With its hedonistic nightlife, cutting-edge culture and reasonable prices, Berlin ticks many boxes for a brilliant city break.
Over the past decade, the number of hotels in the German capital has doubled, and the options are as varied and vibrant as the city itself.
So, where to sleep in Berlin? Here are some of the most stylish and advantageous digs in town.
The best hotels in Berlin are:
Best for Nightlife: nhow Berlin, Booking.com
Ideal for live music: Orania.Berlin, Booking.com
Best for story: Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Booking.com
Best for the budget: Motel One Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Booking.com
Ideal for modern luxury: SO Berlin Das Stue, Booking.com
Ideal for shopping: 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Booking.com
Best for Romance: Provocative, Booking.com
Ideal for well-being: Hotel in Rome, Booking.com
Best for old-school glamour: Hotel Zoo, Booking.com
Ideal for architecture: Oderberger Hotel, Booking.com
Ideal for families: Brilliant Apartments, Booking.com
Best for bohemian vibes: Lulu Guldsmeden, Booking.com
Ideal for foodies: The Mandala, Booking.com
With a cantilevered structure overlooking the River Spree, this 304-room hotel is within walking distance of the bars and clubs of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain (just pray for the doormen of Watergate and Berghain). The Karim Rashid-designed property is an explosion of soft colors and curvy shapes, with 24-hour room service providing guitars and turntables for late-night jam sessions and DJ sets. There’s a riverside terrace for sunset cocktails, saunas for sweating off the excess from the night before, and a 5 p.m. departure on Sundays.
Price: Doubles from €81 (£68)
One block from one of Berlin’s most famous punk clubs, this boutique hotel brings something different to East Kreuzberg, namely a sophisticated downstairs lounge with live jazz , craft cocktails and contemporary cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Philipp Vogel. In an Art Nouveau building that once hosted cabaret shows, the hotel’s 41 rooms feature warm shades of red and gold, oak floors, hand-knotted rugs, and supremely comfortable beds. Free tickets to jazz and classical music concerts are held on the top floor. salon.
Price: Doubles from €269 (£224)
Neighbourhood: Unter den Linden, Mitte
Overlooking the Brandenburg Gate, this grand dame has been a favorite of many: from Albert Einstein to swinging baby Michael Jackson. Opened in 1907, the hotel survived World War II, only to be accidentally set on fire by Soviet soldiers who attacked the wine cellar. Rebuilt in 1997, the current incarnation includes a two-Michelin-star restaurant, a three-level spa, and 385 rooms decorated in elegant style — think rich silks and mahogany furniture. Major sights such as the Reichstag building and the Holocaust Memorial are just a short walk away.
Price: Doubles from €349 (£291)
Area: Alexanderplatz, Mitte
Debuting in December 2017, the 708-room hotel is the German design-focused chain’s 10th Berlin outpost. Located in the city center near the main train station, the lively lobby lounge conveys Berlin’s creative vibe with street art murals and colorful Moroso armchairs. The bedrooms are cozy and comfortable, with double or queen beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and technology that includes rain showers. Sign up for the hotel’s loyalty program and enjoy free breakfast and late check-out on Sundays.
Price: Double rooms from €80 (£67)
On the edge of leafy Tiergarten, Berlin’s equivalent of London’s Hyde Park, this 78-room hotel once housed the Danish Embassy in the city center. Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola’s playful public spaces combine animal sculptures, colorful bespoke furniture and black-and-white fashion photography. Rooms have high ceilings, Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs, and high-end entertainment systems, while sprawling Stue Suites have freestanding silver tubs. On the ground floor, you will find a restaurant, a cocktail bar and a Susanne Kaufmann spa offering herbal treatments.
Price: Double rooms from €293 (£244)
A 10-minute walk from the Kurfürstendamm shopping street and next to the trendy Bikini mall, this 149-room hotel is perfectly located for a little shopping therapy. A lobby lounge with hammocks and bicycles hanging from the ceiling creates a funky vibe, complemented by a lively rooftop bar, ninth-floor sauna with views of Berlin Zoo’s monkey enclosure, free bicycles at borrow and MINI Coopers to test. Choose from Urban Rooms overlooking the bomb-destroyed Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church or Jungle Rooms facing the Zoo and Tiergarten Park.
