Berlin’s inherent gay friendly nature means that no matter what hotel you stay at, you should be welcomed as a gay traveller.
However, if like us you prefer hotels that have gone the extra mile to cater to gay travellers in Berlin, then take a look at some of the best gay hotels in Berlin below, as well as some gay friendly hotels in Berlin (i.e those that are active in inclusing the LGBTQ community in their marketing etc).
Like many gay cities around Europe we are pleased to say there are a few outright gay hotels in Berlin on offer, we will start with our favorite gay friendly options and then move on to the ‘outright gay hotels’.
For further travel planning, check out our full Gay Guide to Berlin.
Gay Friendly Hotels in Berlin
There are many hotels that have gone the extra mile to make sure that their LGBTQ+ guests feel extra welcome. These hotels are active year round in their efforts to understand the LGBTQ+ community and are overt in their marketing efforts to take the guesswork away for LGBTQ+ travellers.
Many hotels have gone one step further and signed a charter to become a member of the Pink Pillow Collection with Visit Berlin. This charter states that:
- all guests are treated with same courtesy, dignity and respect
- to contributing actively in social projects
- to create a work environment of respect and tolerance
- to offer their guests information about the LGBTI* scene
- participate in visitBerlin’s semi-annual LGBTI* information days
During our time in Berlin, we have stayed at a number of hotels, some from the Pink Pillow collection and some we have connected with at LGBTQ+ travel events. Take a look at the below which we can personally recommend:
The Social Hub (Pink Pillow)
When it comes to creating a welcoming environment and taking the guesswork away for LGBTQ+ travellers, The Social Hub is a perfect example.
Walking into The Social Hub we were met with messages of ‘Everyone should like everyone’, signs showing their campaign ‘No Sleep Till Inclusion Is Real’, queer art displays and since it was Pride, a full schedule of events – we knew we were welcome here.
The Social Hub lives up to its name, it’s designed to help you socialise with other guests through activities, food and drink, or to work in their trendy coworking spaces. To be honest, we could quite easily live here and we can see why some guests stay long term – they even have a resident barber which was perfect for my pre-pride fade!
In terms of location, The Social Hub is towards the east of the city centre, perfect for accessing some of the most popular nightlife spots in the city including KitKat Club and Berghain as well as public transport to the rest of the city.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay that feels like a community base with a diverse mix of people, this is the place to be.
Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof
The Moxy hotel brand is one that we personally love and have seen support the LGBTQ+ community consistently in a number of different destinations, including our home city of Manchester.
It’s perhaps no surprise that this support continues in Berlin and we were immediately pleased to see the pride flag and messages of ‘love is love’ proudly displayed at reception. The free welcome cocktail pleased us even more!
The Moxy Ostbahnhof has a lot of character and it is clear that a lot of thought has been put into the design of the hotel and its spaces to socialise (we love a board game station), work (especially for remote workers like us) and to eat/drink.
In terms of location, if you want to head to some of Berlins queer iconic places like Berghain or KitKat Club, this hotel is minutes away from these or if you want to head more into the centre, a short ride on public transport.
Hotel Orania Hotel
For style, character and a boutique feel, Hotel Orania Berlin is a perfect choice.
When we checked in, before filling in any information, we were given a hot drink and invited to take a seat in the lounge area – a great welcome and one that made us feel immediately at home.
The rooms are beautiful and we can’t recommend the suites highly enough. We stayed in a Junior Suite and loved the high ceilings, huge amounts or light coming into the room and spacious living areas. We could have quite easily lived here for an extended period.
The hotel also has a lot of character which comes through in thoughtful touches including their duck ‘mascot’ based on their most famous dish served in their restaurant.
We loved that at Orania, everything was well thought out, even the breakfast time which ran until 2pm – ideal given that the infamous KitKat Club is just a 15 minute walk away and nights in Berlin can be long! Make sure to try their shakshuka at breakfast.
Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann (Pink Pillow)
If you want to take a moment to escape the bustle of the city centre and relax in one of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels we have stayed in for a while, look no further.
