As you might know Berlin is a very popular destination for travelers from around the world. And basically since the Berlin Wall came down the numbers are only going up.
In 2015 more than 30 million nights were booked in one of the many Berlin Hotels – a new record – again. And of course everybody has to sleep somewhere – and since the numbers are expected to also go up in the future, new Hotels are being built.
According to the Berlin Hotel and Restaurant association (Dehoga) there will be some 30 new Hotels built and/or opened in Berlin in the next three to four years. In other words: every six weeks a new Hotel will open in Berlin. Or in other numbers: more than 7000 hotel rooms – or 15000 beds.
But there is also another interesting: number to this story: currently there are some 780 hotels in Berlin. One year ago there were over 800 hotels. Smaller hotels are closing down, larger hotels are opened. For example the hotel chain Motel One is planning to open their largest house with over 700 rooms right at Alexanderplatz – the high rise building Upper West near Breitscheidplatz will host some 600 rooms.
Berlin tourism seems to be an ever increasing business. As the number of tourists is still increasing, the number of hotels is also. At the moment Berlin has already over 500 hotels, providing over 136.000 beds to tired travelers. That is a relatively high number – at least according to media reports in 2012 Berlin had already some 30.000 more Hotel beds than New York City.
For the next couple of years another 15.000 hotels beds can be added to that number. The German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) mentions another 31 hotels to be built in the near future.
Booming Berlin Hotel Business
But the boom in hotel business is does not have a positive effect on all hotels. Smaller, often older houses are facing difficult times since large hotels chains are building massive hotels, beeing able to offer lower rates, basically ‘next door’. Competition is high, even though one should thing there would be a slice of the pie for everybody.
At Berlin-Charlottenburg’s Breitscheidplatz for example the 118 meter high rise “Upper West” is currently under construction. The budget hotel chain Motel One will probably open their doors to some 580 rooms in summer 2017.
On the other hand, the rather small and ‘old’ Hotel President just had to close down in September some 10 – 20 minute walk further down the road. The reasons remain unclear – but charging around 170 Euro per night the Hotel was comparably expensive. And with ‘only’ 180 rooms rather small. Next door another Motel One hotel had just opened – about twice the size, charging half the price. And where prices are low, competition is high.
See also: “Schon 800 Hotels – und 31 sind noch geplant” (tagesspiegel.de)