LOS ANGELES (TheStreet) -- New European hotels in Berlin, Ibiza and Venice aren't just for sleeping.
Spanish shoe company
opened its sophomore property, in East Berlin, for travelers looking for a boutique hotel that's not sterile or painfully modern.
Much like the quirky, cute original tucked inside Barcelona's Gothic District, the East Berlin property is located in the equally energetic Mitte district, known for its period buildings and bohemian artists.
features a rooftop restaurant open to all guests 24 hours a day. And it's free.
The Palazzina Grassi offers one of Venice's first hotel social clubs in years.
You can definitely judge this book by its cover, an architectural face of Bauhaus-inspired glass windows arranged with numbers from 1-68 emblazed on the exterior bathrooms in the shade of the East German TV Tower nearby Hackescher Markt. Glass doors with a high-security vibe lead to an immediate reception where efficient Germans explain the inner workings of the hotel. The guest rooms are chic but simple, like a pair of Camper shoes. Other quirky hotel perks include a bike valet and two-hour car safari through historic Berlin.
The free food on the rooftop is for everybody, at a never-ending buffet of culinary treats like a jar of tomato-burrata and seared tuna salad. For something a bit more gourmet, Albert Raurich, former chef de cuisine at Spain's esteemed El Bulli, inaugurated the Dos Palillos restaurant with gourmet Asian tapas.
Bring in the bands:
To the chagrin of the increasing number of celebrities and models who occupy the Balearic island of Ibiza in summer, Ibiza Rocks is like the trashy and cheap Spanish sister of America's Hard Rock chain. Now the hotel is branching out with
in the town of Magaluf. It's planning five major summer concerts in poolside mega-stages that are also home to weekend gigs by smaller bands. The concept has been a massive success in Ibiza, where in previous years acts have included MGMT, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and the Kooks.
Located in a former family resort, Mallorca Rocks will quickly become known for its endless summer music scene that packages 20-euro rooms with concert tickets to poolside events by some of Europe's top indie bands and performers. While some consider the rooms pricey for what you get -- tile floors and wobbly beds that often slide when you jump inside -- the hotel is meant to be enjoyed poolside in a massive lagoon-style watering hole with three new outdoor bars that are the real moneymaker of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel concept.
Build a social club:
Along one of Venice's bustling canals where palazzo architecture looms above chatty gondoliers,
by racecar-driver-turned-hotelier Emanuele Garosci recently unveiled its own hotel facelift by Ian Schrager, who's known better for his New York sensibility than Italian eccentricity. Having honed his social skills creating the ever-haute Gramercy Park Hotel, Schrager has worked his design charms at this renovated boutique property, which offers one of Venice's first hotel social clubs in years. The striking lounge with rococo walls, shiny wooden bookshelves and metallic-design details are anything but minimalist.
Known as the G-Club, the soon-to-open lounge is for hotel guests and card-carrying or house-approved locals looking for an upscale social club a la London Groucho Club. The hotel personalizes Venice to visitors looking for more of a local experience. Yes, people actually still live in Venice. While on a more intimate scale than SoHo House's upcoming locations in Berlin and Miami, as well as the existing ones in New York and London, the concept is essentially the same on a much smaller and intimate basis in the center of Venice.
Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com -- a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in In Style, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine, ITV and BBC.