Berlin is a great destination for a weekend break or of course, even longer! Many people flock to Germany each year to experience the magic of the city of Berlin. With so many things to see and do from historic Berlin, the East Side Gallery to abandoned buildings at Teufelsberg you might be busy planning your trip but not take much thought into where you are staying.
Here are five hip hotels in Berlin recommended by travel bloggers who have stayed at them. Ok, maybe not on the same trip but once you’ve visited Berlin, I can guarantee you’ll want to go back again.
The hotels are all located in different parts of Berlin, which great because it means every time you visit you get to explore somewhere new! With a great transport network, you’re never far away from something cool to see and do! (Thanks Google for this handy map!)
Recommended by Becky at Becky the Traveller
Staying at Huttenpalast Hotel in Berlin has to be the most unusual and hip hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The hotel is comprised of renovated caravans that have been lovingly restored and relocated to an empty factory.
There are also a few huts and other creative palaces that you can sleep (yes one is called the Old Palace – perfect for families as it has two floors). Check out their website for the full range.
For me, Huttenpalast was a cross between a hotel and a hostel. All the comforts and privacy of a hotel room, with the fun social aspect of meeting fellow neighbours in the morning over a cup of coffee. Each caravan also has a seating area outside so you can relax, have a glass of wine (or catch up on work like me!)
The great thing about Huttenpalast is that no stay will ever be the same (unless you pick the same caravan haha). I loved my little caravan but maybe next time I would try a different one, to mix things up.
Breakfast is also included in the hotel rates. Tea/coffee and croissants are served early in the morning, in the main area of the caravan hotel. This is just a pre-breakfast whilst you get dressed! A lovely breakfast buffet with cold meats and cheeses, pickles and delicious bread is served in the front of the hotel.
They also have a wonderful outside courtyard area with chairs and tables. In keeping with the hip vibe of the hotel, this area has plants growing out of bathtubs and a beautiful mural painted on the wall. Unique is the best word to describe Huttenpalast.
You can read my full review of my stay at Huttenpalast caravan hotel here.
- 70-100 EUR per night
Circus Hotel Berlin
Recommended by Bilyana at Owl Over The World
Berlin is one of my favourite cities and one of my favourite places to stay is The Circus Hotel. Here you have a choice at staying at either the ‘Circus Hotel’ or the ‘Circus Hostel’.
No matter which one you choose to depend on your needs and budget, they are both cool, quirky and unique. Also, you can easily stay at one but visit the other for its features – the hostel is just across the street (Weinbergsweg 1a) from the hotel.
The coolest thing about The Circus Hostel is the Circus Bar and microbrewery – yup, right, they have their own microbrewery in the bar. How cool is that? When you book your stay there, at check-in you’ll receive a ticket for a free beer.
The other cool thing is their David Hasselhoff Museum – unknown and hidden in the basement of the hostel. Maybe you’re going to ask why they have a David Hasselhoff Museum? Maybe because it’s cool and fun and also to support a running campaign for changing the name of the street outside.
The rooftop of the Circus hotel was my favourite place to relax. There is a bar open in the evening and in the morning it is transformed into a rooftop yoga space! It’s a great way to start your day while enjoying one of the best views over Berlin, including the TV Tower and the Berlin Dom.
The hotel and the hostel have a great location in the heart of Berlin. The U8 line is just in front and Alexanderplatz it’s within a walking distance. The all-you-can-eat 5 euro breakfast is another way to start your day off right.
- Hotel – double & twin room, start from 99 EUR per night
- Hostel – dormitory bed from 19 EUR per night
Recommended by Marie at Our City Travels
Berlin’s first music hotel opened in 2010. Its location is very strategic, near several train stations with partial a view of the river Spree. Entering the hotel would easily make you feel happy, the colourful and hip interior only draws delightful feelings. The seven-storey hotel has 304 rooms designed by New York designer Karim Rashid. Plus 12 function rooms which are all differently designed as stylishly and as colourfully as each other.
The hotel also has a 2-level spa area featuring a gym and saunas and a relaxation spot, perfect for when you like to enjoy some alone time. Interestingly, there are two recording studios and you can borrow electric guitars without extra costs…and it’s ok to play them as loud as you want (I guess, no one actually complained).
The hotel rooms are colourful and modish, feature a flat-screen TV, a Nespresso machine and a selection of teas for caffeine lovers and black-out curtains to help you sleep a bit more in the morning.
NHow’s buffet is the best, hands down, it has everything you could ever think of having. It’s all prepared in awesome quality; fruits, oats, yoghurt, ham and salami selections, omelette station, salad bar, bread spreads and more.
You will definitely love this 5-star hotel for many things, and be satisfied for all it’s worth.
- Double room overlooking the river Spree (3-nights) from 321 EUR
Almodóvar Hotel in Friedrichshain, Berlin
Recommended by Clemens from Travellers Archive
The Almodóvar Hotel in the lively district of Friedrichshain is not only Berlin’s first vegetarian organic hotel, but also a design hotel with a very special style.
The hotel is the best proof of how well sustainability and luxury can become together. Here you will find minimalist, modern and individually furnished rooms with lots of light, high-quality wood and attentive details.
For example, there is a yoga mat in every room. The rooms are also modern and individually furnished with natural materials. The on-site Bistro Bardot serves exciting dishes from the vegetarian organic kitchen, using only locally sourced, organically grown ingredients.
And outside of the hotel. You will be right in the middle of the world-famous Berlin nightlife with its lively bars, clubs and restaurants. During the day, numerous small designer shops and boutiques attract visitors to Friedrichshain. Centrally located in the Boxhagener Straße it offers the optimal connection to all districts.
And best of all, the hotel is not only sustainable but has created an exciting world for itself with director Pedro Almodóvar. Even the house façade shows Penelope Cruz and others.
- Single room from 141 EUR
- Double room from 151 EUR
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Recommended by Suzanne The Travel Bunny
Hotel Zoo is an elegant but hip Berlin hotel located on Kurfürstendamm. There’s a clue to its bizarre theme in the name ‘Zoo’.
Hotel Zoo has a glitzy animal theme, which you’ll notice as soon as you walk through the doors on the emerald green carpet decorated with four huge leopards. Then in the internal courtyard, you’ll find topiary giraffes looking down at you and leather hippos in the bar.
This Berlin building has a glamorous history. It was built in 1891 as a private home before being converted into a hotel 20 years later. After surviving two world wars it became popular in the fifties welcoming films stars like Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly. The Grace Bar and Restaurant are named after her.
The bar is intimate and inviting while the restaurant is understated and serves up a wide array of exclusive dishes. Exposed brickwork contrasts with velvet sofas and chandeliers in the public areas for a glamorous contrast.
Guest rooms have cool, pale decor with large comfortable beds to cosy up in and custom-made furniture and Nespresso machines. There’s an Apple TV in every room if you want to hide away from the city and chill.
Room sizes vary because of the original design of the building but all bathrooms have twin sinks, plenty of soft towels, rainfall showers and April Aromatics toiletries. Some suites even have free-standing bathtubs which is a real luxury after a long day walking around Berlin.
- Double/twin deluxe rooms start from 194 EUR (room only)*
*Prices vary depending on the day of the week.
Are you planning a trip to Berlin? Would you like any tips on what to do or which hip hotel to stay at in Berlin? Ask me any questions in the comments below.