Berlin is a city known for being edgy, creative, and hedonistic and many of Berlin’s hotels reflect this hip vibe, from intimate boutiques to modern design hotels, some of the world’s most unique places to stay can be found in the German capital! From my many stays, here are my favorite unique hotels in Berlin, Germany…
1. 25 Hours Hotel Bikini – a very Instagrammable design hotel with an ‘Urban Jungle’ theme
New, playful, and hip, I loved this wonderful 4-star and already exceptionally rated 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, located in the city centre (only a 3-minute walk to the nearest metro station and only 3.4 km from Brandenburg Gate), has created a stylish urban jungle complete with animal themes and long leafy plants which hang delightfully from the ceilings.
As well as quirkily decorated bedrooms, an in-house bakery, and a rooftop restaurant – which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the city – other quirky touches include a Woodfire bakery, a Monkey Bar, a cutely named Bikini island complete with a DJ-corner and complimentary hire of Mini cars and bicycles!
If that’s not enough, there’s even an Airstream street food van permanently parked outside. Overall I thought it was an all-around wonderful experience!
2. nhow Hotel – Europe’s first ‘Music and Lifestyle’ hotel
Pitched as Europe’s first ‘Music and Lifestyle’ hotel (located in the ultra-trendy area between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg where bars, cafés, restaurants, shops, and clubs are all form part of the lively hub here, the East Side Gallery is only an 11-minute walk away), this place has quickly gained a reputation for showcasing dazzling design, striking art, and trendy music and once I visited I saw why!
As well as 304 futuristic rooms designed by acclaimed New York designer Karim Rashid, 4-star and already exceptionally rated nhow Hotel is also home to recording suites and music managers and keyboards and guitars are even available on the 24-hour room service menu.
Even the hotel staff here are music college graduates – great attention to detail! Guests’ rooms feature state-of-the-art stereos and digital interfacing…and I would recommend keeping an eye out for impromptu gigs taking place on the hotel roof!
- To book, check prices or availability for nhow Hotel
3. Michelberger – a much-loved creative cultural hub
I think this place is really in a league of its own! This incredible spot (located across the street from Warschauer Straße U-Bahn station for trains to central Berlin and a 10-minute walk from the East Side Gallery) was formed by a group of friends who wanted to create comfortable budget accommodation which felt more like you were staying in your cool mate’s house.
I personally think the end result is wow-inducing with a high-design, uber-trendy but laid-back vibe that perfectly captures the arty, rebellious spirit of Berlin.
Located in an old factory building, the high-ceiling rooms are decked out with kitschy wallpaper, flea-market finds, flat-screen TVs built into reclaimed industrial boxes…and a have-to-be-seen-to-be-believed collection of books!
4. Lulu Guldsmeden – Scandi-chic romantic boutique
The building itself dates from the 1850s has an ornate bar, and a courtyard, and is located in the ever-popular Mitte district of the city. Rooms at the family-run hotel have quirky features such as swings or hammocks as well as some having a 4-poster bed, iPod docks, and balconies.
Breakfast is an organic buffet and there is also a restaurant offering simple Nordic cuisine using locally sourced ingredients – a beautiful choice in the city!
5. Gorki Apartments – gorgeous and unique boutique accommodation with a real wow factor
Located in the trendy, central Mitte (1.2 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial) district the quirky, pet-friendly apartments feature wooden floors, high ceilings, and immaculate decor which has lashings of eclectic accents.
Also expect free Wi-Fi, TVs with satellite channels, balconies, and kitchens complete with handy Nespresso machines.
Opt for one of the two penthouses and you can expect extra rooms and rooftop terraces – perfect for all those Berlin hipster parties!
6. Moxy– a new design hotel with a funky, fun and youthful vibe
I love this place for its atmosphere and incredible location. The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district is known to be a very hip and creative area, with plenty of choices for nightlife.
The Moxy is part of the Marriott hotel chain but does not feel like a “standard” Marriott hotel. The design of the hotel and rooms is very chic, and the technology is state-of-the-art. Each room comes equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen TV and USB ports, plus the hotel has writing walls to let you embrace your creativity.
