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SECRET HOTELS BERLIN

For a seriously stylish European getaway steeped in history but presented in a modern metropolis spend a few days exploring the German capital of Berlin. The city is host to a varied and dynamic array of sights, attractions, and experiences. From iconic architectural works of modern art to insightful and provoking museums exhibiting the city’s rich history, Berlin is a sophisticated and cool blend of past and present, as well as being a significant international financial hub. Whether you’re visiting Berlin for business or pleasure, the city has something to offer all. Stroll through the city with a map, hop on a bike or make use of the city’s excellent public transport system for a truly unforgettable trip. Why not grab yourself a bargain and browse the finest range of handpicked accommodation provided by Secret Hotels?

Simply marvel at the diverse styles of iconic architecture and world-famous landmarks that Berlin has to offer. From the regal Brandenburg Gate and stately Reichstag to the minimalist modernism of the Fernsehturm and Alexanderplatz, there is a multitude of sights to wonder at. Host to moving reminders of WWII such as the world-famous Holocaust Memorial and what is left of the Berlin Wall unravel the city’s prolific history.

Berlin is also a very child-friendly city, boasting the most visited zoo in Europe and surrounded by picturesque lakes and woodland, there is plenty of opportunity for an outdoors adventure. Others may wish to sample the renowned Berlin nightlife at one of the stylish designer bars and clubs, host to the city’s vibrant and diverse music scene. Embrace the techno scene at the infamous Berghain or spend a relaxed evening at one of the city’s many jazz and funk clubs.

Secret Hotels endeavours to provide the finest hotels and apartments in the city at unbelievable value; no hotel wants empty rooms! Whether you’re after an achingly cool designer boutique near to the iconic Checkpoint Charlie for a base in the centre of the action or a traditional 5* hotel with breath-taking views of the Brandenburg Gate, Secret Hotels is sure to offer the perfect room for you. Those on business trips to the German capital can choose from newly opened luxury hotels with close transport links to Airport Schoenefeld or top hotels in the city centre close to the underground and tram stops. Families after a child-friendly complex with exceptional facilities can choose from conveniently located modern builds with pools to sprawling hotels set just outside the city centre with fantastic views of the River Spree.

Whatever your preference, Secret Hotels is sure to provide you with a choice of premium rooms in the best hotels in the city at unbelievable savings, making it the best-kept secret in travel!

Fancy hotel near Checkpoint Charlie – 4 star – Berlin

Boasting an unparalleled location on a quiet residential side street, just off from the iconic Friedrichstrasse, and world-class hospitality and accommodation, this 4 star Top Secret Hotel is a fine choice for your stay in the capital. All of Berlin’s major tourist attractions, points of interest and hidden gems are within easy distance from the doorstep of your hotel, including the nearby Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and Gendarmenmarkt Square. The city’s underground system is easy to navigate and the nearest stop (Kochstrasse) is only a few steps away so you can reach any corner of the city you want in no time.

The guest rooms, at this fancy hotel near Checkpoint Charlie, are spacious and modern, with expertly chosen furnishings and details to create a relaxing and calm environment. They feature details such as plasma TVs, free safe box with laptop capacity, radio, free internet and connecting rooms. For a perfect evening, you don’t even need to leave the hotel as the intimate bar and lounge area is the ideal spot to catch up with friends over drinks, and in the summer months, the sunlit terrace is the ultimate relaxing haven.

Visit Berlin’s oldest neighbourhood, Nicholas Quarter, and discover a quaint and historic pocket of the city that is less disturbed by tourists and the usual bustling hubbub. Taking its name from the picturesque St. Nicholas Church in the very centre, this district dates back to 1237, and some original characteristics from this time are still noticeable, despite it being heavily damaged during the war. The subsequent renovation saw a huge influx in independent boutiques, coffee houses, beer gardens and pavement cafés which make the area a lovely place to spend an afternoon with loved ones or a young family. With the tree-lined avenues and a large proportion of residential streets, it’s easy to forget you’re in an international capital city! The neighbouring district, Colln, is equally scenic with the River Spree running across the northern edge and plenty of pretty squares and baroque architecture.

