Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this unique city’s troubled past is a very distant memory and the German capital has long been crowned Europe’s capital of cool.
Berlin has a prominent culture of openness and experimentation and many international designers, writers, architects, and artists were drawn here years ago by cheap rents and a promise of an exciting new era.
Today the city is edgy, trendy, and hedonistic and many of Berlin’s hotels reflect this hip vibe, from intimate creative boutiques to large modern design hotels, some of the world’s most unique hotels can be found in the German capital. Here are my favourite cool and unusual hotels in Berlin, Germany (in no particular order)…
1. 25 Hours Hotel Bikini – a hip, cool and very Instagrammable design hotel with an ‘Urban Jungle’ theme
New, playful and hip, the 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 cool touches include a Woodfire bakery, a Monkey Bar, cutely named Bikini island complete with 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. An all-around wonderful experience!
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2. nhow Hotel – Europe’s first ‘Music and Lifestyle’ hotel perfect for partying Millennials and Gen Zs
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 cool music.
As well as 304 futuristic rooms designed by acclaimed New York designer Karim Rashid, 4-star and already exceptionally rated nhow Hotel Berlin 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 at this funky Berlin hotel are music college graduates – great attention to detail! Guests’ rooms feature state-of-the-art stereos and digital interfacing…and make sure you keep an eye out for impromptu gigs taking place on the hotel roof.
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3. Michelberger – a much-loved quirky hotel and creative cultural hub in Berlin
The exceptionally rated Michelberger Hotel really is in a league of its own. This delightfully unique Berlin hotel (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’re staying in your cool mate’s house.
The end result is an eye-wateringly different hotel with a high-design, uber-trendy but laid-back vibe which 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!
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4. Lulu Guldsmeden – a hip, quirky and romantic boutique hotel located between Tiergarten/Mitte districts with a beautiful Nordic-style design
The exceptionally rated Lulu Guldsmeden Berlin is a modern Berlin hotel that has beautiful 81 rooms which are all individually designed and includes six Lulu’s Suites which have their signature four-poster beds.
The trendy Berlin hotel works on an environmentally friendly, sustainable approach and has a sleek, Nordic-inspired design to it.
The building itself dates from the 1850s has an ornate bar, 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 Berlin!
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5. Gorki Apartments – gorgeous and unique boutique accommodation with a real wow factor
Upscale, contemporary and uniquely decorated, the spacious and exceptionally rated Gorki Apartments Berlin are housed in a characterful residential built in the early 1900s.
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!
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6. Moxy Berlin – a cool new design hotel with a funky, fun and youthful vibe
Newly opened in September 2016, the 4-star and much-loved Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof has proven to be a popular choice for those who are interested in atmosphere and culture. 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!
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7. Hotel Amano – a chic and striking Berlin design hotel and a great place to party and be sociable
The highly-rated Hotel Amano Berlin is a sleek, chic, large contemporary hotel located in the fashionable neighbourhood 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 finishings 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!
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8. Weinmeister Hotel – a trendy boutique hotel inspired by Berlin’s hip and contemporary attitude
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.
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9. The Circus Hotel – a fun and stylish eco-friendly boutique hotel in central Berlin with individually designed, colourful rooms
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 colourful 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!
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10. Hotel Q – a multiple award-winning ultra-unique design hotel with trendy minimalist decor
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 favourite 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!
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11. Provocateur Berlin – a sleek, chic and sexy centrally located boutique hotel with a glamorous and decadent design
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.
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12. Sir Savigny Hotel – a beautiful, bohemian and booked-themed gem located in Berlin’s literary quarter
The 4-star exceptionally rated Sir Savigny Hotel Berlin (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 neighbourhood’s culture and eclectic style. A beautifully unique Berlin hotel that won’t disappoint!
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13. The Social Hub Berlin Alexanderplatz – a fun and lively Berlin hotel perfect for partying, sociable or co-working Millennials and Gen Zs
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-travelling cosmopolitans.
Accommodations are available for student, hotel and extended stays. The luxurious rooms have quirky, colourful decor 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 centre, and a funky restaurant.
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14. Hotel Ackselhaus – creative, quirky and art-filled boutique accommodation housed in a restored 19th-century building
Hotel Ackselhaus Berlin 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 neighbourhoods, filled with cafes, historic buildings and indie boutiques just North of the city centre).
