When it comes to choosing a hotel to stay at in the German capital of Berlin, it is a good idea to think about choosing a place to stay based on the character of the neighbourhood and the sort of accommodation you will find in each part of the city. Where you choose to stay in the city will determine the sort of hotels you will be able to find and the attractions you will be able to get to easily. Fortunately, public transportation in Berlin is second to none and wherever in the city you choose to stay you will be able to move around easily once you get there. In this large and diverse city, there are hotels to suite every taste and requirement.
If this is your first visit to Berlin then you will probably wish to visit the main historic attractions in and around the centre of the city but what you might not know is that there are several very different districts that make up that centre. If you are looking for luxury and the utmost comfort, for example, you might wish to stay in the historic West German centre in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. There you will find the famous Charlottenburg Palace and the Kurfürstendamm, one of the city’s premier shopping streets. Right at the heart of Berlin you will find Mitte, this district was once the East German centre and it is here you should choose to stay if you want to be at the beating pulse of modern Berlin. Here you will find many of the city’s most popular cultural and historic attractions, including the Brandenburg Gate and infamous Checkpoint Charlie. While prices for hotels in this district are usually higher than they are in more peripheral districts of the city, you will be within walking distance of many of the main areas and attractions you have come to Berlin to see.
Those with a more artistic and alternative bent may choose to stay instead further east, in the Kreuzberg, with its strong counterculture tradition, or in the hip and interesting neighbourhood of Neukölln. These areas are strong on arts and culture and have strong, vibrant communities, though a growing gentrification means that there are plenty of quirky and yet comfortable hotels and other accommodation options for your stay. A strong alternative vibe is also found in the LGBT friendly areas of Schöneberg, with all its lively entertainment options, especially around Nollendorfplatz.
If the city centre is too frenetic for your tastes then you may choose to stay in one of the leafier districts of the outskirts of the city. Perhaps you will be drawn by the historic interest in Spandau, to the west of the city, or the historic core of Köpenik, to the east. Or you could choose from many other outlying districts, each of which has its own almost rural charm.
There are many hotels all around the city, offering everything from five-star luxury to cheap and cheerful, and everything in between. You can stay in purpose build mega-hotels, boutique hotels in historic buildings, avant garde art hotels, you can even enjoy a glamping-style stay in an old industrial space. Berlin has a lot to offer. Where will you choose to spend your stay in this amazing city?