Bursting with culture, history and creativity, Berlin’s Mitte district is the ideal base for a break in the German capital. The best hotels in Mitte offer the perfect place to rest your head in between visiting famous landmarks and discovering Berlin’s hypnotic nightlife.
Berlin’s central district, Mitte, is among the most diverse of the city’s 12 neighbourhoods. Overflowing with historical buildings and buzzing bars, along with Berlin’s most fascinating museums and renowned restaurants, Mitte is as convenient as it is charming. The neighbourhood’s best places to stay range from funky boutiques and simple yet stylish hostels to five-star luxury.
As colourful and vibrant as its name suggests, the Circus is a fun and quirky option for backpackers or solo travellers looking to sleep on a budget but still sleep in style. For those on the lookout to make new traveller friends, while keeping costs down, shared dorms with modern and bright decor are at the ready. Alternatively, for couples looking for more personal space, private rooms and apartments are also available. Aside from its convenient location by Rosenthaler Platz, where boutique stores, funky cafés and bars and a vast choice of restaurants adorn the surrounding leafy streets, the hostel has its very own microbrewery, the Circus Hostel Brewing Company. If you don’t feel like joining one of their organised events (such as city walking tours and quiz nights), simply relax in their microbrewery over a refreshing pint.
Smack bang in the centre of Mitte is The Dude. Sleek and chic are the words that come to mind when thinking of this boutique hotel, located just a stone’s throw away from many of the city’s most popular landmarks: Museum Island, aptly named for its five museums; and the stunning Gendarmenmarkt square, among others. The hotel’s winning touch, however, is that the building dates back to 1822, to the days of King Friedrich Wilhelm III, making it one of the oldest buildings in Berlin’s city centre – no need to venture far from The Dude in order to take in your dose of history.
Right on the Natural History Museum’s doorstep lies the charming family-run Honigmond Boutique Hotel, oozing with tradition. Step back in time among the bright and colourful floral-patterned wallpaper, which complements the 19th-century wall paintings and four-poster dark chestnut wooden beds. The attention to detail offered to each guest will make you feel like royalty, yet at the same time relaxed and at home. Walk your way along the 100-year-old building’s never-ending narrow corridors and admire the myriad period paintings – there’s an historical or artistic surprise at every corner at the Honigmond.
With effortlessly chic rooms, Lux 11 is among Berlin’s most Instagram-worthy hotels. Just like the trendy streets surrounding it – not least trendy Weinmeisterstrasse – Lux 11’s tasteful yet simple decor is vibrant without overpowering the senses. The hotel uses red-brick walls, open bathrooms in its suites and floor-to-ceiling curtains to its advantage. Its pièce de résistance, however, is located just five minutes down the road in its sister hotel, the Weinmeister. Lux 11 guests can avail themselves of the Weinmeister’s stunning rooftop terrace, offering sweeping and unparalleled views over the city’s rooftops. Pop in for some sundowners as you watch the sun set over Berlin’s TV Tower.
If you’re looking for a longer-term stay that combines the style of a boutique hotel with the privacy and extravagance of a luxury apartment, Gorki Apartments manage to bring together opulence and comforting, homely touches. These individually designed apartments are varied and characterful, from the mismatched wooden chairs and dining table in the country house-style residence to an ultra-modern and minimalist Scandinavian-inspired flat adorned with grey and light-blue hues. Ideally located by Rosenthaler Platz – flush with dining options and excellent transport connections – this is the perfect spot from which to discover the city.
Soho House Berlin is housed in a Grade II-listed building | Courtesy of Soho House Berlin / Hotels.com
As a members’ club and hotel in more than 20 different locations around the world, Soho House is not unique to Berlin. It is, however, among Mitte’s most decadent accommodation options. Firstly, it has an exquisite rooftop pool. Then comes its screening room with plush, red velvet cinema seats and 1920s speakeasy look, not to mention its daily film showings. Perhaps most fascinating, however, is the building’s rich history and cultural status as a Grade II-listed building. Erected in the 1920s, it started life as a Jewish-owned department store, before becoming the Reich Youth Leadership’s headquarters during World War II and later being taken over by the Communist Party’s Central Committee. The building began its next chapter as Soho House in 2010. The only potential problem with staying here is the real possibility of never leaving the building, as it boasts almost almost everything you could need – a rooftop pool and restaurant, an extensive gym and a luxurious spa.
An intimate boutique venue, Hotel ZOE by AMANO may be smaller than the other Amano group hotels, but it makes up in comfort and character what it lacks in size. Located by the idyllic Monbijou Park, bordering the Spree River, this hotel is perfectly situated for exploring Hackescher Markt’s ample opportunities for retail therapy and stepping back in time to East Berlin at the DDR Museum. After a day of sightseeing, Hotel ZOE’s G&T Bar – with its dark and mysterious yet welcoming ambience, and rich gold and marble decor – is not to be missed, with the rooms also echoing the bar’s lavish aesthetic.
Opulence is the name of the game at the Hotel de Rome. Located on historic Bebelplatz in what once housed the prestigious Dresden Bank’s headquarters, the hotel is ideally situated for sightseeing – a leisurely stroll down Unter den Linden takes you to the Brandenburg Gate, while Museum Island is less than a 10-minute walk away. More than just stunningly decorated rooms and recreational spaces, the Hotel de Rome goes the extra mile and offers themed packages such as the ‘Become a Berlin Art Insider’ deal. This package gives guests the opportunity to be led by a knowledgeable local art curator on a three-hour private tour of some of Berlin’s most famous contemporary art galleries, with the chance to meet some of the artists and gallery owners themselves.
The Regent Berlin oozes unadulterated five-star luxury. Imagine marble floors, grand pianos, overflowing bouquets of fresh lilies illuminated by sparkling chandeliers and you have the Regent. Each of the hotel’s elegant rooms feature a Nespresso coffee machine and luxurious L’Occitane bath products. Dining options include casual restaurant Charlotte and Fritz, whose menu changes with the seasons, along with afternoon tea at the Tea & Lobby Lounge. For the ultimate afternoon of self-indulgence, head to the Regent’s Spa for a massage or a spell in the sauna.