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!
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15. SO Berlin Das Stue – a gorgeous upscale and highly Instagrammmable hotel housed in a stately, neoclassical building in the Tiergarten district
“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!
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16. Max Brown Hotel – an elegant retro-chic boutique with quirky and eclectic details located in leafy Charlottenburg
The exceptionally rated Max Brown Hotel Berlin is a charming, conveniently located hotel a 15-minute walk from Kurfürstendamm, the German equivalent of the Champs-Élysées and lined with boutiques and trendy restaurants (and only a few minute’s walk from a U-Bahn station which will take you to the rest of the city sites).
Everything about this retro/modern Berlin abode oozes an elegant eclectic class and it successfully blends the old with the new.
The 70 bedrooms are equipped with everything a traveller needs to make their time in a new city easy including WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and other hotel facilities including a hip dining area and a boutique design.
The 24/7 front desk staff are on hand to help with organising tours and excursions while the brightly designed bar and lobby offer respite from the busy days sight-seeing…oh and kids under 12 stay for free – nice!
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17. Titanic Chaussee – a new, elegant and chic upscale Berlin hotel with a spa located in the Mitte district
Well hello, Mr Michelin Star! The 4-star exceptionally rated The Titanic Chaussee has found itself in the Michelin catalogue this year and it’s no surprise why with the myriad of gourmet food on offer – no matter what your gastronomic needs are, the Titanic Chaussee seems to have it covered.
But there’s more to this fabulously chic Berlin hotel than just food! It also has a fantastic hipster location right at the edge of the central creative centre – Hackescher Markt in the Mitte District (just a 2-minute walk from the Naturkundemuseum U-Bahn station, and 2 km from both Brandenburg Gate) and it shows in the stunning and contemporary design of the German hotel.
The influence of the nearby artistic quarter is also reflected across its numerous hip restaurants and the bar which has a cool art deco vibe as well the beautiful guest rooms which are bright, colourful and homely.
Other hotel amenities include a very elegant spa, an excellent indoor pool, and a gym…and if you want to make the of the city views opt for a suite with a balcony!
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18. Motel One Mitte – a unique hotel with a funky design and a reasonable price located in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Ideal designer Berlin city accommodation for the budget-conscious, the popular and exceptionally rated Motel One Berlin offers trendy, comfortable rooms for two-star prices.
Located in the central and uber-trendy Mitte district (1.2 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial) all the rooms have a striking turquoise, grey and white signature colour scheme, and come with a flat-screen TV and a classy en-suite granite bathroom.
Downstairs the stylish lobby has a distinctive retro feel with dark wooden floors, leather cube stools, shag pile rugs, and a collection of seventies-inspired turquoise swivel chairs – a fabulous designer budget!
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19. Arte Luise Kunsthotel – a charming, quirky and unique boutique hotel adorned with art a 10-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate
More of a living art gallery than a hotel, this highly-rated unusual Berlin hotel is housed in a lovingly restored neo-classical mansion (located just a short walk from the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate) which dates back from 1825.
Catering to hip “individualists” Arte Luise Kunsthotel actually started life as an art project and morphed into a hotel further down the line.
Every one of the 50 rooms has been individually designed by a renowned artist, ensuring guests have an ultra-unique hotel experience.
Located in the trendy central Mitte district (1.2 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial) you’ll have easy access to a plentiful supply of art galleries, excellent restaurants and cool Berlin bars.
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20. about:berlin Hotel – a cool, trendy and modern hotel with organic breakfast and ergonomic furniture located in Kurfürstendamm
about:berlin Hotel is located near Kurfürstendamm and all the fun and excitement, but it’s also like a world of its own with quiet corners where you can feel at home.
The trendy and homelike lobby with comfortable sofas, bookshelves and a well-stocked fridge is a good place to unwind or to meet new friends.
The rooms mostly overlook the quiet central courtyard and have comfortable ergonomic furniture and cute little balconies. They range in size from S to XL, and apartments are available for longer stays.
A fresh breakfast with organic ingredients is served every morning with fair-traded Ethiopian coffee, and you can have food delivered to your room from local restaurants.
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16 thoughts on “Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Berlin 2023”
Wow, you’ve picked out some spectacular design hotels here – next time I go to Berlin I’ll be picking one of these for sure 🙂