The Best Spa Hotels to Book in Berlin

Soho House Berlin boasts one of the best spas in the city
Soho House Berlin boasts one of the best spas in the city | Courtesy of Soho House Berlin
Annie Brookstone

Berlin is well known for its nightlife, museums and architecture, so it’s a good job there are a range of great spa hotels in the German capital where you can relax after enjoying all three, spread out all over the city – from the edge of Tiergarten to bohemian Prenzlauer Berg, from trendy Friedrichshain to the western suburb of Charlottenburg.

In this selection of Berlin’s best spa hotels, your options include a classic luxury hotel which inspired a 1932 Greta Garbo film, a former HQ of the Reich Youth Leadership – and later the Communist Party’s Central Committee – and a renovated bath house.

1. Das Stue

Hotel

A sleek spa suite with massage table, black standalone bathtub, grey walls and dark wood floors at Das Stue
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On the edge of Tiergarten, a giant inner city park that is home to the Berlin Zoo, Das Stue occupies a building from 1938 with an impressive stone staircase in the lobby beneath an enormous stuffed crocodile head. The rooms are elegant, austere and modernist with wooden flooring and high ceilings. The spa features three massage rooms, a sauna, gym and pool, with a large number of treatments on offer.

2. The Mandala Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Spa relaxation area with stylish off-white daybeds separated by tall curtains at the Mandala Hotel
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The 11th floor of this minimalist five-star Berlin resort a few steps from Potsdamer Platz houses the 600sqm (6,500sqft) high tech ONO Spa. You can try the Iyashi Dôme, described as an ‘infra-red wellness-couch’ which tries to recreate the effects of a traditional Japanese sauna. High end FACIL restaurant has a rooftop terrace. From the evening gourmet menu, you order by the number of courses you want – starting at four and going up to eight – and the Wagyu flank steak with Shiro Miso and bergamot is amazing.

3. Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt

Hotel

Sleek spa space with wood-panelled sauna and steam rooms at Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt
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This modern glass-fronted five-star hotel is adjacent to the Hauptbahnhof, Berlin’s main train station, and has more than 300 rooms. The Sky Spa and Fitness Centre has three saunas, allowing you to choose a temperature between 60C and 90C. There’s also a quiet zone, gym and treatments on offer including relaxation rituals, massages and facial treatments. Capital Beach bar just across the river has deck chairs by the water which are great for enjoying your beer with some casual house music in the summer.

4. Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof

Hotel

Pullman Hotel Berlin, Le Spa
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Also next to Tiergarten, the Pullman is a large modern hotel with some eye-catching features in the lobby, such as rows of neon lights hanging from the ceiling which change colour and pillars which are black-and-white striped in part, while the rest is bright cyan. The rooms are less striking, with muted colours, C.O. Bigelow cosmetic products and blackout curtains. You can choose between a classic, fitness or relaxing energy massage at Fit and Spa Lounge, there is high end Kinesis gym equipment and vitamin cocktails to be had at the Pool Bar.

5. Waldorf Astoria Berlin

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Chic indoor pool area at Waldorf Astoria Berlin, with flower-pattern recessed ceiling, plush seating and wall of windows
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In the western Berlin suburb of Charlottenburg, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin has a distinctive cloud-shaped pool and is the only spa in Germany by Parisian beauty brand Guerlain. There’s a pool, sauna and steam room plus six therapy rooms for personalised treatments. The 15th-floor Library Lounge is great for enjoying afternoon tea against a backdrop of city views.

6. Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

Spa Hotel

Luxury spa treatment room in warm neutral tones with bathtub and massage table at Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
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Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is one of the best-known luxury hotels in the city, identified with Greta Garbo – her 1932 film Grand Hotel was inspired by it –, Doctor Who – it featured in a 2011 episode – and, unfortunately, the incident in which Michael Jackson dangled his infant son Blanket over a balcony. In the Mitte district, its 835sqm (9,000sqft) spa is spread over three floors of neutral tones, marble, and mosaic patterns, plus there’s a heated pool. You must try the hotel’s signature reinterpretation of a German culinary classic, the Adlon-Currywurst, with its secret-recipe sauce.

7. Louisa’s Place

Boutique Hotel, Suite Hotel, Serviced Apartment, Hotel

Indoor pool area with black and white striped seating and opaque pink-glass doors to treatment rooms at Louisa’s Place
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This restored Prussian-era mansion on the Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard has antique furnishings, handmade stained glass windows and spacious suites. The treatments at the basement spa are curated by former Olympic diver Ditte Kotzian and as well as massages, feature Ayurvedic health, yoga and mindfulness, plus coaching, counselling, Reiki and children’s treatments. You can pick up a book in the hotel’s library to enjoy on a lounger next to the heated indoor pool.

8. Hotel de Rome

Suite Hotel, Hotel, Spa Hotel

Spa area at Hotel de Rome with grey stone walls and floors, daybeds, sheer white curtains and door to sauna
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Built in 1889, the Hotel de Rome in Mitte is among Berlin’s best hotels and was once the headquarters of the Dresdner Bank. Behind a reinforced steel-plated door in the former jewel vaults is the De Rome Spa. There is an indoor pool, a Finnish sauna and a steam room, plus yoga and pilates classes and six treatment rooms. Each of the hotel’s 145 rooms and suites is fitted with a king-sized bed.

9. Soho House Berlin

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A cosy nook at the Cowshed Spa at Soho House Berlin, with an olive-green tufted velvet couch and pale pink tile walls
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This Mitte landmark has a storied past, first as a seven-storey department store in the late 1920s, then as the HQ of the Reich Youth Leadership and, after the war, home to the Communist Party’s Central Committee. Now, as hipster haunt Soho House Berlin since 2010, it boasts the Cowshed Spa, with velvet chaises, a traditional Turkish hammam and relaxation pods, making it a mini Berlin resort. The spa offers Cowshed Parties, giving gatherings of five or more exclusive use of the space with two treatments per person, snacks, a gift bag and other extras.

10. Hotel Oderberger

Boutique Hotel

A spa space at Hotel Oderberger with loungers, with sage-green walls and recessed lighting
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The Stadtbad Oderberger in Prenzlauer Berg has been through multiple incarnations since it opened in 1902, first as a public bathhouse then, after it was forced to close in 1986, an art exhibition space. It was renovated and reopened as a hotel in 2016 with the pool area still at its heart, featuring a 20m (65ft) swimming pool and a Finnish-style sauna, while the oak floors and high ceilings of the suites allow you to experience true Berlin Altbau (old building) living.

11. Almodóvar Hotel

Budget Hotel

A bright wood sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows at Almodóvar Hotel
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The Almodóvar Hotel on Boxhagener Strasse has a rustic aesthetic that suits its location in trendy Friedrichshain. The hotel prides itself on an approach that is eco-friendly, energy-saving, ethical and sustainable, with its Bistro Bardot focusing on vegetarian fare. The rooftop spa is a minimalist and understated space with beanbags, a Finnish sauna and great city views. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your room for a massage either – book at reception and a professional massage therapist will come directly to you.

Frank Lopez contributed additional reporting to this article.

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