While Berlin is loved for its urban, unpolished and somewhat gritty vibe, the city has no shortage of elegant hotels catering to those who enjoy the finer things in life. The best hotels in Berlin offer stylish design, world-class facilities and the perfect base from which to explore the German capital.
The Hilton Berlin offers style in the heart of the German capital | Courtesy of Hilton Berlin / Hotels.com
Centrally located and just a short walk from the stunning Gendarmenmarkt square – packed with Neoclassical architecture – the Hilton offers style in the heart of Berlin. It is also close to many of the city’s main attractions, such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. The hotel itself offers plush, spacious rooms; pet-friendly accommodation; an indoor pool, fitness centre and spa; and a gourmet restaurant, ensuring guests’ optimal comfort. With its beautiful design, attentive staff and perfect location for sightseeing, the Hilton Berlin is both practical and opulent.
Overlooking the River Spree in Friedrichshain, next to music giants Universal Music and MTV, nhow Berlin is a self-proclaimed music hotel. The first of its kind in Europe, this vibrant hotel has an unusual, sleek-yet-kitschy interior – be prepared to see a lot of pink. All of its 304 rooms offer access to over 30 music channels, while the room service menu includes guitars and amps. The hotel is in tune with the latest art, culture and, of course, music events in Berlin, offering up-to-date advice about the not-to-be-missed concerts and festivals. This hotel is the perfect spot for a trendy young crowd looking to discover more than the city’s top tourist sights.
With its prime location on the Unter den Linden and attentive concierge desk, Hotel Adlon Kempinski embodies five-star luxury. The rooms and suites here are elegant and immaculately furnished, and provide unparalleled views of the city. There’s also a spa, two stylish bars and three fine-dining restaurants, all promising to make your stay a little more special. Hotel Adlon Kempinski offers leisure, luxury and style in Central Berlin. If you love a good spa, check out Culture Trip’s guide to the best spas and wellness retreats in Berlin.
The Westin Grand is located in the bustling shopping district of Friedrichstraße. From the moment guests step into its lavish lobby, complete with high ceilings, a magnificent central staircase and a grand piano, they are struck by its opulent charm. However, the grandeur doesn’t stop there: the hotel also offers an indoor pool, an indulgent spa and a convenient fitness centre. The rooms are spacious and simple in design, and suites are also available. Perfectly situated near the Tiergarten along with other major attractions, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer Platz, the Westin Grand is at the heart of the action in Berlin.
Offering urban retreats by the zoo, 25hours Bikini Berlin bears the tagline “wild as the jungle, diverse as the big city”. With a range of suites, all lovingly designed by Berlin-educated designer Werner Aisslinger, the 149-room hotel has developed a holistic concept, straddling nature and culture under the banner of an “urban jungle”. The attention to detail that 25hours Hotels is famous for is clear throughout the hotel; for example, skincare products from a local cosmetics brand are placed in each room for guests to enjoy during their stay. 25hours Bikini Berlin also has an über-trendy bar and restaurant, which both offer views of the city and Berlin Zoo. Located in Charlottenburg, this hotel allows guests get to know Berlin’s west at ease, while leaving them restored and excited to explore the rest of the city.
Contemporary art aficionados will feel right at home in art’otel berlin mitte. As much an art gallery as a hotel, this central spot has artworks from renowned German painter and sculptor Georg Baselitz throughout the rooms and common spaces. The 109-room hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and pet-friendly options for every room, as well as a stylish restaurant and bar. The hotel also places guests just a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and the Reichstag, making it the ideal base from which to access some of the best things to do in Berlin.
Hotel Zoo, located on the bustling Kurfürstendamm, is a luxurious hotel in the centre of one of Berlin’s most chic neighbourhoods. The hotel first opened in 1991 and became the official VIP spot for the Berlin International Film Festival (the Berlinale). However, in 2012 it was closed for two years of restoration, reopening its legendary doors in November 2014. The newly restored spot is a nod to its lavish past, with high ceilings and stately rooms, while its interior and art remain firmly in the present with modern palettes and bold elements. The 144-room hotel also houses a sleek rooftop bar, as well as the classy Grace Restaurant & Bar. Offering a glamorous escape with all the creature comforts you could possibly need, Hotel Zoo promises a luxurious stay in Berlin. If you like the look of the rooftop bar at Hotel Zoo, be sure to check out Culture Trip’s best rooftop bars in Berlin.
Soho House Berlin is housed in a Grade II-listed building | Courtesy of Soho House Berlin / Hotels.com
Forming part of the members-only club in Berlin, Soho House is a five-star hotel characterised by slick design and extravagance, offering the particular lure only afforded by exclusivity. Housed in a cultural landmark that survived Berlin’s tumultuous history, the building was constructed in the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) style by architects Georg Bauer and Siegfried Friedlander in the 1920s. Today, the hotel and members’ club features a rooftop pool and bar, a restaurant, a gym, spa treatments and a cinema, as well as a cute café and another bar with great city views. The rooms are categorised by their sizes, from “tiny” to “extra-large”, with lofts and apartments also available. Perfectly located just a short walk from Alexanderplatz, this hotel is an oasis of tranquillity in the very centre of Berlin.
Housed in Berlin’s former Royal Danish Embassy, Das Stue brings a regal charm to chic Charlottenburg. The 1930s building has been transformed into a magical escape, complete with a Michelin-star restaurant, wonderful cocktail bar, luxurious spa and, of course, amazing rooms and suites. The hotel’s name pays homage to its heritage (it translates as living room in Danish), and this homely atmosphere is felt in the warm, inviting interior of the hotel. Bordering the Tiergarten, this hotel feels like a romantic, idyllic escape in the middle of Berlin.
Set in a majestic building dating back to 1889, the walls of Hotel de Rome have seen many of the profound changes that have shaped Berlin. After years of standing empty, the building found new life in 2006 when, after several years of renovations, the hotel was opened, bringing with it a renewed elegant and grandiose design. Mixing its rich history with modern luxury, the hotel features a range of spacious, glitzy rooms and suites, as well as a swimming pool housed in a former bank vault, a rooftop terrace, a fine-dining restaurant, a teahouse and several bars.