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Looking for a completely different luxury stay in Germany’s capital city? Contributor Gina Baksa explores the top unique hotels in Berlin
Germany’s capital city, Berlin, is renowned for its history, culture and fabulous cuisine, as much as its legendary nightlife. You can shop till you drop in the luxury brand stores, stop for coffee and cake in the cafés, and then hit the tourist sights.
Checkpoint Charlie, the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the TV Tower, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag – all waiting to be discovered by foot, bike, taxi or by the double decker tourist buses. Blessed with lakes and open spaces, Berlin also offers visitors more than 2,500 gardens and other great places to visit to escape the buzz of the city.
Looking for somewhere fun and central to stay? Here’s our list of our favourite (and most luxurious) unique hotels in Berlin.
The best Unique Hotels in Berlin Germany
Soho House Berlin
The renowned Soho House group of club hotels has a cool Berlin outpost that offers 5-star accommodation to non-members and is one of the very best Berlin hotels. Located in the trendy Mitte district, Soho House Berlin’s Grade II-listed building boasts Bauhaus-inspired interiors and a selection of rooms and apartments.
Our favourite is the three-bedroom loft where aspiring DJs can spin the decks, chill at the bar, or tinkle the ivories on the grand piano in the open-plan living space. Entrance to the House Kitchen restaurant, gym and the rooftop pool is included in your stay. Swing by the Club Bar for DJ nights and cocktails, and enjoy a movie in the in-house screening room.
Reservations: For further details, visit www.sohohouse.com/houses/soho-house-berlin.
The historic Hotel Oderberger enjoys a privileged location in Prenzlauer Berg and is probably best known for its 20 meter indoor pool which doubles as an exclusive event space. The 70 rooms and two tower suits are decorated in a relaxed sophisticated palette. Hunker down in the spacious Junior Suite with its warm oak flooring and plenty of natural light with views over Oderbergerstraße.
Head to the cosy Fireplace Bar to sample home-grown vino and spirits before dinner at the acclaimed Restaurant Oderberger; its industrial chic interiors make for an intriguing backdrop to a superb menu of regionally sourced fine cuisine.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations:For further details, visit Hotel Oderberger
25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
Urban vibe meets urban jungle: this gloriously fun hotel is the best hotel in Berlin to conduct a little monkey business. This listed building on Budapest Strasse may be listed on the outside, but inside the design team from Studio Aisslingerhas created a funky reception area replete with a hammock lounge, a delicious in-house bakery and a spa with views over the Zoologischen Garten.
We love restaurant Neni on the roof with its international influences and pots on the table serving, as well as its 10th floor views over Berlin and the Tier Garten, while the Monkey Bar is the place for Berlin’s creatives to come and play. Go for the Large Jungle Rooms with their own bikes, mini bar and hammocks, with views over Berlin Zoo and the Tiergarten.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details about 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, visit 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
Berlin hotels often boast a unique room design, and the Michelberger Hotel is no exception. Imagine 119 individually designed rooms with funky detailing (we love the ropes and wooden crates) that are still the epitome of comfort. Choose the Hideout self-contained suites for full luxury sauna, rain shower, a good-sized desk and even a kitchen.
If you don’t feel like cooking, you can order the special room service. Chalet lovers will enjoy the Luxus rooms with German pine furnishings and full bath, as well as TV and/or projectors.
Located in a trendy East Berlin neighbourhood next to the Mitte, the Michelberger Hotel is close to a selection of great cafes and restaurants. You can safely park your car next to the hotel, or why not arrive on foot and rent a bike for local exploring.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Michelberger Hotel
Hotel Q Berlin
This unique Berlin design hotel has been charming its guests for over a decade from its enviable location near the Ku’damm. Surrounded by retail and restaurants, Berlin’s main tourist sites are under a 20-minute walk and Hotel Q is well served by the S-and U-Bahn stations.
