Hi all. I've scoured the forums and am not finding anything totally helpful. I'm a senior female traveling solo. I'll be in Berlin for 5 nights in late June and I'm having trouble deciding on where to look for an apt or hotel. Normally I like to be in the center of a city but I know Berlin is quite spread out and sights are not necessarily clustered together so anyplace is ok as long as it has convenient transportation access to central hbf (within 15-20 min either by walking or by public transportation). I don't need a quiet residential area as I like being where the action is and I'm not bothered by street noise at night, but it needs to be safe for hanging out in cafes, walking around etc. by myself.
RS recommends Prenzlauer Berg and the Savignyplatz area but I know there's lots of other great places to stay. Somehow when reading about the different areas I'm just not getting a real 'feel' for them (even after looking on google streetview) and I also know that one part of an area can be great and another part of the same area can be so-so. I'd love to hear from you guys - where you've stayed, which areas you liked, if you traveled alone where you felt comfortable, etc..
I'm looking more for neighborhood recommendations than for specific hotel or apartment recommendations but any help would be sincerely appreciated.
Edited to add:
I'm looking at these apartments. Can anyone give me thoughts/opinions pro or con on any of these areas?
Near Schöneberg S-Bahn, says it offers great connections to buses, train station, Innsbrucker Platz U-bahn station.
Wilmersdorf/ Schöneberg area near Grunewaldstrasse & Martin-Luther-Strasse
Mitte near Liesenstrasse & Neue Hochstrasse.
Mitte on Perleberger Strasse.
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg near Ohlauer Strasse & Paul-Lincke-Ufer.