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The most romantic hotels in Berlin, from seductive interiors to cosy spas

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Provocateur Berlin offers a flamboyant and seductive interior by Israeli hotshot Saar Zafrir and a fabulous Asian-themed restaurant by celebrated local chef Duc Ngo

Beneath its hipster chic and urban cool, Berlin has a softer, more romantic side. Waterside promenades, parks and gardens provide pleasant strolling options, and there are many bars restaurants, cafés and terraces. Just as romantic are the hotels to hole up in too. Some are grander, offering opulence and refined service, while others have spas where massages and swish relaxation lounges are the setting. For something simpler, cosy rooms and apartments are just right for when a base is all you need, and may even come with featherbeds, heated floors, fluffy robes and free-standing bathtubs. Whatever you’re looking for, here’s our pick of the most romantic hotels in Berlin.

This refined boutique bolthole is located in the edgier environs of eastern Kreuzberg. It offers excellent access to that district’s edgy bars, buzzy restaurants, such as Voo Store, and indie cultural spots like the Museum of Things. The 1913 hotel is set around the idea of culture and music – hence the grand Steinway piano, stage and a literary salon. There’s a couple of cosy fireplaces and a wooden bar serving coffee, wines and cocktails with a street view. Rooms have luxuries such as handmade mattresses, designer fabrics and funky couples’ robes; larger rooms have extra lounge chairs and views onto Oranienplatz through generous bay windows.


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With the Unesco-heritage Museum Island just 400 metres away, unobstructed views over the historic Berliner Dom from the corner suites, and the small but pretty Monbijou Park right across the street, the location of this hotel is rather unbeatable. In summer you can lounge on sunbeds on the roof terrace or enjoy a drink or snack in the hotel’s handsome interior courtyard. For colder months, there’s a well-stocked library and flickering fireplace in the lounge area. The vintage-style rooms are compact but cute, but the star of the show is the courtyard bar, which offers local wines and craft beers, plus cocktails made with boutique gins, whiskies and vodkas.


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This historic hotel, situated right on the Ku’damm, mixes a contemporary, design-savvy aesthetic with splashes of decadent, Weimar-era nostalgia. Its sensual aesthetic and top-notch services makes it suitable for couples. Rooms are sumptuously appointed with edgy fashion photographs, immensely comfortable platform beds, with gorgeous designer tubs in the suites. The Grace Bar – a convivial, speakeasy-style space with a handsome lacquered wood bar – offers a good range of exotic cocktails, and DJs every night. The rooftop area, with its own dedicated service area and sun loungers, is a definite boon in summer.


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Converted from a grand 19th-century bank, this Rocco Forte property enjoys a glamorous location on Unter den Linden’s historic Bebelplatz. The interior combines original architectural features with impressive contemporary flair. The architects have retained many original features – especially in the spa, which is located downstairs where the bank vaults used to be. For something special, book the colourful Bebel Suite with wraparound terrace and library of over a thousand books. La Banca restaurant serves classic Italian and Mediterranean food, with a pleasant terrace garden for alfresco dining in the summer.


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This historic hotel, once the haunt of celebrities, combines a splendorous Art Nouveau structure with high-end service. The hotel offers a discreet but central location and a lovely spa with Thalgo treatments. The food and drink offerings are excellent: dinner is a glamorous affair, with fine dining menus most of the week and more casual fare on Sundays and Mondays. The neighbouring Bar am Steinplatz does a great line in innovative and seasonal cocktails as well as craft beers and great international wines. The Spa Suite, with its own sauna and freestanding bathtub, is a masterpiece of discreet opulence.


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Right on bustling Potsdamer Platz, The Ritz-Carlton, is excellently placed for shopping, museums, nightlife and key attractions. The interiors are classic Old Europe, with Baroque chandeliers, marble staircases and Art Deco-inspired furnishings lending an aura of monied refinement. There’s a very comprehensive wellness area, with pool, whirlpool tub and sauna. Rooms offer comforts like featherbeds, heated floors, fluffy robes and Asprey toiletries in the spacious marble-tiled bathrooms. The effortlessly charming Brasserie Desbrosses serves upscale European food, while Fragrances Bar, where all the cocktails are based on selected perfumes by renowned manufacturers, is a lovely space to spend an evening.


