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.
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