5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Berlin (and Best Hotel Recommendations for Each!)

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Berlin is by far one of the most free-spirited, diverse and exciting cities in Europe and I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to have a taste of the complex history of Germany!

If you are planning a visit in the near future, congrats! Prepare to be amazed by the unique mix of people, atmospheres and neighborhoods that you will find in this amazing city.

Because the districts and neighborhoods in Berlin can be a bit confusing, here are my recommendations (in no particular order) of where to stay in Berlin, with great hotels for each area, all sorted by price for your convenience:

If you are in a hurry:

If you are here to just book your hotel and you do not have the time to learn about the areas, worry not, here are Berlin’s best hotels in a nutshell:

Best luxury: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

Best middle-priced: Art’otel berlin mitte

Best budget: Singer109 Hotel & Hostel

Which area should you choose?

Berlin is also one of the only cities I know of that has a couple of city centers to stay in (due to the Berlin Wall that was dividing the city for decades). Here is a district map of Berlin I made with my recommended areas:

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Berlin is divided into 12 administrative districts (“Bezirk” in German) and each district is divided into other smaller neighborhoods (“Kiez”). Each “kiez” has its own distinct people, specifics and hidden gems and all of them complete the complex image of Berlin.

As you may already know, Berlin has a strong history behind it and some of that history can still be seen today right in the middle of the city. You are right, I am talking about the Great Berlin Wall, whose bricks are still being preserved in parts of the city as a memory of the past, or transformed into new attractions (such as the East Side Gallery).

  • Best area to stay in Berlin for budget travelers: Friedrichshain
  • Where to stay in Berlin for first timers: Mitte
  • Where to stay in Berlin for nightlife: Kreuzberg
  • Where to stay in Berlin for families: Charlottenburg

1. Mitte

5 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Berlin Mitte

Is this your first time in Berlin? Then you should consider staying in Mitte!

Mitte is the area where all the most famous Berlin attractions are located: Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island etc.

Even though the neighborhood has suffered through many transformations during the years, you can still see some traces of the old times if you just roam around the streets and observe the buildings and details.

Needless to say that because it is so central and popular, Mitte can be expensive at times. If you wish to get the best prices possible for this neighborhood, I recommend you book way in advance! Here are my carefully chosen recommendations for hotels in Mitte, Berlin:

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Luxury (more than 150€)

  • Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is an amazing 5-star hotel with great luxurious amenities and decorations. This accommodation is so upscale, they even have a double Michelin-star on-site restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food! Plus, they also have a neoclassical indoor pool, a cool gym, a spa, and even private dining!
  • Titanic Chaussee Berlin is another great luxury accommodation. This 4-star hotel is super close to the Berlin Main Station, which is very convenient. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and beautiful and they even have a breakfast restaurant.

Middle (between 100-150€)

  • Art’otel berlin mitte is a very good option with a wide variety of prices, including some mid-range ones. You will enjoy free Wi-Fi, modern rooms and a great on-site bar called The Upside Down where you can enjoy delicious drinks and food.
  • Hotel Gat Point Charlie is a very clean and comfortable hotel, right in the center of Mitte and only minutes away from Alexanderplatz Square! The rooms are bright and tidy and I think they’re just perfect for some relaxation after a day full of exploring and adventures in the city!

Budget (between 30-100€)

  • Singer109 Hotel & Hostel is a gorgeous hostel, perfect for anyone who is searching for cheap accommodations in Berlin. It has different kinds of beds, ranging from bunk beds to private rooms. You will also get free Wi-Fi and a fun lounge area where you can unwind or even make friends!
  • Motel One Berlin-Bellevue is another beautiful motel with extremely convenient prices. The rooms and bathrooms are very stylish and you will be very close to Bellevue Palace and the Tiergarten Park!

2. Prenzlauer Berg

5 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Do you want to stay in the coolest area in Berlin, surrounded by art galleries and bars, with an overall young vibe? Prenzlauer Berg is your place!

Prenzlauer Berg has a complicated history full of changes. In the 80s and 90s it was massively changed transformed by the subculture that was forming there, thanks to many artists of that time. Now you can stroll around the beautiful streets, stop in a hip café to enjoy a flat white and then continue on to visit some art galleries or even designer shops. On your way, make sure to admire the street art and street musicians that you will encounter on every corner!

One of the most special things about this neighborhood is that many of the buildings (old breweries and old factory buildings, for example) were transformed into hotels and sophisticated restaurants, so you can definitely have a unique experience there.

