Where to Stay in Berlin: Best Areas & Hotels
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The majority of Berlin's top tourist attractions are located in the Mitte and Charlottenburg neighborhoods, making these ideal places for travelers to stay 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 of the city center 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.
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Where to Stay in Berlin for Luxury
The five-star Hotel am Steinplatz, Autograph Collection is located on the famous Ku'damm shopping street in the center of Charlottenburg, less than five minutes' walk to the Zoological Garden. This chic, sophisticated hotel features an excellent day spa, a beautiful central courtyard with umbrella-covered tables, and posh rooms with prime amenities. The hotel's large fitness center has a sauna, as well as daily fitness classes, and there are electric vehicle charging stations available to guests.
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.
The lively Mitte neighborhood's Regent Berlin is known for its decadent marble interior and top-notch amenities, including a chic spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, and turndown service. The spacious rooms and suites are equally lavish, with marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful views. Its location is also near-perfect, next door to the French Cathedral, just two blocks from Gendarmenmarkt, and not much farther from Museum Island.
Where to Stay in Berlin: Mid-Range
Hotel Q! is an excellent luxury hotel with mid-range prices, located in the Charlottenburg neighborhood close to Savingyplatz and the Kurfurstendamm and just a short walk to the Berlin Zoological Garden.
The Q offers a full menu of spa services on-site, as well as a sauna, fitness center, and other convenient amenities. The rooms are spacious and soundproofed to allow guests to escape the bustling city, equipped with mini-fridges and safes. There is an in-house restaurant, as well as numerous eateries close by.
Also in the Mitte neighborhood, less than three blocks from the Berlin Wall Memorial, i31 Hotel is surrounded by dozens of great restaurants and is within a 10-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.
This affordable boutique hotel is on the northern edge of the Mitte neighborhood, close to landmarks like Koppenplatz and the Alter Juedischer Friedhof sculptures and just a 10-minute walk to Museum Island.
Where to Stay in Berlin on a Budget
Located on the western end of the Tiergarten near the Charlottenburg Gate, B&B Hotel Berlin-Tiergarten is a family-friendly budget hotel within walking distance of the Berlin Zoo. There is a complimentary breakfast buffet and free Wi-Fi for guests. Rooms are on the small side but efficiently arranged to make the most of the space, with uplifting colors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Family rooms are available, featuring stylish bunkbeds.
A good budget option in the Mitte neighborhood is the B&B Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, a freshly updated non-smoking hotel with compact soundproofed rooms. This no-frills hotel provides breakfast, Wi-Fi, and is located less than five minutes by foot to landmarks like the Altes Stadthaus and the Franziskaner Klosterkirche; the main attractions on Museum Island can be reached in less than 20 minutes.
The Schoneberg neighborhood is another 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 in Berlin 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.
The Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie has spacious family suites and apartments 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. There are grocery stores close by, and the hotel is within walking distance of nearly all of Berlin's top tourist attractions, including Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and the Holocaust Memorial.
Although the name doesn't quite seem to fit the "family hotel" image, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin really is designed for both kids and adults in mind. Its location could not be more perfect for families visiting the zoo and aquarium—the hotel sits at the edge of the Berlin Zoological Garden, and those who want to look straight out at the elephant enclosure should request a room facing the park. Allergy-free rooms are available, as are special diet menus, and the rooms are soundproofed to keep the noise of the city out and the sound of excited kids in.
Where to Stay in Berlin for Romance
Couples who like a peaceful getaway in a modern and bright setting will love SO/ Berlin Das Stue, an elegant 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. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, large fitness center, and multiple restaurants on-site, as well as a large, relaxing spa.
Louisa's Place is an all-suite luxury experience in the heart of the Kurfurstendamm shopping district in south Charlottenburg. Suites at this boutique hotel come equipped with a full kitchen and living room, as well as a private balcony. Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, and in-house spa services; there is a restaurant on site, as well as several within just a block or two.
The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a historic landmark hotel overlooking Brandenburg Gate and has a 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 close to the main city center attractions. There is a full-service spa on site, as well as a well-equipped fitness center, sauna, and an indoor pool. The hotel also has three in-house restaurants, as well as on-site entertainment nightly.
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