Michelberger Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Michelberger Hotel is a trendy, budget-friendly option set in a former warehouse in the Friedrichshain neighborhood. Most of the 119 rooms have spare, modern decor; the exception is the Gold Room, which is decked out in an opulent, romantic style. Some of the rooms have exposed cement, big windows, and open showers, while others have bunk beds and can accommodate larger groups. Higher-end rooms such as the Chalet and Gold Rooms come with better amenities and artistic decor. A big breakfast buffet (for a fee) is served daily, and food and drinks can be ordered from the outdoor terrace. Highlights at this quirky hotel include a stylish lobby full of books and magazines and a bar with live DJs. The local neighborhood is full of more restaurants, bars, and nightlife.
nhow Berlin Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The nhow Berlin is an offbeat, creative hotel overlooking the River Spree. While it is not technically a boutique due to its high room count (309 rooms), bright colors, psychedelic patterns, and funky-shaped furniture have high visual impact in the lobby, bar, and restaurant. Plus, it has a music theme and offers rare amenities like Gibson guitar room service and two recording studios on-site. The wild decor is somewhat muted in the rooms, though there's still plenty of pink, and quirky furniture. Rooms are equipped with iPod docks, TVs embedded in mirrors, and electric kettles. A modern fitness center has Precor equipment and a sauna. While there is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi, this innovative hotel offers 24-hour room service and a hip bar and restaurant.
Sir F.K. Savigny Hotel Berlin Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The sleek Sir F.K. Savigny Hotel is a design-inspired boutique hotel in the elegant Charlottenburg neighborhood. All 45 rooms share an ultra-modern black and white motif, complete with flowing white curtains and striking black and white photographs. This hotel offers great freebies, such as in-room Wi-Fi, a minibar stocked with beer and soft drinks, and a Nespresso machine. Bright rooms get excellent natural night and have big flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. An attractive garden with tables and chairs is located out back of the 19th century building, and some rooms have balconies for private outdoor space. While bathrooms lack complete privacy and some guests consider the breakfast to be expensive, this is a great pick for design, location, and freebies.
Precise Casa Berlin Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Precise Casa Berlin is a mid-range boutique hotel with 35 simple, minimalistic rooms and suites. While standard rooms are small, they have nice updates like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Deluxe rooms or apartments provide a significant space upgrade, with sitting areas, kitchenettes, and huge soaking tubs. The location in elegant Charlottenburg is near excellent shopping, including the famous Kurfurstendamm, a street lined with boutiques. Convenient extras here include a cozy, modern breakfast room and a bar off the lobby.
Hotel Art Nouveau Berlin Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Hotel Art Nouveau Berlin is a charming, family-run B&B in the Charlottenburg neighborhood. The 22 individually decorated rooms occupy the second and fourth floors of a historic apartment building, complete with an antique cage elevator. Rooms have stucco ceilings, wooden floors, and a great mix of antiques and contemporary decor. Technology includes small flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. An organic breakfast buffet is served in the sunny breakfast room and an honesty bar is open throughout the night. While there is no 24-hour reception and no air conditioning in the rooms, the great use of color and distinctly Berlin flair make this B&B a good pick.