Berlin's Best Hotels: Places to Stay in Style

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin's hotel landscape has undergone a turbo-charged expansion, resulting in more than 133,000 beds in 800 hotels, B&Bs and hostels. With competition being so fierce, rates tend to be pleasingly lower than in other European capitals - except during the large trade shows, big festivals and major holidays like New Year's Eve. 

The range of abodes is truly mind-blowing. Practically every international chain has at least one outlet in Berlin now, but there are also plenty of homegrown hotels that are better suited for experiencing the city's authentic local character. One of the most unusual is the Arte Luise Kunsthotel, where each room reflects the vision and ingenuity of a different artist. For your best chance of hobnobbing with celebrities, book a room in the venerable Hotel Adlon, which overlooks the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Or enjoy the top views in town when checking into one of Germany's tallest hotels, the Park Inn, right on Alexanderplatz, the main square in the eastern city center. Global hipsters should make a beeline to Casa Camper which comes with plenty of playful perks. Or if you want to stay at a hotel with its own 'tourist attraction', consider the Radisson Blu

Note that Berlin introduced a 5% city tax on January 1, 2014, which is added to your hotel bill. 

Novotel Berlin Mitte
Photo courtesy of Andrea Schulte-Peevers

Berlin was founded in 1237 in the area of today's Nikolai Quarter, mere steps from this value-for-money pick. Few would complain about being close to many of the major sights, including Museum Island, Alexanderplatz and the Brandenburg Gate....  Read More

Pension Funk

If you're looking for local character, you'll find heaps of it at this charming B&B in western Berlin. The one-time home of Danish silent-movie siren Asta Nielsen timewarps you back to the glamour and delicious decadence of the 1920s. Floral...  Read More

Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Photo courtesy of Andrea Schulte-Peevers

A mere hop, skip and jump from storied Checkpoint Charlie, this 4-star hotel is a handy base for travelers keen on connecting with Berlin's history. The building itself is a handsome design by Italian architect Aldo Rossi and located in a quiet...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf

Take a top location, mix with a generous dose of style, stir in a touch of trendiness and you'll get one killer cocktail of a hotel. Swissotel Berlin occupies a beautifully curving building by the same architectural firm that designed Berlin's...  Read More

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz

It may look very 21st century, but Berlin's tallest hotel (soaring to an impressive 150m) was actually built under the East German regime back in 1970 as a domicile for foreign guests. Fast-forward to 2014 and you get to hang your hat in a...  Read More

Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin
Photo courtesy of Rene Menges, Radisson Blu

Exuding contemporary verve, the Radisson Blu not only competes for skyline space with the adjacent Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) but is also within walking distance of just about any other major Berlin sight and landmark. Best of all, its...  Read More

One of Berlin's most luxurious and illustrious hotels, the Adlon has bedded headline-makers of all stripes - from presidents and royals to captains of industry and A-list celebrities. And yes, this is the site of Michael Jackson's bizarre 2002...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf

Golden Twenties' glamour still radiates from the listed walls of the Ellington Hotel, where the 'Duke' did indeed perform back in the day, as did Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. In the 80s, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and the late Lou Reed were...  Read More

Arte Luise Kunsthotel

One of Berlin's most unusual hospitality sites is not an art hotel but a gallery with rooms. Instead of canvases decorating walls, rooms themselves are works of art. Each one is original and unique, created by artists who invite you to fill...  Read More

Casa Camper Berlin

With its Berlin branch, the mod Barcelona-based designer footwear chain has fielded yet another stylish contender to appeal to urban sophisticates. Casa Camper sits smack dab in the atmospheric old Jewish quarter, surrounded by fashion-forward...  Read More


Meet Andrea Schulte-Peevers

Andrea has made a living as a travel writer and photographer for over 20 years, visiting some 70 countries in the process and authoring a similar number of guidebooks, mostly for Lonely...  More About Andrea

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