When you hear the phrase “boutique hotel”, what the first thing that comes to mind? We’re guessing independent, intimate, and expensive are some of the top three responses to that.
But you know what? We’ve actually found that the prices of boutique hotels don’t always shatter the bank! Take Berlin.
Berlin is huge. It sprawls over 340 square miles (for comparison, Paris is a mere 40.7 square miles) and packed with enormous variety in its neighborhoods, yet what really ties Berlin together is its indomitable creativity and make-it-happen attitude. The people here are hospitable, friendly, and want you to love their city as they do.
Even better—Berlin is cheap.
How cheap, you ask?
How about an average of $75 a night for a le Corbusier-inspired Ku’ Damm 101 (think open spaces and utilitarian design) in a room for two that encourages you to move the furniture around? Also, it’s in a prime location for picking up quick public transit to landmark-heavy areas or for strutting down Kurfürstendam (Berlin’s Champs Elysees). It packs a punch in terms of amenities, too—there’s a steam room, small gym, and the best breakfast buffet this side of the Atlantic (which is worth every penny).
Since Berlin is so large, sometimes it pays to be in a well-connected location; but as a traveler, you also want to be in a place that’s desirable on its own. Luckily Sir F.K. Savingy doesn’t make you pick! It sits right next to the Savignyplatz S-Bahn station (read: get anywhere you want to be in no time flat) in stylish Charlottenburg. It’s an oasis complete with a private garden and a perennially cool black-and-white color scheme. Fancy a drink? Head to the bar. Do you love having a coffee outside with your newspaper? Can-do! There’s a fabulous courtyard just for you.
Rates for a standard room tend to be around $90/night.
Perhaps you’re more of a party animal (if so, Berlin is definitely your town!). The Weinmeister, located in one of Berlin’s most high-traffic areas in Mitte, runs 24/7 with some sort of goings- on. Its super cool bar attracts a who’s who of Berlin and its rooms live up to the hype. Famous friends have a way of leaving their mark: German actress Jessica Shwarz lends her name to the bar (her family provides some of the liquor served there too), British band Hurts helped decorate a special room, and photographer Henrik Pfeifer took 88 shots of people who come to The Weinmeister. The rate for a standard room typically runs in the $100/night range.
If a historic hotel is more your bag, for under $100 you can stay at Hotel Savoy. From the lobby to the rooms, the atmosphere is redolent of yesteryear and is just the thing if you like classic style and old-fashioned service. In fact, the exquisite wood-panelled Times Bar is an homage to years gone by that you can complement with a cigar from the lounge. The Weinrot Restaurant in-house is also a treat: bedecked in red, Chef Stephen Forster serves updated German cuisine.
While there’s not much we can do to make getting to Europe cheaper, we’re always glad to help you find value deals in amazing destinations like Berlin. When you can have it all—go for it!
You can always search availability and price here. Want to know what to expect from hotels in Berlin? Check out our recent blog post here all about it!
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