Just a stone's throw from the famous Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard, the Swissotel Berlin is an über sleek option for Germany-bound travelers. The guest rooms will make you feel as if you've taken up residence in the city, without having to finance the prime real estate location this property inhabits. Along with fabulous views from the higher up rooms, niceties include Nespresso coffee makers and LCD flat-screen TVs with 50 international channels. And while there are plenty of budget dining options to entice you out of the building, be sure to indulge at least once in breakfast or an evening snack at the Grande Galerie in the lobby. Its glass atrium ceiling is a breathtaking reminder of why UNESCO designated Berlin a "City of Design."