Excelsior Hotel Berlin Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Excelsior Hotel Berlin is a 316-room contemporary property near Ku'Damm. The modern rooms feature crisp white bedding, plush accents, and striking sepia photographs. Room perks include free Wi-Fi (for the first 30 minutes each day), a big flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a coffeemaker. Renovated bathrooms are big and contemporary, and some upgraded rooms have a spacious balcony. This stylish property has an appealing lobby with flickering candles and the Franke Brasserie has a nice gas fireplace. With a cozy on-site bar, fitness room, sauna, and steam room, this hotel is packed with amenities.
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.
Grand City Hotel Berlin Ku'Damm Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Grand City Hotel Berlin Ku'Damm is a mid-range option with few amenities. There are some signs of age in the building, but for the most part everything looks fresh and clean. Quiet rooms are considerably more modern than at sister properties within this small chain -- rooms here have flat-screen TVs, a playful, modern design, and updated bathrooms. The sleek, jazz-themed breakfast area is appealing, as is the patio dining area and the small lobby fireplace. The biggest perk here is the location. The hotel is close to Berlin's best shopping along the Kurfurstendamm and is surrounded by dining options and cafes.
Best Western Grand City Hotel Berlin Mitte Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Best Western Grand City Hotel Berlin Mitte is a 166-room urban chain hotel. Rooms are comfortable and clean with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and work desks. Decor varies in different room categories, but some rooms have soaking tubs and fun design features like sheer curtains separating the bedroom from the living space, and the pop of a bright green carpet. With floor to ceiling windows, rooms are filled with sunlight. Beyond the modern rooms, the lobby looks like it could belong in any Best Western in the world, but the restaurant, cozy terrace bar, and small fitness room round out the hotel features. Though the breakfast is pricey this hotel offers a central location and decent value.
nhow Berlin Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The nhow Berlin is an offbeat, creative hotel with an affordable pricetag overlooking the River Spree. This futuristic property has a music theme and offers rare amenities like Gibson guitar room service and two recording studios on-site. Bright colors, psychedelic patterns, and funky-shaped furniture have high visual impact in the lobby, bar, and restaurant. 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.