Set in what was originally a palace, and with rooms designed by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and of course by Patrick Hellmann as the name suggests, prepare to be taken aback by every room and every detail in this beautiful and hidden away 5* hotel.
Our experience of Schlosshotel was first class, from the highly attentive staff who made us feel incredibly well looked after, to the unique rooms (each is different), beautiful breakfast room and michelin star quality food, we could not have asked for more.
The hotel also provides bikes which are ideal for a trip into the nearby Grunewald Forest and in particular to Teufelssee lake which is a popular spot for LGBTQ+ locals and tourist alike to sunbathe and swim during the summer months.
Hotel Palace Berlin (Pink Pillow)
Hotel Palace Berlin truly lived up to its name, we felt that we lived like kings here.
The hotel has many catergories of rooms to suite different travellers, we experienced one of the Grand Suites which came with access to the Club Lounge area for food and drink each day.
The suite itself was stunning with a huge seperate living area, jacuzzi bath and one of the most inviting beds (pictured above) we have ever seen. When we talk about luxury hotel rooms, this is exactly that by definition.
Beyond the rooms. Hotel Palace Berlin has a beautiful spa area with sauna, steam, pool and even an ice room.
Hotel Indigo – Alexanderplatz
Hotel Indigo is well located in Alexanderplatz. It is a modern and trendy hotel with cool décor in the rooms and balconies for some.
Here they have a gym and serve a really good breakfast to get you ready for the day.
Book your stay here.
Holiday Inn Berlin City Center East Prenzlauer Berg (Pink Pillow)
The Holiday Inn really stood out for us. The room was very spacious, modern and comfy. It also served one of the best breakfasts we had during our stay in Berlin which we were very happy about.
It is a little bit further out, but there is a tram stop metres away from the entrance so you can be in Alexanderplatz within 10 minutes.
Book your stay here.
HENRI Hotel Berlin Kurfürstendamm (Pink Pillow)
The Henri Hotel Berlin Kurfürstendamm was very unique. The building itself felt quite historical which gave it more character compared to some of the more modern hotels.
We would describe the room as boutique French chic style with a very comfy bed! The service here was great and we also enjoyed that they serve snacks from 7pm for €5 (we indulged in a cheese board).
In terms of location, this hotel is a 15-minute walk to the gay area of Berlin (Schöneberg).
Check out rates and book here.
We can not wait to return to Berlin! Let us know if you stay anywhere new.
Here are our top choices for gay hotels in Berlin:
Gay Hotels in Berlin
There are just a handful of exclusively gay hotels in Berlin with a couple having closed over the past few years. The main ones to consider are Axel Hotel Berlin and TWO Hotel by Axel but more recently there have been some gay hostels set up if you are on a budget.
Axel Hotel Berlin – Adults Only
This is probably one of the best known gay hotels in Berlin.
We stayed at the Axel Hotel Berlin, which is in the heart of the gay area of Berlin making it perfect for a night out and while it may advertise itself as hetero-friendly, is just mainly full of gay men.
We loved the sauna area, hot tub and roof top terrace are – perfect to hang out and meet other guests.
TWO Hotel Berlin by Axel – Adults Only
This gay hotel in Berlin is located at Bundesallee street, in the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, that combines leisure, shopping and beyond good gastronomy.
The hotel is only few minutes away from the most famous shopping street Kurfürstendamm located on the famous gay area of Schöneberg, and it has 86 modern rooms with the latest technology
My GayHostel Berlin
If you are looking for a gay hostel in Berlin on a budget and that is perfectly located check out My GayHostel.
This gay hostel is directly in the gay area with easy access to all the best gay bars in Berlin, shops and restaurants.
They have dorms available or you take a private single or double rooms on the same floor. Rooms are simple and functional but good value for money.
Toms Hotel – Permanently closed (but the bar is open)
Toms was a gay hotel in the heart of the gay area of Berlin with artistically decorated rooms and free wifi throughout.
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