Being one of the most popular neighborhoods in Berlin and one that is very loved by young urban families and individuals as well, the rooms sell out fast all year round, so make sure to book your preferred accommodation as soon as possible. Here are my recommended Berlin hotel deals in Prenzlauer Berg:

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Luxury (more than 150€)

  • Hotel & Apartments Zarenhof Berlin Prenzlauer Berg is a great 4-star accommodation in a beautiful Art Nouveau building. You can take advantage of free Wi-Fi and even bike rentals, so you can easily explore this beautiful neighborhood and city. This place has a Russian flair, so the breakfast includes Russian specialties – definitely recommended!
  • Myer’s Hotel Berlin is another gorgeous 4-star hotel in Prenzlauer Berg. The rooms are clean and exquisite and you will find art hanging all around this accommodation. You will also enjoy the on-site restaurant with a wide selection at the buffet breakfast!

Middle (between 100-150€)

  • Pension Absolut Berlin is a good middle-priced solution for people who wish to stay in an unconventional setting, as the building is actually a renovated 19th-century factory building! The rooms are clean, cozy and perfect for a good night’s sleep.
  • Schoenhouse Apartments is my recommendation for travelers who wish to stay in a self-catering apartment hotel in Berlin. You can choose from different types of rooms, all of them being bright, tidy and spacious!

Budget (between 30-100€)

  • MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten is my first budget accommodation recommendation and a great cheap hotel in Berlin. I think it is great that i really close to many museums and monuments. Plus, even though you will be surrounded by bars and restaurants, you can also use the hostel’s kitchen.
  • Pfefferbett Hostel is another good option for travelers that are on a tight budget – the hostel is actually located in an old 19th-century brewery. How cool is that? The rooms are clean and nice and you can relax on the terrace.


3. Kreuzberg

5 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Berlin Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg is the best Berlin nightlife area!

For all the travelers who prefer partying, night clubs and dancing, my recommendation for the best area to stay in Berlin is Kreuzberg! This area, also known as “Xberg”, boasts clubs, hipster restaurants, and beautiful street art and you will soon realize that the people here almost never sleep.

When I lived in Berlin for 2 months, this was the area I chose and I could have not loved it more!

If you decide to stay here, you must absolutely try as many restaurants as you can as there are many ethnic communities living here, each of them with their own amazing cuisine, so you will get to taste the real deal!

Of course, any day of exploring the neighborhood shouldinclude a visit to a cool coffee shop or just strolling around the beautiful streets and admiring this amazing area. Here are my recommendations for Berlin accommodation in this area:

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Luxury (more than 150€)

  • Orania.Berlin is a dazzling 5-star hotel in Berlin, Kreuzberg, located in a historic building famous for hosting artists. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and some of them have a great view of Oranienplatz. While there, you can enjoy their on-site restaurant and the music and cultural events they sometimes host.
  • Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz is one of the nicest boutique hotels in Berlin and the place to be if you want to feel like a queen or king during your stay. You can enjoy the fitness and wellness area and you can even rent bikes on-site – perfect for exploring the city! Of course, this amazing hotel even has an on-site restaurant and bar. What more could you wish for?

Middle (between 100-150€)

  • Hotel the YARD is a super nice 4-star boutique hotel in Berlin with very good prices. The overall design is very chic and contemporary and the rooms are simply amazing. You will find many bars, shops and restaurants in the surrounding area, which is always a good thing!
  • Grimm’s Hotel am Potsdamer Platz is a superb hotel in Kreuzberg, Berlin with some middle-priced options. It is only a 10-minutes walk from Potsdamer Platz Square and you will also find many nice parks close by. The rooms are modern and simple and the breakfast options are very good!

Budget (between 30-100€)

  • The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel is a very convenient Kreuzberg hotel with very reasonable budget prices, close to the underground station, and right across from Hermannplatz Square. The rooms are tidy and comfortable and this place has everything you will need for a good budget stay in the city.
  • Grand Hostel Berlin Classic is super close to public transport and has great budget-friendly facilities. One of the best things about this accommodation is that you can rent bikes right from them, and the staff is super friendly!

4. Friedrichshain

5 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Berlin Friedrichshain

Friedrichshain is a magical place where you will encounter street musicians, young energy and a ton of parties!

Friedrichshain is one of the coolest places in Berlin and another party hub in the city, this time recommended especially for budget travelers who want to be in the center of the action. This amazing neighborhood is a mix of old and new, calm and energy, and the perfect place to meet very diverse people who like to dance and make friends.

