The best hotels to stay in Berlinplus a comprehensive guide of Berlin's prime areas divided in neighborhoods
Welcome to Fotostrasse’s comprehensive guide to the best areas to stay in Berlin, the best hotels and more. All the hotels and hostels we’ll show you here have been personally chosen and tested by us or our friends to ensure you’ll have a great time. We want to avoid traps, you know? Nothing worse than coming to a cool city like Berlin and having a bad experience with the place we are staying. This can ruin the whole trip.
This is our neighborhood guide to the best areas to stay in Berlin, it will continuously be updated as we continue reviewing the places, doing more posts and creating more videos on our youtube channel.
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BERLIN MITTE (CITY CENTRE)
I think the best way to start this guide to the best areas to stay in Berlin, is to start with the most central. And since Mitte literally means Middle, it is Berlin’s most central area.
This neighborhood is home to some of the most prominent tourists’ sights such as the Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Nikolaiviertel and much more. If you wanna know more about this neighborhood, I strongly suggest you take a look at all our posts about Mitte. We have places to eat, places to visit, loads of videos about the history of this area and more.
Where to stay in Mitte
Our choice of hotels in Mitte is plenty. And for all sorts of pockets. We’ll start by recommending Circus Hotel and Circus Hostel for travelers that are looking for excellent location, great service and outstanding quality vs. price relation.
Both are located in the heart of what we consider, the best part of Mitte, both of those two options are opposite to each other on Rosenthaler Platz. Numerous of trams and U-Bahn lines are just a few minutes away by foot.
But if you’re looking for an option that we would classify as an in-between option for accommodation, your choice is Easy Hotel. Smaller rooms with a pay-as-you-use politics. The basic fee is a bit higher than a hostel fee, but the luxuries you’ll have varies on the options you choose. Easy Jet owns Easy Hotel and this information kinda explain a lot about their business model. This hotel is also located near both options above, and it is especially for those who don’t want to spend too much time inside the hotel, as it is one of the smallest rooms we’ve tested.
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The old punk mecca for East Germany and today the most gentrified neighborhood I can think of. Prenzlauer Berg is rich people and hipster’s true love because it is the home of Mauer Park and Kulturbrauerei, a 19th-century brewery turned into a cultural hub with food trucks, bar, shops, and exhibitions.
It is a wonderful part of the city for nice and chic cafes, different and fantastic food and independent boutiques. If you’re traveling with young ones, maybe it is the best place for you to stay since it is the part of Berlin with the highest density of kids per square meter.
If you’re a normal kidless person like myself, this place is fantastic for the laid-back ambiance, pretty streets that make you just lose yourself walking around and the nice balance between old and new that Pberg offers.
Where to stay in Prenzlauer Berg
Since the best area for tourists in Prenzlauer Berg is close to Mauerpark, our suggestion is Linnen Berlin. With the motto of less hotel and more home, this was one of the best places we had the chance to try.
Each room is different, but all of them are super cute and very comfortable. The hotel is located in an original 19th-century building with a charming cafe on the first floors and outstanding decor.
They don’t offer breakfast included in the price, but delicious food options surround the area, and Linnen has delicious food for a moderate price. Also, if you’re into excellent and robust coffee, their espresso was one of the best we’ve tried in the city.
Location is also great when we’re talking about Linnen, the hotel is less than one block away from Eberswalder Str U-Bahn. For more information about price and more photos, please click on the button.
CHARLOTTENBURG / WEST BERLIN
Have you watched or read Christiane F.? Well, the scenario was mainly Charlottenburg and the Bahnhof Zoo area. Have you watched Cabaret? About the Weimar Republik? Some parts of this fantastic period of Berlin’s history are still somewhat alive in part of West Berlin. Do you wanna know where the equivalent of the 5th Avenue is in Berlin? You’re right, it is in Charlottenburg! Are you in love with Asian food in general? The best places to go are in Charlottenburg!
Charlottenburg is the area for glamours shopping time at KDW, incredible art galleries and museums like the Helmut Newton Foundation, a palace (!!!) and amazing and exclusive furniture and decor shops and traditional places to eat like the ones on this link.
ps: the photo here is the Charlottenburg Schloss, the palace I mentioned. Worth a visit, of course!