For a truly unique gift for someone special, or even just a treat to yourself, pop into the much esteemed Harry Lehmann perfumery and be swept away by the delicious scents and exotic flavours. The family trade has been going since 1926 and still today retains the charming old-Berlin essence with antique glass jars containing each aroma and old-fashioned traditions such as selling the perfume according to its weight. Every fragrance imaginable lines the walls, and for an ultra-bespoke present you can mix your own custom perfume, tailored exactly to your preferences.

Amazing deal – top hotel near Potsdamer Platz – 4 star – Berlin

Experience the renowned buzz and excitement of Berlin up-close when you stay at this superior 4 star Top Secret Hotel, ‘Amazing deal – top hotel near Potsdamer Platz – 4 star – Berlin’. With such a covetable location, right in the heart of the city and surrounded by some of the most iconic landmarks, it’s impossible not to feel a part of the magic! For every guest staying at the hotel, there is a wide range of modern and convenient facilities, such as onsite parking, luggage room, PC available to visitors, news stand, theatre reservations and an airport shuttle service to transfer you to and from the international airports. The award-winning hotel takes pride in accommodating to every type of guest, whether you are travelling on business, for a romantic city break, or a family holiday. Kids have the option for a designated children’s menu at the restaurant, as well as extra high chairs, cots and beds available on request. There is also a handy babysitting service so that you can enjoy some alone time either at the gym and sauna or for a romantic evening out. Business travellers are welcome to make use of the meeting and conference rooms with high-tech IT facilities, too.

Berlin treats its visitors to a huge number of lively plazas, often enclosed with historic architecture and filled with pavement coffee shops, niche boutiques and charming restaurants. In the heart of the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood, the precious Kollwitzplatz square is famously a hub for intellectuals and artists, and increasingly the city’s upper-class as it experiences rapid gentrification. There’s plenty to entertain, both within the square and in the surrounding streets, such as the water tower and the striking redbrick Rykestrasse Synagogue, one of the oldest in Berlin. There are also a number of high-end clothing stores, selling local designers, such as Beckmann, Mathia and M-45 fashion Lounge. Perhaps the highlight of the square is the lovely organic market that visits twice a week, where you can pick up local produce or stop for lunch at one of the many hot food stalls. Favourites include the clay-oven pizzas, waffles and fresh noodle dishes.

Treat your kids to a trip to teddy bear heaven at the Steiff Gallery Berlin, in Kurfurstendamm. The company was established back in 1880 by German-born Margarete Steiff who named her creations after the American president Teddy Roosevelt. The now world-famous cuddly toys make perfect gifts for little ones and even if you don’t end up buying one, a visit to the flagship store will keep them happy before you head to other museums and galleries for yourselves.

Best rates in Berlin Mitte- steps from underground – 4 star – Berlin

Berlin is jam-packed with entertaining museums, galleries, spectacular restaurants and superior shopping destinations, and this 4 star Top Secret Hotel allows you to explore it all at ease and provides a comfy bed to come back to at the end of the day! Located in Berlin Mitte, in the northern part of the capital, the hotel boasts a fantastic location for getting to any corner of the city you desire, and the underground (Gesundbrunnen stop) is only a few steps away from your front door. For the best rates in Berlin Mitte (steps from the underground) look no further!

The property provides guests with all the necessary amenities to ensure a relaxing stay and once-in-a-lifetime experience; at the lobby reception you will find currency exchange, dry cleaning, free newspapers, a luggage room, gift shop and theatre reservation desk. Families travelling with children are taken good care of, with babysitting services available, an outdoor play area and high chairs in the restaurant. You will also be able to enjoy plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind, whether at the gym and sauna or in the Wellness Centre, where you can receive heavenly massages and beauty treatments.