The Moxy does everything to make you feel welcome, including allowing pets at the hotel and providing a welcome drink (alcohol and soft) on arrival!
7. Hotel Amano – a chic and striking design hotel
The highly-rated Hotel Amano Berlin is a sleek, chic, large contemporary hotel located in the fashionable neighborhood of the trendy and central Mitte district (1.2 km from Alexanderplatz Square and the Berlin Wall Memorial).
Decorated in the Amano Group’s signature modern purist style, expect luxury finishing such as hardwood herringbone floors and a striking monochrome scheme framed by plush dark drapes.
The ground floor bistro serves Israeli-influenced French cuisine, the sixth-floor ‘Apartment Bar’ has huge windows affording great views of the Reichstag and the rooftop terrace bar attracts hard-core partygoers. The room rates are reasonable too – bonus!
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Amano
8. Weinmeister Hotel – an arty and creative boutique
Hip, minimalist, and located in the cool and central Mitte district (1.2 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial) is this reasonably priced 4-star boutique hotel which also happens to be one of the most popular hotels in Berlin.
Catering to a trendy crowd (without being too intimidating!), the highly-rated Weinmeister Hotel Berlin offers modern rooms, an on-site wellness spa, an urban-chic lounge, and a cool rooftop bar which serves meals and drinks around the clock.
The spacious guest rooms come with huge designer beds, trendy design details, handcrafted lamps, and black-walled showers with rainfall showerheads.
Opt for a sexy upgraded room and you can expect bathtubs and even a quirky room dedicated to a British pop band. A good choice for a chic design hotel which won’t leave you penniless.
9. The Circus Hotel – a fun and stylish eco-friendly boutique
The Circus Hotel is a popular designer budget boutique with that all-important central location right on the northern edge of the trendy Mitte District where it bumps into Prenzlauer Berg – here there are galleries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants galore (2.5 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial) offers colorful individually designed rooms with bright quirky decor, climate control, free WIFI and satellite TV.
Opt for one of the apartments and you’ll find two to three bedrooms with full kitchens and separate living rooms – perfect for larger groups, longer stays, or families.
A great and exceptionally rated funky option for those seeking a bit of style and space in Berlin without breaking the bank!
10. Hotel Q – a multiple award-winning ultra-unique design hotel
Trendy and edgier than most, this minimalistic 4-star design hotel (located on Berlin’s famous Kurfürstendamm shopping mile only a 5-minute walk from both Uhlandstrasse U-Bahn station and Savignyplatz S-Bahn station, and 4.5 km from Berlin Potsdamer Platz train station) has a stylish monochrome interior courtesy of the Graft Group, which are apparently Brad Pitt’s favorite architects.
The exceptionally rated Hotel Q Berlin prides itself on the tiniest of details – the lobby is filled with the sounds of the latest funky tunes, the clinical white corridors are artistically lined with red shag pile carpets and the young, affable, dressed-in-black staff know all the best clubs and bars to be seen at.
All the rooms in this fashionable Berlin hotel offer a beautifully chic design, spacious modern bathrooms, and intriguing sloping beds built into the wall. Expect a hip and glamorous crowd!
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Q
11. Provocateur – a sleek, chic and sexy centrally located boutique
This stylish and almost provocative boutique hotel is located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, just a stone’s throw from Kurfürstendamm and close to historical attractions like Berliner Dom, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.
The restored 1911 Art Nouveau building has a 1920s theme with mood lighting, dark backgrounds, marble, brass accents and velvet fabrics, a perfect setting for Mata Hari or a staging of Cabaret. The rooms at Provocateur Berlin combine style with comfort; many have balconies, city views and terraces.
The Golden Phoenix restaurant offers a fusion Asian-Peruvian menu and the Phoenix Bar serves up drinks and food in a setting of dramatic luxury.
12. Sir Savigny Hotel – a beautiful, bohemian and booked-themed gem
The 4-star exceptionally rated Sir Savigny Hotel (housed in a building which dates from 1893) is based in the literary corner of Berlin and has set itself up as a curator of that little piece of city history. Don’t worry, you won’t have to quote Proust at check-in, but throughout the hotel, there are gentle reminders of the building’s cultural background.
