I'm making my first trip to Berlin in June, and am having a hard time deciding what hotel -- or even what district -- to stay in!
Berlin seems almost like Los Angeles in terms of being very spread out and having a lot of different areas that all have their own selling points... not like NYC, where you can pretty much tell tourists to stick to midtown manhattan! :-)
So far, I've found some nice possibilities in Prenzlauer Berg (near Schoenhauser Allee) and Mitte in the East, and Tiergarten and Schoeneberg in the West...
So here's what matters to me: I don't like spending a ton of money, and I don't like staying in chain hotels/tourist areas when I'm traveling on vacation. I like to get out and get a feel for the city, eat in local cafes, and explore a lot on foot.
I'm still in my 20's, and very much into art, music, and nightlife -- so as you can imagine, I'm pretty excited about visiting Berlin. I tend to go out to gay bars/clubs, but usually the ones catering to my age range and interests, and not just cruisy hook-up places.
I don't really care about being near shopping -- during the day I can always take the u-bahn to someplace for that! :-)
So, where would be the best area for me to stay to get a feel for the city, be able to walk to a lot of interesting areas, have good access to transit, AND be able to crawl home in the morning after going out to some of Berlin's legendary parties? I eagerly await your advice, fellow TA'ers! :-)