Trendy Kreuzberg is one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in Berlin after dark, with plenty of opportunities to drink and dance. If you want to be near the action, these are the best budget places to stay nearby – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Berlin has come a long way since the fall of the Wall in the late 1980s. This once-divided city has reinvented itself, and as a result it’s one of the most fascinating destinations in Germany. With an efficient and cheap public transport network, the must-see tourist attractions can be accessed from pretty much anywhere in Berlin – so it makes sense to stay somewhere such as Kreuzberg that’s fun to be in once the sightseeing is done for the day.
In the heart of Mitte facing Museum Island, this hotel has rooms with views of the River Spree. The hotel has an Indian restaurant, while guests are invited to drink at the bar in the sister hotel, Großer Kurfürst, across the street. The hotel also has a sauna, steam bath and fitness room. Simply furnished doubles in the Business category offer great value for money as long as you reserve more than seven days in advance.
Landscape architect Enzo Enea created a gorgeous green retreat in the heart of Kreuzberg, and the YARD is the beautiful boutique hotel that surrounds it. With a policy of reducing waste and conserving energy, the hotel has strong eco-credentials – but doesn’t sacrifice style on the altar of good intentions. Room decor is neutral and minimalist, yet warm and inviting.
Mondrian Suites is just three minutes from Checkpoint Charlie, and the views over the centre of Berlin from its rooftop terrace are remarkable. This hotel’s studios are sleek and sophisticated, equipped with those little details that make all the difference, such as Nespresso machines and hairdryers – and you’ll also get a balcony or terrace. Early bookers can make a saving that enables them to upgrade to a premium studio and gain some extra space.
This good-value hotel is located on Friedrichstrasse between Kreuzberg and Checkpoint Charlie. Rooms are comfortable and clean, and the hotel has a lively bar which also serves food at lunchtime. There’s also a fitness suite and sauna. Standard doubles are the best budget-friendly option, however the hotel offers a 20 percent discount for direct early bookers or a 15 percent discount for a stay of three nights or more – making its superior comfort rooms still affordable for cost-conscious travellers.
Book an ensuite double at the Three Little Pigs, and you’ll enjoy all the advantages of a social hostel without the downsides of dorm beds and shared bathrooms. Private rooms represent exceptional value for money, though don’t expect the luxury trappings that come with a high-end hotel. Here, you’ll get a room that’s functional, clean and comfortable. There’s no need to sacrifice a conveniently central location either – here in Mitte you’ll be within easy reach of hip Kreuzberg.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Laura Box.