Where to stay in Charlottenburg
Our two options for West Berlin are fantastic. One holding the title for the best hotel breakfast we ever tried and the other being one of the most fashionable hotels we had the pleasure to review. Both options are outstanding, and they have way more qualities than the ones I’ve just mentioned.
Hotel Otto, located near the charming Savigny Platz, follows what we can describe as a minimalist chic. It reminded us a lot of Scandinavian design and two things on Hotel Otto made an impression on us. First one was the breakfast, as we had already shown you on our Instagram a while ago, and the second was the area surrounded.
Located just a few minutes walking from Kantstrasse, you will have easy access to the most fantastic Asian restaurants you can imagine. With prices going from your everyday Berlin meal to high-end restaurants serving you nothing but the best of their cuisine.
The second one we did a full review of our stay, it is the 25hours Berlin. Fashion and contemporary design await you with open doors.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NEUKÖLLN
Neukölln is, together with Kreuzberg, the place where you will find the most amount of Turkish immigration. Personally one of Fotostrasse’s favorite and more diverse parts of Berlin, Neukölln is an upcoming area from Berlin.
Loads of young artists are moving down there, and with this, Neukölln is blooming with new cafes, shops and places to eat. It is where you can find one of our favorite spots to spend a summer day, the once airport and now park, Tempelhof. Also, Neukölln has some of the most unusual traditional events like the Popraci. And cute old areas that somehow survived the extensive bombing of WWII, like Rixdorf.
Like some other annoying guides out there will tell you, Neukölln is the home of at least 1/3 of all the items on “cool things to do in Berlin”, but don’t be fooled. Neukölln is way more than that.
Our favorite Neukölln Hotel
And since Neukölln is the place of everything that is fresh and hip, poor and chic, east and west in Berlin, our suggestion is a bit out of the box too. How about having a unique experience next time you come to Berlin?
HüttenPalast is not just a place to stay, but it is also a way to dive into the Eastern European culture of traveling with caravans. This hotel is divided into two categories, one that is the average hotel vibe with beds and rooms and all that. And the second where you can find original vintage caravans from all shapes and sizes, refurbished by the hotel owner with love and care.
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If you wanna come to Berlin because of its electronic scene, this name is familiar. Berghain is here.
Former East Berlin place for punks and squatters and now home to gentrified luxurious apartments and shops, Friedrichshain is still one of Berlin’s favorites. Gentrification is a monster that eventually will kill Berlin, but we’re very good at fighting it. Fhain is an excellent example of resiliency.
This area is the place where you find the most extensive original piece of the Berlin Wall still in the original place. Notorious techno clubs as I mentioned before, loads of bars, many street arts and curious spots like the RAW Geländer complex and wonderful parks and squares such as the Volkspark Friedrichshain and Boxhaneger Platz. The last two offering many Sunday options for flea markets and brunch places.
It was the heart of the West Berlin’ punk scene back in the days. Bowie, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and others used to hang around in Kreuzberg a lot. The east side of Kreuzberg is still very “alternative” with places like Core-Tex, SO36, and Lido and the west side has an elegant hand, especially around Victoria Park.
Kreuzberg is a very multi-cultural neighborhood thanks to the Turkish and middle eastern immigration and deserves a place on this guide to the best areas to stay in Berlin because it is central, eclectic and full of cool bars to do some bar hopping later in the day. I would strongly suggest party people pay attention to Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain since those two are notoriously known for its nightlife.
Definitely, one of the gayest parts in Berlin and this is the reason why Schöneberg is the place where Marcela says, all the time, that one day will be her home.
Chic, well connected, full of sex shops and incredible food and place where you can see Bowie’s flat in his Berlin era. What else you need to know? And if you’re asking, yes. The photo we chose to portrait this area is the house of Bowie.
Schöneberg is one of the most beautiful areas in the city like the name suggest. Schöneberg translates to “pretty mountain”. The mountain part we all know it is not real because we all watched Inglorious Basterds but the pretty is true. And omg how accurate it is. Especially if you walk around the Viktoria-Luise-Platz.
The best gay bars are not located in the area anymore, but Schöneberg still hosts every year one of the most famous BDSM festivals ever, the Folsom Berlin. Also, together with Charlottenburg, this part of West Berlin was the-place for gays and lesbians during the post WWI time.