We’re standing in an area of Berlin that I’m not so familiar with. In Mitte, just a block from the River Spree and only 20 minutes walk to Alexanderplatz. A small park sits opposite the hotel and in the small lot next door, a food truck market is generating a small crowd. The hotel in front of me looks like any other business building—slightly intimidating at first in its cold silver exterior, but once we walk inside, a soft and playful palette of colors welcomes into a familiar Berlin scene.
We’re here for a night at the hotel, including a dinner in the plush restaurant which is beginning to get a name for itself in Berlin’s food scene. Located inside the COSMO Hotel lobby in Mitte, the Scent Restaurant is run by chef Ottmar Pohl-Hoffbauer. His menu features eco-friendly and…