Berlin is famous for being cool.
The German capital has an iconic nightlife scene, a booming design industry, cutting-edge culinary arts and a “live and let live” attitude.
It’s no surprise that visitors are constantly on the search for cool hotels in Berlin, because who wants to stay in a nondescript, cookie-cutter hotel in one of the coolest cities in the world?
Cool Hotels Berlin – Casa Camper
On my most recent trip to Berlin, I stayed in one of the city’s coolest hotels: Casa Camper. Owned by the quirky Spanish footwear company Camper, and a sister to its original hotel in Barcelona (another super-cool city!), Casa Camper Berlin checked all of my cool hotel boxes:
- High-end design without high-end prices
- Central location ideal for sightseeing, eating and drinking
- Excellent food and drink options within the hotel
- Extra amenities to make my stay more comfortable
I spent six days at Casa Camper (plus another six days at another Berlin hotel… more on that later) and can confidently say that Casa Camper is the ideal cool hotel in Berlin for every kind of traveler.
(This is not a sponsored post and I paid for my stay at Casa Camper in its entirety.)
Casa Camper Berlin Hotel Rooms
The first thing you’ll notice about the rooms at Casa Camper Berlin are that they are super spacious. Seriously, feel free to bring your yoga mat because there is more than enough room for your sun salutations at Casa Camper.
I stayed in a standard king room, which has rates staring at €110 per night (including breakfast and all-day access to the cafe!). As you can see, the room featured minimalist, modern design that added to the feeling of spaciousness.
One of my favorite features in the room was the sitting area, with a comfortable lounge chair where I could raise my feet every evening after a long day of sightseeing.
My bathroom had sweeping views over the park below, with both curtains and automated exterior shutters to keep the light out during the evening.
The shower and toilet were in separate rooms off of the main bathroom area. For couples traveling together, this set-up is ideal for getting ready in the morning and evening, as one person can shower or use the toilet while the other is prepping at the sink. (Check out those floor-to-ceiling frosted windows in the shower!).
Other in-room amenities included your own Camper slippers to wear around the hotel, plush bathrobes, an easy-to-use safe and air conditioning. There was never a moment where I thought, “Oh, I wish this hotel had…” because Casa Camper Berlin had truly thought of everything!
Casa Camper Berlin Food & Drinks
As a vegetarian in Germany, I am usually impressed with the included breakfast offerings at German hotels. However, Casa Camper stands out from the crowd for several reasons.
First, Casa Camper Berlin starts with a typical German breakfast buffet with fresh bread, buns, meats, cheese, vegetables, fruit, yogurt and cereal.
Then, they add in cooked-to-order options, including eggs cooked just how you like them and fresh pancakes. Just ask any of the cafe staff for a hot dish and it will be at your table within five minutes.
They also have fresh-squeezed juices, tea and a self-serve espresso machine. There are to-go cups available in case you want to take extra coffee back to your room or out with you in the morning.
My standard breakfast was whole-grain bread with butter, cheese and tomatoes, scrambled eggs, orange juice and a latte. I could probably eat this every day for the rest of my life and not get bored.
In my opinion, though, what makes Casa Camper the coolest hotel in Berlin is the fact that its breakfast room converts to a low-key self-service cafe throughout the day and night.
In other words, you can visit the top floor twenty-four hours a day to grab a snack or drink. The fridge (above) is packed with everything from milkshakes to sandwiches to salads.
And did I mention that everything is free?
For budget travelers, this is an amazing way to save money!
Remember, your breakfast is included in the price of your room. And now you can return to the hotel for an afternoon siesta, grab a complimentary salad or sandwich, and then go out for a late dinner. If you’re staying at Casa Camper Berlin, you only need to pay for one restaurant meal a day.
I frequently came back to the hotel around 3:00 or 4:00 pm, enjoyed a caprese salad and a cappuccino, then retreated to the lounge chair in my room with a bottle of complimentary soda or sparkling water. An hour or two later, I was ready for a night on the town in Berlin!
