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STAYING AT VEGAN ECO ALMODOVAR HOTEL IN BERLIN

On all three of my visits to Berlin I have been lucky enough to stay at the wonderful Almodovar Hotel. There are so many things I love about Almodovar Hotel that keep me coming back: the beautiful decor, the friendly staff, the eco concept, the rooftop spa… and most of all the incredible vegan breakfast served at their resident restaurant – Bistro Bardot.

On this trip, my friend Anna and I spent 3 nights at Almodovar staying in a stunning Spa Suite. It was the perfect place for two vegan gals to stay whilst exploring the city as not only is the hotel itself amazing for all of the aforementioned reasons, but it is also in a great location. Almodovar is a short walk from Ostkreuz station, lots of thrift shops, Veganz 100% vegan supermarket and lots of vegan eateries including our favourite late night burger spot – Yoyo Food World.

We had the most wonderful stay and I’m so happy to be able to share more details with you as I truly cannot recommend Almodovar enough.

THE ROOMS

Almodovar’s hotel rooms are beautifully decorated in a minimal, natural style with wooden furniture sourced from sustainably managed forests. Not only is the furniture super stylish and eco-friendly, it is insanely comfy too. The beds are so comfy in fact that we found getting up in the morning very difficult. The only thing that incentivised us was the thought of the delicious vegan breakfast buffet!

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Photo by Anna Lenda

We were absolutely blown away when we walked into our room and saw that we had an in-room sauna. It felt so luxurious being able to relax in the comfort of our own room after busy days exploring the city and stuffing our faces with vegan burgers. On previous visits, I’ve always stayed in a standard room, and even though there is no in-room sauna, the luxury of relaxing in a sauna is still available to all guests, by heading up to the beautiful, tranquil rooftop spa and making use of the huge sauna which has great views over the city.

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Photo by Anna Lenda

Not only are the rooms stunningly decorated, comfy & luxurious, they’re also eco-friendly in so many ways, with all electricity used from renewable sources and the omission of a mini-bar due to how wasteful it can be.

To see more details of our beautiful room, you can watch our room tour on my YouTube channel here:

BISTRO BARDOT

All of the food served in Almodovar’s resident restaurant, Bistro Bardot, is vegetarian, with the majority being vegan, and their vegan breakfast buffet is out of this worldThey offer veganised versions of traditional German dishes such as currywurst and breakfast meats, and I have to say our daily breakfast at Almodovar was one of the highlights of our trip.

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The buffet is so abundant of delicious plant foods that there really is something for everyone. Some of our daily favourites included: hot drinks with a variety of plant milks, fresh juice, croissants and waffles with chocolate spread, faux meats, bread with vegan spread, currywurst and scrambled tofu, hummus and olive tapenade; and healthy girl Anna also enjoyed coconut yoghurt with fruit and cereals. Typing that out made me super hungry and desperate to go back for another Almodovar breakfast of dreams!

If you fancy getting major food envy too, you can watch my full tour of the vegan options at Bistro Bardot’s breakfast buffet here:

Almodovar Hotel really has got everything I could want in a hotel and I am so grateful that they kindly gifted us one night’s stay on this trip. As always all opinions are 100% my own and all previous trips have been fully paid for.

If you’d like to book a stay at the most dreamy vegan hotel, you can book direct on their website here: almodovarhotel.de

BERLIN VEGAN GUIDE

WHERE TO STAY ▹▸▹

On both of my visits to Berlin I’ve stayed at Almodovar Hotel, an eco-friendly, 4 star hotel with a roof top spa and an awesome vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Located in Friedrichshain, the hotel is close to the metro station and within walking distance of loads of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants.

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WHAT TO EAT ▹▸▹

BISTRO BARDOT

Almodovar Hotel’s restaurant, Bistro Bardot, serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food.

The breakfast buffet is a definite must, with its selection of vegan meats, tofu scramble, curry wurst and fresh bread. There’s also fresh fruit and variety of cereals if you’re a healthier vegan than me!

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We also ate dinner in the hotel and had the vegan mac n cheese which was absolutely delicious.

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BRAMMIBALS DONUTS

Brammibals donuts is an awesome little 100% vegan cafe that serves delicious handmade donuts, sandwiches and coffee. All of the food was amazing but the hummus sandwich and nougat filled donut were my faves.

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YOYO FOODWORLD

Yoyo FoodWorld serves super reasonably priced, delicious fast food in extremely generous portions. The schnitzel burger was absolutely amazing .

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VEGANZ

Veganz is a 100% vegan supermarket (how freaking cool is that?!) with a café attached. I wanted to buy absolutely everything in the supermarket, from cold meats & cheeses, to frozen pizzas, to dog treats, but as we only took hand luggage we unfortunately had to restrain ourselves. We made up for it by going crazy in the café and ordering two rounds of lunch. The cheese croissant and chocolate chip cookie were my favourites.