Red and white is the main palette here, and all the rooms are air conditioned. Choose the funky Penthouse for a spaced-out vibe and head to the spa with its Japanese wash zone and sauna and steam rooms before aperitifs in The Fox Bar. The loud club vibe at the weekends makes it a perfect adults-only Berlin hotel. Conveniently, the Hotel Q is a stone’s throw from the Uhlandstrasse Underground and Savignyplatz S-Bahn.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more on what is undoubtedly one of the most unique hotels in Berlin, visit their website at visit Hotel Q Berlin
Hotel Indigo East Side Gallery
Hotel Indigo East Side Gallery is a funky Berlin boutique hotel located on Alexanderplatz in the trendy Mitte district and is one of our favourite Berlin accommodations, just a short walk from the TV Tower.
Suite life here is on the lofty 10th floor with views over the square. You’ll get two spacious rooms and décor that makes a nod to Berlin’s iconic landmarks, as well as a balcony, sofa and writing desk. Wi-Fi is free and speedy, and there are complimentary Sky TV channels to watch while your Tassimo coffee kicks into life.
Hang with the cool crowd in the White 5 Bar and enjoy a range of cocktails, wines, and beers before supper at the in-house restaurant La Maison de Entrecôte.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Hotel Indigo East Side Gallery
Priding itself on being Berlin’s first ‘music hotel’, the unique nHow Berlin is hipster heaven. The cognoscenti flock to this designer hotel overlooking the River Spree in the uber-cool Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district.
Musos will love the two professional recording studios, and there’s even guitar room service. Live music and DJ sets are de rigueur at nHow Berlin, and we recommend the cuisine and cocktails at the hotel’s own envy bar and fabrics restaurant.
The two-storey Penthouse Suite is gorgeous. Sashay out onto your private roof terrace with panoramic views over the German capital and enjoy the separate living and sleeping areas. If a day’s hectic sightseeing isn’t enough exercise, head to in-house gym and sauna.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit nHow Berlin
Almodovar Hotel Berlin – Biohotel
Named after iconic Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar, this environmentally friendly Berlin bio hotel is located in trendy Friedrichshain with design influences inspired by this vibrant, creative neighbourhood. Bold colour schemes highlight the natural wood furnishings in the large and relaxing spa suite with its own sauna, a trendy loft suite, and an apartment with kitchen and balcony. All rooms have yoga mats.
The Bardot’s Bio Deli here only serves vegetarian food and is open for breakfast and brunch. After a day’s sightseeing, book a sauna and massage in the rooftop spa with its panoramic views over the Berlin rooftops.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Almodovar Hotel Berlin – Biohotel
The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte
If you’re looking for a cool, adults-only Berlin hotel that attracts its fair share of creatives, then The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte is your perfect child-free destination. Each signature room at this hip Berlin hotel contains pop culture work by international artists such as Renée Turrek who have given each room a very special vibe. The artwork in the rooms is also for sale.
Enjoy a soak in the rooftop hot tub – open all winter – before exploring this fascinating Mitte neighbourhood. Galleries, restaurants, cafes and museums are all on your doorstep, while the Weinmeister’s 6th floor spa is an oasis of calm.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Check out The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte
Arte Luise Arthotel
As the name suggests, the Arte Luise Arthotel boasts unique rooms all designed with a nod to German artist Georg Baselitz. You’ll find an extensive art collection here, including paintings and drawings which are elegantly displayed against the grey-white colour scheme.
Choose one of the larger suites and relax in the capacious bathrooms before a coffee fix on the balcony as you take in the TV Tower, Reichstag, and Alexanderplatz views. The Mitte district is chock full of funky bars but don’t miss the Arthotel’s Upside Down Bar and Restaurant with its small plates served in an historic venue. The bar next door offers DJ sets and an excellent drinks menu.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Arte Luise Arthotel
Contributor Gina Baksa writes about hotels and travel for various international publications. You can see more of her work at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.