The little Hotel Art Nouveau, located on Leibnizstrasse, just off the Ku'damm and within easy walking distance of all the area's shops and restaurants, has that rare combination of charm, perfect location, comfort, and gemütlich atmosphere that characterizes the best small city hotels.

The engaging, accommodating owners, Christin and Gerd Schlenzka, both speak excellent English and seem always on hand to give wise counsel on what to do and see in Berlin and which are the best restaurants.

The hotel's high-ceilinged rooms are spacious and airy and each has its own Art Deco look. The best of them, the "blue suite," is two spacious rooms in a quiet location away from the street with hardwood floors, interesting art, and comfortable furnishings. Number 10, is a large corner double with a love seat niche. Another large double is Number 8, though on the street side.

A fine breakfast buffet is laid out each morning in the hotel's sunny salon whose high windows look out over the neighborhood. Evenings this same room becomes an impromptu gathering spot for pre- or post-prandial beverages from the honor bar.

The neighborhood is full of good restaurants and interesting shops.

This an extraordinary family-run, city hotel.

Hotel Art Nouveau Leibnizstrasse 59, 10629 Berlin, tel. +49/030/32 77 44 0, fax 32 77 44 40, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. doubles from €110. (Ask for the discount for Gemütlichkeit readers.)