By Jacquelin Carnegie – (Berlin, Germany)
Due to an influx of creative types from all over the world, Berlin has become one of the hottest spots on the planet. The trendy neighborhoods shape-shift and change at a rapid pace. At the moment, these East Berlin districts--Kreuzberg and Neukölln, “Kreuzkölln,” Friedrichshain, and Mitte—are all the rage. And, some areas of West Berlin are coming back in vogue. Here are five cool places to stay in this hot, hip town:
Metro: Hermansplatz, U-bahn
Rate: around 120€ @night
Rate: around 120€ @night
Clare Freeman, a transplanted Brit, came up with this cool concept to offer travelers a more in-depth experience of Berlin. This lovely, little, sun-filled studio apartment in “Kreuzkölln,” the new hot spot between Kreuzberg and Neukölln in south East Berlin, can be yours for two nights or more. The best part—it comes with built-in friends! The price of accommodation includes a get together with a local with similar (or totally different) interests—have coffee, check out the clubs, or visit galleries with someone who knows the scene and can give you an insider’s view.
East Berlin: The Epicenter of the Fashion Scene
The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte
Tel: +49 030/755-6670; www.the-weinmeister.com
Metro: Weinmeisterstrasse, U-bahn
Rates: start at 99€
|The Weinmeister, Berlin|
East Berlin: Down by the River Side
Warschauer Strasse 39/40
Tel: +49 302/977-8590; www.michelbergerhotel.com
Metro: Warshauer Strasse, U-bahn
A bunch of friends got together and said, “Let’s open a hotel!” The colorful and edgy Michelberger is the result. With around 120 stylishly-affordable rooms and a cool bar/cafe and restaurant, this is the “in” place to be in this all-the-rage neighborhood between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, right on the River Spree.
Juncker's Hotel Garni
Grünberger Strasse 21
Tel: +49 030/293-3550; www.junckershotel.de
Metro: Frankfuter Tor, U-bahn
Rates: Hotel, 39-79€; Apartments, 65-99€
For former hippies or anyone looking for a small, friendly place to stay, Juncker’s is a great spot with absolutely fabulous breakfasts. In the trendy Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area, this unassuming little hotel has about 30 very clean, simple rooms and four apartments.
West Berlin: Meet Up with Musicians
Q! Hotel Berlin
Tel: +49 030/810-0660; www.loock-hotels.com
Metro: Uhlandstrasse, U-bahn; Savignyplatz, S-bahn
Rates: range from 105€-235€
|Q! Hotel Berlin|
Very popular with musicians, the Q! is located on a beautiful, little street in West Berlin, right off the famed Kurfürstendamm shopping avenue.
In the Design Hotels group, the 77 modish guest rooms, include four studios and a penthouse. The futuristic, über-modern design by architectural firm Graft (who’ve worked on Brad Pitt's projects) makes you feel as if you’re staying on the moon.