Just 20 years ago, this sandy post-war city had limited options for hotels: those that went after the tourists were naturally clustered in the west of Berlin, and there didn’t seem to be much variation. But as with so much more in the city, times have changed that.
Today, the options are geographically comprehensive, covering the breadth of the city, and categorically so, with luxury brands like The Regent and Kempinski’s Hotel Adlon settling in the heart of East Berlin.Historic properties such as the Hotel Zoo have been glamorously renovated in recent years, while in typical Berlin style, abandoned buildings have been refurbished into trendy boutiques.
And cementing the city’s cool factor are newcomers to the scene such as Soho House and Sir Savigny from Sir Hotel, where local creatives mingle with equally modern guests.From timeless classics to stylish design hotels and avant-garde hostels, the new Berlin has something for everyone.
Hotels in Berlin – Tips and recommendations
- Best luxury hotels in Berlin: Regent Berlin – SO Berlin Das Stue
- Best boutique hotels in Berlin nhow Berlin – Hotel Michelberger
- Best family hotels in Berlin: Westin Grand Berlin – Hollywood Media Hotel
- Hotels with pool in Berlin Hotel Adlon Kempinski – Das Stue – Westin Grand Berlin – Hotel Oderberger – Grand Hyatt Berlin – Waldorf Astoria – Hilton Berlin – Radisson Blu – Pullman Berlin – Titanic Chaussee
- Where to stay in Berlin: Mitte and Charlottenburg, both safe, central, convenient and fun areas of Berlin
The 12 Best Luxury Hotels in Berlin
1.SO Berlin Das Stue ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
A large neoclassical stone building from the 1930s, once the home of the Royal Danish Embassy, is the setting for Das Stue, a luxury boutique hotel with an enviable location next to the Berlin Zoo and Tiergarten Park.The high-ceilinged lobby, with its magnificent original white marble staircase, surprises at the entrance; designer Patricia Urquiola has made the space more dramatic with comfortable modern furniture of her own design and extravagant leather animals.The hotel’s public spaces resemble a gallery, with photos of Helmut Newton adorning the walls.78 rooms, 20 of them suites, are distributed throughout the landmark building and a newer annex.some rooms have high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the zoo and Tiergarten; 11 have balconies or terraces.Experiment with molecular gastronomy at the famous Michelin-starred Cinco de Paco Perez; the Catalan chef’s 25-course tasting menu is a whirlwind of flavors and textures.with a more relaxed (and much more affordable) tapas-style menu, there’s the Casual de Perez Restaurant, which also serves as the breakfast area.the Stue Bar has a vintage, lounge-like atmosphere with a list of classic and seasonal cocktails, as well as rare whiskies and cognacs.There is also the Stue terrace adjacent to the zoo for outdoor drinks and restaurants.
2.Regent Berlin ⭐⭐⭐⭐
From the moment you enter the beautiful marble-clad lobby of the Regent, with its opulent chandelier, antique furniture, oil paintings of landscapes and grand piano, you know you are in one of the most luxurious hotels in Berlin.The lobby lounge, which also serves as a place for your famous afternoon tea, oozes old-school sophistication, with luxurious pink seats, thick carpets, silk curtains and a wood-burning fireplace.The beautiful Gendarmenmarkt, with its historic cathedrals and the majestic Konzerthaus, is just outside. 156 rooms and 39 suites have a classic, timeless feel, decorated in shades of pink, gold or green with elegant Biedermeier furniture and antique desks.The intimate spa also offers massage services and separate saunas for men and women. There are many luxury properties in Berlin, but the Regent is distinguished by its first-rate service.
3.Hotel Zoo Berlin ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Built in 1891 as a private residence and converted to a hotel in 1911, the Hotel Zoo has been one of the most luxurious rooms in West Berlin for more than a century.In the 1950s, it served as the VIP hotel for the Berlin International Film Festival and was a meeting place for top artists such as Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren. It is therefore fitting that the hotel’s glamorous history has been reinterpreted by two Hollywood designers, Dayna Lee and Ted Berner.The design aesthetics and location on Ku’damm, Berlin’s best shopping street, make it a coveted stay for anyone.
4.Rocco Forte Hotel De Rome ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A 19th century neoclassical bench houses the Hotel de Rome, a five star property of Rocco Forte that enjoys an unrivalled location on Bebelplatz, right in the historic heart of East Berlin.Many of the original details of the building (elegant marble columns, skylights, an intricate iron staircase) have been preserved, especially in the pool area, formerly the bank’s jeweled vault.A vein of contemporary design extends throughout the lobby, which is dotted with oversized black velvet sofas, huge red lacquer vases and hanging globe lights, plus a playful pink neon cage as a centerpiece.108 rooms (plus 37 suites) are spacious and designed in neutral tones with bright touches of color, subtly patterned carpets, well-designed modern furniture and discreet works of art.Don’t miss out on the amenities: There’s a standard mini-bar in every room; you can order a custom Rocco Forte Nourish mini-bar in advance, which is stocked with a selection of healthy snacks and beverages, including LoveRaw bars, kale chips, vegetable cookies, sugar-free dark chocolate and coconut water.Book one of the high-end suites and get many benefits, including a one-way limousine transfer, personalized concierge service, unpacking and packing of luggage, free ironing of clothes and movies in the house.