Coming back from a nightclub at 4:00 or 5:00 am? Grab a bottle of water (or two) to re-hydrate before you go to bed.
Have a long train ride to your next destination? I’d suggest a sandwich from the fridge and some fresh fruit.
Traveling with children? They’ll love the candy, potato chips and snack mix served in the lounge too (plus, it’s all served in eco-friendly, reusable glass packaging).
Of course, all of the cool hotels in Berlin also serves a full range of alcoholic beverages. The difference at Casa Camper Berlin is that they trust their guests to serve themselves from the hotel’s honor bar.
Just pour your drink of choice, fill out the note card with your room number and chosen beverages, and pay for your drinks upon check-out. No queuing for the bartender’s attention, and no judgement if you like sweet wines that taste like birthday cake!
Casa Camper Berlin Amenities
Casa Camper Berlin offers a number of complimentary amenities to make your stay more comfortable (and cool!).
You can head to the street-level reception to pick up a design-focused magazine, borrow a complimentary umbrella or event rent a bicycle.
In the top-floor cafe, you can find a further selection of multilingual magazines and newspapers, along with board games to play over a complimentary cup of coffee or juice.
The lower level features a modern fitness center with cardio machines and weights. Fitness fanatics will want to check it out, as it’s almost never busy.
Casa Camper also has a complimentary sauna, located beside the fitness center. It takes about an hour to heat up, so let reception know in advance if you’d like to use it.
I’m a huge sauna fanatic, so I used it several times during my stay. I’m 100% sure that my sauna sessions helped negate the effects of my nightlife sessions!
There is also a little chill-out room beside the fitness center, in case you need to rest and relax after either of your sweat sessions.
Casa Camper Berlin Location
Casa Camper Berlin has one of the coolest locations in Berlin.
It is in the Mitte district, just steps away from the Weinmeisterstrasse metro station, and about five minutes by foot from Hackescher Markt. Many of the best things to do in Berlin are located nearby, and are easily reached by foot or public transportation.
The Weinmeisterstrasse U-Bahn station is on the U8 line, offering easy connections to Alexanderplatz, Kreuzberg and Neukölln.
Hackescher Markt is both a trendy shopping and dining district and a major transit hub. From here, it’s easy to hop on a train to many of the Berlin’s coolest sights, like the East Side Gallery (S3 to Ostabahnhof) and Bikini Berlin (S5 to Zoologischer Garten).
However, because Casa Camper Berlin is located in Mitte (the central district of Berlin) it’s also easy to explore the city by foot. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, the New Synagogue and the riverfront at Monbijou Park.
The area around the hotel is surrounded by cool restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Make sure to check out Monsieur Vuong for world-famous Vietnamese food (arrive early to avoid the queue), Hummus and Friends for Middle Eastern specialties and Cafe Cinema for coffee in a completely unique environment!
(And don’t worry about all the graffiti at Cafe Cinema – Casa Camper Berlin is located in one of the safest areas of Berlin. Plus, it’s fully sound-proofed so you’ll get a great sleep at night!)
Ready to Book a Cool Hotel in Berlin?
I booked my stay at Casa Camper Berlin on Booking.com to get the lowest rate and the most flexible cancellation policy. If no dates are available just check back in a week or two, as Casa Camper Berlin tends to open their rooms a little bit later than some other hotels (both on Booking.com and on their own site).
Before you go, make sure to pick up a great Berlin guidebook. I reviewed ten different guides to find the one that was right for my travel style – check out my full reviews here!
On a tight budget but still want a private hotel room in the center of Berlin? Hotel 38 is a cheap hotel in Berlin Mitte, just a few blocks away from Casa Camper. Click through for my full review.
In your opinion, what is the coolest attraction, restaurant, bar or nightclub in Berlin? Let us know in the comments!