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Alexanderplatz is not only where you'll find Berlin's iconic TV tower, but some of the best cheap hotels in Berlin city center. Take an express bus from Berlin's Tegel airport and check in at Alexanderplatz Hotels. There you will find budget properties such as Motel One Berlin-Alexanderplatz and Hotel Ibis Styles Berlin Alexanderplatz, to more luxurious options, including Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt and Casa Camper Berlin. Alexanderplatz is a central connecting hub for Berlin's two urban rail networks, as well as, its buses, which makes it convenient to everywhere in the city.
The Mitte neighborhood surrounding Alexanderplatz boasts a unique and dynamic array of sights, whether you shop at lively Hackescher Markt, pay your respects at the neo-Renaissance Berlin Cathedral, or sip lager at a biergarten on the Spree River. One cheap Berlin hotel choice that's equally unique and dynamic is Soho House. It's a pre-war midrise building that's been converted into a "members-only" style establishment, with a rooftop lounge overlooking central Berlin. It boasts 1920s décor and ambiance, but with rates that won't send you back to the Great Depression.
If you're looking to party, there are few better places in Europe (or in the world, for that matter) than Berlin. Clubs like Watergate, Tresor, and especially, Berghain are world-renowned for their uninhibited approach to partying. So, if you're in Berlin to get your drink on, consider booking one of the many hostels in Freidrichshain or Kreuzberg, Berlin's hipster hubs.
Scope out deals at hostels like Three Little Pigs Hostel or Hostelxberger. Then, scope out street art, sexy people, and Turkish restaurants in surrounding Kreuzberg. Heading further east to Freidrichshain not only brings you close to modern Berlin marvels like the Badeschiff riverside pool, but mere steps from the iconic Warschauer Straße Bridge and Berlin's most famous landmark, the Berlin Wall. Stay in Freidrichshain hostels such as Sunflower Hostel, Pegasus Hostel, or BackpackerBerlin to feel at home during your tenure as a tourist.
Berlin has long been famous as a leisure destination, but also as home to the German capital and a rapidly growing high tech sector, it's rising to similar fame for business travelers. If you've got dealings with the German government planned, stay in one of the hotels near the Bundestag (formerly Reichstag) like Motel One Berlin Bellevue, Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt, or Hotel Amelie Berlin, which supplements its prime location with a 24-hour business center. Situating yourself nearby the capital isn't just convenient for your meetings, either – it puts you a short walk from iconic Berlin landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and the lush Tiergarten city park, affording you work breaks even the most ardent backpacker would envy.
Berlin is a spread-out city in general, so if your business plans aren't concentrated near the government complex, select one of the cheap hotels in Berlin near central station, known as "Hauptbahnhof" in German. Whether you choose simpler hotels such as InterCity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof and MEININGER Hotel Berlin Central Station, or mingle with up-and-coming Berlin fashion designers at stylish boutique hotels like Arteluise Kunsthotel and A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof, you don't need to choose between convenience and comfort in Berlin. Hotels like Hotel Palace Berlin and Berlin Plaza Hotel am Kurfürstendamm are not only near the central station, but also a short walk from Kurfürstendamm, Berlin's premier shopping street.
Although a new Berlin airport has been slated to open for many years, the primary gateway to the German capital is Tegel Airport, which has served the city for several decades. Enjoy quick, convenient access to Tegel airport at cheap Berlin airport hotels like Hotel Bongard, Ibis Berlin Airport Hotel, and Mercure Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel, which offers complimentary two-way airport transfer – a rarity in much of Europe.
Home to top-notch dining, exclusive shopping boutiques, and elegant boulevards, Prenzlauer Berg is one of Berlin's most upscale neighborhoods today, which might come as a surprise if you know its history. It was formerly part of impoverished East Berlin. Hotels like Schoenhouse Studios, andel's Hotel Berlin, and Park Plaza Prenzlauer Berg Berlin are perfectly situated for sumptuous Sunday brunches, wonderful weekend dinners, or strolls through bucolic Mauer Park, the largest green space in the neighborhood.
The stateliness of Charlottenburg, which was formerly the heart of West Berlin, is less surprising. Centered around the baroque-rococco Charlottenburg Palace, former residence of the imperial Hohenzollern Dynasty, Charlottenburg exudes a luxury that will have you wondering whether you're in 21st-century Germany or the 17th-century Prussian Empire. Charlottenburg hotels such as Wyndham Berlin Excelsior, Leonardo Hotel Berlin, and Hotel am Steinplatz, Autograph Collection will make you feel just as regal as Prussian royalty.
In spite of its popularity among both leisure and business travelers, Berlin remains largely residential. It's full of properties to rent on Airbnb. Whether you have trouble finding cheap hotels in Berlin or simply want to enjoy a more local experience during your trip, you'll find what you need amid the 1,000-plus rentals in Berlin. You have a choice ranging from creative lofts in Freidrichshain and Kreuzberg, to sophisticated studios in Mitte.
While hotels in Berlin, particularly during busy times of year, can easily cost $200 per night, many Airbnb listings start at under $100. If you're traveling with family or simply want room to spread out, you can even rent entire homes, from three-bedroom floor plans in Prenzlauer Berg, to single family homes in outlying neighborhoods such as Wedding and Spandau.
Berlin's reputation as a party hub – and a budget one at that – have made it an in-demand destination for travelers of all stripes and from all corners of the globe. It's still possible to score deals in Berlin. One obvious strategy is to avoid visiting during the highest profile events in the city, such as the Berlin Film Festival in February, Berlin Gay Pride in June, or New Year's Eve. Hotels throughout Berlin, from Sofitel Berlin near Kurfürstendamm to Artim Hotel in Schoeneberg, raise their prices during these times, making cheap Berlin hotels all but impossible to find.
Winters in Berlin are bitterly cold and although this doesn't keep out the most passionate parties, hotel prices tend to be lower when the sun sits at its lowest in the sky, particularly during the months of January and February, outside the dates of the Berlin Film Festival.
Another tip for finding Berlin hotel deals is to be flexible with where you stay. Since Berlin is so well-connected by rail and bus, you might stay in quieter neigborhoods such as Neukölln or Wilmersdorf, then commute to the more happening spots of town.
Where there's a will, there's a way to find an incredible deal on a hotel in Berlin. No matter when you're headed to Berlin or why you want to visit, Hipmunk is the place to search for cheap Berlin hotels and cheap flights to Berlin.
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