There is a huge amount of history in every nook and cranny of the city, waiting to be discovered and explored by each visitor, and one such spot is the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, directly in front of the Holocaust memorial in Weissensee. Covering over 40 acres, it is the second largest cemetery in Europe and a tranquil place to come and commemorate the lives of Jews in Germany over the last century. Much of the location is overgrown and many of the graves are badly damaged, but they are gradually being renovated and overall the experience is very poignant and touching. If this point in world history particular interests you, there are a great deal of other memorials and museums around the capital, dedicated to the period.

It’s very easy to find traditional and varied cuisines from around the globe in Berlin, so whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re bound to find it here. The top pick for Japanese food is at Sasaya in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg. There is always a lively, buzzing atmosphere and the waiting staff are friendly and happy to offer recommendations, which makes it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike so make sure to book a table in advance. The sashimi is exquisite and über-fresh and the impressive sake menu will ensure that your whole experience is truly authentic.

After dinner, swing by Kptn. A Müller bar for a relaxed cocktail in an intimate and laid-back environment. The worn wallpaper, living-room style chairs and faded photographs make this East Berlin watering hole painfully cool and the perfect spot to round of an evening before heading back to your hotel.

Modern relaxing hotel – 20minutes from city centre – 4 star – Berlin

Nestled in the peaceful surroundings around the River Spree in south-eastern Berlin, this deluxe 4 star modern relaxing hotel, 20minutes from the city centre, enjoys both a tranquil environment and convenient access to Berlin’s sights and attractions. The historic hub of the city, and all the major tourist attractions, can be reached easily and quickly by the city rail line (S-Bahn) in just 20 minutes. The journey to the international airport is also very straightforward, and made easier by the airport shuttle service provided by the hotel on request. The property itself boasts a wide range of modern facilities and amenities to ensure your stay is as comfortable and relaxing as possible, from the free onsite parking available to guests with private transportation to the free newspaper, WiFi and air conditioning in the reception. Each of the elegant and spacious guest rooms are fully fitted with an extra sofa bed, television, work desk, hairdryer and services with daily housekeeping and room service.

Take a break from the usual hustle of tourist hotspots and busy city centre, and take a trip around the world through the Garten der Welt im Erholungspark Marzahn – Gardens of the World. This serene hideaway from the outside world is a sprawling recreational park with stunning garden architecture. Each continent is represented by a series of typical gardens; such as the Italian Renaissance garden and quintessential British maze, as well as astonishing Chinese garden that demonstrates great care and meticulous attention to detail. There is even a peaceful lake and a traditional teahouse where you can unwind with a calming green tea or participate in an authentic tea ceremony – pure bliss! The scents of oranges, roses and jasmine waft over from the enchanted Oriental garden and fill the air with sweet, exotic notes accompanied by the sound of bubbling water from the mosaic-tiled pools.

In the evening, prepare to be blown away with the spectacular performances on show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, the most contemporary and cutting-edge Show Palace in Europe! The concerts and spectacles by soloists, dancers, artist and musicians are reminiscent of those of the Moulin Rouge but arguably bigger and better. The immense theatre invites over 700,000 visitors every year from around the globe, to be witness to the marvels and magic that takes place on stage and to grab a drink at the legendary Wall Sky Lounge and Bar. The shows are suitable for everyone, even without an understanding of German as the dance and songs are more than enough to entertain by themselves!

Newly opened designhotel right at Checkpoint Charlie – 4 star – Berlin

This newly opened designhotel right at Checkpoint Charlie is a great new accommodation option in Berlin. The surrounding district, Mitte, is well known for its energetic and historic characteristics and has an abundance of wonderful museums, galleries, restaurants and shops. Some of the most celebrated and renowned landmarks in the area include the Gendarmenmarkt, Friedrichstrasse shopping avenue and Postdamer Platz.

The property itself possesses all the services and amenities expected of a 4 star hotel and even includes some luxurious home comforts as standard. The onsite bistro restaurant serves a stunning array of local and international cuisine and always aims to accommodate your needs and preferences with great pleasure. After dinner, the lobby bar is the perfect destination for friends, colleagues and loved ones to relax and unwind after a busy day, with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Whilst you visit the major tourist attractions or attend meetings and conferences, the kids can entertain themselves in the outdoor play area or in the fashionably designed guest rooms with free internet, flat screen LCD television and telephone.

