Where to stay in Berlin
Berlin offers a plethora of hotel choices, including swanky five-stars, boutique gems, and budget-friendly stays. Best of all, room rates are far more affordable than other major European capitals, making even high-end properties within reach.
First timers should opt for hotels around Potsdamer Platz, Gendarmenmarkt, and Unter den Linden, which are convenient to prime tourist sites like the Brandenburg Gate and Museum Island.
For those seeking a more authentic, local Berlin experience, consider staying in an outlying kiez (neighborhood) like Kreuzberg. You can use sites like Booking.com and Trivago.com to choose a hotel or check into one of our favorites below.
Hotel de Rome
Occupying a magnificent 1880s neoclassical bank building on historic Bebelplatz, Hotel de Rome, from the luxury Rocco Forte chain, is worth the splurge. Marvelous original details — soaring stucco ceilings, white marble floors, gleaming oak paneling — blend with contemporary furnishings for an elegant, modern feel.
Join the fashionable crowd on the rooftop terrace for stellar cocktails and spectacular views of the neighboring Berlin Cathedral, the State Opera house, and the iconic TV Tower.
West Berlin’s Hotel Zoo has drawn stylish guests, including the likes of Sophia Loren, for over a century, thanks to its top-notch location on Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s boutique-lined shopping street.
Recently updated interiors fuse art deco glamour with eye-catching contemporary design, including whimsical touches like an elevator decked out with paparazzi-inspired flashing bulbs. Furnishings in plush velvet and leather grace the cozy rooms while apartment-sized suites come with a freestanding soaking tub and a full bar with a stocked wine fridge.
Nightlife aficionados will adore Orania Berlin, set among a sea of eclectic bars, restaurants, and clubs that define gritty, multicultural Kreuzberg. Step inside the restored art nouveau building and you’re greeted by a windowed, open-plan lounge flanked by wood-burning fireplaces and anchored by a long wooden bar.
The rooms feature sophisticated spaces outfitted with warm wooden floors and furnishings, embroidered textiles, and comfortable beds handmade in Germany. During a night in, you can relax on a low-slung sofa with a cocktail and enjoy free nightly music played on the grand piano