New Hotels in Berlin
Berlin’s hotel scene: new beds, new concepts
Berlin, February 2023 After two years of the pandemic, Berlin continues to be at the top of the list of travel destinations. No wonder! The city has plenty to offer for everyone, and not just in terms of cultural heritage. Its hotel scene is also colorful, individual, sustainable and full of innovative flair.
The pandemic obviously left its mark on the capital city as well. Berlin’s hotel market has shrunk by ten percent: There were 787 hotels, boarding houses and guesthouses at the end of 2019, but this number was at 695 at the beginning of 2022. In November 2022, the city already counted 714 accommodation establishments again. This shows: The Berlin’s hotel market has always been dynamic and adaptable. People with good ideas and a willingness to invest are bringing a breath of fresh air into the scene and teaming up with professionals to create new hotel concepts. The accommodation sector is becoming more and more individualized and appealing to a wide variety of lifestyles. Berlin’s hotel landscape has a few surprises in store for its overnight guests.
Berlin’s new hotels
With the JW Marriott Hotel Berlin, the capital boasts a new haven that welcomes its guests with great attention to detail. The former Maritim Hotel that was most recently run as the Berlin Central District in Stauffenbergstraße at Potsdam Square is the first hotel of this luxury brand in the city. Featuring 505 rooms, 48 function rooms and an event space of almost 6,400 square metres, the hotel is one of the largest conference hotels in Berlin. They are now planning to gradually create a place of contemplation that is more attuned to nature. Their wellness area will cater for this, among other things, with a swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and treatment rooms - a total of 347 square metres that treat guests to relaxation. And the interior design by El Ghomeini in dark green and warm brown tones echoes the colours of the neighbouring zoo. All rooms will be renovated floor by floor until the end of the year 2024.
The guests at the four-star hotel Precise Tale Berlin Potsdamer Platz can take a journey into the past when Berlin was split in two: The luxurious rooms and spacious flats are furnished with a curated mix of nostalgic and modern accessories and furniture. Final touches are being given to the common areas, spa, restaurant, bar and café. In the Bamia and Berta restaurants, Berlin travellers can also experience a sensory journey through fragrant oriental cuisine with a European twist, featuring the culinary delights created by Michelin-starred chef Assaf Granit.
In addition to the luxury Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin Brandenburg Airport is set to score with two new hotels in 2023. In January, the IntercityHotel Berlin-Brandenburg Airport opened directly on Willy-Brandt-Platz. The three-star hotel with its trendy design by Matteo Thun offers a total of 360 rooms on six floors, five meeting and conference rooms, a sauna and fitness area as well as a restaurant and hotel bar for guests from all over the world. The terminals 1 and 2 are within walking distance. After Leipzig and Stuttgart, the young ACHAT hotel brand LOGINN Hotels & Apartments has also opened its third hotel at Berlin Brandenburg Airport: it is called the LOGINN Hotel Berlin Airport. It appeals to young and tech-savvy guests with its design mix of modern and retro and the community concept with 24/7 food corner, armchairs and lounge furniture. The wall surfaces, windows and the wayfinding system inspired by the comic style of the Berlin studio Sprayworks are also pretty chic.
The Hotel Numa Arc in Friedrichstraße, directly at Checkpoint Charlie, manages just fine with neither a reception nor a buffet. Since last year, the neo-Renaissance façade has been home to a contemporary boutique apartment building with 158 flats in seven different categories.
Berlin's planned hotels
The Hoxton makes its way to Berlin: The hotel brand with a taste for design will open a new property in Charlottenburg in the summer of 2023. It will move into a former hotel not far from the Ku’Damm. It stands out for its art nouveau-inspired shapes, expressive design details and soft colours: When it came to designing the 239 differently sized rooms, the Ennismore Design Studio found inspiration in the neighbourhood that was at the centre of creative Berlin during the Golden Twenties.
The sly Berlin, a new luxury hotel from the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand, will also launch this summer. The hotel located in Friedrichshain has 150 rooms and suites spread over four interconnected buildings. One of its highlights is a 220-square-metre greenhouse in the inner courtyard - and the gym and sauna on the hotel roof, from where guests can enjoy a spectacular view of the city.
In 2024, it is announced that the Scandinavian hotel brand will open its first hotel in the German capital with the Zleep Hotel at BER Airport. The hotels stand for zeitgeist, Danish design, sustainable products and moderate prices.
Berlin's recently opened hotels
Have you already spent the night at a former women’s prison from the 19th century? If not, go to Berlin. Charlottenburg’s Hotel Wilmina has been open for business since April of this year. With 44 rooms and suites, a spa and a gym, this family-owned hotel was sensitively turned into a contemplative retreat by Grüntuch Ernst Architekten. The former Schleusenhof now hosts the Lovis Restaurant, which lets guests savour contemporary German dishes made from regional and seasonal foods.
