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The 15 best hotels in Berlin

Whether your budget is five-star luxury or chic boutique, our pick of the best hotels in Berlin has you covered

Huw Oliver
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Berlin is an eminently affordable destination, although it's almost a given that people would still flock here even if it was expensive. The nightlife, museums, restaurants and attractions are just that good. Still, this place is relatively inexpensive, making Berlin a real bang for your buck beauty. That’s all well and good, but where should you stay? Berlin is swamped with accommodation spots, even with some of the world’s most strict restrictions on Airbnbs and other vacation rentals. Hotels are everywhere here, but fear not; we’ve done the hard yards and collated some of the best into one handy guide. For our money, these are the best hotels in Berlin.

Updated July 2024: Looking for an oasis but still want the vibes? Then you need to check out the newest addition to this list, an adult-only hotel tucked away by Hackaster Markt.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best Berlin hotels

The trendiest member of Berlin’s luxury hotel family, Das Stue is located in the 1930s Royal Danish Embassy, restored to its former splendour by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. There’s a long list of reasons to stay at this Design Hotel, including a pearl white spa, rooms overlooking the Tiergarten and the original three-storey library. The central location means it’s a short walk from most of Berlin’s major sights.

Time Out tip: Look out for a pair of binoculars in your room – if they're there, it means your room is in the perfect position to spy on the animals in Berlin Zoo.

Designed down to the dust ruffles by Karl Lagerfeld, this restored 1914 villa on the edge of Grunewald is a luxury escape of which mere mortals can only dream. There are 12 suites and 54 rooms, with elegant marble bathrooms, a limousine and butler service, and well-trained staff to scurry after you. R&R is well-covered too, with a swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts and two restaurants (with summer dining on the lawn, of course). This is a beautiful place in a beautiful setting, but so exclusive that it might as well be on another planet. It’s worth checking the internet for deals, nonetheless.

Time Out tip: If fashion is your thing, get down to nearby Kurfürstendamm. It's the Champs-Élysées of Berlin and lined with fancy boutiques.

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Berlin’s 'hostel boat' is moored on the Spree by the East Side Hotel, across the river from Kreuzberg. The rooms – or rather cabins – are clean and fairly spacious (considering it’s a boat), and all have their own shower and toilet. The four-person room can feel a little cramped, but if you need to get up and stretch, there are two common rooms, a lounge and three terraces offering tip-top river views. There's also a second boat (Western), which is moored across the river on the Kreuzberg bank.

Time Out tip: Comedy lovers look this way – Shiphotel's Floating Lounge bar puts on stand-up nights every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

4. 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

You’ll find a 149-room branch of Design Hotels’ funky 25hours brand located inside the Bikini Berlin ‘concept’ shopping mall that adjoins the Tiergarten. The design is a blend of exposed brick and industrial lighting, softened by plenty of greenery and brightly coloured furnishings. There’s great attention to detail, including window-side hammocks, free Mini rental and a fab Middle Eastern restaurant, Neni.

Time Out tip: Berlin Zoo is only a two-minute walk from the hotel and is worth a visit. It's one of the largest in Europe, with almost 14,000 creatures.

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This privately owned addition to the Design Hotels portfolio is an oasis of calm, luxury and taste. The 144 rooms and suites, most of which face onto an inner courtyard, are perfectly designed to maximise light and space, decorated in warm white and beige, with comfortable minimalist furnishings and TVs. A sheltered path through the Japanese garden on the fifth floor leads to Facil, an ultra-modern restaurant with two Michelin stars. The Qiu lounge offers a lighter menu and the rooftop spa, windowed from end to end, has spectacular city views.

Time Out tip: Staying a while? Book directly on the hotel's website for reduced rates.

This is one of the most charming small hotels in Berlin. The rooms are decorated with flair, in a mix of antique and Conran-esque modern furniture, each with an enormous black and white photo hung by the bed. The en-suite bathrooms are cleverly integrated into the rooms without disrupting the elegant townhouse architecture. Even the TVs are stylish.

Time Out tip: If you tend to get the munchies in the middle of the night, take a trip to the breakfast room, where you'll find a fridge full of goodies.

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Along with its nearby sister Honigmond Boutique Hotel, this 20-room guesthouse is enchanting, and it doesn’t cost as much as you’d expect. Choose between large bedrooms facing the street, smaller ones overlooking the fish pond and Tuscan-style garden, or spacious apartments on the upper floor. As with all great places, the secret is in the finer detail. The rooms are impeccably styled with polished pine floors, paintings in massive gilt frames, antiques and iron bedsteads. There’s also a charming sitting room overlooking the garden.

Time Out tip: Calling art lovers – this hotel is within easy reach of Museum Island, the impressive cluster of five museums between Berlin's Spree river and canal.

With its purposefully unfinished look, Michelberger might seem like Berlin in a nutshell to some. While the cheaper rooms are characterised by a stylish simplicity reminiscent of a school gym, the pricier rooms have an air of tongue-in-cheek decadence, decked out in gold from floor to ceiling or in the style of a mountain resort, with sunken bathtubs and film projectors. Michelberger might not be as spick and span as other hotels, but it’s much more fun.

Time Out tip: Given the convenient location opposite Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn station, it can be noisey here. Request a room facing the courtyard if you're a light sleeper.

