Why did you pick Berlin?
There are so many great things going for Berlin: the history, the culture, the nightlife, the food scene, the vintage shopping markets – I could go on and on…If you haven’t visited then I would really recommend that you add it to your ‘City Break’ list.
Why did you pick Sir Savigny?
Sir Savigny, like Berlin, is uber cool. Located in the affluent Charlottenburg district, the neighbourhood around is trendy and stylish with countless great restaurants and shops. The hotel is moments away from the S-Bahn station Savignyplatz and the rest of the city is really accessible from it. I really loved the concept at Sir Savigny: you arrive through a passageway (with cool paintings all over the ceiling) to the ‘reception’. The ‘reception’ is actually a large, beautifully-decorated room with a expansive wooden table as the centrepiece. Check-in is a case of sitting down at this table with a coffee (or prosecco, depending on what time you arrive / your feelings on an appropriate hour for your first drink) and chatting to the friendly manager on duty who will give you your keys and offer you tips and recommendations for your stay. In the evenings, the check-in table is used as part of Sir Savigny’s fantastic restaurant ‘The Butcher’ and the whole area buzzes with the laughter and snatches of conversation from guests and locals alike. There are no rules, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and there’s plenty of lovely lounging space – you really feel as though you are in your second (albeit slightly more stylish) home.
What was your favourite place in Sir Savigny?
As much as I loved our room, I think I’d have to go with the gorgeous lounge area. Complete with a variety of comfy chairs and tables – including a popular swing seat – it was the perfect place to chill out in the afternoon. Combine this with the tasty dishes coming out of The Butcher’ (the hotel restaurant) and you’ve got yourself a pretty perfect spot. The Butcher specialises in, you guessed it, burgers and steaks. And, oh my, they do them well. We arrived directly from the airport and, within the hour were all checked in and enjoying ice cold German beers alongside giant juicy burgers and the dangerously-moreish sweet potato fries – the perfect remedy to an early morning flight.
What was the vibe of Sir Savigny?
Sir Savigny was one of the most relaxed hotels I’ve ever stayed in. The vibe was so homely, you felt really comfortable just lounging around doing nothing for hours – a welcome break from fast-paced London life. However, although it was really chilled-out, the design was also on-point throughout – meticulously considered and sleekly executed. From the glossy art books scattered over the dining tables and stacked on the shelves to the artistic headboards in the bedrooms – the hotel really embodied a creative, yet well polished, atmosphere.
What were the staff like?
The staff were nice, quite young and hip – which again fits in with the vibe of the hotel. I especially loved the lady who took the later afternoon/ evening shift: Ginny. She was really nice and chatty and kept reminding us to ask her if we had any questions, wanted anything or needed some recommendations on what to do/ where to eat. Being a typical Brit, I mentioned I needed more teabags and milk on my way out to dinner one evening. When we returned to the room later on we were met by a stack of teabags on our ‘writing desk’ – showcasing the level of service and attentiveness.
What was your room like?
Our room was no exception to the ‘stylish yet cosy’ feel which Sir Savigny does so well. We were on the first floor, overlooking a sun-kissed internal courtyard with funky wall paintings (totally Berlin). The room itself was spot on in design, with plush furnishings, separate toilet and shower, and the most amazing ‘writing desk’ which included coffee machine, kettle and everything else you’d ever need. The bed was one of the most comfy I’ve ever slept in and the thick long curtains blocked out any trace of light – I have to admit, I did spend a lot of time sleeping on this trip.
Was Sir Savigny in a good location? Did you find any great bars, restaurants, shops, sights etc. nearby?
I loved the location of Sir Savigny, whilst the Charlottenburg district may not be as ‘cool’ and ‘edgy’ as the East, there’s definitely still plenty to do and see. It’s also quieter in the evenings, so you can relax properly, with the parties in the East still being easily accessible. As well as having a great restaurant itself, Sir Savigny is also opposite Green Saigon – a really fantastic Vietnamese restaurant. We went for lunch and were not disappointed. We had such delicious, fresh food and the most amazing ice tea cocktails – all for a really reasonable price. Would definitely recommend this lunch spot to anyone in the area, but again go early (it opens at 1pm) as by 2pm or so it can get pretty crowded. They also serve an Asian-inspired tapas menu for the evenings which also looked fabulous – next time…
What / where was the best discovery you made?
We especially loved Benedict – a 24 hour brunch spot with a flawless menu, including ‘egg balls’ – their own creation. Just be prepared to wait a while before you’re seated: we headed over at 11am and still had to deal with a 45 minute wait time. The atmosphere here is buzzing – packed with hip locals and internationals, everyone laughing and chatting over tables full of mimosas and poached eggs. The staff were also super friendly and the service fast and efficient. All in all a really great spot for brunch – whatever time you fancy it….
In conclusion: Sir Savigny expertly balances these levels of style and comfort – the result, you never want to leave.
Planning your own trip to Berlin? You can find rates and availability for the ultra suave Sir Savigny here.