Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
Hecker's is a quiet hotel with a new and upscale facade in the Charlottenburg neighborhood. But though the lobby is modern and the suites are chic, basic rooms have outdated decor, motel-quality bedspreads, and few amenities (just flat-screen TVs and modern safes). All public areas and bathrooms have been renovated, and individually decorated suites are gorgeous. An upgrade here gets not only additional space, but hardwood floors, small balconies, and interesting art. Perks include a lobby bar, attractive ground-floor restaurant, and a seasonal roof terrace. Not all of the 69 rooms and suites here meet the advertised four-star standard, but the location is convenient and Wi-Fi is free.