A local's guide to the best hotels in Kreuzberg

Where to stay in the Heart of Berlin

Berlin is now one of the top European destinations, and we all know why. Loosing only to cities like London and Paris, Berlin’s offers of accommodations changed quite a lot. Especially for those coming to Berlin looking for a specific area or in search of the side of Berlin life that talks loudly to their heart. 

And based on what you want to do or what you want to see, Berlin has a different vibe to offer. Where should you look for a room? Why this part of Berlin? Why not that one? What are the best hotels in Kreuzberg? And in Mitte? What about Neukölln? And why you should pick a hotel here or there?

Feeling lost Already? Worry not, we’re here to help you out: these are the best hotels in Kreuzberg. But if you’re looking for tips on how to pick your neighborhood, based on what it has to offer, check out our guide to choose where to stay in Berlin.

With an average price for a room in the whole of Berlin being €105 per night, Berlin is still a very cheap option if you compare to the average for European cities that is around €140-150 per night. The hotels in Kreuzberg are around this price, but we’ll feature here our picks for large and small budgets. And a quick intro to the neighborhood in case you are feeling like picking up based more by the location rather than just price.

If you have a specific question about a place not listed here, like an AirBnb for example, please talk to us on our Facebook Group or by leaving a comment here. Following this AirBnB link we’re giving you here, you can enjoy your Berlin stay with a 25€ discount.

Why must you book your hotel in Kreuzberg and not anywhere else?

Kreuzberg (to pronounce it right, say it like KROITZBERG), is the “southern” part of the boroughs of the combined Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Kreuz is cross and Berg is a mountain. Back when the wall was up, in a nutshell, Kreuzberg was capitalist, and Friedrichshain was communist (even though it is not that simple and this is just a rough division done only to illustrate a little bit for those who knows nothing about the history of my lovely city).

When we had an East and West Berlin, Kreuzberg had a division. And this division was made by postal codes. They are somewhat still valid until today if you ask the locals. Kreuzberg is divided into SW61 and SO36, respective to South West 61 and South East 36. East in German is “Ost,” and that’s why it is SO and not SE.

The more substantial part of Kreuzberg, to the West, had the postal code SW61 became Kreuzberg 61. And the eastern part of Kreuzberg is the SO36. This whole thing started with postal codes introduced by the Nazis way before any division between east and west, but the codes we’re talking about started being used only after the wall was built, in 1962. Keep in mind that, when you see the map of Berlin, the SO36 barely could be considered South East). Those postal codes are no longer used, but this division is still very much present on the everyday life of Kreuzberg. And should be taken into consideration when you’re picking up your hotel in Kreuzberg.

In a very rough way, the SO 36 is home to many immigrants and punk rock and more; while in the SW 61, you’ll find more LGBT bars and clubs. Please mind that I said in a very rough way. In no way, we’re saying that one part you can only find this and on the other, you’ll only find that. But it is undeniable that Oranienstrasse is way more punk rock+turkish food than Bergmannstrasse.

With all that said, I invite you to read our Going Local done by a Punk Rocker and a cool post showing how Kreuzberg was back in 1979. Those two posts will give you an idea of what is the history of this area and why it is a great place to stay.

Some of the landmarks in Kreuzberg 36 are the Landwehrkanal near Kotti, the Görlitzer Park, Markethale 9 that we talk about on this post, the May Fest that happens every year and more. For the 61, you have Viktoriapark , the greener part of the Landwehrkanal, the bars near Mehringdamm and much more.

If you read our guide to David Bowie’s life in Berlin, you made the connection with Iggy Pop’s fav place in the city which was SO36, a club located in the heart of Kreuzberg 36 that still exists and have almost daily concerts and parties for all tastes but with a strong focus on punk rock, hardcore and metal. But it is home to a monthly Drag Queen Bingo night and also a party for the Turkish and Arabic (not only) LGBTQ’s community.

Hotels in Kreuzberg divided by its two main areas

Hotels in Kreuzberg SW61

Hotel Johann

Hotel Johann is situated just 700 meters from the Prinzenstraße U-Bahn Station. The property offers contemporary-style rooms and a daily breakfast buffet. All rooms feature light-wood furnishings, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and parquet floors. You will also receive a free bottle of mineral water upon arrival.

The historic Jewish Museum and the Berlinische Galerie Art Museum are 1 km away from the Johann. If you wish to explore Berlin on 2 wheels, it is possible to hire a bicycle from the 24-hour reception. Bergmannstraße and its bars are within a 10-minute walk of the establishment.

