Berlin is poor, but sexy.
– Klaus Wowereit
A thoughtfully designed boutique space where each of the 35 rooms have a different modern theme and nice, big bathtubs. Located in ever-so-charming Kollwitzplatz area (near the best farmer's market in Berlin).
One of Berlin's first grand hotels is still pretty ostentatious (gold ceilings, limestone bathrooms), but these days it feels rather corporate. The conference crowd takes up most of the lobby bar area, though the service is good and the Brandenberg Gate is just steps away.
The 27-room townhouse is run by an irreverant German with a penchant for good design and NY steaks. So much so that he filled the spiffy 19th-century space with a stunning spiral staircase, Kartell lamps, and sconces from his favorite opera house. Then he flanked the hotel with a NY-style steakhouse on one side, and a delicatessen on the other.
Nice, albeit slightly sterile, modern business hotel with eight state-of-the-art conference rooms, private dining room, wine vault, and summer terrace for large groups or corporate events. Close to KaDeWe department store and Ku'damm promenade.
Good for business travelers who want a little bit of action and neighborhood culture in between meetings. Apartments are sleek, modern, affordable, and fitted with a kitchenette.
A rare specimen of Old World splendor (you can take tea in the Opera Court and schmooze in the ballroom). The surrounding area, unfortunately, is a bit touristy. Make a quick escape to the opera.
Whimsical, creative, edgy hotel hangout feels like crashing at a friend's shared artist loft. Extremely affordable and fun. Book a "WG" (flatshare) if you want to socialize and/or save some cash.
Feel like a local the minute you pick up your keys the ground floor cafe, the unofficial front desk for the inn/b&b-hybrid upstairs. Choose between four well-appointed rooms or the two-bedroom suite. (They also have off-site apartments to let.) All are clean, fresh, modern, affordable, and run by some of the nicest guys in town.
If you want a location central to shopping and sight-seeing, you can't go wrong with Lux. It's the sleeker side of new Berlin with design-driven rooms, fancy salon, lobby hangout.
The best cafe for solid, free WiFi usage in Mitte also has spiffy apartments for short-term rent. You can live like a local, and experience the hustle and bustle of Rosenthaler Platz right from your window.
Classical-style luxury hotel in touristy Gendarmenmarkt Square. Home to the only German restaurant with two Michelin stars.
Feels a little New World ritzy for a luxe accommodation that aims to channel Old World elegance. But the amenities and services are everything you'd expect.
An opulent and somewhat secluded palace and gardens on the western side of the city. Each room has its own luxurious charm (without a trace of the Berlin grittiness you hear so much about). Setting and service are impeccable from dining salon, to winter garden, to Turkish bath.
The private member's club has 40 very spacious rooms in a decked-out Bauhaus building, a very buzzy lounge and restaurant, and insane views of the city from the rooftop patio. Watch Berlin's movers and shakers at work (while tipsy).