Berlin is often described as a collection of very different villages joined together. And indeed, spend time in the city’s various neighbourhoods and you’ll find that each has a distinct character and feel that makes them stand apart from one another. Choose a neighbourhood depending on what interests you, using one of the following hotels as your base for really living like a local in Berlin.
Room with a view: Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome offers stunning views of Berlin’s landmarks
Mitte: Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome
A five-star hotel occupying a historic building that was once the headquarters of a major German bank, the Hotel de Rome stands in the heart of Berlin-Mitte on Bebelplatz, just off Unter den Linden and close to Museum Island, the State Opera House, the Berlin Dom and Alexanderplatz. Memorable features of this luxury hotel include the ballroom that was once the main cashier’s hall of the bank and a swimming pool in the former jewel vault. The roof terrace is a great place for a drink with views across the city skyline.
Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt features a state-of-the-art spa, sauna and a health club
Moabit: Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt
Just a few steps from Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof (main train station), the Steigenberger is perfectly located for exploring – attractions within walking distance include the Tiergarten park, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag building and Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art gallery. Spacious and comfortable rooms are complemented by an extensive spa and a restaurant and bar with excellent cocktails.
S+U-Bahn: Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Stay at the renowned Orania.Berlin
Since the days when West Berlin attracted musicians and artists such as Nick Cave and David Bowie, Kreuzberg has been a cultural focal point, and it remains a buzzing neighbourhood. Oranienplatz at its heart is where you’ll find this award-winning luxury boutique hotel, which combines beautifully designed rooms with a cultural offering including concerts exclusively by musicians who live and work in Berlin.
Friedrichshain: Michelberger Hotel
Since reunification, Friedrichshain has been at the heart of Berlin’s music and nightlife scene. This is reflected in the unique mix of DIY punk aesthetic and stylish, comfortable design you’ll find at the Michelberger – the place to stay for bands passing through town. The ground-floor restaurant is a popular meeting point for Berlin’s creative set, while nearby attractions include the East Side Gallery and the intriguing selection of bars, clubs, exhibition spaces and street food shacks of the RAW complex.
S+U-Bahn: Warschauer Straße
Hotel Oderberger is situated in the heart of a vibrant district
Prenzlauer Berg: Hotel Oderberger
Prenzlauer Berg is a slice of old Berlin, with leafy cobbled streets lined with 19th-century apartment blocks, most renovated in the past couple of decades. The history of the neighbourhood is reflected in the Oderberger, occupying a stunning former public swimming baths. Rooms range from comfortable doubles to expansive maisonettes and apartments, and the surrounding streets are packed with cafés, restaurants and independent stores.
U-Bahn: Eberswalder Straße
Relax and unwind in a hammock in your room at 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
Charlottenburg: 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
This Charlottenburg hotel is part of a group of design hotels that like to make a splash. Housed in a Modernist building overlooking Berlin Zoo, it certainly makes a statement, especially in its destination top-floor Monkey Bar and NENI restaurant. Charlottenburg is Berlin’s equivalent of London’s West End, packed with designer shops, classy restaurants and fantastic bars.
Das Stue is the epitome of cosy contemporary chic
Tiergarten: Das Stue
Also close to the animals, but in the neighbouring Tiergarten district, is the extravagant design hotel Das Stue. The interiors of Das Stue have been created by celebrated designer Patricia Urquiola, both in the rooms and the social spaces, including the luxury spa and the Michelin-starred restaurant. Attractions close to Das Stue include the Gemäldegalerie, the Berliner Philharmonie and the Bauhaus Archiv, as well as – of course – the Berlin Zoo, where guests can make use of an exclusive entrance from the hotel into the grounds.
Did we mention Provocateur has a 24-hour bar…
Wilmersdorf is a neighbourhood in the west end of Berlin, a place of elegant shopping and nightlife and where the roaring 1920s never really finished. This is certainly the case at the neighbourhood’s best hotel, Provocateur, where the Jazz Age inspires all aspects of the design and service, from the glamorous décor to the Paris-meets-China dining in the restaurant and the cocktails in the bar. From Provocateur it is a short walk to the Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s main shopping boulevard, and some of the city’s best cocktail bars and restaurants.
U-Bahn: Konstanzer Straße