The 5 most unusual places to sleep in Berlin

1) Nhow Berlin

This huge hotel was built near the Universal building on the so-called Media Spree – on this bank of the Spree river several media-players, like MTV, have their offices. Nhow attracts a lot of musicians, not only because of the radical design of the hotel by architect Karim Rashid but also because of the in-house concerts and fashion shows. All 304 rooms have stunning views.

Berlin - Nhow hotel

2) Modern Houseboat

This private (boat) house lies in a little working harbour on the river Spree, namely in Rummelsburg, and offers a truly wonderful view on the water. It’s only 10 minutes by car or tram to the funky district of Friedrichshain. The building features modern design, large windows and a fireplace.

view from Modern Houseboat stay

On lake Rummelsburg, Lichtenberg

+49 (0)163 7372 509


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3) Hotel-Pension Funk

Built in 1895, this house reached fame through its prominent inhabitant, the world famous actress of silent movies Asta Nielsen. The hotel is pretty authentic and the detailed Art Nouveau windows and beautiful ceilings are well preserved. Ideal if you like small, well priced hotels with a lot of character.

a retro style room at Hotel Funk Berlin

Fasanenstrasse 69, Charlottenburg

+49 (0)30 8827 193



4) Provocateur

Hotel Provocateur is a design hotel near the Schaubühne (HS 387) in West-Berlin. If you love great design and luxury and don’t mind a bit of provocation here and there, then this is the place to be. Managers and concept designers Alex Urseanu and Micky Rosen were elected Hoteliers of the Year 2018.

a room with red interior at Hotel Provocateur

Brandenburgische Strasse 21, Charlottenburg

+49 (0)30 2205 6060


5) Hotel Zoo

A big hotel (141 rooms) in the heart of former West Berlin is not something we normally would include in this list. But this hotel stands out by the combination of pre-war nostalgia combined with great design and art. The building itself is over 120 years old. Tip: also non-guests can have a beer at the rooftop bar, a real gem!

Rooftop bar of Hotel Zoo

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