Warschauer Strasse is right in the center of this neighborhood and it is surrounded by both cool bars and old buildings. You will also find here the East Side Gallery here, an open-air gallery created right on the biggest piece of what once was the Great Berlin Wall.

If you feel like you will fit in with this crowd, here are my recommendations for your hotel in Friedrichshain:

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Luxury (more than 150€)

  • nhow Berlin is one of the coolest hotels in Berlin, Friedrichshain, located right on the banks of the river Spree, which means you can enjoy a great view any time! The facilities are very modern and ready to make you feel at home. You can even borrow electric guitars in case you want to impress everyone with your skills, play with the free Wii consoles or relax in the spa and sauna.
  • Michelberger Hotel is a unique accommodation reflecting great, tasteful décor. You can enjoy some time in their stylish café or have a good night’s sleep in the comfortable and super clean rooms. After that, you can indulge in some delicious meals at their on-site restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options!

Middle (between 100-150€)

  • Holiday Inn Berlin City East Side is right near the East Side Gallery and will welcome you with clean, cozy rooms and good amenities. The seating area is also great whenever you want to relax a bit after a day full of walking.
  • NH Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz is an amazingly modern hotel with some good middle-priced rooms. You can reach Alexanderplatz Square in 9 minutes by tram and I’m absolutely sure you will enjoy their on-site restaurant with international cuisine!

Budget (between 30-100€)

  • Sunflower Hostel Berlin is a cozy hostel with modern rooms, laundry facilities and even free city tours! You can even choose from shared or private rooms, depending on your budget and preferences, which makes it very convenient!
  • Hotel Kiez Pension Berlin greets you with beautiful décor, great facilities and some very affordable prices! You will also benefit from free Wi-Fi all over the accommodation, a daily buffet breakfast, TVs and a super friendly staff that’s always ready to help you!

5. Neukölln

5 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Berlin Neukolln

If you don’t want to stay right in the center of the city, but you still want to have an authentic experience in Berlin, then Neukölln might just be the place for you!

Neukölln, also known as “Little Istanbul” is very popular among young people and one of the best neighborhoods in Berlin if you don’t want to be exactly in the center. It got its nickname due to the large number of Turkish people who live there and, of course, the amazing Turkish bars you can find on each street. If you’re ever in this neighborhood, make sure to enjoy a coffee or a beer by the canal at Westerstrasse or at Maybachufer and enjoy the view and relaxed atmosphere.

You will also find many art galleries, bars and funky restaurants here, perfect to end the day with an unforgettable meal or drink! At night there are many parties and clubs where you can go to feel the real spirit of Berlin.

I think Neukölln is a great choice for budget travelers as well because you will find many good hotels here, but not a big variety of luxury hotels. If you think your choice of neighborhoods is Neukölln, I advise you to book your rooms way in advance, as there aren’t that many options here. Here is what I recommend:

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Luxury (between 150-200€)

  • Estrel Berlin is the only luxury hotel I could find in this area. This hotel is actually part of a large convention and entertainment center where live shows happen frequently. One of the best things about this luxury hotel is that it offers a direct bus link to Schönefeld Airport – how convenient!

Middle (between 100-150€)

  • Erlanger Hof is a 3-star hotel with great prices. They serve a breakfast buffet with lots of options. The rooms are very simple and cozy, which makes them perfect for a comfortable stay in Neukölln.
  • Mercure Hotel Berlin Tempelhof is a nice choice if you want a good on-site restaurant and a great, free (!) spa during your Berlin stay. Plus, you can enjoy a daily buffet breakfast, a restaurant with German and international cuisine and much more!

Budget (between 50-100€)

  • Minimal Hostel is my first budget recommendation for this neighborhood. The rooms are very comfy and you will get free Wi-Fi in all the rooms of this hostel. The rooms are simple and cozy and each of them includes a nice kitchenette and a shared bathroom.
  • Riverside Lodge is a great, cozy hostel, perfect for travelers on a tight budget that wish to stay in this trendy neighborhood of the city. The rooms are simple and clean and the shared area is perfect for socializing or just relaxing.
👑 Luxury price: €250
💵 Mid Range: €140
🛏️ Budget: €80
🏠 Airbnb: €90
💰Accommodation prices: Medium
📍Best neighborhood: Mitte
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:
💵 Mid-range hotel: art’otel Berlin
👛 Best budget hotel: Singer109 Hotel

Best neighborhood in Berlin for families

5 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Berlin Charlottenburg

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf is one of the best choices for a family that wants to explore Berlin with kids. Besides being full of child-friendly and family-friendly hotels, this is one of the most luxurious areas of Berlin as well, with many great restaurants around Savignyplatz.

