Just a few decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this unique city’s troubled past is now a fading memory and the German capital has been crowned the new 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 new cool vibe – we’re all huge Berlin fans here! Some of the most unique hotels in the world can be found in the German capital and to help you get started with your search, here is our collective round-up – in no particular order – for the coolest, most hip, quirky and downright unusual hotels in Berlin (in no particular order)…
1. 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 Hotel Bikini, 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 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 – we loved this eagle-eyed 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. Lulu Guldsmeden – a beautiful Nordic style chic hotel
The exceptionally rated Lulu Guldsmeden 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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4. Michelberger – a much loved quirky hotel and creative cultural hub in Berlin
Take it from us, there really is no other hotel like the exceptionally rated MichelBerger. This delightfully unique Berlin hotel (located across the street 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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5. Hotel Amano – a chic and striking Berlin design hotel and a great place to party
The highly-rated Hotel Amano 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. If that wasn’t enough, the prices are very reasonable too!
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6. Ellington Hotel – elegant modern minimalism
A 1931 theatre turned modern boutique, this unique centrally located 4-star Berlin hotel (located only a 2-minute walk from Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm street and only a short train journey away from the centre) worships at the shrine of all things minimalistic.
The highly-rated Ellington Hotel is a casually chic place with a mix of both spacious and budget-conscious rooms all featuring high-speed internet, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Some quarters offer desks, wall-to-wall windows, and separate living rooms but whichever room you opt for, Ellington prides itself on providing comfort, friendly service, and a generous serving of style, so not a bad choice of hotel at all!
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7. Moxy Berlin – a popular cool new Berlin design hotel
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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8. Gorki Apartments – unique Berlin accommodation which has a real wow factor
Upscale, contemporary and uniquely decorated, the spacious and exceptionally rated Gorki Apartments 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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9. Weinmeister Hotel – embodies 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 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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10. Hotel Q – a multiple award-winning design hotel with cool 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 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. The Circus Hotel – a fun and stylish budget boutique
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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12. The Student Hotel – a fun and lively Berlin hotel perfect for visiting millennials and Gen Zs
Don’t be put off by the name of this hotel, as it’s not quite what you think. The Student Hotel Berlin is a very cool, hybrid concept that offers standard hotel rooms, but also student accommodation for short and long-term stays. Each room has a wardrobe and desk, which caters to the students, but still has hotel room pleasures such as a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and free WiFi.
However, you get the added benefit of table tennis and bike hire at this cool Berlin hotel. The Student Hotel also has a concierge service, a restaurant, and bar on-site, plus a fitness centre and outdoor cinema. It’s located in the funky Mitte district, so just a short walk away from Alexanderplatz and amazing views of the Television Tower and Berlin Cathedral.
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13. Ku Damm 101 – a trendy lifestyle hotel with an innovative design
This smart, competitively-priced 4-star Berlin design hotel has a striking futuristic lobby and ultra-modern industrial-design rooms. Located at one end of the Kurfürstendamm, West Berlin’s main shopping street (only a 5-minute walk from the Berlin-Halensee S-Bahn train stop which will give you easy access into the centre).
The hip hotel is thoughtfully and cleverly designed – functional, clean, and trendy but without being too overbearing. In each of the striking guest rooms of the highly-rated Ku Damm 101 you’ll find designer furniture, free Wi-Fi, and a cool white-tiled bathroom. The hip Berlin hotel also has a convenient central location, a popular terrace bar and a sunny breakfast room located high above Berlin’s rooftops. A great choice for mid-range funky designer accommodation located not too far from all the action.
