Excellent Cheap Hotels in Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a great city for budget travellers
Berlin is a great city for budget travellers | © galit seligmann / Alamy Stock Photo
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3 November 2020

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.

The Dude Berlin-Mitte

With a name like the Dude, you already know this converted 19th-century townhouse is going to be pretty chilled out. Each room is individually and stylishly decorated, with brass bedsteads and striking feature walls. Guests can avail themselves of the YADA YADA breakfast club, which serves up a generous breakfast buffet as well as snacks and drinks during the day, and the Brooklyn restaurant which specialises in American fine dining. Expect complimentary Moleskine and Molton Brown goodies on arrival. Set just a few minutes’ walk from Museum Island, the Dude is an excellent budget-friendly option. There is also an über-hip wine bar attached to the hotel – the ideal spot to make some new friends. Perfect for: solo travellers.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Almodóvar Hotel

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hotel Bleibtreu Berlin by Golden Tulip

Located in Charlottenburg – a lively western Berlin area popular with shoppers – the four-star Bleibtreu features free minibars in each room and a wellness area. If that wasn’t enough, the prices are easy on the wallet, so you can save money for retail therapy along Kurfürstendamm shopping street, which is just a 10-minute walk away. Don’t forget to pick out sweet souvenirs from Charlottenburg’s family-owned Erich Hamann chocolate factory and shop. Perfect for: fashion lovers and shopaholics.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Michelberger Hotel Berlin

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Steps-Hotel

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    The Steps-Hotel is steps away from some of Berlin’s top sights
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    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.

    Eastern Comfort Hostelboat

    Budget Hotel, Hostel
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    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.

    Hüttenpalast

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    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.

    These recommendations were updated on November 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.