From rooms inspired by 1920s Paris to minimalist modern design and accommodation housed in a converted swimming pool, Berlin has a stellar selection of boutique hotels that offer a stylish, characterful place to rest your head.
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The Michelberger Hotel is set inside a former factory | Courtesy of Michelberger Hotel / Hotels.com
Located in Friedrichshain, the Michelberger occupies a former factory building. This history is echoed in the hotel’s interior, which positively oozes industrial chic, and is a large part of the reason the Michelberger has quickly become one of the city’s coolest hotels. Its quirky, unconventional rooms – think funky interior, oversize hanging lamps and bookshelves made from recycled crates – come in a range of sizes: from small to mini-dorms for groups of up to six people. The hotel bar has its own cosy courtyard, and the adjacent restaurant serves one of the best lunches in town, focussing on healthy dishes made with local ingredients. Last but not least, the hotel produces and sells its own coconut water, as well as a small selection of herbal schnapps drinks. The latter might well put you in the mood for singing, so don’t miss Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke next door!
The Hotel Oderberger is a historic hotel located in the sleek neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg. The hotel is housed in a former bathhouse, which was designed in 1898 by architect Ludwig Hoffmann. After the pool was forced to close in 1989, extensive renovation began in 2012, and in 2016 the space found new life with the boutique hotel. The rooms are lovingly decorated, with comfort, premium, maisonette, junior suite and apartment rooms available. The swimming pool remains in use today, and the stylish hotel also offers guests a world-class restaurant and bar, with a range of trendy art dotted throughout the premises.
A sauna overlooking the zoo, an in-house bakery and a rooftop bar – the 25hours Hotel has it all. This West Berlin gem is part of hip shopping mall Bikini Berlin, at the heart of the Kurfürstendamm shopping area. Half the rooms look out over the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and the other half enjoy views of the city’s zoo, giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘urban jungle’. The hotel’s light-filled rooms – the brainchild of renowned designer Werner Aisslinger – offer perfect views of the city and the roof terrace is an ideal spot to watch the sunset while listening to the sounds of the hotel’s regular guest DJ sets.
Sensual and seductive, burlesque-inspired Provocateur is set just a five-minute walk from the Kurfürstendamm shopping street. The hotel channels 1920s Paris: think copious amounts of red velvet, dimmed lighting and a colour scheme characterised by rich reds, golds and blues. The hotel bar serves some of the city’s best cocktails and a range of home-made liquors, and also hosts regular DJ sets. The in-house restaurant is an equally big draw. Run by none other than Duc Ngo, one of the most important figures on Berlin’s food scene, the Golden Phoenix serves Chinese dishes prepared according to traditional French cooking techniques.
This modern Mitte hotel stands out from the rest by virtue of its enchanting garden, modern interior design and exceptional amenities, including its own gym and sauna. Its prime location within walking distance of some of the city’s best galleries and restaurants (don’t miss Katz Orange if you are into fine dining) makes it the perfect starting point to explore Berlin’s culture and food scenes. Renowned for its peaceful atmosphere, with consistently quiet rooms in spite of the hotel’s central location, Boutique Hotel i31 is a true oasis in the heart of the city. For the most unusual hotel experience, opt to stay inside one of the shipping containers that are set atop the neighbouring building.
The stylish Max Brown hotel is located in a quiet, leafy area at the border of Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf that is both laid-back and within easy reach of the best free things to do in Berlin. Its compact yet airy rooms adhere to a quirky design that combines mid-century furniture with vibrant colour, encapsulating the city’s playful vibe, and all rooms feature a vintage Crosley record player. But what really sets this hotel apart is Benedict, the 24-hour breakfast restaurant located on its ground floor. Mimosas, anyone?
Situated close to the Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest park, Das Stue is located in a building that once housed the Danish embassy. This hotel is a food lover’s dream, as it is home to a Michelin-star restaurant (Cinco) and a more casual eatery serving tapas-style small plates with a focus on seafood. Das Stue’s sophisticated interior design – dark hardwood floors, free-standing baths and a show-stopping crocodile sculpture in the lobby – comes courtesy of Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Other facilities include a spa, an indoor swimming pool and a sauna.
Another elegant stay in the western part of the city, the Pullman pays homage to the Bauhaus era with an interior design concept that perfectly combines striking common areas that include its BLEND restaurant – serving innovative cuisine inspired by Berlin’s diverse population and multicultural character – and more understated, yet highly functional rooms. It also houses the city’s largest hotel pool and caters to guests travelling for leisure or business thanks to its Business Playground area.
Located in trendy Kreuzberg, Hotel the YARD is a stylish hotel centred around a tranquil courtyard. Its interior is at once minimalist and vibrant, thanks to its nature-themed decor, which features wooden floors, plants and nature photography. Its location makes it a prime spot for art lovers eager to explore Berlin’s creative scene, with König and Berlinische galleries just around the corner. While there is no restaurant on-site, Hotel the YARD’s bistro offers a range of snacks – the perfect place to sample traditional German treats such as currywurst.