Get a better feeling for the capital from the air at the iconic Panoramapunkt in the Mitte district. As the name suggests, this red brick skyscraper offers spectacular panoramic views across the entire city’s skyline. The ideal location means that numerous famous landmarks and monuments are within easy sight, such as the Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Postdamer Platz and the Sony Centre. The speediest lift in Europe whizzes you up to the 24th floor is just 20 seconds, and once you’re up there you can also watch a short documentary film about the fascinating history of the Postdamer Platz, and if your vertigo can take it, there’s a lovely rooftop café and terrace.

Visitors with a keen interest in history and architecture should not miss a trip to the astonishing Zitadelle Spandau, positioned on a small island on the Havel River. This beautifully-preserved fortress, built in the 16th century, is one of the most significant of its kind in the world. The typically Renaissance features such as the arrowhead bastions, moat and drawbridge are still wonderfully intact so it’s easy to imagine yourself transported back in time, acting as a lookout for approaching enemies from the Juliusturm tower. Also, in the winter months, the catacombs house thousands of bats which you can see up close if you dare!

Great offer right at the famous Kudamm – 3 star – Berlin

Perfectly positioned just steps away from the famous Kurfurstendamm avenue in central Berlin, this great, design-led hotel is the ideal pick, whether you’re visiting for business or leisure. The three star property offers guests a tranquil and calm environment in which to spend their downtime, away from sightseeing or working. The stunning selection of modern art on the walls and the comfortable and contemporary furnishings will make your stay even more unique and memorable. With the varied host of amenities and facilities on offer, such as currency exchange, luggage room, WiFi, dry cleaning, parking and concierge, you will be made to feel well-looked after and right at home from the moment you arrive. The property also conveniently provides an airport shuttle service to take you to and from Berlin’s international airports, to ensure your holiday starts and ends in the most relaxing way. The Memorial Church, KaDeWe department store, Berlin Zoo and Theatre Des Westerns are all within easy distance from the hotel, as well as a multitude of other restaurants, shops and bars. Don’t miss this great offer right at the famous Kudamm!

One of the lesser visited, yet just as historically interesting neighbourhoods in the city is Köpenick’s Altstadt. The originally medieval cobblestone streets still maintain much of their charm as when they were first laid down and there are various politically important monuments and landmarks lining them, such as the memorial exhibit to commemorate the victims of Nazi suppression in 1933. Other fascinating buildings nearby include the striking municipal courthouse and the monument given to the victims in the Platz des 23 April, right by the river. For unique and charming examples of baroque architecture, head along Strasse Alt-Kopenick, where you can also see a town hall built in 1904 in neo-Gothic style.

Budding historians will find the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz both remarkable and highly moving. The historic site on Am Grossen Wannsee Street was once the location for important Nazi meetings and where hugely influential decisions were made about the regime. It remains now as an emotional memorial to its victims and a site for reflection and remembrance, with detailed commentary and a series of original photos.

If you’re in the capital over summer, there’s no better place to spend a lazy afternoon than in Berlin’s oldest beer garden, Prater Garten. Established back in 1837, this idyllic spot is packed with cute picnic tables under shady chestnut trees and hundreds of locals, regulars and tourists sipping on their homebrewed Prater Pils nectar and other authentic German beers.

Incredible rates in a quiet area, near city centre – 4 star – Berlin

If you’re looking to stay in Berlin but prefer to be in a quiet, residential area away from the throng of tourist hotspots and noisy nightlife, this comfortable 4 star Top Secret Hotel is the answer to your needs. Situated in Berlin East, there are quick and convenient links into the city centre, both with the underground (Frankfurter Allee stop U5) and the city rail line, which can whisk you to any corner of the city in no time at all. Some of the luxury services provided by the property include indoor parking, theatre reservations, banqueting facilities for large groups and a city tour desk. Each of the stylish guest rooms are fully fitted with an en-suite bathroom with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and free internet access. Before heading up to your room after a busy day, why not head to the lobby bar for a nightcap and a delicious light snack with friends or loved ones? If you have any spare time during your stay, make the most of the state-of-the-art gym, sauna and steam bath for some well-deserved R&R. Snap up these incredible rates in a quiet area, near the city centre today!

