Talk to any expat in Berlin and you’re likely to encounter at least one nightmarish story of paperwork and bureaucracy. If you’ve just landed, and are planning to stay a while, you’ll no doubt find yourself swamped with a bunch of obligatory forms and tasks (like signing up for a German bank account, etc.), which you’ll need to complete before you can move onto the next step of locating a longer-term apartment.
Finding that ideal flat can take time. Booking short-term stays in the meantime can ease the stress of your move, provide an instant spot to settle, and allow yourself to get comfortably acquainted with the city and its surrounds.
In a metropolis saturated with accommodation options, it can be tricky picking the right hotel in the right place. From affordable hotels to more luxurious residences, we’ve collated our 12 top tips for your inner Berlin stay. Check them out below!
1. The Dude Berlin
Evocative of Kreuzberg’s vibrant personality, this cosy and eclectic hotel is located a short walk from many of Berlin’s must-see spots, including museum island.
Where: Kreuzberg (The Dude Berlin: Köpenicker Str. 92, 10179)
How much? From 109 € for a double room
2. Linnen Hotel
Fashioned as a contemporary, boutique ‘inn’ this chic yet shabby residence on Eberswalderstraße is an affordable, welcoming and tasteful space to get acquainted with the city in style.
Where: Prenzlauer Berg (Linnen Hotel: Eberswalder Str. 35, 10437)
How much? From 88€ for a double room
3. Michelberger Hotel
One of Berlin’s oft-overlooked hotels, this funky residence is everything you’d expect from the city’s lively cultural district. Colourful, eclectic and inventive, rooms feature loft bedding, unique furniture and the assistance of a welcoming team of locals.
Where: Friedrichshain (The Michelberger Hotel: Warschauer Str. 39-40, 10243)
How much? 85,50€ for a ‘cosy’ double
4. Montbijou Hotel
Enviably located next to the scenic Montbijou Park and two minutes from Hackescher Martkt, this relatively new 101 room boutique hotel is perfectly placed to take advantage of Berlin’s central district.
Where: Mitte (Montbijou Hotel: Monbijoupl. 1, 10178)
How much? Approximately 85€ for a double room
5. The Circus Hotel
Funky décor and a cheerful signature style ensures The Circus Hotel is a top spot for recent Berlin arrivals and those who desire something a little out of the ordinary in a convenient central location.
Where: Mitte (The Circus Hotel: Weinbergsweg 1A, 10119)
How much? From 89€ a night for a double economy room
6. Gorki Apartments
If you’re looking for more of an ‘at-home’ feel to your stay, then you might want to consider a stint in a Gorki apartment. Unique and neutral, these spacious pied-a-terres offer the perfect starting point for exploring Berlin.
Where: Mitte (Gorki Apartments: Weinbergsweg 25 10119)
How much? Prices upwards of 120€ per night for a studio apartment
7. Orania Berlin
Up until now it was fairly difficult to find luxury accommodation in the multicultural heart of Berlin, Kreuzberg. Orania Berlin fills this void in style, offering sumptuous rooms and an opulent bar that regularly hosts musical events and parties.
Where: Kreuzberg (Orania Berlin: Oranienstraße 40, 10999)
How much? From 161€ a night
8. Titanic Gendarmenmarkt
Set alongside Berlin’s prettiest square, Gendarmenmarkt, this beautiful hotel offers a range of essential facilities and is conveniently located near public transport links and other essential amenities.
Where: Mitte (Titanic Gendarmenmarkt: Französische Straße 30, 10117)
How much? Classic rooms from 180 €
9. Soho House
With past lives as a department store and the Reich Youth headquarters, the cultural landmark has been tastefully restored and rejuvenated to provide a range of stylish suites, apartments and loft accommodation.
Where: Prenzlauer Berg (Soho House: Torstraße 1, 10119)
How much? From 250€ for a small room
10. Das Stue
It doesn’t get much more luxurious than Das Stue. Situated in the former Danish embassy, this 1930s structure is imposing yet inviting. Serenely positioned in Tiergarten, the hotel features direct access to the Berlin Zoo and décor by the iconic Patricia Urquiola.
Where: Tiergarten (Das Stue: Drakestraße 1, 10787)
How much? From 215€ for a Stue room
11. Hotel Adlon
Short-term stay are a brilliant way to explore a city, and where better than one of Berlin’s most iconic hotels? The Hotel Adlon is advantageously positioned directly next to the Brandenburg Gate, and offers every possible luxury.
Rich in history, the Adlon was commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II and officially opened in 1907, with the Kaiser regularly utilising the majestic marble-clad meeting rooms as a social gathering point. After the hotel’s owner Lorenz Adlon died tragically in 1921 after being struck by a car at the Brandenburg Gate, his son continued the hotel’s opulent reputation and the Adlon remained a luxurious social centre for celebrities, journalists and politicians alike.
Where: Mitte (Hotel Adlon: Unter den Linden 77, 10117)
How much? Rooms from 240€
12. Hotel De Rome
If you’re looking for luxury and a central location to explore Berlin, then Hotel De Rome should be at the top of your list. Constructed between 1887 and 1889 by architect Ludwig Heim, the structure originally functioned as headquarters for the Dresdener Bank. Living through various incarnations, the elegant building served as State Bank of the GDR, eventually being destroyed after the fall of the wall in 1989.
Lovingly restored to its former opulence, this 5-star hotel boasts a spectacular rooftop terrace, and is flanked by another of Berlin’s most beautiful squares, Bebelplatz. Of particular note to guests and visitors will be the ultra-lavish spa and swimming pool. This has been located within the bank’s original vault – the spa and treatment room accessible by passing through the original 15cm thick steel door.
Where: Mitte (Hotel De Rome: Behrenstraße 37, 10117)
How much? Classic rooms from 320€ a night
Tired of short-term stays and want something more permanent? If you’re looking for the perfect apartment in Berlin, contact us at Crocodilian and we’ll help locate your ideal home today!