Berlin’s family-run guest houses are as loved for their ambience as they are for their generous breakfast buffets. The best bed and breakfasts in Berlin are a mix of cosy, welcoming spaces with inviting price tags and more luxurious gems offering grandeur in an intimate setting.
The Hotel-Pension Bregenz is a family-run establishment | Courtesy of Hotel-Pension Bregenz / Hotels.com
Hotel-Pension Bregenz is an affordable family-run bed and breakfast located near the famous Kurfürstendamm, a boulevard where guests can enjoy world-class retail therapy. A stay at Hotel-Pension Bregenz is akin to staying at someone’s family home, with breakfast served in a quaint dining room. The simple but delicious selection of jams, cold cuts and muesli is strengthened by the convivial ambience, whereby guests can expect cheerful conversations with the friendly staff. Rooms are tastefully decorated and include all the necessary amenities, including Wi-Fi. What this property might lack in glamour, it more than makes up for in personality and service.
As the name suggests, art plays a big role at this intimate and family-run West Berlin bed and breakfast (named after the famous painter René Magritte). This guest house offers uniquely designed rooms, personalised service and an elegant breakfast room facing the street – an ideal place to people-watch. The breakfast buffet offers a selection of bread, cereals, cold cuts and boiled eggs, with unlimited hot and cold drinks. Architecture fans will enjoy Hommage à Magritte’s Berliner Altbau (old building) structure that dates from the turn of the 20th century, characterised by high ceilings and decorative stucco. Meanwhile, art lovers can admire the paintings hung around the corridors and rooms – all humorously surreal, in line with the work of Magritte.
Hotel-Pension Funk has a boutique feel | Courtesy of Hotel-Pension Funk / Expedia.com
Located on a quiet, elegant sidestreet in Charlottenburg, Hotel-Pension Funk is set within the former home of silent movie star Asta Nielsen. Today, it retains its old-world charm. Vintage furnishings and floral wallpaper adorn the rooms, while breakfast is served in an elegant Weimar-era dining room, filled with natural light that shines through Art Nouveau windows. This accommodation is certainly ideal for those seeking a little ‘grandeur’ on their trip to Berlin without overspending.
Pension Galerie’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its central location. Being so close to the Reichstag, Gendarmenmarkt and Checkpoint Charlie, guests can roll comfortably out of bed to their breakfast, and then to some of the city’s best historic monuments stress-free. Owner Angelika offers excellent service, while the rooms are clean and comfortable, combining modern decor with some charming antique furnishings. Breakfast here includes a continental spread, coffees and teas, and also home-made jams – everything you need to energise you for that brief walk over to the Brandenburg Gate.
Stars Guesthouse Berlin has several uniquely designed rooms | Courtesy of Stars Guesthouse Berlin / Hotels.com
The Stars Guesthouse lies in Schöneberg, by the pretty Viktoria-Luise-Platz where families, students and elderly residents go about their day, surrounded by elegant 19th-century buildings and leafy boulevards. Stars is ideal if privacy and an authentic community spirit are high on the agenda, away from all the tourist traps. The uniquely designed rooms are clean, spacious and airy, with parquet flooring and big windows. Breakfast is served in the downstairs dining room and is an unpretentious affair of cold cuts, bread, cereals and hot drinks. After, it is either a stroll around your new neighbourhood or a quick U-Bahn ride to Berlin’s landmarks.
Find the Beach House Suite at Ackselhaus | Courtesy of Ackselhaus Blue Home / Booking.com
Ackselhaus Blue Home is an unusual B&B, in that it is actually two accommodation options in one. If guests are still deciding on the style of room they want, Ackselhaus offers themed mini-apartments, while Blue Home has a hotel ambience. Both are under the same management and share many of the same services, and guests can enjoy either guest house’s facilities. The in-house Club del Mar breakfast room includes a street terrace and open fireplace – perfect for guests wanting to enjoy the large breakfast spread al fresco or in a cosy atmosphere come the winter months. Rooms come with a comfy sofa, work desk and music system. The trendy Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood, meanwhile, will invite you to explore beyond the breakfast buffet and the charm of this B&B.
NU Hotel Berlin offers simple but comfortable rooms | Courtesy of NU Hotel Berlin / Booking.com
Located in one of Berlin’s coolest neighbourhoods – Friedrichshain – Nu Hotel is at the heart of the city’s artistic and nightlife scenes. Rooms are simple but modern, with plenty of light. Breakfast is served daily until 10.30am, featuring a mix of sweet and savoury options – German meats, fresh bread rolls, pastries and cereals can be washed down with unlimited coffee and tea. After breakfast, Berlin’s hippest areas are at your disposal, with the famous Kreuzberg neighbourhood a pleasant meander south.