The Best Hotels in Kreuzberg, Berlin

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26 April 2021

Once the heart of Berlin’s ’70s punk rock scene, grungy Kreuzberg is still known for its rebellious spirit. Splashed with giants works of street art and crammed with live music venues like SO36, this is where to come if you want a proper taste of Berlin after-dark while still being within easy reach of the city’s key attractions during the daylight hours.

Kreuzberg’s signature hotels capture the neighbourhood’s creative, free-spirited energy, and there are plenty of options for those looking to splash out on something more refined as well as for travellers on a tighter budget. Here are our top picks, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Motel One Berlin Mitte

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Motel One Berlin Mitte
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If it’s the edgy, arty side of Berlin that you’ve come to Kreuzberg for, you’ll be among kindred spirits here. Using the signature scruffy work by Berlin-based artist Freddy Reitz throughout, alongside plenty of softer bohemian splashes (mismatched velvet chairs in the lounge; architectural floor lamps in the bedrooms), it feels young and creative. Don’t be put off by the name, either – you’re still more in Kreuzberg than Mitte, and just steps from Moritzplatz U-Bahn station.

Mövenpick Berlin

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Movenpick Hotel Berlin
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Located in the Potsdamer Platz area, this taramasalata-pink hotel is a sober and business-like escape from Kreuzberg’s anarchic energy. Housed in the old Siemens HQ, there’s more than a touch of the industrial in the glass-and-steel finishes, but with a gym, sauna and enclosed courtyards to explore, it’s not without its luxurious side. It’s well-located, too – you’re just minutes away from Checkpoint Charlie, Tiergarten and some of the best museums in the city.

Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz

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Crowne Plaza Berlin - Potsdamer Platz
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Arty feature wall murals above the padded leather bed headboards, toadstool-shaped bedside table lamps, carpet-free wooden floors – it’s the creative design touches that make this slick city hotel feel of-the-moment and exciting. It also places you in the centre of the action, being just a stone’s throw from live-music venue Tempodrom and a short walk from Martin-Gropius-Bau. Facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, a spa and a Middle East/Mediterranean-influenced restaurant.

aletto Hotel Potsdamer Platz

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Aletto Hotel Potsdamer Platz
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Pared-back Scandi-chic meets Berlin functional in this simple yet elegant, centrally situated hotel. Next to the Gleisdreieck U-Bahn, you’ll be just 150m (500ft) from the park of the same name, and a few minutes’ walk from Potsdamer Platz. Bright, light and family friendly, the modern surroundings offer enclosed outdoor areas, a pizzeria, a rooftop terrace and soundproofed rooms – just in case nightclub Tresor isn’t open yet and you want to get the party started.

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  • Grimm’s Hotel Potsdamer Platz

    Boutique Hotel
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    Grimm’s Hotel Potsdamer Platz
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    In a leafy part of Kreuzberg, on the edge of the canal, sits Grimm’s, named after – you guessed it – the Brothers Grimm. And it’s not just lip service, either – the hotel uses the fairytales as thematic inspiration, with the Magic Potion bar, the Wishing Table restaurant and room decoration as quirky as the city itself. Location-wise, you’re a short walk away from Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the very un-Berlin-like Mall of Berlin, crammed with shops and restaurants.

    Hotel Sarotti-Höffe

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    Hotel Sarotti-Höffe is located in a former chocolate factory
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    Formerly a chocolate factory, this hotel has paid tribute to the building’s past life by keeping the original factory sign on its facade. Inside, its individually decorated rooms face a quiet courtyard. Located in Bergmannkiez, a part of Kreuzberg with a more grown-up, sophisticated feel, Hotel Sarotti-Höfe is close to a large number of cafés and brunch spots (check out nearby Chapter One if you’re looking for an excellent cup of coffee). Alternatively, visit the hotel’s own café – decked out with vintage photographs and posters – and then take a walk to nearby Viktoriapark, which boasts some of the best views across the city.

    nHow Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel
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    nHow Hotel
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    Europe’s first ever music hotel, nHow Hotel truly lives up to the theme. DJs play throughout the weekend, there are two professional recording studios, and the hotel boasts the world’s only guitar room service: you can have a guitar delivered to your room for a jam session, free of charge. Its unique theme is complemented by wacky and colourful modern furnishings, while extra amenities include a spa, a gym, a relaxation room and a restaurant serving creative twists on German dishes like cucumber soup with Berliner Brandstifter gin. Its striking exterior marries edginess with playfulness, making the hotel one of the most noticeable buildings on the Spree River. It’s located on the border of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, so guests are close to some of the city’s best music venues.

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    Orania.Berlin

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    Orania.Berlin
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    Located on buzzing Oranienplatz, Orania.Berlin puts you temptingly close to Kreuzberg’s plethora of cool bars. But you don’t even have to venture out of the hotel to find a stellar drinking spot – the hotel’s own bar regularly hosts a variety of concerts, from classical to jazz, which are best enjoyed while sipping a cocktail served by the hotel’s mixologists. Be sure to book a table at the restaurant, which is headed up by Michelin-star chef Philipp Vogel and focusses on using local ingredients to create tasty, modern dishes. Throughout the hotel, the decor is elegant and understated, with hints of luxury such as a grand piano bringing an additional sense of opulence.

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    Hotel the YARD

    Budget Hotel, Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    Hotel the YARD
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    The Yard is located just a short walk from lively Oranienstraße and Kottbusser Tor, where you’ll find some of the Kreuzberg’s best bars and nightlife spots. Tourist attractions such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum are nearby, making the Yard an ideal base for guests looking to make some headway with their Berlin bucket list. The hotel itself is fresh and modern and, as the name suggests, its main attraction is the verdant courtyard, designed by Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea. A well-placed spot to take a moment to escape the Kreuzberg crowds, the hotel is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath and fitness centre.

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    Kirsten McCroskrie contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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