Five Lofts is securely located behind heavy doors and in a courtyard where no noise can penetrate.
When visiting Berlin, stay at the Five Lofts. Or, pay a lot more and stay in a hotel. www.the5lofts.de