Hip Stays: The Top Luxury Design Hotels in Berlin

Photo courtesy Mercure Berlin Wittenbergplatz

Artsy, modern, trendy… and especially popular with Millennials, Berlin’s design-driven accommodations are plentiful. Contributor Shelanne Augustine shares this list of the top luxury design hotels in Berlin.

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Berlin is a fascinating city, brimming with history just waiting to be explored. While you fill your travel itinerary with walking tours of Berlin’s best-known landmarks and must-see museums, book your stay in some of the best Berlin Hotels.

Berlin may be best known for the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall, but it’s quickly making a name for itself in the world of sustainability and design. Berlin’s design hotels offer luxurious accommodations, wrapped in avant-garde architecture and eye-catching themes that you have to experience for yourself.

Whether you’re looking to stay close to the sites or escape to a more serene area of the city, we’ve got you covered with our list of top luxury design hotels in Berlin.


The Top Luxury Design Hotels in Berlin


Boutique Hotel i31 Berlin Mitte
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Uniquely designed accommodations are the norm at the i31 Hhotel Berlin Mitte (Photo courtesy i31 Hhotel Berlin Mitte)


Looking for an out-of-the-box accommodation that offers a fresh perspective on luxury? If so then Hotel i31 is the place for you. Located in the city centre’s trendy Mitte district, this design hotel’s unique accommodations feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin.

While this boutique hotel offers a range of accommodations, you’ll want to book one of their four Superior Container rooms, constructed from shipping containers. Contrary to their industrial-looking exterior, each Container room offers luxurious design and modern styling, with spa-like linens, glassed-in showers, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame expansive views of the surrounding courtyard scenery.

Whether you want to enjoy nature from your container or the patio furniture outside, you’ll be blown away by the beauty and sweet smell of the apple trees, strawberry plants, and berry bushes surrounding your accommodations.

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Boutique Hotel i31 Berlin Mitte


Mercure Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz 
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Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz offers plenty of well designed luxury (Photo courtesy Mercure Berlin Wittenbergplatz)


What makes design hotels in Berlin so intriguing is their dedication to their thematic approach. Mercure Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz is no different. In stride with neighbouring international designers, this hotel has tailored (pun intended) its accommodations to lovers of all things fashion and style.

Dressed in rich fabrics and accessorized with chic decor, and the playful uses of spools of thread and fabric scissors, this hotel will inspire you to sport your most polished attire while you explore the Ku’Damm Boulevard and shop the KaDeWe department store, located next door.

We suggest booking one of the hotel’s Superior Suites to truly appreciate your destination. Each suite includes bathrobes, slippers, and a private terrace view of City West’s fashion district. 

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details, visit Mercure Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz 


SANA Berlin Hotel
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Sana Berlin features chic rooms and suite with pleasing views  (Photo courtesy Sana Berlin Hotel)


Between trips to Berlin’s most historic sites, why not stay in trendy accommodations with a futuristic vibe? At SANA Berlin Hotel, elegance and minimalism go hand-in-hand.

Designed by Spanish architect Fransesc Rifé, this hotel uses glass, glossy lacquer and oak to create an intriguing interior, with translucent walls that maximize light and visual lines, and complement the hotel’s sleek architectural design.

While Berlin is home to some of the best food and drink experiences, you’ll want to save room for evening tapas and cocktails in SANA Berlin’s hip open-air patio, furnished with cozy patio seating and illuminated each night with warm, glowing tear-drop shaped lights.

 Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details, visit SANA Berlin Hotel


Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
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Superior Double Room at (Photo courtesy Select Hotel Checkpoint Charlie)


Love the character of Berlin’s decades-old architecture, but don’t want to sacrifice the comforts of modern design? You’ll want to check out Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie.

This historic hotel, which was built in 1894, has become one of Berlin’s top design hotels by marrying old and new. You’ll love its exterior’s charm, showcasing its original facade, complete with elegant curved windows, a blue awning, and picture-perfect street-side balconies.

With its historic charm, this Checkpoint Charlie hotel has also mastered the art of modern design, with sleek and comfortable accommodations featuring vibrant colours and clean lines. We suggest booking the Comfort Double Room for your choice of city or mountain, or garden view.