Enjoy a slower pace of life for a while at the delightful Britzer Garten, where you can amble for hours admiring the pristine lawns and stunning flowerbeds. Depending on the time of year, the gardens boast an assortment of equally pleasing beds; in early spring the kaleidoscopic of tulips blossom in their thousands to dazzling effect, and in summer the rose garden flourishes to release a gorgeous redolent scent. The glistening lake and rolling greenery make the picture-perfect backdrop for an afternoon with loved ones, a picnic and a good book. You can even buy some locally-milled bread from the working windmill on the eastern side of the park, to enjoy with your lunch! Kids especially with revel in the open space to run around and let off steam, as well as explore the water playground, petting zoo and clay model village. If they get too tired to make the way out, there’s an adorable and handy miniature train that’ll make the journey for you!

When the kids are satisfied, allow yourself to explore the culture and history of the city at one of the many museums and landmarks. The Gethsemanekirche church is an example of one of the dozens of churches commissioned by Emperor Wilhelm II, and built in 1893, as a protection from communism and socialism. The church has an authentic neo-Gothic style with original features and curious details.

 

Centrally located at the Potsdamer Platz – 4 star – Berlin

Every guest to this wonderful 4 star Top Secret Hotel is guaranteed a peaceful and unforgettable stay in Berlin, complete with first-class hospitality and an unbeatable location. Centrally located at the Potsdamer Platz, in the Shoeneberg quarter of the German capital, it is surrounded by countless historic and significant landmarks and points of interest. Amongst them are the impressive KaDeWe department store, the Botanical Gardens, the Grunderzeit building in Rote Insel and of course, the ever-bustling Postdamer Platz. The interiors and furnishings of this hotel are directly inspired by nature and the outdoors which makes it a tranquil and magical atmosphere in which to stay. It is also proud to call itself eco-friendly and does everything it can to help protect the environment. Some of the luxury amenities that are provided as standard include a city tour desk, news stand, underground parking, shoe shine and car rental desk.

The spacious guest rooms are a haven away from the bustling city centre and feature grand French windows, beautiful wooden flooring, and luxurious en-suites with complimentary toiletries, bathrobe and hairdryer. As well as the oversized principal bed, there is also the extra pull out bed for additional guests. The leisure facilities here are second-to-none; bicycle rental service to explore the city at ease, table football, gym and sauna with spectacular views over the Postdamer Platz and heavenly spa treatments.

Berlin has many hidden treasures that don’t make it into most tourist guides but that are well worth a visit to guarantee a truly memorable stay in the capital! You can feel as though you’re stepping into a fairy-tale as you enter Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), where you’ll come across the exotic birds that give the island its name, a pearly-white castle in the centre and ample greenery and lush vegetation. The impressive castle can be visited with a guided tour, which allows you to see the extravagant and lavish lifestyle once led by King Friedrich Wilhelm II and his mistresses. The surrounding nature preserve is the perfect spot to take the kids and a picnic of goodies bought from a local food market.

Art lovers and thrill seekers should not go home without having visited the Volksbuhne and its surrounding independent art galleries, and in the evening the nearby Bar 3. This warm and intimate bar, in the shape of a horseshoe, attracts an intellectual crowd of artists, curators and collectors who come to discuss and debate contemporary movements and running exhibitions. The site is also home to a first-class restaurant from Tuesday to Saturday, before the bar gets going at around 9pm.

