The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Circus Hostel Weinbergsweg
Super-central, upscale hostel in historical building; sunny, spacious dorms and private rooms with private bath, plus three fully furnished rooftop apartments with kitchens; street-level café with Wi-Fi and basement bar; 71 rooms. Weinbergsweg 1a, Mitte; tel. 49 30 2839 1433.

Hallesches Ufer, Meininger City Hostels
Well-run, modern hostel with amenities more typical of a basic hotel; 71 rooms (dorms and private rooms), all with TV and private bath; rates include bed linen and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in a sunny room with city views. Hallesches Ufer 30, Kreuzberg; tel. 49 30 6663 6100, toll-free 0800 634 6464.


Arte Luise Kunsthotel
“Great quality for very little money; the courtyard rooms are quieter.”—Tomo Mirko Pavlovic, playwright and travel editor, Sonntag Aktuell newspaper. Historic building with 50 unique artist-designed rooms, from surrealist “Tribute to Edward Hopper” to boudoir-red “Cabaret;” some share baths; close to Reichstag and Unter den Linden. Luisenstrasse 19, Mitte; tel. 49 30 284 480.

Hotel 26 Berlin
“Non-smoking rooms with plenty of eco-friendly touches like additive-free soaps, specially filtered water, and anti-allergenic bedding.”—Jeremy Gray, co-author, National Geographic Traveler: Berlin. Twenty contemporary, clean, cheerful if simple rooms on quiet side street in trendy, student-flavored quarter; organic breakfast with freshly pressed juices; sun terrace for relaxing. Grünberger Strasse 26, Friedrichshain; tel. 49 30 2977 780.

Hotel Art Nouveau
Delightful bed-and-breakfast in historic building in quiet residential quarter; run by affable, English-speaking couple; three apartments and 22 sunny, colorful rooms with hand-picked designer furnishings; honor bar; free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee. Leibnizstrasse 59, Charlottenburg; tel. 49 30 327 7440.

Hotel Askanischer Hof
Retro charmer oozing genuine 1920s glamour yet right on main shopping street; no two rooms are alike but most have antiques, lace curtains, and glass chandeliers; often used for fashion photo shoots; Wi-Fi and cable TV included; 16 rooms. Kurfürstendamm 53, Charlottenburg; tel. 49 30 881 8033.

Hotel Honigmond
A small oasis of comfort and style on a quiet street in central district; historic charm and idyllic garden; 40 carefully choreographed rooms with ornate stucco ceilings and elegant country-style furniture; lavish breakfast. Tieckstrasse 12, Mitte; tel. 49 30 284 4550.


Arcotel Velvet Berlin
Edgy designer hotel dressed in bold black, red, and white; on central entertainment strip and close to sights and trendy shops; 85 good-size rooms with high-tech features such as remote-controlled black-out blinds; lavish breakfast buffet. Oranienburger Strasse 52, Mitte; tel. 49 30 278 7530.

Concorde Hotel
“A homey and comfortable architectural icon with French flair; designed by Jan Kleihues.”—Ulrike Wiebrecht, Berlin-based food and travel writer. Big-city hotel with boutique sensibilities; uncluttered, elegant, and accented with quality prints by German artists; top-notch telecom devices; 311 rooms. Augsburger Strasse 41, Charlottenburg; tel. 49 30 800 9990.

Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten
“Listed among Berlin’s 100 most important buildings and urban settings.”—Henrik Tidefjärd, owner, Berlinagenten custom tours and travel services. Elegant courtyard estate built for Prussian army officers; close to trendy eating and shopping; quiet, 23 classy rooms with soaring ornamented ceilings and designer furnishings. Yorckstraße 83a, Kreuzberg; tel. 49 30 7809 9270.

Louisa’s Place
Personalized service is king at this discreet, all-suite property with residential character; 47 classically furnished suites with DVD player and DSL; indoor pool set against a mural of the palace of Sanssouci. Kurfürstendamm 160, Charlottenburg; tel. 49 30 631 030.

Mandala Suites
“A discreet and luxurious hideaway with a maximum of perks and a minimum of fuss.”—Jeremy Gray. Stylish retreat on ritzy shopping artery; 163 smoke-free suites from 430 to 1,400 square feet (40 to 130 square meters) with kitchen, marble bath, and walk-in closet; eighthfloor breakfast lounge. Friedrichstrasse 185-190, Mitte; tel. 49 30 2029 2920.


Hotel InterContinental Berlin
“A listed architectural landmark known to Berliners as the ‘checkerboard’ because of its black-and-white facade.”—Jay Brunhouse, author, Maverick Guide to Berlin. 584 rooms and suites near the zoo, Tiergarten park, and excellent shopping; lavish breakfast buffet and luxurious spa with pool, sauna, and Turkish hammam. Budapester Strasse 2, Charlottenburg; tel. 49 30 260 20.

Hotel de Rome
“Perfect fusion between classical, historic flair and a contemporary, exclusive mystique.”—Henrik Tidefjärd. Ultimate luxury in former bank headquarters; 60-foot (20-meter) swimming pool in former underground vault; bold, contemporary decor by Tommaso Ziffer; next to opera house and just off Unter den Linden; 146 rooms. Behrenstraße 37, Mitte; tel. 49 30 460 6090.

Mövenpick Hotel Berlin
“Startling bathtubs by zany designer Philippe Starck in the rooms and Siemens artifacts in the hallways.”—Jay Brunhouse. Boldly designed business hotel with boutique flair in converted industrial space; courtyard restaurant, lively bar, 243 spacious rooms; steps from Potsdamer Platz. Schöneberger Strasse 3, Mitte; tel. 49 30 230 060.


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