Berlin: Michelberger hotel
We stayed at the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin, hopelessly attracted to the shabby-luxe decor exhibited on its strange animated website. Housed in an old factory building in the south-east Friedrichshain area of town, it’s budget-priced but super-stylish. Rooms range from the compact ‘Cosy’ to the larger ‘Luxe’ rooms, which are each done out in a unique style from modern chalet to full-on golden opulence. We booked into a Loft but had to spend the first night in a Cosy because they misunderstood our booking – not a big deal as even the cosy room was comfortable and amply-sized. (Less cool was the 4am fire alarm on our first night, probably set off my someone cheekily smoking – not fun!).
The clean white walls-meets-vintage furniture look of the rooms was really effective and quite inspiring for my future new house! The real pull of this hotel though are the communal spaces which are beautifully decorated, right down to thoughtful little details like the fresh flowers in vintage glass bottles. There’s a pretty courtyard out the back and a cafe-come-bar next to reception which serves great coffee and cake – and the €9 buffet breakfast is really tasty.
It’s situated a little out of town but well-placed right opposite Warschauer Strasse U- and S-bahn stations, and a 2 minute walk to the south takes you over the river Spree into the Kreuzberg area, the current ‘trendiest part of town’ according to our taxi driver. (This cabbie was brilliant; he was trying to improve his English so gave us a little personal sightseeing tour as we made our way into town).
If you fancy trying the Michelberger if you’re ever in town, book on Expedia for a good deal.
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