As Berlin is a popular destination for those looking for a European city break, Germany’s capital has an expanding range of accommodations available, from high-end, luxury hotels through to inexpensive bed and breakfasts. In addition, after the war, Berlin experienced a boom in hotel construction which means that high room prices and overcrowding are not often a problem in the city. Indeed, there are over 100,000 rooms for you to choose from.
However, despite this abundance of rooms, it is important to remember that Berlin frequently hosts a number of international conferences, festivals and trade fairs. During these popular times, you may find that the range of accommodation in Berlin is limited. So, if you are travelling to Berlin for or during one of these events, be sure to book your accommodation well in advance.
As Berlin has a brilliant public transportation system, you do not need to be too concerned about which area of Berlin you plan to stay in. However, for those who want to be in close proximity to the major tourist attractions, Mitte is the place to stay. Mitte is not only within walking distance of a number of attractions, but it is also home to a broad range of accommodation types, from luxury hotels to hostels. In this area you find the Berlin’s most opulent hotels, many of which are situated in stunning historic buildings, complete with marble floors and crystal chandeliers.
While luxury hotels in this area do tend to be quite expensive, room prices are not as expensive as those in similar hotels in other European capital cities, such as London or Paris.
If you would prefer to stay in an international luxury chain hotel, you will find that the majority of this hotel type is situated in Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer Platz.
In the western part of the city in districts such as Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf and Schöneberg, you will find a number of good-value small hotels and charismatic pensions. While this choice of accommodation is certainly economical, it has been reported that some of these accommodations are not up to traveller expectations. So be sure to check up on the hotel or bed and breakfast that you plan on staying in by reading online reviews.
Self-catered apartments are an increasingly popular accommodation option in Berlin. Apartments are brilliant for those who are looking to stay in Berlin economically for a number of weeks or those travelling in a large group as apartments tend to offer more space than hotel rooms.