Known for its liberal attitude and vibrant nightlife, Berlin is one of Europe’s most LGBTQ-friendly cities. Better yet, a lot of the hotels here have been designed with the queer community in mind – and you can book your stay with Culture Trip.
While Schöneberg’s Nollendorfplatz has traditionally been considered the centre of Berlin’s gay scene, other LGBTQ-friendly hotels can be found in nearby districts as well. Whether you are planning to attend the city’s annual Pride festival, also known as Christopher Street Day, indulge in a romantic getaway or party all night long, Berlin has LGBTQ-friendly accommodation options to suit every budget.
Just steps from the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, H10 Berlin Ku’damm is 15 minutes from the LGBTQ bars and clubs of the Schöneberg area. Behind its brick façade, rooms are modern and light-filled, with large windows overlooking the city’s rooftops. If you’re after a bit more space, opt for the duplex loft spread across two floors with its own kitchenette. When you want to mingle, there’s a chic lobby bar and an outdoor terrace to while away balmy summer evenings.
Nestled in the heart of Schöneberg, just a 15-minute walk from the main cluster of LGBTQ bars and clubs, Hotel Lindemann’s is a smart option for your next trip to Berlin. After checking in, the first thing you’ll want to do is sink into your room’s freestanding tub before heading straight to the rooftop terrace to take in the stellar views over the city – some rooms come with private balconies too, so you can toast to the trip from the comfort of your own room.
SO/ Berlin Das Stue is one of those hotels that is a destination in itself. When you’re not dining on a nine-course tasting menu at the Michelin-star Cinco by Paco Pérez, or working through pent-up knots at the Susanne Kaufmann Spa, or even having a personal training session in the nearby Tiergarten Park, it’s best to take in the beauty of the interiors from the comfort of your in-room deep soaking tub. When parched, simply head to the hotel’s stylish Stue Bar for an eclectic mix of cocktails.
Billed as a “hotel for individualists”, Hotel Zoo Berlin has been a stalwart of the LGBTQ scene since its opening more than a century ago. Despite its age, the hotel is sleek and sexy – rooms have floor-to-ceiling mirrors, deep bathtubs and dramatic dark mahogany floors offset by large rugs. It really is a design lover’s oasis. As it’s plonked directly on Kurfürstendamm, when you’re not perusing the shops, book a table at the old-world Grace Restaurant – it’s the place to see and be seen.
With the option to choose from private rooms or mixed or single-sex dorm rooms, Generator Berlin Mitte is the ideal spot for solo and groups of LGBTQ travellers looking to meet likeminded guests. Mingling is best done at the hotel’s Bar Box, with a pint of beer in hand. When you want to explore the surrounding area, the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Dome are all a short walk away, as are the buzzy clubs and bars Berlin is famed for.
Set in a quiet residential area of Schöneberg, just a 20-minute walk from the LGBTQ bars, Two Hotel Berlin by Axel makes it easy to get around with the Guntzelstrasse U-Bahn just steps from the front door. The adults-only hotel is design-led, with leather and gold-clad accents. It’s also home to a well-equipped gym, and there’s a sauna, jacuzzi and treatment rooms for when you want to truly unwind. The staff here are experts in Berlin’s LGBTQ scene, so just ask them where to go.
With just 21 individually designed rooms decked out in Farrow & Ball hues, with stucco ceilings and peppered with antiques, Hotel Art Nouveau more than lives up to its name. When you’re not marvelling at the interiors, the sun-drenched roof terrace that overlooks Berlin’s rooftops serves up Instagrammable views. Tucked away behind the shopping area Kurfürstendamm, it’s just a short stroll to the LGBTQ-friendly bars of Schöneberg, too.
Situated in a late-19th-century Art Nouveau-style house, ArtHotel Connection is an intimate 18-room boutique hotel ideal for LGBTQ travellers on a budget. Although ArtHotel Connection is located in a charming, peaceful part of Schöneberg, it is still within walking distance to all the gay hotspots of Nollendorfplatz. Known as the grande-dame of LGBTQ Berlin hotels, the ArtHotel Connection offers all-day breakfast for guests who intend on partying until the sun rises.
Located right in Schöneberg, Axel Hotel offers 87 elegant rooms. The hotel resembles a high-end nightclub with its black, red and gold accents, and if guests weren’t already seduced by its glamour, there’s also a gym, dry and wet saunas, and a rooftop jacuzzi on the sixth floor that overlooks the city. For those new to Berlin, the knowledgeable staff members are more than happy to share their tips on the city’s gay nightlife and all the essential parties, events and exhibitions. For guests who want to stay local, the ever-popular BLOND Cocktail Bar – with an impressive 80 cocktails on the menu – is just a 10-minute walk away.
Location, location, location! For those who want to be at the heart of the action, Tom’s Hotel is perfectly situated at the centre of the Berlin LGBTQ scene. Decked out with timber floors, contemporary art and splashes of orange, the hotel’s interior is indicative of the area’s fun, relaxed vibe. In the mornings, stroll over to Romeo und Romeo café or enjoy breakfast at the hotel. When the sun goes down, guests can stumble over to Tom’s Bar (go on a Monday to make the most of two-for-one drinks), dance to the bar’s rotation of queer DJs or make use of the dark room (where anything goes). Be sure to ask about the special pass available to guests, who are entitled to discounts to many gay saunas, nightclubs, shops and restaurants in the area.