5.The Mandala Hotel ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pass from bustling Potsdamer Platz to the five-star Mandala and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a sanctuary.The small lobby is decorated in subtle neutral tones and dotted with modest floral arrangements, but the focus here is not on the common spaces. An elevator is located right next to the reception desk, ready to take you to your suite, and yes, most rooms are suites and spacious.Not surprisingly, this private property is a celebrity favorite; there is direct access to the elevator from the underground parking lot to your floor, beyond the huge Zen-style rooms and the proximity to major venues such as the Philharmonie concert hall, the Sony Center (across the street) and the Brandenburg Gate.
6.Hotel am Steinplatz ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Vladimir Nabokov, Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon stayed at the Hotel am Steinplatz, which opened its doors in 1913 on a quiet, leafy square in elegant Charlottenburg.Renovated and reopened a century later as part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, the boutique property retains its attractive Art Nouveau accents, which include a winding canopy over the entrance, Moorish arch windows and exquisite stucco work.The perfect redesign integrates historical decorative elements with contemporary touches. The luxury boutique atmosphere and the ideal location, just steps away from the shops along Kurfürstendamm and the Berlin Zoo, make it a lasting attraction, even after rebuilding.
7.25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin ⭐⭐⭐
A renovated building from the 1950s is the home of the Berlin outpost of this modern German hotel chain, located between the Berlin Zoo and the modern Bikini Berlin shopping mall.The reception-cafeteria area on the third floor, called Bikini Island, features a playful, jungle-themed design with tropical plants, stuffed monkeys and hammocks perfectly positioned for viewing the zoo’s monkey and bird cages.in the adjacent lounge, guests can spin the vinyl on a turntable connected to a speaker tower, play old-school pinball or relax on comfortable, custom-made modular sofas.
8.Ellington Hotel Berlin ⭐⭐⭐
This Bauhaus building from around 1928 was home to Berlin’s most famous jazz hall, where artists such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and the hotel’s namesake, Duke Ellington, played. Many of the historical details remain after its conversion to a hotel in 2007, including the original lobby with brass framed doors and green and white ceramic tiles.Today, the interior of the Ellington Hotel is primarily a contemporary affair, all white, with black and white photos of jazz greats scattered throughout the lobby.upstairs, huge windows illuminate the 285 rooms, all white and minimally furnished, with intelligently integrated rest and bath areas that maximize compact space.the location is unparalleled: just around the corner from the famous KaDeWe department store and Kurfürstendamm, an elegant shopping street.
9.Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin ⭐⭐⭐
With a prime location in Under den Linden, a stone’s throw from the Brandenburg Gate, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a Berlin landmark, with the most glamorous address of any five star hotel in the city.It only rivals its opulent lobby, which was completely overhauled in 2017 for a sum of 6 million euros (approximately $7 million).The arched ceilings now have updated lighting, which lights and dims according to the time of day, but there are still many classic details, including the huge stained glass and gold leaf dome.There is a two-star Michelin restaurant in the hotel, as well as the Adlon Spa by Resense, a tranquil three-level space with personalized therapies and treatments, and a pool and sauna in another part of the building.
10.Hotel Oderberger ⭐⭐⭐
The setting of the Hotel Oderberger is one of the most splendid in Berlin: it is within the emblematic 19th century Stadtbad Oderberger in Prenzlauer Berg, a public bath house designed by the architect Ludwig Hoffmann, who also created the city’s emblematic Pergamon Museum.The conversion to a boutique hotel preserved many of the original details of the large building, especially the 65-foot-long indoor swimming pool, placed under a magnificent stone vaulted ceiling and surrounded by huge arched columns and huge church-like windows.It’s the first thing you see when you enter the lobby, and it definitely impresses.72 rooms have a unique design and the modern design incorporates historical details in a smart way: the original numbered wooden doors of the bathroom cabins, now glazed, live as bathroom doors.Look for the historical details and the excellent location in the heart of the bustling Prenzlauer Berg.
11.Sir Savigny Hotel ⭐⭐⭐
A home away from home atmosphere permeates Sir Savigny, an elegant boutique hotel just steps from the cobblestone Savignyplatz in the city’s elegant Charlottenburg district.Equipped with modern mid-century furniture, literary-themed works of art and shelves full of art volumes, the lobby, a series of interconnected rooms designed by the Tel Aviv-based firm Baranowitz + Kronenberg, has many cozy corners to invite you to relax.A long communal wooden table in a central kitchen area serves a triple function: a reception desk, a place for breakfast and a coworking facility for digital nomads carrying laptops.Sir Savigny has 44 rooms, three of them suites, but be prepared, they are all a little smaller.That said, the contemporary and Art Deco design is impeccable and the location is ideal, close to galleries, boutiques and elegant shops along Ku’damm.