Where to Stay in Berlin: Editor’s Picks

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Published/Revised on April 2, 2013·

 

The exuberant city of Berlin provides a huge number of  ‘where to stay’ options; and we’ve put together a list of the best hotels for every price-point. These hotel recommendations also provide information on how close the hotels are to the major sights, a description of the neighborhoods in which the hotels are located, and descriptions of the rooms and their amenities.

5-Star Hotels in Berlin

The Regent Berlin
Located in the central Mitte neighborhood, this luxurious hotel is just a short walk from many of Berlin’s most important sights, including the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin State Opera. Rooms are spacious and come with complimentary WiFi. The hotel is designed to provide you with everything you may need, including an in-house car rental agency, laundry facilities, and spa. Airport transfers are also available. The hotel is home to Berlin’s only 2-starred Michelin gourmet restaurant, the Fischers Fritz Restaurant.
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Swissotel
This hotel, located in the center of the Charlottenburg neighborhood in west Berlin, is surrounded by great restaurant and shopping options, and it’s also near the Berlin Zoo. The hotel is only three stops from Berlin’s main train station, and a subway stop is nearby. All rooms come with a Nespresso machine, mini bar, WiFi (at a charge), ironing board, and electronic safe. Hotel facilities include a fitness center, sauna, and Restaurant 44, which serves breakfast and dinner with views of the bustling Kurfürstendamm Avenue. The staff excels at providing professional and friendly service.
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4-Star Hotels in Berlin

Melia Berlin
If you demand a lot and are looking for a good value, this hotel is one of the best. Tastefully decorated, this hotel exudes a high-end, chic atmosphere. For example, all guests are provided with a pillow menu, which includes several options, free of charge. The rooms are large and come with a safe, a flat screen TV, ironing board, WiFi (at a charge), and sound-proof windows. This hotel could not be in a better location; it is in the Mitte neighborhood, near the Unter den Linden shopping center, major sights, and several subway stops. There are two onsite restaurants.
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Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Just a couple blocks from the Checkpoint Charlie museum, this hotel is located on a quiet street in the Mitte neighborhood. The 135 rooms have WiFi (at a charge) and air conditioning. There’s a comfortable onsite lounge that serves an array of cocktails; and a well outfitted fitness center and sauna. Breakfast is expensive but worth it. Several bakeries are also nearby. Good deals are provided if traveling with children under the age of 12.
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Adagio Berlin Kurfurstendamm
This apartment hotel is an exceptionally good value, and all 135 apartments are decked out with kitchens and comfortable living rooms. Located in a residential part of the Charlottenburg neighborhood, it is a little off the beaten track if you are focused on seeing the sights. Kurfurstendamm Avenue, with loads of shopping and several good restaurants, is just one block away. The nearest subway stop is a 10-minute walk, and it takes roughly 10 minutes to get to Berlin’s most important sights by subway. Rooms are ultra-modern, and there’s a fitness facility onsite. Free Wifi is offered in the lobby and adjacent areas on the ground floor. Internet is provided in the rooms but you must bring your own Ethernet cable.
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3-Star Hotels in Berlin

The Circus Hotel & Hostel
This environmentally friendly hotel has it all: apartments, hotel rooms, and hostel dorms. The apartments are very spacious for the price and include kitchens, free WiFi, and flat screen TVs. The hotel rooms are functional and clean, if a little small. Hostel guests are provided with a number of no-cost amenities, such as beer on Mondays, WiFi, and several unique walking tours of the city (guests staying in the apartments or hotel can tap into these freebies too). Located in the Mitte neighborhood, it is surrounded by restaurants and boutiques; it is also near to a subway stop.
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Best Western Hotel City Ost
Just east of the central Mitte neighborhood, this hotel resides in the fashionable Friedrichshain neighborhood, home to the expansive Friedrichshain park. The rooms are functional and clean, but the hotel’s WiFi internet service is spotty in some. A subway stop is located just outside of the hotel and it is less than ten minutes to the main sights. Stay here for the cheap rates and friendly service. This hotel is particularly perfect if you want to explore the Friedrichshain neighborhood’s numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars. In-house breakfast is a bit expensive considering that there are many fine bakeries nearby.
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Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West
Located in the ritzy heart of the Charlottenburg neighborhood, this convenient hotel provides free WiFi in every room and all prices include breakfast. The staff is friendly and conscientious. Rooms do not have safes or mini bars. If you’re a light sleeper, request a room away from the train tracks.
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Budget Hotels in Berlin

Grand Hostel Berlin
This hostel features late 19th century design and it is located in one of Berlin’s most historically interesting neighborhoods: You’ll feel like you stepped into old Berlin. The rooms are clean, modern, and functional, and come with personal lockers. Private rooms are available, but most accomodations are dorm-style. The hostel does not cram travelers together, and the maximum number of people to one room is six. Located in the Kreuzberg neighborhood in southeast Berlin, the hotel is a bit far from the sights, so using public transportation is a necessity.
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A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof
This hostel has 300 rooms and 800 beds, and it’s located just a quarter mile from Berlin’s main train station. Head east and you’ll immediately enter the Alexanderplatz neighborhood; head west and find Kurfurstendamm Avenue. WiFi is offered in the lobby for a charge. This hostel is very popular, which makes it a great place to stay if you’re looking to meet others.
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Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com 

Group Discussion

  • glenn loper

    nice post! from 5-star hotels to budget hotels, you’ve listed everything.. very informative!

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