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Europe’s first ever music hotel is designed for musicians

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July 19, 2011

Designed for musicians, the nhow Berlin is claimed to be Europe's first-ever music hotel  ...

Designed for musicians, the nhow Berlin is claimed to be Europe's first-ever music hotel (Image by nhow Berlin)

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There is no doubt that Berlin is at the center of the European music industry, with over 700 music companies nestled amongst a city filled with museums, theaters, clubs and concert venues. What could be better fitting for such a creative hub than a hotel inspired by music? The nhow Berlin claims to be Europe's very first music hotel, complete with recording suites, music managers and hotel staff who also happen to be music college graduates.

Located on the river Spree, the nhow Berlin features an exterior designed by architect Sergei Tchoban. The upper section of the building looks like it has been picked up off the ground and placed on top of another. This 21 meter (69 foot)-high section of the building, containing the 8th to 10th stories, balances freely over the river bank and offers guests uninterrupted views of Berlin. The interior design of the hotel is the work of New York designer, Karim Rashid.

The hotel features 303 standard and superior rooms, and a 258m² (308yd²) nhow Suite, occupying two floors, with a private 110 m² (131 yd²) roof terrace. Of course, all the rooms are decked with high-end sound systems. On the 8th, 9th and 10th floors you will find the music sound section, featuring two recording studios. The studios are run in collaboration with Lautstark Music GmbH/René Rennefeld, who also manage the Berlin Hansa recording studios.

Guitar in nhow Suite bedroom  (Image by nhow Berlin)
    The analogue mixing suite features:
  • 48-channel Solid State SSL duality mixing
  • Adam Audio listening system / all studio-standard loudspeakers
  • Pro Tools, Logic / all current, international software standards
  • Recording booth for vocal recording and overdubs
  • Networking with the digital suite
  • Media networking with the music hall, terrace, nhow suite
    The multifunction digital suite features:
  • SSL or Euphorics (TBA) multifunction controller
  • 5.1 sourround mixing with option of 7.1
  • Adam Audio listening systems and all studio-standard loudspeakers
  • Expansion stages from Pro Tools, Logic and all international software standards
  • Final Cut for video editing
  • Recording booth for vocal recording and overdubs
  • Networking with the digital suite
  • Media networking with the music hall, terrace, nhow suite

A standard room at the nhow Berlin will set you back EUR 115 (US$163) per night.

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Bridget Borgobello Bridget is an experienced freelance writer, presenter and performer with a keen eye for innovative design and a passion for green technology. Australian born, Bridget currently resides in Rome and when not scribbling for Gizmag, she spends her time developing new web series content and independent cinema.   All articles by Bridget Borgobello
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4 Comments

115 EUR per night? Sure, lots of musicians got money to burn.

Todd Edelman
20th July, 2011 @ 06:39 am PDT

115 EUR per night is awesome considering the price per hour in a studio.

Kyle R Johnson
20th July, 2011 @ 07:20 am PDT

Wow!! That is awesome! SSL stuff, Adam monitoring, PT & Logic plus a vocal booth...wish I lived closer! At first I thought this sounded ridiculous and was probably all cheesed up, until I read the article. Very well done and a really good idea to boot! I really hope it does well!

Electronic Enes
20th July, 2011 @ 11:28 am PDT

It's a real cool hotel but... not the first. The BackStage Hotel Amsterdam was opened in March 2008. We are specilaized in hosting artists & crew. We're next doors to the two main venues in the center of Amsterdam; De Melkweg & Paradiso. A lot of artists know where to stay..

BackStage Hotel Amsterdam
27th June, 2013 @ 01:51 am PDT
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