Where to Stay in Berlin: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
The majority of Berlin's top tourist attractions are located in the Mitte and Charlottenburg neighborhoods, making these ideal areas to stay in for sightseeing. The top choice for many is the Mitte district for its plethora of historic sites and museums, including Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, the Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral Church, and iconic plazas like Gendarmenmarkt. Charlottenburg sits just to the east and is dominated by the Tiergarten and Zoological Garden complex, a good place for those who want to stay outside the bustle of a busy tourist city. South of this area is the even quieter Schoneberg neighborhood, which is known for its Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum. Here, you can find good budget options that are still located within walking distance of the Zoological Gardens, which is also a major public transportation hub with quick access to the Mitte attractions.
Where to Stay for Luxury
The lively Mitte neighborhood's Regent Berlin is known for its decadent marble interior; spacious rooms and suites; and top-notch amenities, including a chic spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, and turndown service. Its location is also near-perfect, next door to the French Cathedral, just two blocks from Gendarmenmarkt, and not much farther from Museum Island.
In the northern section of Mitte, under five minutes' walk from the Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin Gorki Apartments are a luxury option for those who want the conveniences of home during their stay in Berlin. Guest apartments have a fun décor that mixes contemporary with retro, and they come with a well-equipped kitchenette. This family-friendly establishment also offers babysitting services and welcomes dogs. It is surrounded by some of Berlin's most interesting shops and galleries, as well as many good restaurants, and is convenient to public transportation.
Hotel am Steinplatz, a member of the Autograph Collection hotel chain, is located on the famous Ku'damm shopping street in the center of Charlottenburg, less than 5 minutes' walk to the Zoological Garden. This chic, sophisticated hotel features an excellent day spa, a large fitness center, a beautiful central courtyard with umbrella-covered tables, and posh rooms with prime amenities.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
The central Mitte neighborhood has several good mid-range options in prime locations. Less than three blocks from the Berlin Wall Memorial, i31 Hotel is surrounded by dozens of great restaurants and is within a ten-minute walk to Museum Island. Guest rooms are modern and cheerful, equipped with the latest technology and conveniences, like a Tassimo coffee machine and a mini-fridge stocked with free soft drinks. Additional complimentary perks for guests include the use of the hotel's e-scooters and Smart cars, a locally networked smartphone on loan for the duration of your stay, and, of course, breakfast.
The Circus Hotel has a fun, quirky atmosphere that is both whimsical and tasteful. The warm staff members are always ready to help, and they work to host special events and tours that are exclusively for hotel guests. Other extras include a tablet in each room and the ability to rent a bicycle right at the front desk. At the Casa Camper Berlin, guests will certainly enjoy the spotless, modern rooms, which are fully equipped with thoughtful extras, and appreciate the rooftop snack bar Tentempié, where food and beverages are available at no extra cost 24 hours a day. Both of these hotels are within easy walking distance of Museum Island and several other major Berlin tourist attractions, including Berlin TV Tower, Alexanderplatz, and the Nikolai Quarter.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Although the rooms are basic at aletto Hotel Kudamm, this hotel offers plenty to keep you busy and is an excellent budget choice for younger travelers and families because of its close proximity to the Zoological Gardens and Aquarium in the heart of the Charlottenburg neighborhood. Amenities include a backyard space with a playground, lounge chairs, and shaded picnic tables, as well as recreation areas that have games like ping pong, foosball, and even a pool table. Guests can choose between a standard room, family room with bunk beds, or even ultra-affordable hostel-style bunks.
The adjacent Schoneberg neighborhood is a good place to find budget lodgings like the Ibis Berlin Kurfurstendamm, which provides dependable quality rooms and service in a hip, updated atmosphere. The hotel offers valuable inclusions, like breakfast, Wi-Fi, and free secure parking that includes a charging station for e-cars. It is close to both the Tiergarten and the Zoological Gardens, as is Motel One Berlin - Tiergarten, a large city hotel that offers well-appointed rooms with excellent views of the city.
Where to Stay for Families
The ideal hotel for traveling families provides ample space for everyone, the means to prepare meals and snacks in-room, and a location that allows you to see top attractions without spending your whole day getting there and back. The Mitte neighborhood is an ideal central location for sightseeing, and the Mandala Hotel sits just a block away from the stunning Gendarmenmarkt. The apartment-style suites and studios feature thoughtful conveniences, like a separate shower and toilet, plenty of storage space, and of course a well-equipped kitchen. The hotel also includes luxury amenities, such as a fitness center and sauna, as well as a business center for parents who need a little more space to work. As its name suggests, the Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie also has spacious family suites that are fully outfitted for an active family of tourists, complete with in-room washer and dryer. Guests enjoy the indoor pool and hot tub, free breakfast for kids, and the ability to rent bicycles on-site. Both these hotels have grocery stores close by and are within walking distance of nearly all of Berlin's top tourist attractions, including Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and the Holocaust Memorial.
Where to Stay for Romance
Couples who like a peaceful getaway in a modern and bright setting will love Das Stue, a fine hotel in Charlottenburg overlooking the Tiergarten and the Zoological Gardens. Guests might be able to watch an ostrich strut its stuff from a private patio balcony, and all of the spacious rooms come equipped with top amenities, like a separate soaking tub and shower, as well as the latest technology, including an Apple computer and variable lighting. Both this hotel and Hotel Adlon Kempinski have an indoor pool, large fitness center, and multiple restaurants on-site, as well as large, relaxing spas. Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a historic landmark hotel overlooking Brandenburg Gate and has a much more traditional luxury ambience, with rich colors and ornate décor - the lobby is well worth a peek if you don't get the chance to stay here. At the eastern end of Tiergarten in the Mitte district, it is closer to the main city center attractions.