Cool and unusual hotels in Berlin

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Berlin

Just two and a half 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 year ago by cheap rents and a promise of an exciting new era. Today the city is edgy, trendy and hedonistic and many of the 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 most cool, hip, quirky and downright unusual hotels in Berlin…

Lux Eleven – hip and stylish aparthotel

Lux11 Hotel - cool and unusual hotels in Berlin

This fabulous Berlin design aparthotel caters to a hip, individualist crowd. Lux Eleven has created a calming, modern oasis which has quickly become a favourite of Berlin’s creative scene, being first choice for many a DJs, musician and celebrity. Both cosmopolitan and futuristic, this former stately home turned stylish boutique hotel is located in the Mitte District, one of Berlin’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The white geometric and impeccably designed rooms have more in common with apartments than hotel rooms and all feature fully equipped kitchenettes and four-star comforts such as 24-hour reception and room service.

  • Prices from €79 a night
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Hotel Bikini – designer urban jungle

New, playful and hip, the wonderful Hotel Bikinilocated in the city centre, 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 with dj-corner and complimentary hire of Mini cars and cycles. If that’s not enough, there’s even an Airstream street food van permanently parked outside. Definitely an experience in itself! 

  • Prices from €105 a night
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MichelBerger – for the really unique

Take it from us, there really is no other hotel like the MichelBerger. This unique Berlin hotel was formed by a group of friends who aimed to create comfortable budget accommodation which felt more like you’re staying in your cool mate’s house. The end result is a high-design, uber-trendy but laid back hotel 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!

nhow Hotel – Europe’s first music hotel

Pitched as Europe’s first ‘Music and Lifestyle’ hotel 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, nhow Hotel is also home to recording suites and music managers (and keyboards and guitars are 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.

  • Prices from €85 a night
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Hotel Ackselhaus – fabulous eclectic boutique

Hotel Ackselhaus is an eclectically styled imitate boutique hotel with 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, it enjoys an upmarket location on leafy road in the middle of affluent Prenzlauer Berg. 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!

Hotel Amano – sleek, striking modernism

Hotel Amano is a sleek, chic, large contemporary hotel located in the fashionable neighbourhood of Mitte. 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 the hard-core party goers. The prices are very reasonable too!

  • Prices from €65 a night
  • To check prices or availability for Hotel Amano

Ostel – communist chic

Ostel perfectly captures the nostalgia for the former communist East Germany days and neatly repackages it into a fun budget hotel/hostel. 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 travellers who like their hotel stay to be a little bit different!

  • Prices from €35 a night
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Arcotel John F Berlin – contemporary whimsical

Arcotel John F Berlin is a Berlin design hotel located in the Mitte district which pays homage to President John F Kennedy. Rooms are modern and spacious with plenty of 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!

Hotel Bleibtreu – romantic wellness retreat

Light, airy and minimalist, the four star Hotel Bleibtreu is housed in an elegant 19th-century townhouse only 5 km from the Brandenburg Gate. 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! 

Hotel Q – cool monochrome minimalism

Trendy and edgier than most, this minimalistic design hotel has a stylish monochrome interior courtesy of the Graft Group, which are apparently Brad Pitt’s favourite architects. 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 are very unique and feature spacious modern bathrooms and intriguing sloping beds built into the wall. Expect a hip and glamorous crowd.

  • Prices from €80 a night
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The Circus Hotel – stylish budget boutique

A popular designer budget boutique with that all important central location, the Circus Hotel 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 option for those seeking a bit of style and space in funky Berlin without wanting to break the bank!

  • Prices from €60 a night
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Arte Luise Kunsthotel – a living art gallery

Kunsthotel Berlin - cool and unusual hotels in Berlin

More of a living art gallery than a hotel, this unusual Berlin hotel is housed in a lovingly restored neo-classical mansion 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 a very unique hotel experience. Located in the trendy Mitte district you’ll have easy access to a plentiful supply of art galleries, excellent restaurants and cool bars.

Honigmond Garden Hotel – old school 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 which dates back to 1845. Located in the city centre, the rooms at the Honigmond Garden 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!