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14. Hotel Ackselhaus – a fabulous Berlin boutique hotel with bright and eclectic decor
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 has drawn rave reviews from all across Europe. 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. Lux Eleven – a hip and stylish Berlin apartment hotel
This gorgeous highly rated 4-star Berlin design aparthotel caters to a hip, individualist crowd. Lux Eleven has cleverly created a calming, modern oasis which has quickly become a favourite of Berlin’s creative scene, being the first choice for many a DJ, musician, and celebrity! Both cosmopolitan and innovative, this former stately home turned stylish Berlin boutique hotel is located in the Mitte District, one of the city’s trendiest central neighbourhoods surrounded by Berlin’s fashion scene and art galleries, cafes, bars, and restaurants galore (2.5 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial).
The white geometric and impeccably designed rooms have more in common with apartments than hotel rooms and all feature fully equipped kitchenettes and chic four-star comforts such as 24-hour reception and room service – a classy joint indeed!
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16. Sir Savigny Hotel – a beautiful bohemian gem located in Berlin’s literary quarter
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).
The staff here pride themselves on perfection and the decor is a masterclass in elegant chic with signature linens and toiletries, not to mention fine in-house dining and a stunning garden to sip a beer in, surrounded by the gentle aroma of orange trees. 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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17. Ostel – quirky communist chic
Ostel perfectly captures the nostalgia for the former communist East Germany days and neatly repackages it into a fun budget hotel/hostel. Located in the vibrant Friedrichshain neighbourhood of eastern Berlin, it’s in staggering distance of some fantastic Berlin nightlife and less than a 10-minute walk from Alexanderplatz.
Mixing modern kitsch with days-gone-by, the comfortable one-star guest house offers a variety of different sized rooms all lovingly decked out in lurid 1970s wallpaper, chintzy lamps, and chunky transistor radios. Also, expect original GDR furniture and more than a whiff of sentimentality, this one is for travelers who like their hotel stay to be a little bit different!
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18. Arcotel John F Berlin – a contemporary Berlin hotel with a whimsical theme
Arcotel John F Berlin is an exceptionally rated 4-star Berlin design hotel located in the central and trendy Mitte district (1.2 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial) which pays homage to President John F Kennedy (who famously paid a historic visit to Berlin to challenge Soviet oppression and offer hope to the people of the divided city).
Rooms are modern and spacious with plenty of wonderfully whimsical detail – think plush beds backed by oversized tufted headboards, hand-carved rocking chairs (a nod to the president’s back problem) and shapely lamps inspired by Jackie’s ball gowns. Upgraded rooms feature kitchenettes and floor-to-ceiling windows and there’s even a modern spa, a 24-hour gym, and a rather special themed room dedicated entirely to John F. Kennedy. Just wonderful!
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19. Motel One Mitte – a funky designer budget hotel
Ideal designer Berlin city accommodation for the budget-conscious, the popular and exceptionally rated Motel One 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 seventies inspired turquoise swivel chairs – a fabulous designer budget!
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20. Hotel Bleibtreu – an elegant and romantic wellness retreat
Light, airy, chic and minimalist, the highly-rated 4-star Hotel Bleibtreu is housed in an elegant 19th-century townhouse on a quiet street just off Kurfürstendamm, West Berlin’s most bustling boulevard only 5 km from the Brandenburg Gate (accessible by train or bus). Each of the stylishly decorated, romantic rooms come with all the usual mod cons but Bleibtreu – unusually for a city boutique hotel – also has a large focus on wellness.
Naturopathy, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, osteopathy, and a personal trainer are all available on request and for those seeking a little more relaxation then the onsite Turkish hammam and steam room are the places to head to after a long hard day’s sightseeing!
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21. Arte Luise Kunsthotel – part hotel, part art gallery
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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22. Titanic Chaussee – a popular, classy and chic Berlin hotel
Well hello, Mr Michelin Star! The 4-star exceptionally rated Titanic Chaussee Hotel 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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23. Garden Boutique Hotel – beautiful historic inspired elegance
Enchanting, elegant with more than a whiff of colonial nostalgia, the charming little sister hotel of the main hotel in the collection occupies a beautifully restored historic building that dates back to 1845. Located in a great location in the city centre (only a 5-minute walk from the Berlin Wall Memorial), the rooms at the exceptionally rated 4-star The Garden Boutique Hotel mix historical with the ultra glossy and come decked out in wooden floors, stucco ceilings, gilded-framed paintings, and wrought iron (or romantic wooden four-poster) beds.