Following an elaborate refurbishment, there is a new spot for "locals and globals" with a special ambience right on Museum Island: The Telegraphenamt opened its doors with 97 rooms, the Root restaurant in the hotel's atrium, a bar and café, event spaces and its own gym in the former main telegraph office of Berlin.
The Château Royal boutique hotel opened its doors in the Mitte district in late summer 2022. This new luxury hotel at Mittelstraße 41–44 is an ensemble of two historical buildings and a new one. One of the hotel’s culinary highlights is the Dóttir seafood restaurant, which is about to make its long-awaited comeback. Head chef Victoria Elíasdóttir is the sister of artist Olafur Elíasson.
Another newly opened hotel since summer 2022 is the Urban Loft in Berlin in the Heidestraße district, which serves as a meeting place for (newly arrived) Berliners as well as those who have travelled far and wide, close to Europa City at Berlin's main railway station. It is true to its slogan "Open Doors. Open Minds. The Beds are just a Bonus", the young design and lifestyle brand of Althoff Hotels has found a home in Berlin and pursues a digital and sustainable approach. The house offers a blend of art, culinary treats and creativity and is equipped with a lounge area and co-working spaces.
In general, sustainable hotel concepts are in vogue and sustainability is becoming an important aspect for more and more vacationers: Many hotels in Berlin show a sense of responsibility and do a lot for environmental and climate protection and inspire with innovative ideas.
‘Feel Ginntastic’ is the motto of the GINN City & Lounge Yorck Berlin hotel in Kreuzberg, which opened its doors during the summer 2022. This design hotel is right next to the Gleisdreieck Park. The 121 rooms are kitted out in a high-grade and sustainable manner, because the GINN concept also includes gentle and careful handling of resources.
Hotel Luc can be found at the Gendarmenmarkt in the Mitte district of Berlin. Steeped in history, it has brought its Prussian heritage into the modern era. The Marriott hotel chain opened this exclusive five-star hotel - which has been tagged with the exclusive Autograph Collection seal of quality - at Charlottenstraße 50 in February 2022. Its 70 rooms and 22 suites are elegantly set up in a shade of Prussian blue. Guests on the terrace are rewarded with a view of the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) while they enjoy an à la carte breakfast and hors d’oeuvres which draw inspiration from French bistros.
With the greet Berlin Alexanderplatz, hospitality company Accor opened the capital’s first upcycling hotel in the middle of March 2022. What’s special about the second hotel established by this relatively new hotel brand is that a conscious decision was made to renovate an existing hotel building. What’s more, a design and architecture team used sustainable materials and second-hand furniture and accessories to customise the 61 rooms and common area. A sustainable concept that is consistent with Berlin as a sustainable travel destination.
Co-working and co-living in hotels of Berlin
The Social Hub at Alexander Square is more than just a hotel. It is a meeting place for guests of Berlin, students, Berliners and companies who want to network and work together. It hosts modern hotel rooms, co-working spaces, event spaces, restaurants, bars and lounges.
The co-living concept of The Base is also growing in popularity. Launching this spring, The Base Berlin One promises to be a creative place that offers living and working together. It has 318 flats and 43 hotel rooms and offers a combination of long-stay and short-stay areas under one roof. The short-stay part features communal areas, a roof terrace and a café. Hotel guests also have access to all community areas such as the library, cinema, co-working area and gym.
And The Circus is opening a fourth building at the end of the year that will offer serviced flats for guests who want to stay longer in Berlin. The new building near Ostbahnhof, designed by architect Bernd Albers, is a KfW40 efficiency house and this makes it one of the most energy-efficient buildings in Berlin. In addition to the fully equipped flats, it features a co-working space, a café and a 700-square-metre roof terrace with a rooftop bar - perhaps it will soon emerge as the new hotspot of the capital.
The Locke group will also be offering serviced flats on the East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain from May this year, and they are hoping to offer their guests a different way of accommodation. Their aparthotels are a blend of serviced flats and boutique hotels. The private flats with kitchen and living area are almost twice the size of ordinary hotel rooms. In addition, guests have access to all hotel facilities and services such as a gym, café, restaurant or cocktail bar.
Berlin’s unusual hotels
Spend a night in outer space – You can have this unusual sleeping experience at the Hausvogteiplatz at the centre of Berlin. The ‘Space Night’ capsule hotel allows guests to spend the night in a futuristic sleeping capsule. They can spend the night either by themselves in single capsules, or in pairs in spacious double capsules. When they come back to Earth, they can proceed to go on a sightseeing tour via the Friedrichstraße, the Gendarmenmarkt or the Potsdamer Platz.
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Berlin’s refurbished hotels
Out with the old, in with the new: This hotel concept is also sustainable and compatible with the capital. After all, since 2021, Berlin has been one of the five metropolises that are listed as sustainable travel destinations in the ‘Global Destination Sustainability Index’.
