Soon after the wall fell, Andreas (one of the owners) found a building on ‘Am Zirkus’ (the inspiration for the hotel’s name) and began squatting there with the idea of growing it into a hostel for those flocking to the former East Berlin in search of adventure. Eventually, the hostel moved, and, as the owners aged, they decided a hotel would be a good addition to The Circus family.
Now, The Circus Hotel - occupying a 19th-century building - stands proudly at the heart of the city and is wonderfully Berlin, oozing authenticity and openness. Its eclectic style, enticing energy, diverse mix of staff, and focus on discovering the city beyond the sites captured our hearts.
Downstairs, the lounge where - breakfast is served in the morning and drinks in the evening - is full of pieces that capture your attention: vases with monkey faces, bold floral prints, old record players and inviting wicker chairs. Bedrooms are all just as unique, each one has been individually designed, featuring prints, sculptures and splashes of bold colours, but each is alluring and boasts sustainable climate control, Birkenstock beds and a snack draw stocked with goodies from cool Berlin brands.
Whether visiting the capital for the first time, or if you just want to take a break in your own city, The Circus Hotel is the perfect base to do so.
“I joined the team over a decade ago working on the front desk, and I loved it so much I stuck around: the design, energy and concept of The Circus fills me with joy.”
“Berlin is such a special city, and The Circus is at its heart. Every single staff member shares this love of Berlin, and each has great insider tips - some of which I didn’t know!”
Katrin’s insider tips
The Circus Hotel is located in Mitte, Berlin.
You can drive, and there’s hotel parking (extra cost).
The closest station is Rosenthaler Platz, easily accessible from Berlin’s central station.