Berlin is undoubtedly the city break par excellence, because there is not just one Berlin but several. From trendy bars in Kreuzberg and Neukölln to the green, to art museums in West Berlin, two zoos, beautiful parks and of course an intricate and perfectly commemorated history.
Berlin’s best hotels are equally expansive and eclectic and there’s a design address to suit nearly every sensibility and every journey. From a party weekend to a family getaway, Berlin has it all. Grab a U-Bahn ticket and come with us on our tour of the city’s boutique hotels, from retro boltholes to upscale family apartments.
The best hotels in Berlin
1. Mr Savigny
Located in the literary district of Charlottenburg near Savignyplatz in a building built in 1893, Sir Savigny’s design is eclectic and bohemian and the vibe is distinctly bookish and culture-driven. Sir Savigny, by the way, is a fictional flâneur who inspires aesthetics. The focus is on the laid-back common areas, library with books, and chess tables. There’s also a living room with soft modernist chairs and a communal kitchen area for socializing.
The design is by Tel Aviv-based studio Baranowitz Kronenberg Architecture and mixes the building’s period elements with more austere contemporary elements typical of Berlin today, such as bay windows and concrete pillars. Works by local artist Katharina Musick complete the look.
The roughly 40 rooms and suites are designed by Amsterdam-based Saar Zafrir, and again mix more retro, glamorous Art Deco elements with contemporary Berlin industrial chic.
Book a stay at Sir Savigny (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $100.
2. Soho House Berlin
Soho House Berlin is a kind of best-of-Berlin look-book running the gamut from deco opulence to Bauhaus touches.
The 65-room, 20-apartment address is spread over eight floors in a spacious building that began life as a department store in the late 1920s. The historic listed building was designed in the New Objectivity style by architects Georg Bauer and Siegfried Friedlander. After Hitler came to power, the building was taken from the two owners, Hermann Golluber and Hugo Halle, who were Jews, and it was repurposed as a Reich Youth HQ. After the war, it became an administrative building for the Communist Party until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It was returned to its original ownership, before being sold to the UK-based hotel group.
Today it has been transformed into a chic home away from home, a kind of sprawling hip townhouse. The Soho House team took over the space with their usual mix of exuberant British living room vibes and elements that incorporate local culture. We love the look of the apartments’ dark parquet floors and kitschy details, like the glamorous chandeliers and bespoke velvet headboards.
The hotel is on the edge of the bustling Mitte district, with plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops nearby, and a short walk from Alexanderplatz.
Book a stay at Soho House Berlin (opens in a new tab) (Members and friends only). Rooms from $200.
Located in the family-friendly locality of Prenzlauer Berg, Linnen offers a cozy and comfortable environment, designed to feel welcoming and warm,
Cozy is the atmosphere of the Linnen, a hotel designed to feel like home. The style is eclectic without being too experimental. There is a distinctly natural feel with lots of linen, but also pine paneling and earth tones. Impressively, the address also runs entirely on renewable energy. In the meantime, some of the finest elements of the 19th century building have been restored, such as the large original windows. Sleek retro lamps and carefully chosen artwork complete the look. Each of the six bedrooms is decorated a little differently.
It is an intimate address and you will be welcomed by the owners themselves.
Book a stay in Linnen (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $180.
4. Provocative Berlin
Provocateur, as the name suggests, is a slinky affair. It’s for a burlesque 1920s Paris vibe, with lots of velvet and low lighting and alluring rooms, some with tubs next to beds. The design is again Saar Zafrir, as at Sir Savigny, which mixes German, French and Chinese design elements.
The sultry style continues in the bathrooms with their black granite-effect tiling and rainfall showers worthy of an old-school R&B video.
Food and drink offerings add to the charm. At the Golden Phoenix Restaurant, Chef Duc Ngo presides over a Sino-French fusion offering, including a delicious tasting menu spread over four courses cheekily titled: Foreplay, Intermediate, Climax and Sweet Seduction. Provocative indeed!
Book a Provocative Berlin stay (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $200.
5. Hotel Bikini 25 Hours
This hotel is light, leafy, and modern, with a kind of urban jungle design courtesy of Studio Ausslinger. It’s fun and relaxing and the rooms even have hammocks!
The property is located near the zoo, which really plays with the design: there’s a wellness area centered around the “jungle sauna”, which overlooks the zoo, and there’s an indoor-outdoor botanical feel throughout.
Bike rides are available on cutting-edge Schindelhauer bikes and there’s a cool 24-hour lifestyle shop.
Book a stay at the Bikini 25 Hours Hotel (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $200.
6. Hotel Q
One of the best things about Berlin’s hotel scene is its diversity, and this hotel is different again.
The sleek, futuristic design comes from Los Angeles-based, globally-operating GRAFT architects, who have created the look of an impressive number of projects around the world, from train stations to sprawling retail spaces to individual projects such as door handles.
The 77 rooms are experimental but harmonious spaces, with lots of clean white minimalist lines but also quirky little touches, like the combined bed and bath units in some rooms!
The Kurfürstendamm shopping street is right outside the door.
There are packages on offers for lovers (champagne on arrival) and birthdays (including cake). The spa includes Japanese bath elements and a Finnish sauna.
Book a stay at Hotel Q (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $120.
7. SO Berlin Das Stue
This five-star boutique hotel is located in a particularly charming part of town, with the huge Tiergarten park and Berlin Zoo on the doorstep (you can see it from some rooms). Buzzy Charlottenburg is nearby.
The address is of great architectural interest: it is housed in a heritage-listed building of the former Royal Danish Embassy, built in the late 1930s. Interiors are courtesy of superstar Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, known for its chic yet pleasant design. Rooms have high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows with characterful, modern touches. The restored white marble staircase in the lobby is a highlight.
The dining offering is overseen by celebrity Catalan chef Paco Pérez with the upscale Michelin-starred Cinco dining option and a more casual option, the aptly named Casual Restaurant. The chic spa comes from Susanne Kaufmann from the Austrian Alps.
Book a stay at SO Berlin Das Stue (opens in a new tab). Rooms start around $350.
8. Gorky Apartments
These high-end luxury self-catering apartments are located in the city center, just off Rosenthaler Platz. If the atmosphere is very warm, the design has nonetheless been thought out and finished in an exquisite way. We love the goofy tiling in the bathrooms and the stylish rugs that make the space feel like home.
There are no common rooms but a great staff available to help with any request available on whatsapp at any time. It’s family friendly and dogs are also welcome.
Book a stay at Gorky Apartments (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $350.