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Berlin’s most glamorous hotel address has hosted many luminaries, including Her Majesty the Queen. Overlooking the Brandenburg Gate, the hotel’s location is a stone’s throw away from primary sights. The main hotel highlight is the spa, a self-contained universe of luxurious pampering complete with heated pool, whirlpool and treatments that range from facials, massages, meditation to yoga lessons. The two Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, helmed by Hendrik Otto, is a memorable place to dine, offering a constantly changing menu of refined European dishes.


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This hotel’s location on the south-western edge of Berlin’s largest park, the sprawling Tiergarten, means guests have immediate access to a vast green wonderland. Das Stue’s grand lobby features eye-popping artworks and a gorgeous restored staircase, and leads through to the hotel’s lounge, bar, restaurants and garden terrace. The interiors, by Patricia Urquiola, range from the funky mix of colourful sofas and animal sculptures in the lounge to the more neutral, distinguished tones of The Casual restaurant, and a cosy outdoor dining terrace that rather cutely abuts the ostrich enclosure of the neighbouring zoo.


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This intimate boutique hotel offers apartment-style suites that come with generous amounts of space, high-quality furnishings and fitted kitchens.The hotel is located towards the western end of the Kurfürstendamm – slightly quieter than the eastern end, but with plenty of shops, restaurants and theatres still within easy walking distance. The most impressive aspect about the rooms is their size: the smallest Junior suites are among the bigger rooms available in Berlin, with the Luisa Suite more like a presidential category accommodation. Also on site are a decent Nordic restaurant and pleasant spa with a decent-sized pool.


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This charming three-star guesthouse occupies a turn-of-the-century tenement house that was once home to silent movie star Asta Nielsen. It’s in a prime location for exploring West Berlin’s vibrant shopping and nightlife scenes, with endless cafés, boutiques and restaurants of Ku’damm right around the corner. The interior is dotted with Weimar-era posters and photos of Nielsen, as well as antique furnishings, such as a museum-bought pianola. The larger rooms are some of the biggest ones in the city, with antique armoires and armchairs, free standing mirrors, big beds with vintage sideboards and lamps.


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This West Berlin boutique bolthole offers a flamboyant and seductive interior by Israeli hotshot Saar Zafrir and a fabulous Asian-themed restaurant by celebrated local chef Duc Ngo. The neighbouring bar serves trendy cocktails, champagne and homemade infusions, and DJs help draw a well-heeled local crowd to both spots at weekends. Rooms have rich, sensual interiors with red walls, refined furnishings (Asian-style wardrobes, minibars that resemble actual bars with bottles and snacks reflected by mirrored backs, red velvet chairs, light parquet flooring), and black-tiled bathrooms with high-quality showers and heavy ceramic sinks with brass taps.


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This hotel just off West Berlin’s famous Kurfüstendamm boulevard is set inside a characterful historic building. Its savvy mix of modern and retro aesthetics gives it a quirky Wes Anderson-style charm. Interior designer Marc-Ludolf von Schmarsow has retained the more charming parts of the original 19th-century building (creaking parquet floors, original stucco work) and embellishing them with Belle Époque touches. The charming rooms have the same ‘refined retro’ appeal as the rest of the hotel: tall ceilings, a smattering of antiques (wardrobes, bedside tables) blended with contemporary beds, modern bathrooms and colourful walls.


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Located on one of the city’s most sophisticated streets, Friedrichstrasse, the Westin Grand offers classic five-star comforts and décor, a bevy of services and an ensemble of fine dining and drinking options. The hotel’s main restaurant, Relish, serves a seasonal menu of elegant and updated German classics (grilled scallops, wild boar cheeks) backed by a global wine list. The spa features a decent-sized circular indoor pool. The hotel’s own Heavenly Beds and ultra-soundproof windows mean even the street-facing rooms are quiet and comfortable, though the rooms overlooking the garden are recommended for a real retreat feel.


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This unique b&b offers two hotels in one: the more expensive Bluehome has a Mediterranean feel, while Ackselhaus’ mini-apartments offer various themes that range from the geographical to the artistic. It’s well located for both the downtown buzz of Mitte and leafy Prenzlauer Berg. The varied furnishings and décor dotted throughout are all hand-picked from around the world by the owners. Staff are friendly, there’s a lovely Balinese courtyard garden, complete with goldfish pond. This is a great option for couples looking for privacy: the style of the accommodation means you’re deliberately left alone to an extent.


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