Commonground – Berlin (DE)

The recently refurbished Circus Hotel now sports a brand new coffee bar concept, cocktail bar and breakfast joint developed by local heros Silo Coffee

  • opening times:
    Mon – Fri: 7:30 – midnight (kitchen open until 22), Sat & Sun: 8.30 - late
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsite
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea PB
  • coffees on offer:
    various from Fjord Coffee
  • milk:
    Brodowin

More and more hotels are starting to wake up and smell the coffee. Yes, this is indeed a pun. And it has two meanings. On the one hand, hip hotels are realizing that offering a good breakfast menu will make guests happy and attract outsiders, and on the other, they are really taking their coffee game up a few notches.

View of the reception

View of the reception

German hotels have not really been known to integrate specialty coffee into their concepts but a few early adopters have noticed what the likes of The Hoxton and Soho House are doing and taken it on themselves to bring third wave to their own lobbies. One very good example of this is the Circus Hotel in Berlin that recently underwent a complete makeover and, in the process, teamed up with Friedrichhain’s Silo Coffee to create Commonground.

Decorative book shelf

Decorative book shelf

The lobby, that doubles as the café, reception and meeting place, was designed by Sandra Ernst who also came up with the funky sounding Jungle Room. To the left is Commonground, a coffee corner that serves Fjord Coffee Roasters (a joint venture between Silo and Father Carpenter) whose counter connects with the hotel bar that runs along the wall towards the restaurant.

Barista with customer

Barista with customer

In many respects, the interior is exactly what you’d expect from a design hotel. Odd pieces of furniture that look hip but are often less comfortable, a huge book shelf, a giraffe, carpets and plants. While not my personal style preference it does work for this location. There is plenty of room to sit, flick through a magazine, do some work or meet with friends over a cup of excellent coffee.

Coffee bar and restaurant at the back

Coffee bar and restaurant at the back

Morgan Love, owner of Silo said: “When the guys from the hotel approached us they asked us to come up with a specialty coffee concept a breakfast menu and craft cocktails and bar snacks for the evening. Our drinks menu was created by Damien Guichard who manages Bar Marqués and anyone is welcome to pop in and come for a drink or some food. It’s a really welcoming place.”

Barista at work

Barista at work

Next time you’re in the German capital, why not consider staying here? Rooms are really affordable at only €100 for a double!

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