This is a small boutique hotel with only 44 rooms so it’s a beautiful oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the up-and-coming bohemian Charlottesburg area where it’s located (only a minute’s walk from the Berlin Savignyplatz S-bahn station for easy access to the rest of the city).
Combining contemporary cool with old-world decadence, this is a stylish choice with beautiful guest rooms and modern amenities to boot. Opt for a suite if you can, as they also boast a gorgeous freestanding bathtub and balconies.
The central West Berlin location is ideal for those wishing to seek out the surrounding neighborhood’s culture and eclectic style. A beautifully unique Berlin hotel that won’t disappoint!
Imagine a student hostel that’s all grown up and become a 4-star hotel, and that’s what you’ll find at The Social Hub Berlin Alexanderplatz. There are all the coworking spaces where bright minds spark each other, the fun events and the creative energy buzzing around.
Add a great location in the Mitte district near Museum Island and Holzmarkt, and you have a hotel for globe-traveling cosmopolitans. Accommodations are available for student, hotel and extended stays. The luxurious rooms have quirky, colorful décor and work desks, and also free WIFI and a wardrobe to help you settle in comfortably. There’s a sun terrace where you can relax, a fitness center, and a funky restaurant.
14. Hotel Ackselhaus – a creative, quirky and art-filled boutique
Hotel Ackselhaus is an eclectically styled intimate boutique hotel with classy, groovy decor and gorgeous courtyard gardens – the decor of the hotel is truly outstanding and draws visitors from all over the world.
Housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century building, the beautiful highly rated 4-star hotel enjoys an upmarket Berlin location on a leafy road in the middle of affluent Prenzlauer Berg (one of Berlin’s most charismatic residential neighborhoods, filled with cafes, historic buildings and indie boutiques just North of the city center).
Globe-trotting, free-thinking entrepreneur Ulf Acksel is the brains behind the venture and each room (or mini apartment) has the feel of an elaborate film set designed in a stunning mix of exotic, colonial, and marine styles – just fabulous darling!
15. SO Berlin Das Stue – a gorgeous upscale and highly Instagrammmable spot
“Stue” is Danish for living room, but this gorgeous upscale hotel has been designed by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. However, it is inspired by German author Christian Morgernstern who said: “You are not at home where you live, but where you are understood.”
This stunning boutique hotel is luxury all around; 78 rooms of 5* accommodation, plus an indoor swimming pool and spa. The chic Berlin hotel even has its own Michelin-star restaurant – Cinco by Paco Perez SO Berlin Das Stue is situated next to the famous Tiergarten Park, which you can even access directly from the hotel terrace.
If you opt for an upgrade you’ll get your own private terrace or balcony in your room, which will most definitely be worth it!
We’ve made a detailed comparison of the hotels in the following table:
|Price Range (per night)
|Distane to Attractions(km)
|25 Hours Hotel Bikini
|Budapester Str. 40, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
|Stralauer Allee 3, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
|Warschauer Str. 39-40, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
|Potsdamer Straße 67, Mitte,
|Weinbergsweg 25, Mitte
|Andreasstrasse 76-78, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
|Auguststr. 43/Ecke Rosenthaler Str., Mitte
|Weinmeisterstraße 2, Mitte
|The Circus Hotel
|Rosenthalerstr. 1, Mitte
|Knesebeckstr. 67, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
|Brandenburgische Str. 21, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
|Sir Savigny Hotel
|Kantstr. 144, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
|The Social Hub Alexanderplatz
|Alexanderstraße 40, Mitte,
|Belforter Straße 21, Prenzlauer Berg
|SO Berlin Das Stue
|Drakestrasse 1, Mitte
|Uhlandstraße 49, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf,
|Chausseestraße 30, Mitte
|Motel One Mitte
|Prinzenstr. 40-42, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
|Arte Luise Kunsthotel
|Luisenstr. 19, Mitte
|Tauentzienstr. 8, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Becky Moore – Owner, writer and photographer
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