The Big Six: Berlin boltholes

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

Linnen Prenzlauer, Berg

This B&B is new to the bohemian district of Prenzlauer Berg. Its stylish street-level café serves fresh pastries, cheeses and hams for breakfast, with organic snacks and smoothies on offer until early afternoon. A spiral staircase winds up to the first floor where you'll find four characterful rooms, two larger suites and one self-catering apartment, with a mix of stuccoed ceilings, four-poster beds, quirky coloured tiles and 20th-century furniture.

Linnen, Prenzlauer Berg (00 49 30 4737 2440; linnenberlin.com). Doubles start at €70, room only; apartments €70.

Plus One Apartment, Neukölln

The idea behind Plus One is simple: book a night at the self-catering apartment and get the chance to hang out with a local in return. Set up by British-born Clare Freeman, it invites guests to log-on, browse a network of 35 locals and arrange to meet them for a daytime tour, afternoon coffee or all-night club crawl. The aim is to put outsiders in touch with the real residents of Berlin, using the stylish apartment in Neukölln as a handy base.

Plus One Apartment, Reuter Strasse 28, Neukölln (00 49 178 359 3517; plus oneberlin.com). Nightly rental from €120, self-catering. Sleeps two.

Modern Houseboat, River Spree

Chris Laugsch set up the Berlin-based hotel collection, Welcome Beyond, in 2009. Having spent four years sizing up the best places to stay around the world, he has now unveiled his own, rather less conventional property. Set on a section of the River Spree, the Modern Houseboat is testament to Laugsch's keen eye for design with custom-made furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor deck and two Bella Ciao bikes for riding into town.

Modern Houseboat, River Spree (00 49 163 737 2509; welcomebeyond.com). Nightly rental from €210, self-catering. Sleeps two adults, two children.

Das Stue, Tiergarten

Set in a 1930s building which once served as the Danish embassy, Das Stue reopened in December as a stylish new design hotel. Tucked away on the southern side of the Tiergarten park, it has interiors by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, the first restaurant outside Spain by the Michelin-starred chef Paco Pérez, and photographs by Helmut Newton and Henri Cartier-Bresson on the walls. In a curious twist, some rooms also have views of grazing ostriches and gazelles, who live next door at Berlin Zoo.

Das Stue, Drakestrasse 1, Tiergarten (00 49 30 311 7220; das-stue.com). Doubles start at €200, room only.

Michelberger Hotel, Friedrichshain

Tom Michelberger gathered a group of his young creative friends to turn this former factory into a fun and fashionable stay. Set amid Friedrichshain's cafés, it has a courtyard beer-garden which hosts regular music events and a late-night bar with a grand piano. Eclectic rooms span from double lofts to concept suites, such as the Clever One, where walls are plastered with magazines and books and complemented by flea-market furniture.

Michelberger Hotel, Warschauer Strasse 39/40, Friedrichshain (00 49 30 2977 8590; michelbergerhotel.com). Doubles start at €80, room only.

Generator Hostel, Mitte

For Berlin on a budget, check in to this hip hostel in the central Mitte district. In addition to traditional dorms, it has spacious double rooms, twins and quads, with an industrial-chic café and a sociable bar that's open until late. Other attractions include free Wi-Fi, ping-pong tables and a travel shop for arranging excursions, while the library-style lounge – laden with books and soft leather sofas – wouldn't be out of place in a luxury hotel.

Generator Hostel, Oranienburger Strasse 65, Mitte (00 49 30 9210 37680; generatorhostels.com). Dorms start at €12.50; doubles €50, room only.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: Dining Room Head Chef

    £32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...

    Guru Careers: Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Chef

    £27K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Che...

    Ashdown Group: Technical IT Manager - North London - Growing business

    £40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...

    Recruitment Genius: Technical Supervisor

    £24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
    Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

    Flesh in Venice

    Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
    Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

    Juventus vs Real Madrid

    Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
    Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

    Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

    Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power