Some beautiful places to visit in this neighborhood are Charlottenburg Palace (the attraction for which this neighborhood is named), Lake Lietzensee and, of course, Kurfürstendamm – the famous shopping street in Berlin full of luxury and high-end designer stores.

I recommend you watch this visual overview of where to stay in Berlin (Charlottentburg is included in the list):

A short walk in this neighborhood will instantly teleport you back to the royal times of Berlin because of the historical buildings, old theaters and gorgeous facades that are well-preserved to this day.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf has a very family-friendly vibe and it is rich in small parks where children can safely play. For more information on how to visit Charlottenburg Palace, please read my post about things to do in Berlin here.

Here are my accommodation recommendations for this calm and sophisticated neighborhood in Berlin:

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Luxury (more than 200€)

  • Louisa’s Place is an amazing luxury accommodation and the perfect family hotel in Berlin. The rooms and suites are very spacious and they even have a private kitchen where you can cook your own meals. Or, you can enjoy the great on-site restaurant that serves many types of international cuisines.
  • Hotel Bristol Berlin is another 5-star accommodation and a gorgeous hotel in Berlin, Charlottenburg, located right on the famous Kurfürstendamm Boulevard! The rooms are simply gorgeous and the staff is always there to help you with whatever you may need.

Middle (between 100-150€)

  • Hotel Elba am Kurfürstendamm – Design Chambers is my first middle-priced recommendation for this neighborhood and one of the best child friendly hotels for this type of budget. The rooms are modern and nicely decorated and you can enjoy some relaxing time outside on the beautiful terrace.
  • Astrid am Kurfürstendamm is a nice 3-star hotel with affordable prices. The rooms are decorated with great attention to detail and each room has a different window view! I recommend this hotel for a family with one or two children, as they have many room options to choose from.

Budget (between 50-100€)

  • Apartments am Brandenburger Tor is a great option for families that are on a tight budget. The rooms are clean and spacious and the amenities are very modern, so I’m sure this hotel will offer you anything you need for a pleasant stay in the city.
  • B&B Hotel Berlin-Airport is my other recommendation for a hotel close to the airport and a very good option for families. It offers free Wi-Fi all around the hotel, a daily buffet breakfast and even free parking spaces on site.

Airport hotels in Berlin

5 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Berlin berlin airport hotels

Below you can find my hotel recommendations located close to the two airports in Berlin – Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport. I am recommending 3 hotels for each airport, one for every type of budget/traveler:

Berlin Schönefeld Airport

  • Holiday Inn Berlin Airport – Conference Centre (luxury) – this is a great 4-star airport hotel which has an advantage over others: a 24-hour shuttle to Berlin Schönefeld Airport! The rooms are very nice and spacious and the service is very good!
  • IntercityHotel Berlin Brandenburg Airport (middle-priced) – this amazing 4-star hotel is located only 400m from the airport and train station, so booking a room here would be very convenient! They have a spa, a gym and nicely decorated rooms.

Berlin Tegel Airport

  • Schlosspark Hotel (luxury) – A great choice if you want to stay in a hotel with a swimming pool, a bar, modern rooms, and free Wi-Fi! Tegel Airport is 3.5km away from this hotel.
  • Hotel Axel Springer (middle-priced) – This very good 3-star hotel is located only 5km from Tegel Airport, in the Mitte district. It has a wonderful garden, a delicious breakfast each morning and friendly staff!
  • Hotel Havel Lodge Berlin (budget) – this hotel is located a bit far away from Tegel airport (13km), but a bus station is only 500m from the accommodation. The hotel is located in a safe residential area and the service is great!


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That’s it! That’s all! These were my recommendations for 5 great neighborhoods and the best places to stay in each of them in Berlin, regardless if it is your first visit or you are returning there for the 10th time.

I have carefully selected the best hotels for each of the neighborhoods I recommended, and I broke them down into sections based on each budget type: luxury, middle and tight budgets. As you can see, there are choices for everyone – Berlin has some great cheap accommodations that will not break the bank, as well as 5* luxury hotels with fabulous service, perfect for your Berlin holidays!

I am sure you will find something that fits your preferences in this article!

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If you want to read more about this amazing city in Germany, here is my article with 22 Things To Do in Berlin – The Ultimate Bucket List.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section! I enjoy receiving questions from my readers!



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