Hotel Pension Funk, Berlin $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Two decades before Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich made androgyny famous, Danish silent-film star Asta Nielson paved the way. This pension, in her former apartment on Fasanenstrasse, one of western Berlin's most posh addresses, is good value, especially given the location. For a ridiculously affordable rate, hotel guests can count Gucci and Bulgari shops among their stylish neighbors. What's more, the Literature House, which has a lovely café in the winter garden, is just across the street. The pension is done up in the spirit of the Roaring Twentiesas it might have been during Nielson's timeand many of the original Art Nouveau and Jugendstil fixtures have been maintained. At these prices, though, it's only to be expected that the rooms tend toward shabby chic, and not all have private bathrooms. All the same, the Funk oozes atmosphere and charm.