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In some quarters, Berlin has gained a reputation as a stuffy, over-serious city devoid of fun. Yet those who have spent any length of time exploring the city tell a very different story. Berlin is host to a thriving nightlife, one of the most vibrant in all of Europe. The city’s many underground clubs welcome all comers, and they go at a blistering pace from sunup to sundown. The beer is cheap and plentiful, the people intense and thoughtful, the music and artwork mind-bending. Oranienburger Strasse in central Berlin is the heart of this techno mecca. A bit farther afield you can find the sobering Holocaust Memorial, with its many massive concrete slabs, as well as the eery “Book Burning Square.”
Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s central hub, offers easy access to the city’s many treasures, and situated around the square are several hotels that are easy on the wallet. If your goal is to see all that Berlin has to offer, you can’t go wrong booking one of these comfortable options, each of which will cost you less than $50 a night.
For only around $22 a night, you can stay in the heart of Berlin with easy access to its famous nightlife. The Schlafmeile Hostel’s roadside rooms will have you out and about in no time. If your goal is to get off the well-trodden tourist path, this hostel is a great choice. The next-door grocery store offers international cuisine to weary travelers, and the hostel itself features a cozy common room where travelers can mingle. Located in former East Berlin, the Schlafmeile’s studios come complete with private restrooms.
Another hotel that you can book for around $22 a night, Hotel-Pension Berolina Charlottenburg is a stone’s throw away from both the S-Bahn and the local railway station, giving you easy access to the city. The hotel’s spacious courtyard opens up to a street filled with shops, boutiques and restaurants, as well as two nightclubs and a pizzeria. You can buy your train tickets on premises, and the hotel offers free Internet in all rooms.
TRYP is only a few minutes’ walk from Alexanderplatz, and at $33 a night, it offers some of the most affordable and quickest access to the square’s many shops. The hotel hosts live music every Friday and Saturday, encouraging guests to join in, and children under six stay free all week long. The hotel restaurant and beer garden make for a cozy respite from the busy city.
Located directly beside the Frankfurter Allee S-Bahn station, access to Berlin’s fine public transport doesn’t get any easier than at Berlin Georghof Hotel & Hostel. The famous East Side Gallery is only minutes away, making this hotel a popular destination for those looking to get a close-up view of the Berlin Wall. The hotel costs around $35 a night.
Another Berlin hotel located in quiet Charlottenburg, the Smart Stay Hotel Berlin City is a modern business hotel with a great price: around $34 a night. The hotel’s primary selling point among business professionals is its close access to the Trade Fair Center. Within walking distance are the Deutsche Opera Berlin, Castle Charlottenberg and Kurfürstendamm.
If shopping is your number one objective, the Hotel-Pension Aurora may be your best bet. The hotel is located at the intersection of two of Berlin’s main shopping streets: Potsdamer Platz and Schlossstraße. You can also reach Kurfürstendamm, Alexanderplatz, and the famous Brandenburger Tor in only a few minutes. At around $35 a night, the hotel offers affordable access to some of Berlin’s finest cultural landmarks.
Hotel Pariser Eck caters to a special kind of tourist: the backpacker. Designed with a minimalist touch, the hotel runs with simple efficiency. The hotel features rooms designed to fit six comfortably, and it offers individual lockers for each guest. Each room has its own shower, and guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi before they hit the streets. Rooms start at around $40 a night.
Berlin’s Europa Centre is a beacon to artists, writers and actors, and the most affordable hotel in its vicinity is the Berolina Hotel an der Gedaechtniskirche. The hotel offers Wi-Fi in all of its 41 rooms and costs around $45 a night. The nearby Irish Pub has live music nightly, and the Berlin Zoo is within walking distance.
The Grand City Hotel is a popular—and affordable, at $45 a night—location for sports enthusiasts. The Sportforum, the Velodrome and the Max-Schmeling-Halle venues offer boxing, skating and cycling. Grab a bite to eat before you go out at the Trabbi Bar or the Landsberger Gute Stube restaurant.
The Hotel Pension Insel Ruegen is situated in a quaint old-fashioned Berlin neighborhood that’s only minutes away from good food and drink. Located in Western Berlin, the hotel offers immediate access to the world-famous Berlin Mall as well as U-bahn and S-Bahn stations.
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