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details, visit Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie


Holiday Inn Berlin – City West
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Holiday Inn hotels feature a high degree of luxury  (Photo courtesy Grand City Holiday Inn Berlin)


While it may surprise you to see a Holiday Inn on this list, we feel that the hotel giant has managed to expand past the cookie cutter and create an experience worthy of a good night’s stay. If you have an early morning flight to catch, or simply want to stay at an Intercontinental hotel, this one’s for you.

We love that Holiday Inn Berlin – City West has the predictability of the chain, but added European charm thanks to its Bauhaus design and complimentary Turkish steam room and spa-like pool.

In addition to its 342 rooms, this hotel also features 14 spacious suites that include separate living and sleeping areas and two bathrooms, perfect for traveling with friends or colleagues.

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details, visit Holiday Inn Berlin – City West


Abba Berlin Hotel 
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The luxurious Junior Suite at the Abba Berlin Hotel (Photo courtesy Abba Berlin Hotel)


While this elegant hotel will have you feeling like a Dancing Queen, Abba Berlin Hotel has little to do with the Swedish pop band. In contrast, its design pulls from both the Spanish influences of its parent company and German creativity – all thanks to the creative design of Berlin architectural firm Helge Sypereck.

The hotel’s decor features a richer colour palette and sparkling chandeliers, along with subtle details that hark back to Berlin’s Golden Era of the 1920s – a time when, like today, Germany was a fixture of urban development and sophistication.

During your stay, be sure to book a table at Abba Mia, the hotel’s restaurant, and relax with a glass of Spanish wine, which pairs beautifully with the chef’s sophisticated menu of German, Spanish and Mediterranean flavours.

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details about what is one of the top design hotels in Berlin, visit Abba Berlin Hotel 


H10 Berlín Ku’damm
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The artsy lobby at the H10 Berlín Ku’damm (Photo courtesy H10 Berlín Ku’damm) 


While H10 Berlin Ku’damm first opened its doors a mere decade ago, its architecture is all but new. Housed in a historic, well-preserved century-old schoolhouse, this Berlin design hotel has stayed true to the charm of its academic roots.

You’ll love this restored treasure’s unique accommodation options, including 18 superior lofts and four duplex lofts, which feature two spacious floors of living space, a kitchenette, and a sweeping view of either the atrium or adjacent street.

During your stay, we suggest pampering yourself at H10 Berlin Ku’damm’s Despacio Spa Center. This facility features a sauna, steam bath, shower temple, water shallow pools and an ice fountain, along with thermal loungers that melt away any travel stresses.

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details, visit H10 Berlin Ku’damm


Hotel Ku’ Damm 101
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Funky designer rooms at Hotel Ku’ Damm 101 feature exquisite designs and colours (Photo courtesy Hotel Ku’ Damm 101)  


If you’re a fan of Bauhaus styling, there’s no better design hotel in Berlin than Hotel Ku’Damm 101. Designed by Swiss creatives Kessler + Kessler, this hotel uses both the colour and design principles of Bauhaus mentor Le Corbusier to create a pure, sleek, and streamlined atmosphere.

No detail has been missed at this hotel, including its courtyard, which has been custom designed by landscape architects, and the hotel’s wellness rooms – designed by a feng shui master to create a balanced environment that promotes quiet and calm.

Whether you book a standard-, comfort- or upper-class room, you’ll appreciate the care Hotel Ku’Damm 101 took to select flexible, sustainable furniture that can be rearranged simply to fit each guest’s needs.

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details, visit Ku’Damm 101


Hotel Bleibtreu Berlin by Golden Tulip
Hotel Bleibtreu Berlin by Golden Tulip bedroom with city views
Comfortable rooms with an elevated design aesthetic are the norm at Hotel Bleibtreu (Photo courtesy Hotel Bleibtreu Berlin by Golden Tulip)


The Golden Tulip’s Hotel Bleibtreu is a taste of Italy in Berlin. If you love Italian styling, comfortable European décor, and charming bistro dining, you’ll love this boutique hotel.

We love the superior rooms, many of which have ceiling-high windows and French doors that open up to a picturesque balcony. (Fair warning: between the room and the balcony view, you may not ever want to leave.)

The hotel also features an indulgent wellness area with a herbal steam bath, massage room, and plunge pool, which are available to all guests.

Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: for more details, visit Hotel Bleibtreu Berlin




Contributor Shelanne Augustine is a writer and travel enthusiast from Toronto, Canada. When she isn’t exploring the diverse neighborhoods of Ontario’s capital, she enjoys planning trips abroad with her husband and son.