All also offer picturesque garden or city views and come with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Although arguably the biggest draw of the hotel is the luscious Mediterranean-style garden which is adorned with delightful walkways and bridges, centuries-old trees, a goldfish pond, a fountain, gorgeous antique statues and lashings of ornate ivy! Wonderful!
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24. Max Brown Hotel – an elegant retro/modern boutique
The exceptionally rated Max Brown Hotel 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 minutes 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 traveler needs to make their time in a new city easy including WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and other hotel facilities include 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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25. Quentin Design Hotel – a relaxed, trendy and chic Berlin hotel
A popular and contemporary 4-star hotel that enjoys a fabulously hip location nestled between all the cool alternative cafés, vibrant nightlife, and pretty streets and squares of Schöneberg and the upscale boutiques and restaurants of Charlottenburg (and only a 5-minute walk from Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn station).
The Quentin Design Hotel is housed in a renovated historical building but inside the hip Berlin accommodation is very modern with tasteful decor and furnishings – think wooden floors, black and white photographic art, and smart TVs – and the swish bathrooms come with rain showers. Upgraded rooms have balconies and some have garden views. A relaxed, very reasonably priced but trendy hotel in a cool part of town, not bad at all!
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26. SO Berlin Das Stue – a gorgeous upscale and highly Instagrammmable hotel
“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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27. Generator Mitte District – one of the coolest hostels in Berlin
Slap bang in the centre of one of the trendiest districts is the much loved Generator Hostel Berlin Mitte. Aimed at young (and young at heart) travellers this trendy, arts-focused modern hostel offers one of the best bargains in the city.
Expect cool creative touches at this Mitte District located hotel such as art and sculpture installations, a sociable courtyard, a chill-out library as well as private and dorm-style rooms. On a very tight budget? You can’t get much better than this!
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28. Casa Camper – the trendy trainer brand’s very own hotel and one of the best places to stay in Berlin
Always a lover of the Camper shoes I decided to give the hotel chain a try and I have to say I was impressed! The exceptionally rated Casa Camper Berlin is ultra-contemporary, quirky and colourful with fab amenities and friendly staff. It has just 51 boutique rooms which means it can still maintain a personal touch. It’s located slap bang in the middle of the trendy Berlin Mitte district (1.2 km from Alexanderplatz square and the Berlin Wall Memorial) close to all the attractions and has a fab atmosphere and amazing signature views over the rooftops of the city.
My room was clean and comfy with a couple of nice little design features but I think my very favourite aspect of the hotel was the ‘communal minibar’ concept. ‘Tentempie Buffet’ is located right at the top of the hotel and is open 24 hours, where guests can visit it and help themselves to drinks and snacks at no extra charge. It was a great place to relax after exploring the city and meet people without it being awkward (as it can be sometimes is when travelling solo)! Great concept, great brand, great hotel!
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More cool, unique and quirky hotels in Berlin
- Boutique Hotel i31 Berlin Mitte – A revered industrial-chic boutique hotel from €80pn
- Hotel Oderberger – A truly Instagrammable fashionable hotel housed in a former 1902 public bathhouse from €110pn
- Hotel Zoe – Another cool design hotel by the popular AMANO Group from €75pn
- Cosmo Hotel Berlin Mitte – Sleek but affordable design hotel from €70pn
- H10 Berlin Ku’damm – Modern hotel close to Berlin’s famous shopping boulevard from €80pn
- Hotel Mitte – funky design hotel with a love for street art from €75pn
- Vienna House Andel’s – Upscale eco-friendly hotel with a bright funky design from €75pn
- Hotel Abba Berlin – Funky and stylish family-friendly from €60pn