It surely is the beginning of a new era for Berlin's almost 65-year-old hotel icon: the InterConti. The hotel at the Berlin Zoo has been undergoing renovations since May 2019 and it continued to be fully operational all the while. The south and east wings, the ballroom and the gourmet restaurant Hugos have now all been redecorated. Only the west wing, the Marlene Bar and the corresponding restaurant are still not completed - they should also be redone all around by spring of this year.
The ibis Styles Berlin Treptow is also shining in new splendour. The motto of the renovation work was ‘Colours of Berlin’. The unique interior and design concepts are reflected in the floor patterns, the walls and the furniture. The design hotel’s two conference rooms can be booked for meetings with up to 50 participants.
The legendary Circus Hotel at the Rosenthaler Platz has also been renovated from top to bottom. The equipment was modernised, an air-conditioning system was installed and the number of beds was increased to 140. There’s also a brand-new gastronomic concept: Felix Mielke is opening his second ‘Schüsseldienst’ at The Circus, thereby raising the snack bar concept to the level of fine dining.
The serene boutique hotel Neuer Fritz in the heart of Berlin with a breathtaking view of the Spree, the Museum Island and the TV Tower has also been spruced up. The hotel boasts artful design and interiors in its spacious 45 rooms and suites.
What's more, thanks to an app, people travelling to Berlin can now brush up on their memories of a wonderful city break or add a touch of anticipation to their trip: The Adlon Kempinski Berlin has developed an augmented reality app with the Berlin start-up Zaubar, with which users can virtually visit four locations in the hotel. They can stroll through the lobby, the Royal Suite or the star restaurant "Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer". The app is available free of charge in the App and Google Play Store.
Award-winning hotels: Berlin has "Germany's best hotel"
The fact that Berlin's hotels are decidedly excellent is also shown by the latest awards: three Berlin hotels were honored at once. The 5-star hotel The Regent was named "Germany's Leading Hotel" for the third time in a row. "Germany's Leading Conference Hotel 2022" is the Hilton Berlin at the Gendarmenmarkt and the Waldorf Astoria, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and has the most beautiful suite with a 360-degree view over Berlin.
US travel magazine chooses "Oscar of the travel industry": According to the renowned Forbes Travel Guide 2023, which hotel is the best hotel in the city? The Hotel de Rome received five stars and thus the highest rating of the travel and business magazine. But other hotels in the city were also excellent.
Berlin’s hotels for conventions and conferences
Berlin scores with a sustainable MICE sector: The capital illustrates how conferences, conventions and events can be planned and held sustainably. With more than 120 hotels and locations for conferences, conventions, meetings and events, Berlin has a lot to offer in this area. One of the classics is the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, which has 15 meeting rooms, two ballrooms and three meeting lounges.
The Hotel Berlin Central District by JW Marriott Hotel Berlin is one of the largest event hotels and part of visitBerlin´s Berlin Meeting Campus Potsdamer Platz: With an event area of 6356 square metres, 48 event rooms and 27 conference suites, there’s something for every event.
The Estrel Tower is still under construction, and will eventually be a spectacular location for conferences and conventions. At the end of 2024, some of the 45 storeys on the waterfront of the Neuköllner Schifffahrtskanal will have been turned into a new event hotspot for the city of Berlin.
The third largest MICE hotel in the city has been given a make-over. It took four years to renovate as many as 700 rooms, conference rooms and breakfast rooms at the Hotels Berlin, Berlin on Lützowplatz in City West. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the more than 900 doors from old Berlin buildings that serve as headboards for the beds. The restaurant Lütze was also newly inaugurated featuring a wide range of lunch options. Here you can savour strudels and the famous cinnamon buns from "Zeit für Brot" as well as the seasonal specialities of bowls, soups, salads and desserts.
The ‘Sustainable Meetings Berlin’ online platform of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office provides practical tips for planning events. The Meeting Guide Berlin lists additional conference hotels and event locations.
Berlin in 15 minutes
Discover the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods on foot or on a bicycle: Berlin lives the experience of sustainable tourism. The concept of the ‘15-minute city’ – an innovation in city planning – re-thinks cities and tourism. Whether it’s the Mitte, Kreuzberg or City West district, Berlin’s various neighbourhoods contain hotels from which tourists can explore the neighbourhood and its cultural and gastronomic highlights on foot in 15 minutes. You will thus be on your way in an environmentally friendly manner, while simultaneously experiencing a slice of the authentic neighbourhood life. The ‘15-minute city’ concept targets guests who are visiting the city for the first time, as well as Berliners who want to reacquaint themselves with their city.
And what´s about Berlin deluxe? The city also shines with premium hotels, food and fashion at the very highest level. An overview of an exclusive getaway in the capital can be found here.
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