Some cities are effortlessly cool. In fact, just breathing the air there ups your cool kid quotient. To that, we say “Hallo Berlin.” Because they’ve got art. They’ve got top restaurants. And they’ve got Prince Charles, (the club, not the King). These are the top places to stay for your Berlin weekend.
When it comes to Germany the city that everyone’s talking about is Berlin. Whether you come for the art scene, the gastronomical explosion, or even the wild nightlife, Berlin is the place to be. But, if you’re coming you’ll need the perfect place to stay, one that exudes stylishness and conveys that you’re in the know. Here’s our list of luxury hotels that aren’t just chic, but also an experience worth traveling for.
A Beacon of Culture
Berlin has always been one of the coolest cities in Europe. It has a rich history and cultural significance for its part in World War Two and its aftermath. But out of this devastation came an influence of cultures, a thriving underground scene, and the making of a city like no other. Over the past fifty years Berlin has become famous for attracting rock stars like David Bowie and Iggy Pop, but also creating its own vibrant art scene and gastronomy. Today, when people visit Berlin their days are filled with visits to historical landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and Tempelhofer Field. Or passing through the many different neighborhoods from Prenzlauer Berg to Kreuzberg, enjoying the shopping, restaurants, and scenic boulevards. Then, during the night it’s all about partying till the dawn at exclusive clubs like Berghain or the many packed bars that never close.
So whatever you come to Berlin for, you know there won’t be a shortage of things to do, places to eat at, and art to see. This is what makes the city what it is.
The Five Hotels
The Hotel: SO/Berlin Das Stue
SO/Berlin Das Stue is located at the bottom of Tiergarten Park, near the Berlin Zoo. This gives it unparalleled views overlooking the greenery of the park with the city in the background. The building, originally commissioned by the Kingdom of Denmark, features a unique architecture and three story library. The rooms and suites include king sized beds, rain showers, a work space, and floor to ceiling windows. In addition, the exclusive penthouse suite is 80 square meters with ample space to enjoy its luxury amenities. The Casual, serves modern Mediterranean food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also take your meals at The Terrace, where you can enjoy the views and sunshine. For drinks, The Stue Bar has a wide selection of liquors served in a cozy environment overlooking the park. Guests also get access to the spa, swimming pool, sauna, and fitness center.
The Hotel: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is situated in the heart of Berlin, facing the famous Brandenburg Gate. Choose from a selection of 307 rooms and 78 suites that come in a variety of sizes with a diverse selection of views. Each room is outfitted with a king bed, luxury linens, and elegant furniture. Dining at The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a special treat, with three top tier restaurants to choose from. Brasserie Quarré serves French and German specialties on a large outdoor terrace. Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer is the 2-Michelin starred restaurant by chef Reto Brändli who serves inspiring interpretations of classic haute cuisine. Bel Etage and the Lobby Lounge and Bar showcase the hotel’s interior fountain while serving a selection of drinks, snacks, and teas. Of course, the hotel also features a luxury three level spa, fitness center, and indoor swimming pool.
The Hotel: Soho House, Berlin
With outposts in all the hottest cities, the Soho House Berlin location is a unique homage to the city. It features warehouse spaces, a rooftop pool, spa, and Damien Hirst shark in the lobby. Its 1970s inspired interiors aim to reflect the city’s grit and charm while giving it a vintage feel. There are a selection of rooms, suites, apartments, and even lofts to choose from for your accommodations. For dining, the main club space offers Soho House favorites alongside German specialities. On the ground floor is the Northern Italian restaurant Ceconni’s, open to both guests and the public. Additionally, Maya, has a Mexican inspired menu that serves the much longed for cuisine in Berlin. There is a fully equipped gym with a selection of classes and personal trainers in addition to a spa. You can be sure all the cool kids will be hanging out at this establishment.
The Hotel: Hotel De Rome, A Rocco Forte Hotel
Hotel De Rome is set in a neoclassical 19th century bank building in East Berlin. Its historic exterior is contrasted by the modern interior which features a stone entranceway, velvet sofas, and Olivia Steele’s neon bird cages. The rooms and suits are filled with modern furniture, elegant designs, and pops of color. Book one of the more luxurious options and you’ll get a series of luxury amenities to keep you pampered for days. With both indoor and outdoor seating, Chiaro serves Italian dishes with the finest ingredients. There is also a rooftop terrace where you can sip on cocktails while enjoying a view of the city. The wellness center includes a spa, sauna, steam room, fitness center, and pool (located in the bank’s old jewel vault). Besides the on site activities to enjoy you can also book exclusive excursions out in the city through the hotel.
Orania.Berlin is a boutique hotel located in the hip Kreuzberg neighborhood that is filled with both young Berliners and visiting travelers alike. It has forty-one spacious suites that are inspired by Oriental and Italian interiors. These include warm lighting and furniture and linens from around the world. The Orania.Restaurant is run by Michelin star chef Phillip Vogel who blends different cuisines to create his own eclectic dishes. The dimly lit and expansive Orania.Bar hosts a variety of events and live music throughout the year. At the Orania.Salon you can enjoy the library, piano, and ample lounge space if it isn’t booked out for an exclusive event. Although there isn’t a spa or pool here, the hotel’s location and feel makes it a top contender on this list.