Think of Germany and one never fails to mention Berlin, the country’s dynamic capital. Once known for its painful past, the modern cosmopolitan city now attracts more than 13 million visitors each year. Tourists come here for a spectrum of reasons: its fascinating history and buzzing nightlife only make up two.
Yet, a couple of decades ago, Berlin’s hotel scene was pretty limited. Properties were congregated around West Berlin and didn’t see much variance within themselves. Today, the hotels and boutique hotels have now increased and have branched out to East Berlin as well. We’ve put together a list of hotels for you to rest your head in after a long day. From elegant classic establishments to edgy new ones, there is something suitable for everyone here.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski is perfect for those who want to be a heart of it all. The elegant hotel is less than a five minute walk to Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, making it extra convenient for guests. The property also features 385 posh rooms and suites, along with plush bedding for guests to just jump right into. Suites include whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and unparalleled views of the city. Here, guests are spoilt with dining options. Never leave without a visit to Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, a two Michelin starred restaurant dishing out exciting European-inspired cuisine. If you’re looking for an interesting bite, Sra Bua serves Pan-Asian fusion cuisine sure to satisfy your taste buds. Relish in ultimate relaxation as you visit Adlon Spa by Resense, the hotel’s in-house spa spreading over three floors. The 9000 square feet spa is truly Berlin’s greatest wellness heaven, offering sensational indulgence to all guests.
Although Hotel am Steinplatz first opened in 1913, its artistic splendour still perseveres on more than a hundred years later. It’s striking olive-green facade is unlike any other, and together with the sweeping ornaments on the entrance canopy, make it a delight for design-junkies. Just four kilometres from the Brandenburg Gate, the refined property also rests within a six-minute walk from the Berlin Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn station. Each of the 87 individually designed rooms and suites are a modern interpretation of the 1920s, featuring clean lines and warm tones for a relaxing stay. For a nighttime tipple, head to Bar am Steinplatz, and award-winning bar offering a unique bar experience. Their clear glass menu offers nine different colourless drinks served in the same glass, which is sure to make for an interesting night out.
SO/ Berlin Das Stue is located within a stately 1930s building at the edge of Tiergarten park, just a short three kilometres away from the Brandenburg Gate. Although the upscale hotel seems cold and unapproachable, it has been cleverly juxtaposed with quirky, colourful finishings that bring a sense of warmth to the building. The 78-room boutique hotel is also home to Cinco by Paco-Perez, a Michelin-starred restaurant featuring avant-garde molecular-leaning Mediterranean cuisine. For a more relaxed dining experience, check out Stue Bar, a bar with live music for a bit of cheer.
Just a five-minute walk from the Französische Str. U-Bahn station and you will find yourself in the chic TItanic Gendarmenmarkt Hotel. This playful hotel comes with a stunning courtyard and a grand marble lobby. Each of the 208 chic rooms and suites come with a picture of red theatre drapes as the headboard, as though relating the stay to a dramatic affair. Never leave the hotel without a trip to Beef Grill Club, an upscale Turkish restaurant in a casual setting complete with an open show kitchen for a bit of theatrical flair. Amenities include a luxurious Turkish hammam, as well as indulgent spa-suites for the perfect end to the day.
Discover a home-away-from-home here at The Mandala Suites. The modern hotel is a six-minute walk Checkpoint Charlie, and a three-minute stroll from the cathedral of Gendarmenmarkt square. The suite-only hotel features 80 spacious suites with a fully equipped kitchen, perfect for long or short-term stays. Guests can check into studios or two-bedroom suites, all furnished with comfortable yet fashionable aesthetic. Escape the city’s humdrum at establishment’s fitness and wellness centre. It includes top of the line equipment perfect for fitness junkies and wellness lovers. Guests looking for a more private affair can also have massages right in the comfort of their own room.
Hotel De Rome is a luxury hotel housed in a former bank HQ that was built in 1889. The high-end establishment is a nine-minute walk from Museum Island, located just by the State Opera House. Each of its 145 polished rooms and suites reflect the dynamic nature of the city, complete with high stucco ceilings and smooth marble bathrooms for added flair. Find an array of dining options here at Hotel De Rome, from rooftop cocktails to authentic Italian cuisine.
Step into Radisson Blu Hotel and find a staggering 25-metre tall aquarium in the middle of the lobby. It is the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium, filled with one million litres of saltwater and tropical fish. Although guests are unable to dive into the aquarium itself, they are able to embark on a two-storey elevator ride through the middle of the aquarium. The hotel itself sits along the River Spree, just a short walk from the Pergamon Museum. All of its 427 rooms and suites are fitted with contemporary decor and furnishings for the modern traveller. Visit the hotel’s in-house restaurant, HEat for some international cuisine, or visit the Atrium Bar for a nightcap or two. Tired after a long day? Sweat it out at the bio or Finnish sauna located in the establishment’s very own Heaven Spa & Fitness.