For my first Christmas away from home, I knew it had to be spent somewhere special. Berlin seemed to tick all my boxes: cold (check), Christmas Markets (check), good food (check). Since a lot of cities actually seem to ‘shut down’ over the Christmas period, what was also important to me was staying in accommodation that still managed to make me feel somewhat at home. This is where the Circus Hotel came into play. From the kind staff, to the cosy rooms and delicious cafe and bar in the lobby serving up brunch that made me feels as if I was back home in Australia, I can safely say the Circus Hotel was a great location to spend Christmas Eve and Day.
Here’s how I spent my first Christmas away from home with the Circus Hotel:
The Hotel + Location
Situated on Rosenthaler Platz, the hotel is in a prime and central location for exploring the best of what Berlin has to offer. You’ll find the U-Bahn right outside the lobby, deliciously trendy restaurants and bars in the surrounding streets and boutique shops in the Hackescher Markt area. I had some seriously good sushi for my Christmas dinner, and the burgers across the road are to die for!
Step inside, and you’ll immediately feel welcomed by staff and wowed by the funky interiors. The 24-hour reception desk blends in with the bar and restaurant area, and is always buzzing from morning til night with guests and locals having breakfast or drinks. It’s definitely a fun hotel packed with character and a great atmosphere at all times; hence ‘The Circus’!
Unfortunately it was closed during my stay, but the rooftop terrace offers extensive views across the city and an honest bar for guests to help themselves to a drink as the sun sets! The hotel also has a library for guests to relax with a book and a view. You can even hire bikes from reception, which would be an awesome way to explore the city in the warmer months!
My adorable twin room was just the right size for two people to feel comfortable. Judging by the name of the hotel, it comes at no surprise that each room is colourful and vibrant, with unique and quirky touches! From the birds on a wire above the beds, to the old-school telephone and artwork on the walls, you certainly get a circus-vibe.
The rooms are equipped with the usual and necessary amenities like free wifi, a spacious desk, coffee and tea, organic and vegan bathroom products and even a Circus Tablet! I especially loved our view looking out onto the Christmas tree in the courtyard and vines climbing the hotel exterior.
You know the food and coffee is great when you have to come back the next morning for breakfast again! Located on the bottom level of the hotel, you’ll find Circus Hotel’s latest and greatest collab with the uber trendy Commonground Cafe. The poached eggs and avo and quality lattes really took us back to the cafe scene in Australia – just what we needed while spending Christmas away from our loved ones! Not only is breakfast served up til 4.30pm, but you can sip on cocktails and German beer through the night as it transforms into a bar and restaurant at night. Of course, we couldn’t resist the passionfruit mimosas and craft beer on tap – I mean it was Christmas after all!
I’d highly recommend Commonground as a breakfast spot, even if you aren’t staying at the hotel!
Circus Hostel + Apartments
Circus Hostel: Diagonally across the street from the Circus Hotel is its sister hostel, which is perfect for travellers seeking a budget friendly accommodation. The hostel offers dorm and private rooms and affordable breakfasts, all while being a hub for meeting other like-minded travellers!
Check out the Circus Hostel here!
Circus Apartments: For larger groups of travellers, families or those seeking more space, Circus will accommodate just about everyone. Their luxury apartments are fully serviced and equipped with kitchens, living areas and balconies; perfect for long stays or for the travellers who like to feel at home when they’re abroad.
Check out the Circus Apartments here!
Christmas in Germany wouldn’t be complete without visiting a few Christmas Markets! We did the rounds and warmed up with mulled wine, bratwurst, gingerbread and poffertjes smothered in Nutella… Okay, why can’t these markets exist every day of the year?! I’ll definitely be on the hunt for more Christmas Markets in 2018, that’s for sure.
BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE CIRCUS HOTEL HERE!
I was invited as a guest of the Circus Hotel, however as always, opinions are my own!