Berlin is a city of superlatives, which not only boasts the highest building in Germany, but also sets other records. The only city in the world with three opera houses spoils visitors for choice with over 175 museums and more than 150 theatres.
And when it comes to accommodation in this metropolis of millions, the choice between luxurious, alternative, or trendy is certainly not easy. But we are happy to help you with our tips.
Indulge in luxury - the somewhat different 5-star hotels
With private access to the Zoological Garden, the SO/Berlin Das Stue, which is housed in an impressive neoclassical building from the 1930s, is impressive. This exclusive boutique hotel is one of the hippest addresses in the luxury sector and spoils its guests not only in the spa, but also in culinary terms with a star restaurant.
The historic Art Nouveau walls of the hotel on Steinplatz (Hotel am Steinplatz) tell a story. In its eventful past, the building, furnished in the Art Deco style, was used as an officers' casino and artists' bar in its eventful past. The elegant hotel was opened in 1913 by Max Zellermayer and boasts an excellent bar throughout Europe.
Peace and seclusion in an exclusive setting can be found in the Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel in Grunewald. This is where Berlin bohemians once met and still today the glamour of that time can be felt, combined with design and lifestyle.
First class stay in the capital's hip 4-star hotels
Near the legendary Ku'damm, Provocateur Berlin welcomes you with a touch of Moulin Rouge and the atmosphere of the Golden Twenties in Paris. Also located on West Berlin's magnificent boulevard, the Hollywood Media Hotel sets a cinematic atmosphere for you. The rooms, furnished with Biedermeier furniture, are dedicated to all the famous film greats of the last century.
Marble floors, stained glass, and a Wilhelminian style interior are the features of the Henri Hotel Berlin Kurfürstendamm. Breakfast is served in the Blue Salon or in the Ladies' Room.
The nhow is designed especially for musicians or music lovers and has not only recording studios, but above all a fantastic view of the Spree. ABION Villa has also dedicated itself to its maritime atmosphere with a view of the Spree. You can rent the hotel's own yacht AIDA here for a sightseeing trip.
The stylish Sir Savigny Hotel on Kantstrasse is entirely dedicated to art. Works by selected artists decorate the walls of this boutique hotel. At Potsdamer Platz, discover Siemens exhibits in the corridors of the Mövenpick Hotel Berlin, which has four courtyards.
Every room has a different theme in Ackselhaus Hotel - whether Picasso, Safari, New York, or Cairo, their is plenty of choice. The Hotel Berlin, Berlin also has individually designed rooms. Each room has a patron whose neighbourhood tips decorate the walls.
If you would like to visit events right where you are staying, then the Orania.Berlin, which organises concerts and literature salons, is the place for you. The hotel i31 also has its own entertainment programme. This boutique hotel also offers its guests free e-scooter and BMWi3 rental.
Organic is a hot topic in the Spree metropolis and thus many hotels have committed themselves to the movement. Almodóvar Hotel in Boxhagener Straße in Friedrichshain and Hotel Oderberger Berlin are fully organic hotels with vegetarian/vegan restaurants. The hotel cuisine is based on regional organic products. Sustainability is also a feature of the concept at Lulu Guldsmeden, which is a Danish hygge hotel.
3-star hotels: exceptional accommodation in comfort class
Hotel Nikolai Residence is located in Berlin's oldest settlement area, the Nikolai Quarter. At Art-Hotel, modern works of art adorn the walls, as well as in the Arte Luise Kunsthotel, where each room is individually designed by an artist.
Changing art exhibitions in the gallery and smaller events are part of the concept of Myer’s Hotel Berlin in Prenzlauer Berg. Housed in a neoclassical building, all rooms were designed differently. Artistic details, extraordinary patterns, and an urban lifestyle are the recipe for success at Max Brown Ku'Damm, which is popular among hipsters and is, of course, also popular in the luxury boutiques right on the doorstep.
If you prefer down-to-earth and would like to taste regional cuisine, Hotel Kastanienhof is a good option. The simply designed, owner-managed hotel has an old Berlin pub as a restaurant, where the chef reinterprets traditional, down-to-earth dishes. Hotel St-Michaels-Heim also welcomes its guests with an English country house style. The house is accommodated with many individual event rooms and a beautiful beer garden in the former Palais Mendelssohn. On Mondays, you can attend film and cinema evenings in comfort class accommodation.
Simple rooms with typical Berlin charm is also a feature of Hotel Tiergarten, which is located in a historic 19th century building. The Tiergarten and the Zoological Garden are perfect for taking a walk.
If you would prefer to discover the city on a guided tour, check into The Circus Hotel, which offers private tours. Another extraordinary extra are the yoga classes on the roof terrace.
Hostels and guest houses for groups and smaller budgets
Right on the water's edge, Blumenfisch by Großen Wannsee is also happy to welcome groups. This guesthouse is located in a Wilhelminian style villa and operates as an inclusive business. Private access to Wannsee with its large jetty is the big plus of this hotel.
You are also right by the water if you choose Kuhnle tours. In the bay of the river bath you can get cosy on your private houseboat and enjoy peace and seclusion after a sightseeing tour. The QBE Hotel Heizhaus Berlin is also located a little more quietly outside on a former NVA site and offers extraordinary living containers and hip living cubes.
More central is the small Peters guest house (Pension Peters) on Kantstraße in Charlottenburg. If you are looking for organic and sustainable yet moderate prices, then this family accommodation is the right place.
You can also combine personal, individual service away from the big hotels with the glamour and lifestyle of the Golden Twenties: Hotel-Pension Funk is located in a Wilhelminian villa, once home of silent movie star Asta Nielsen. The rooms revive this period with their 1920s and Biedermeier style furniture.