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Hotel Friedenau: The Literature Hotel


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Bookkeeper's Cellar

Literature Hotel



This villa, which previously boasted two floors (and to which a third floor and attic have been added), formerly belonged to a chain of Christian Hospice hotels. Nowadays the hotel sees itself as a neighbourhood hotel; and as literature is almost synonymous with neighbourhood in the Friedenau district of Berlin, the label ‘Literature Hotel’ almost goes without saying. 
The whole of Friedenau seems to be imbued with the names of great writers. They often lived next door to each other, sometimes over generations, their fame giving the streets they lived in a certain kudos – like in the Niedstraße close to Friedenau’s central Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz, where Günter Grass and Uwe Johnson lived, or the Görresstraße, where the Bookkeeper’s Cellar was founded in 1967.
Today’s hotel manager is a writer herself. She was a fellow in the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome, is a member of the German P.E.N Centre, and has literature prizes to her name. Her cosmopolitan hotel, where English, French, Italian, Swedish and Russian are spoken, is wholly integrated into this neighbourhood of writers.
An extension that reaches far into the garden, furnished with stylish yet homely Biedermeier antiques, is home to the daily breakfast buffet and also – the name Uwe Johnson Salon giving it away – to literature. For the last six years readings have taken place here, with well-known authors such as Christoph Meckel, Edgar Hilsenrath and Judith Hermann. Literature lovers should try to coordinate their visit to Berlin with the events programme and the bi-monthly readings. 
Address: Fregestr. 68, 12159 Berlin, +49 (0)30 8590960, 
Bus, Tube, Tram: U9 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz; S1 Friedenau; Bus M48, M85, 186, 246 Kaisereiche