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East Berlin's budding Mitte district—home to edgy boutiques and cool cafés—finally has a hotel to mirror its artsy ethos. Located in a row of whitewashed 18th century houses, Lux Eleven ( was once a key KGB listening post reporting directly to Moscow. Today, following two years of painstaking refurbishment (which, according to its general manager, Thomas Tänzer, included the removal of an inordinate amount of cable and a smattering of furtive contraptions), this historic edifice has been artfully transformed into 72 apartment-style rooms, outfitted in a pared-down combination of bleached wood and concrete.

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