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Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten

This 4-star hotel is a protected point of interest and features a beautiful garden courtyard. The hotel offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi. U-Bahn Mehringdamm is just a 5-minute walk away.

All rooms at Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten feature artwork by German artists in the 1990s. The Comfort rooms offer beautiful views of the peaceful courtyard. All the furniture was specially made for the hotel. The laptop loan is available, and you can enjoy 3 Sky channels for free.

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Vilhelm 7

Situated 900 meters from Checkpoint Charlie and a 13-minute walk from the Friedrichstraße, Vilhelm 7 offers accommodation in Berlin with free Wi-Fi.

This option is a bit different than the previous ones because it is not a simple hotel in Kreuzberg, it is an aparthotel. Vilhelm 7 has a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer, and a shower. There is also a fridge and a kettle. The property serves a continental, vegetarian or gluten-free breakfast. So you don’t have to worry about any dietary restrictions you might have.

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Hotel Sarotti-Höfe

Situated in a former chocolate factory, Hotel Sarotti-Höfe offers refined décor and stylish rooms. It is a boutique hotel. Around the hotel, you will find a huge variety of shops and cafés of the famous Bergmannstraße area. During the daytime, you can either grab your lunch on Kreuzberg SW61’s amazing food market that is located at Bergmannstrasse corner with Zossenerstrasse, around 10 minutes from this boutique hotel in Kreuzberg. Facing the quiet inner courtyard, the rooms are individually and comfortably designed with a flat-screen TV and seating area.

When you make your reservation, you can request a private terrace and Nespresso coffee maker. Hotel Sarotti-Höfe includes a trendy café and bar and serves a buffet breakfast each morning.

The beautiful hill that gives Kreuzberg its name is located in the Viktoriapark and just a 5-minute walk from this hotel.

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Hotel Transit

Hotel Transit is a 3-minute walk from the famous Bergmannstrasse. Free wifi is provided in the whole hotel area. Located in an old converted warehouse, Hotel Transit offers bright, quiet rooms with private bathrooms for a great price.

One of the greatest things about this hotel is that the breakfast is served all the way until 12:00 pm, making it perfect for those in Berlin looking for the nightlife rather than daytime Berlin. The hotel also has the Transit Bar serving drinks and small snacks.

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Hotels in Kreuzberg SO36

Cat’s Pijamas Hostel

At The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel you will find a 24-hour reception, terrace and shared kitchen. The prices are great and the reviews outstanding. Other amenities include a lounge and luggage storage. The hostel is located directly opposite the Hermannplatz square, from where you can easily reach all the main attractions of the city with the U-Bahn lines U7 and U8.

All dorms also include an individual closet.

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Smart Appart Blücher Berlin

Smart Appart Blücher Berlin offers whole apartments in Berlin, 2.5 km from Topography of Terror. When you stay at this apartment, you will have access to a fully equipped kitchenette. The property also includes a living room with a flat-screen TV. Great option for travelers that are looking for a more AirBnb style but a bit more professional.

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Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

Opened in October 2013, this hotel offers elegantly furnished rooms and a 24-hour reception. The Potsdamer Platz square is just 4 km away and the nearest U-Bahn station is Görlitzer Bahnhof. It is less than 5 minutes walking from the hotel.

Each room at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Berlin City includes a small seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and bathrobes in the private bathroom. The suites have a kitchenette.

An optional breakfast buffet is available at the hotel for an extra fee, and at the bar, you will find a selection of wines, beers, and soft drinks. The area is multicultural and offers a wide variety of international restaurants.

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Located in a beautiful and historical building, famous for hosting artists, the Orania.Berlin dates back to 1913 and presents a cultural and historical legacy.

All rooms at the Orania.Berlin offers a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, luxury local brand bath products, bathrobes, a complimentary bottle of mineral water, slippers and designer furniture. There is a 24-hour gym at the hotel with a range of modern exercise equipment.

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Hotel Ludwig van Beethoven

This 3-star hotel is situated 200 meters from Hermannplatz. Hotel Ludwig van Beethoven offers 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and excellent public transport links. U7, U8 and loads and loads of buses connect this hotel with various points of Berlin.

A buffet breakfast is served daily from 07:00 to 10:00 in the Beethoven’s dining room. The roof terrace is open from 07:00 to 22:00 on good weather days and it has a great view since this hotel is on the opposite side of Hasenheide park.

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Hopefully, you found your hotel in Kreuzberg in this post, and if not, we again invite you to take advantage of our 25€ discount on Airbnb and to ask whatever questions you might have here on the comments or our Facebook Group. For all our posts about Kreuzberg, please follow this link here.