Berlin’s trendy Kreuzberg neighbourhood combines a convenient central location with an offbeat, creative vibe – the perfect place to discover Berlin’s multifaceted personality.
Once the heart of Berlin’s ’70s punk rock scene, Kreuzberg is still known for its rebellious spirit today. With a vibrant street-art and music scene, this is the neighbourhood that best showcases Berlin’s edgy side, while remaining within easy reach of the city’s key attractions. Kreuzberg’s best hotels reflect the neighbourhood’s bold and artistic vibe, with options for those looking to splash out as well as for visitors on a tighter budget.
It’s not uncommon for Berliners to showcase their creativity through the conversion of disused spaces into new ventures and businesses. Hotel Sarotti-Höfe is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Formerly a chocolate factory, the 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.
Located in a protected 19th-century building, the Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten features a charming garden courtyard. Inside the hotel, you’ll find bright and spacious rooms decorated with quirky ’90s German art that is quintessentially Kreuzberg. Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten is located close to Bergmannkiez, with its plentiful cafés, and is just a stone’s throw from Curry 36, one the city’s most iconic fast-food spots. Join the inevitable queue, grab a currywurst (when in Germany, right?) and lose yourself in the area’s leafy streets.
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.
Located on buzzing Oranienplatz, Orania.Berlin puts you temptingly close to East 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 Voge 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.
The name of The Dude might be enough to hint that this hotel is going to exude a typically Berlin kind of cool. Its convenient location, just on the outskirts of the city’s central Mitte district, means must-visit attractions like Museum Island are just a 15-minute walk away. However, The Dude is still very much in Kreuzberg, so you feel that you’re in the heart of Berlin’s creative scene. Characterful modern furnishings contrast with the hotel’s building, a 19th-century mansion, giving it a distinctly boutique feel. The Dude has a fun side, though, which starts with breakfast: head to the Yada Yada Breakfast Club for the ultimate waffle stack and colourful omelettes. In terms of evening food, the hotel’s American-themed restaurant, The Brooklyn, is worth visiting if you’re in the mood for a steak or sweet potato fries.
Hüttenpalast is one of Berlin’s quirkier budget hotels, located in Neukölln, near the thriving Landwehr Canal area. It is decorated with eclectic furnishings and located in a converted factory, which gives it a very Berlin feel. The designs of some of these unique rooms, located in old RVs and lofts, have been the product of artist commissions, which gives it a boutique feel. Most rooms have vintage decor, while others are simple and minimal. The hotel also has a garden, sauna and café.
The Yard is located just a short walk from lively Oranienstraße and Kotbusser 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.