We stayed in the Circus Hotel on Rosenthaler Strasse. I recommend it highly. Such a welcoming place. Get a room off the street, or the taxi drivers will wake you at 0700.

The area was old East Berlin. Many of the old buildings have become squats, full of bohemian and artistic types. Graffiti and tagging features heavily in the neighbourhood.

The area is riddled with bars and restaurants that must be tried, but it will necessitate another trip to Berlin.