Price: Doubles from €198 (£165)
Read our review of the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
A five-minute walk from Ku’Damm, Provocateur is the kind of hotel where you order a bottle of champagne and hang the “do not disturb” sign. Opened in January 2017, the 58 rooms are unapologetically sultry, with rich lipstick or teal hues, plush velvets, and a bedside switch that dims lights, plays sultry tunes, and projects sexy video art on the wall. You may never feel the urge to leave – although there is an equally enticing cocktail bar and the famous French-Chinese restaurant Golden Phoenix on the ground floor.
Price: Double rooms from €103 (£86)
Area: Bebelplatz, Berlin Mitte
A stone’s throw from the State Opera, this Rocco Forte hotel is housed in a former 19th-century bank. The old vault has been converted into an 8,600 square foot underground spa where you can bathe in a golden mosaic pool, schedule a shiatsu massage, and visit the Finnish sauna. Most of the 145 rooms are chic and contemporary, with king-size beds and huge bathrooms, while four historic suites feature wood paneling, parquet floors, and some shell damage from WWII. Keep in mind that some of the cheaper room deals may require you to pay extra for spa access.
Price: Doubles from €378 (£315)
Originally opened in 1911, in a prime location on Ku’Damm, Hotel Zoo became the official hotel of the Berlin International Film Festival in the 1950s, hosting stars like Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren. Renovated in 2014 by Hollywood designers Dayna Lee and Ted Berner, the 144-room hotel blends contemporary whimsy with old-school style. Rooms have high ceilings, wooden floors, glass-walled rainfall showers, and plush towels from Maison Martin Margiela, while the Grace Bar offers top-notch cocktails and DJs on weekends.
Price: Double rooms from €187 (£156)
Read our review of Hotel Zoo
Neighbourhood: Prenzlauer Berg
A former 19th-century public bathhouse, this neo-Renaissance building was transformed into a 75-room boutique hotel in 2016. Original features, such as tiles and doors, are layered with modern furnishings and interiors. ‘contemporary art ; the old bathing cabins have been converted into bedrooms, while the old boiler room is now a modern German restaurant with 50-foot ceilings. But the hotel’s most striking feature is undoubtedly the 65-foot-long indoor pool in a cathedral-like room. After a dip, stroll to Mauerpark for the Sunday market and outdoor karaoke.
Price: Doubles from €168 (£140)
Read our review of the Oderberger Hotel
Neighbourhood: Prenzlauer Berg
In a 19th-century townhouse on one of Berlin’s prettiest cafe-lined streets, these 14 apartments mix style (mid-century furniture, eclectic wallpaper) and functionality (good-sized kitchens, washing machines) . Ranging from studios to two-bedroom blocks, some have balconies, tubs, and extra beds, and there’s a quiet backyard. Walk to Mauerpark and MACHMit! Museum for Children, while Mount Mitte Ropes Course and Natural History Museum are a short tram ride away. For older children, the Berlin Wall Memorial is a 15-minute walk away.
Price: Double apartments from €219 (£183)
Part of a quirky Danish chain, this 81-room hotel on bustling Potsdamer Strasse has laid-back charm. High-ceilinged rooms mix sleek Scandi style with bright Balinese accents; most come with four-poster beds, but it’s worth paying for the extra space of a suite or loft (with your own swing). Downstairs, there’s a dimly lit bar and restaurant serving Nordic-inspired organic cuisine, and a plant-filled courtyard. Rent a bike to explore the city or walk five minutes to the nearest U-Bahn station.
Price: Doubles from £164 (£137)
Neighbourhood: Potsdamer Platz
For an upscale treat, head to The Mandala on Potsdamer Platz. It has everything you want in a five-star hotel: sleek, stylish rooms, a serious spa, and a famous restaurant. Overlooking a bamboo garden on the fifth floor, the ambiance of the two-Michelin-star Facil restaurant is upscale yet relaxed, with artfully prepared dishes like red mullet with beurre blanc and venison with marinated pumpkin. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate, while KaDaWe’s upscale food court is four U-Bahn stops.
Price: Doubles from €240 (£200)
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