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WHERE TO GO ▹▸▹

REICHSTAG BUILDING

The Reichstag Building is absolutely a must-visit in Berlin. Walking around the Dome, you have a stunning view of the city, whilst the provided headset gives an insight into Berlin’s fascinating political history. What’s even better, entry is free but you need to book in advance as it is a high security government building.

(Vegan leather backpack from Create & Case)

BERLIN WALL

The iconic Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery is covered in beautiful, thought-provoking art. After wandering the length of the wall and admiring the art, be sure to visit The Wall Museum as it was incredibly interesting to learn about history of wall and definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

 

Berlin vegan guide

This summer, instead of our typical beach holiday, my mum and I decided to do something we’d wanted to do since I was in High School: travel around Europe! Our first stop was Berlin – voted the most vegan-friendly city in the world here, and with a wide range of vegan restaurants, a veggie/vegan hotel in its centre, and an entirely vegan supermarket, it’s not hard to see why.

Throughout our 3 day stay, we visited so many cool vegan places and I’m really excited to share those that we loved the most with you guys. Not only were the vegan options abundant, the city had so much culture and all of the people we met were really friendly and helpful, making our entire experience amazing. I can’t wait to go back and am already dreaming about my next trip!

▹▸HOTEL▹▸

We stayed in Almódovar Hotel, an organic, vegetarian spa hotel. It is located a short walk from Ostkreuz train station, from where the main tourist attractions are easily accessible.

The beautifully decorated modern rooms are extremely comfortable and spacious. The rooftop spa is equally stunning with a big relaxation area, a lush balcony and a glass-walled sauna overlooking the city. As part of our spa in the city package, my mum and I both had a full body massage and agreed that it was the most relaxing massage we’d ever had.

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In addition to the beautiful facilities, the hotel also offered delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The buffet breakfast at the hotel was 100% vegetarian and mainly vegan, meaning we were spoilt for choice.

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There were delicious cakes, fruit salads, and my personal favourite: a vegan twist on traditional german cuisine. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, and our waitress recommended lots of vegan restaurants/cafes for us to visit during our trip.

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My mum and I both loved our experience at Almodovar Hotel and next time I visit Berlin, I will definitely be staying here again!

▹▸RESTAURANTS▹▸

Almodovar Hotel Restaurant

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On our first evening in Berlin, we were feeling super tired as we’d been up since 2am, so decided to eat in the restaurant in our hotel. We ordered bread with a red pepper almond dip to start and paella to share for our main. Both dishes were amazing!!!! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to snap a picture of the paella, but it was filled with veggies and faux meat sausages and was by far one of the best paellas I’ve ever had. The red pepper almond dip was also delicious – I am definitely going to try to recreate it at home and if it turns out well I’ll be sure to share the recipe with you guys.

Sfizy Veg Pizzeria

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On our second evening we visited Sfizy veg, a vegan pizzeria recommended by one of the lovely waitresses in our hotel. It was a little far from the centre and was so busy that we had to wait a while for a table but the food was so delicious that it was definitely worth the trip. Once again dark lighting + iPhone camera made for very bad photos, so I unfortunately don’t have any to show you guys but rest assured that my pizza and my mum’s spaghetti pomodoro both went down very well. The cheese on my pizza was extremely dairy-like so if you’re newly vegan/missing the taste of dairy then you would absolutely love it! Whilst I really enjoyed the pizza, this meal confirmed to me that after just over a year as a vegan I do not miss dairy at all!

▹▸SUPERMARKET/CAFE▹▸

Veganz aka vegan heaven, is an entirely vegan supermarket chain that stocks everything from fresh fruits and veggies, to vegan cheese and mayo, to vegan pizzas, to vegan dog food. How freaking cool is that!? Oh, and as if that’s not enough, the branch we visited also has a vegan cafe annnd on the second level, there is a vegan shoe shop and a vegan restaurant! Basically, I never wanted to leave.

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We bought lots of treats for ourselves like vegan ice cream and yoghurts, and also decided to get some vegan dog treats for Poppy, Panda, Teddy and Kitty. Like all dog treats, they look kinda gross but I’m sure the dogs will love them.

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On our last day in Berlin, we had veggie burgers and green juices for lunch in the Veganz cafe and they were so yummy! I really wish we had a Veganz in the UK as it would be amazing to have somewhere where you can eat delicious vegan food and do your weekly shopping. Veganz – come to the UK!!!

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Overall, my mum and I had an amazing time in Berlin. I’m already planning my next trip there as I can’t wait to take my boyfriend and all of my veggie/vegan best friends to all of the cool vegan places we explored.

Have any of you guys been to Berlin? I’d love to hear if you guys have any cool vegan finds to add to this list!