Berlin is a city of massive contrasts with some of the most luxurious hotels in the world coexisting alongside some of the best and most affordable hostels in Europe – many of which are within spitting distance of some of the city's finest shops, restaurants and bars.
On the luxury front, the Adlon, Sofitel and the newer Das Stue steal the show, with extremely convenient central locations, though the very fashionable Casa Camper hotel in Hackescher Markt is snapping at their heels. So too is Soho House, which has opened a Berlin outpost in an old Jewish department store, installing a swimming pool on the roof. For a taste of more refined elegance head out to the Schlosshotel Grünewald which is located just outside the city near a large forest nature reserve. At the other end of the scale, there appears to be a new hostel opening up every month, and standards are generally high. There's now a trend for boutique versions, with arty DIY interiors, private rooms and affordable prices, the Michelberger Hotel in Friedrichschain extremely popular with visiting creatives or Generator Mitte, a great base for sightseeing. The tourist boom in Berlin has led to hundreds of new beds opening up but there's also been a huge rise in people renting out rooms over sites like Airbnb, something that's got local residents up in arms about rising prices and rowdy tenants.