For those looking to satisfy their wanderlust on a budget, Berlin has a wealth of reasonably priced places to stay. These budget options are as unique as they are cheap – from rooms on the River Spree to boutique eco-hotels.
While it shares the name of Spain’s premier filmmaker, this hotel is Berlin through and through. Each room has an organic minibar, yoga mats and sustainable rosewood furnishings. Your time at the hotel will be divided between the Almodóvar’s restaurant, which is entirely vegetarian (highlights include vegan currywurst and croissants), and the rooftop sauna and spa area. As prices are budget-friendly, guests can save money for meat-free versions of Berlin’s iconic döner kebab at Vöner, a short walk away. If you want a little hedonism, the hotel is surrounded by some of Friedrichshain’s trendiest bars, including craft beer brewery Hops & Barley. Perfect for: eco-conscious and detox travellers.
Located in the hip eastern Berlin kiez (neighbourhood) of Friedrichshain, the Michelberger is particularly popular among creatives and freelancers, who use the stylish lobby area as a co-working space. The hotel’s reasonably priced rooms are sleek and comfortable. The Brutalist-style bar area hosts some excellent parties on the weekend, and guests can buy the hotel’s merchandise and own-brand coconut milk (this is Berlin, after all). Plus, you’re in trendy Friedrichshain, with the enormous Urban Spree – a 1,700-square-metre (18,300-square-foot) artistic space – across the road and one of Berlin’s favourite falafel stops, Oase, only a few minutes’ walk away. Perfect for: trendy creative types and freelancers.
The Steps-Hotel in Mitte-Wedding is the perfect base for a Berlin first-timer looking to tick off the best city attractions. The hotel is served by a direct subway line to Checkpoint Charlie and Kreuzberg and is within walking distance from the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and pretty Prenzlauerberg. Every one of the hotel’s 39 rooms comes with free wifi, a desk and a fridge, while the breakfast buffet is highly recommended. Perfect for: sightseeing weekenders and Berlin first-timers.
Moored on the Spree, Berlin’s “hostel boat” is conveniently located in effortlessly cool Friedrichshain. Eastern Comfort lives up to its name as it lies in the east, which means you’re always near Berlin’s notorious party and culinary scene, and offers cosy compartments. Although the rooms are compact, Eastern Comfort enjoys a prime location, with the East Side Gallery and the techno nightclub Watergate both nearby. How many people can say they actually slept on the Spree? Perfect for: amphibious revellers and explorers.
Want to stay in the middle of the action? There’s no better spot than Neukölln. Set within a converted factory building, the Hüttenpalast – or “cabin palace” – is an eco-friendly sanctuary that resembles a hip indoor holiday park. There are three types of cabins with different spaces and amenities. It’s a great budget option for those who don’t want to be too far from the heart of Berlin’s lively creative scene but also want to get some well-deserved rest after a day of exploring. Perfect for: outdoorsy types who also like to party.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Alice Dundon.