Ku Damm 101 – bold and futuristic

This smart, competitively-priced Berlin design hotel has a striking futuristic lobby and ultra modern industrial-design rooms. The hotel is thoughtfully and cleverly designed – functional, clean and trendy but without being too overbearing. In each of the striking guest rooms of the 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 good choice for mid-range funky designer accommodation located not too far from all the action.

  • Prices from €50 a night
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Generator Mitte District – trendy hostel

Generator Hostel Berlin

Slap bang in the centre of one of the trendiest districts is the much loved Generator 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 such as art and sculpture installations, a sociable courtyard, a chill-out library as well as private and dorm-style rooms.

Ellington Hotel – modern minimalism

A 1931 theatre turned modern boutique, this unique Berlin hotel worships at the shrine of all things minimalistic. 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.

  • Prices from €65 a night
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Weinmeister – sleek and sexy

Hip, minimalist and located in the cool Mitte district is this reasonably priced boutique hotel. Catering to a trendy crowd (without being too intimidating!), the 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 shower heads. 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 design hotel which won’t leave you penniless.

Gorki Apartments – has the wow factor

Upscale, contemporary and uniquely decorated, the spacious Gorki Apartments are housed in a characterful residential built in the early 1900s. Located in the Mitte 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!

Motel One – designer budget

Ideal designer city accommodation for the budget conscious, the popular Motel One offers trendy, comfortable rooms for two star prices. 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!

  • Prices from €65 a night
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Casa Camper – the trendy trainer brand’s very own hotel

Always a lover of the Camper shoes I decided to give the hotel chain a try and I have to say I was impressed! 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 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 favorite thing was the ‘communal minibar’ concept. ‘Tentempie Buffet’ is located right at the top of the hotel and open 24 hours, guests can visit it and help themselves to drinks and snacks at no extra charge. It was a great place to chill out and meet people without it being awkward as it sometimes is when travelling alone. Great concept, great hotel!

Storage Apartment Urban – live like a Berlin artist

This quirky budget Berlin accommodation option allows you to live like a real artist in the trendy German capital. The Storage Apartment Urban Berlin is a unique concept where the owners have transformed a former warehouse into a beautifully converted modern lodging. It works as an uber-trendy low cost guesthouse where guests can stay in one of five rooms (each with its own colour scheme) and also have access to the funkily designed communal areas too. Located in the city centre in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood you’ll only be a short walk away from a generous supply of cool bars, excellent restaurants and cute boutiques so you can really immerse yourself in the whole Berlin experience.

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14 Comments

  • Martha

    17 September, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for that list. I live in Berlin but often have people asking for recommendations for unique hotels. It will be great to just point them to this post!

    I had no idea there were so many funky hotels here btw.

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  • Miles

    13 August, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I live in Berlin, but before I moved here I stayed in Ostel. It has great decor and an interesting feel, plus budget prices. For a more central option, I’d go for Motel One from your list above. Sure, it’s not quite as interesting as some of the others, but it’s very central and you could walk to most places of interest, no problem.

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  • Chris

    2 August, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Are those caskets I am seeing at the Propeller Island City Lodge Hotel? If so, are guests able to stay in them? That is crazy, but so absurd that I would really love having an opportunity to stay there. I find strange things to be really interesting, and to have the opportunity to go to Germany; then stay in a casket, would just make for a really interesting story and vacation altogether. Very cool stuff here!

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  • Michela @AustraliaRockyTravel

    8 May, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Thanks for this great list of cool design hotels in Berlin! love the lights at Ku Damm 101 I would stay here if I had the choice 🙂

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  • Becky G

    20 July, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I love the look of all these hotels to be honest but if I had to choose one to stay in I would probably choose Hotel Bikini – it looks like a lot of fun and that lobby looks incredible!

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  • Jennie Dee

    3 April, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    This is an awesome list of hotels, it’s really hard to choose just one but it’s a toss up between the Honigmond Garden Hotel, Arte Luise Kunsthotel and the quirky looking Ostel – fabulous!

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