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Not quite the Adlon of yore, which burned down after the Second World War, this more generic luxury version was rebuilt by the Kempinski Group in 1997 on the original site next to the Brandenburg Gate. Apart from a few original features, you’re really paying for the prime location and the superlative service: bellboys who pass you a chilled bottle of water when you return from a jog in nearby Tiergarten, as well as dining at Thai concept restaurant Sra Bua by Tim Raue or the extremely formal Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, which has two Michelin stars. If you want to rent out one of the three bulletproof presidential suites, it will set you back around €15,000 – but you'll get a 24-hour private butler and limousine for your money.

Time Out tip: Request a room in the east wing of the building and you'll get an uninterrupted view of Brandenburg Gate.

The Hüttenpalast (literally 'cabin palace') is a large hall that was once the factory floor of an old vacuum cleaner company. Since 2011, it’s been home to eight vintage caravans and three little cabins, each sleeping two people. It’s laid out like a mini indoor campsite, with separate male and female shower rooms and a tree in the middle. Each morning, guests emerge from their boltholes to discover little bags containing croissants. There’s fresh coffee on hand and the street front café does an à la carte menu for the particularly peckish. Each caravan is different – Kleine Schwester (Little Sister) is decked out with white wood panelling and matching linen; the Herzensbrecher (Heartbreaker) has a domed metal ceiling; the Schwalbennest (Swallow’s Nest) is big enough to squeeze in a table. If you’re at all claustrophobic, the cabins, also unique in design and decoration, are slightly larger – and there are also regular loft-style hotel rooms of varying sizes.

Time Out tip: Fancy a spot of live music during your stay? Huxleys Neue Welt venue is only a ten-minute walk from the hotel, right ont he edge of leafy Hasenheide Park.

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In the area around the Gedächtniskirche, not a lot is left of the charm and glamour that made the Ku’damm the most legendary street of pre-war Berlin. That makes this wonderful pension hotel, which is hidden away on a quiet side street, a real find. The house, built in 1895, used to be home to the Danish silent movie star Asta Nielsen and has been lovingly restored, with elegant dark wood furniture and art deco detailing. The owner has done his best to make the bathrooms match modern standards without destroying the overall feel – one is hidden inside a replica wardrobe – but some fall slightly short of the quality you would expect from a newer hotel. However, the very reasonable prices and spotless surroundings make up for this. And the breakfast, served in the cosy dining room, is as good as anywhere more expensive.

Time Out tip: Museum für Fotografie, the musum of photography in the city, is just 15 minutes walk north of the hotel.

A real beauty on the Spree. This delightful hotel is a creative fusion of old and new, combining restored rococo reception rooms with ultra-modern bedrooms designed by Nalbach & Nalbach. All the décor has been meticulously thought through (the clue’s in the name), from the Philippe Starck bathrooms and Breuer chairs in conference rooms to striking George Baselitz originals hanging in corridors and all 109 rooms. The staff are pleasant, and the views of Mitte from the top suites are breathtaking.

Time Out tip: History buffs will enjoy a stroll around Nikolaiviertel, the oldest quarter in Berlin, and it's only ten minutes from Art'otel.

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Prime location aside, this member of the Backpacker Germany Network is loosely themed on Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Rooms are bright and cheerful, with parquet floors. The laundry is cheap, as are the shots in the bar; and with rentable ‘Sens-O-Matic sunglasses and Squornshellous Zeta mattresses to help you recover, what more could a backpacker (or hitchhiker) need?

Time Out tip: Oranienburger Strasse is only 50m away, where you'll find a range of nightlife, including Clärchens Ballhaus, wonderfully original dance hall that's been in operation since 1913.

14. The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

Looking for a big kids-only kind of stay? Then you'll probably want to swing by the Weistmeister - a secluded urban chic design hotel right by Hackaster Markt, putting you within walking distance of local boutiques, cafes, cheap eateries as well as popular attractions like Berlin Cathedral and the very vibey Monbijoupark. Rooms here are bright, modern and perfectly feng-shuied from top to tail with wall art, flatscreens, and in some cases a balcony with views of Berlin TV Tower. Dreamy, right? Better still, you could enjoy a view of the city up on the rooftop cocktail in hand as you shimmy the night in. Or for something more low-key, you can head to the on-site spa for a deep-tissue massage.

Time Out tip: Just a 9-minute walk from the hotel, you'll find Babylon, a retro cinema screening arthouse films throughout the week.

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The average Berliner has a healthy scepticism for anything ‘private’ or ‘exclusive’, so eyebrows were raised when Soho House opened its branch in the German capital in 2010. But even the toughest critic would have to admit that the imposing Bauhaus building and its history deserved a new lease of life; it originally housed a Jewish-owned department store before it was taken over, first by the Nazis, then by the Communist regime. These days, Soho House occupies eight floors; in addition to 65 guest rooms, there are 20 apartments and four lofts, plus the excellent Cowshed spa, a library and a cinema. Two floors are given over to The Store Berlin, Soho House’s carefully curated shopping experience, where you’ll find Cecconi’s restaurant, serving northern Italian cuisine, and The Store Kitchen, which offers a snackier menu throughout the day. In the rooms, beautiful old wooden floors and 1920s furniture mix with raw concrete walls. There’s a touch of Britishness too, with a kettle and biscuits in each room, all of which combines to create a sense of Gemütlichkeit (homeliness). A swim in the rooftop pool overlooking east Berlin rounds off the experience.

Time Out tip: Treat yourself to a bit of R&R at the renowned Cowshed spa, a sumptuous British beauty company founded by Nick Jones, the man behind Soho House.

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