Strange as it might seem in view of the large number of tourists who flock here, Prenzlauer Berg has few hotels (but numerous B&Bs), with nearby Mitte, which boasts more than its share, absorbing the majority of visitors. Essentially a residential area, bastion of the yuppie set, Prenzlauer Berg is not the best place to look for accommodation, and only a few small establishments stand out. For his little hotel, Ulf Acksel went for an “exotic colonial” theme that is somewhat at odds with the neighbourhood, but is nonetheless rather beguiling. The rooms, suites and apartments spread across two 19th-century buildings have a rustic, ethnic, Balinese feel, creating a general mood of relaxation, lightness, and simplicity. Flower-filled, green and cooled in summer by several fountains and basins, the complex forms a curious oasis in the neighbourhood. A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the Café del Mar.