Hotel Adlon Kempinski Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is an elegant, classic hotel with a rich history. Its predecessor was one of the most popular hotels in Europe through World War II, hosting guests such as Charlie Chaplin and Josephine Baker. The original building was demolished, but after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a building inspired by the original was built on the same location near the Brandenburg Gate. This 382-room hotel still attracts A-list clientele -- this is where Michael Jackson dangled his baby son from a balcony in 2002. Luxurious rooms have heavy drapes, four-poster canopy beds, plush couches, and fresh cut roses. Marble bathrooms offer soaking tubs and heated floors. These inviting rooms, combined with the hotel's impressive amenities -- an indoor pool, full spa, fitness center, and variety of restaurants -- make this one of the best picks in Berlin.
Hotel Savoy Berlin Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The historic Hotel Savoy is located in the elegant Charlottenburg neighborhood. This hotel first opened its doors in 1929, and welcomed famous guests from Greta Garbo to Thomas Mann in its grander days. The 125 rooms are large and traditional, with simple bathrooms, free in-room Wi-Fi, coffee machines, and flat-screen TVs -- though they are starting to show some wear and tear. Perks here include a cigar lounge, several restaurants and bars, and a small fitness center with sauna. A color palette of regal red is found throughout this charming hotel, and though some guests complain of thin walls, service here is still top-notch.
Hotel Astoria am Kurfuerstendamm Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The simple 32-room Hotel Astoria -- built in 1888 -- is tucked away in a quiet street off Kurfürstendamm. Big, clean rooms are decorated with classic touches including dark wood furniture. A wave of recent refurbishments have introduced more modern amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and fluffy white duvets. Some rooms have a private balcony, and all guests can enjoy the communal outdoor terrace. While indoor common areas could use some updating, this cozy hotel offers an extensive free breakfast, a nice bar, bike rentals, and free Wi-Fi.
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.