Stunning luxury hotel on Kurfurstendamm – 5 star – Berlin

Indulge in utter luxury and be treated with world-class service and hospitality at this lavish 5 star stunning luxury hotel on Kurfurstendamm. The idyllic location, just minutes from the iconic Kurfurstendamm avenue, means that you’re never too far from a major place of interest or tourist attraction to entertain and thrill throughout your stay. Whether you’re visiting on business, for family vacation or a romantic getaway, the hotel provides all the necessary amenities, as well as added luxury extras, to ensure your stay is as successful and relaxing as possible. From the friendly reception staff and concierge desk open 24 hours a day, laundry, valet parking, city tour desk, to the excellent hair salon, wellness centre with massage services, and gift shop, you’ll feel truly spoiled from the second you arrive to the moment you leave. As well as the stunningly designed guest rooms, fitted with countless deluxe facilities, the leisure amenities also provide the perfect opportunities to relax and unwind; with a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool and spa, you may find it hard to leave the hotel at all!

Head over to Die Hackeschen Hoefe for a one-stop destination full of shops, cafés, bars and nightclubs that will entertain adults and kids alike for hours on end! The site itself is a stunning piece of historical architecture that has been carefully restored to maintain the majority of the original features and make it one of the most popular commercial centres in East Berlin. The partially enclosed courtyards between buildings are filled with charming boutique stores, terrace cafés and intimate restaurants. Each shop is independent and sells a selection of treasures, from vintage clothing to souvenirs and keepsakes. There are also several independent art galleries that display local artists’ works and an old-fashioned cinema that regularly shows foreign and arts films. Located very close to the Hackesche Market, it’s in the perfect spot for a full afternoon of entertainment and dining!

Learn more about an exceedingly important figure in the history of Germany at the Willy Brandt Forum Berlin. The insightful forum acts as a visual memorial Brandt, who made a number of significant decisions and held radical opinions in post-war Germany and whose politics and life are explored through the permanent exhibit. There is an informative and accessible film documentary which plays in the auditorium as well as occasional seminars and talks given about his contributions. The free exhibition is suitable for visitors of all ages and with all levels of background knowledge on the leader as there are photos, film and other artefacts with in-depth commentaries.

5 star luxury in Berlin new city centre – 5 star – Berlin

Don’t miss this chance for you and your loved ones to stay in 5 star luxury in Berlin’s new city centre for a fraction of the standard rate! In the heart of Berlin’s Tiergarten quarter, the hotel is close by to some of the most significant and iconic spots in the city, as well as ample parkland and lush greenery, ideal for leisurely strolls and picnics in the warmer months. The property itself boasts a huge range of services and amenities such as air conditioning and free WiFi in public areas, dry cleaning, parking and board rooms with PCs and photocopying for business travellers. The spacious and stylish guest rooms are uniquely designed and feature all the facilities and added details expected of a 5 star hotel; radio, flat screen LCD TV, coffee and tea facilities and fully-equipped mini-bar. When you have any free time away from working or visiting the sights, make use of the hotel’s own Health Club & Spa with indoor pool, massage services and sauna with outdoor terrace – bliss!

Visiting the many monuments and memorials around the city is a great way to understand and learn about its complicated past, and with such a diverse scattering it’s easy to come across them by chance when you’re exploring other sights. One of the capital’s most dramatic monuments is the Victory Column, or Siegessaule, which was first built in 1873 to celebrate the victory of Prussia in the Franco-German war and was later relocated to the lovely Tiergarten Park. The rolling parkland is a great location for the striking column, as you can climb the 270 steps of the spiral staircase to the top and admire the panoramic views over the whole city. There is also a small but perfectly formed museum at the bottom with more information about the city’s history.

If you’re planning the perfect romantic evening, dinner at Café Jacques should be high on your list! This gorgeously intimate and warming French-African restaurant charms its visitors with ambient candle lighting, homely décor and an exquisite wine list. The owner and his dedicated staff are always more than happy to recommend a matching wine to whichever delicious dish you opt for, and will make you feel right at home among the other diners, often off-duty chefs and devoted foodies.

After dinner, make your way over to Luzia Bar, where again you’ll be met by warm lighting, plus large velvet armchairs, old-world wallpaper and antique furniture. There’s certainly a sense of old school glamour residing within the popular nightspot, amid the cloud of smoke and retro melodies.