National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Best for bargain hunters



Immerse yourself in Berlin’s youthful spirit at this 475-room property that’s part hotel, part posh hall of residence offering student apartments. In addition to industrial design and playful elements (such as a ‘checkpoint’ in place of reception, in a nod to the Berlin Wall), the vibe here is upbeat and lively. But sleep is still very much an option: hotel guests and students are accommodat­ed in separate wings, so there’s ample respite for the grown-ups. All guests

have access to an excellent gym, well-priced bar and free-of-charge laundry facilities, so a stay here genuinely offers value for money — all within a fiveminute walk of Alexanderp­latz.

ROOMS: From €85 (£74). thesocialh­

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