The Spree River is one of Berlin's best assets, and this unique hotel is moored right next to a stretch of the Berlin Wall called the East Side Gallery, which you'll get to enjoy aboard the two three-level ships that make up Eastern Comfort. Most cabins have a private bath, and views are either of the river or the Kreuzberg historic warehouses and some clubs on the other side of the river. Within sight of the wraparound deck is the turreted Oberbaum bridge, a great setting for watching the sunset and close to plenty of nightlife. The crew minds the reception desk 24 hours. Recent eco-updates include solar panels and solar-heated water.
As you are on a boat, rooms aren’t huge but the First Class Cabins offer the most space and real beds and windows (as opposed to bunkbeds and portholes in most other room categories).
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bedding and towels are only available to guests staying on the Western Comfort boat; if you’re staying on the Eastern boat, you can rent them for an extra fee.
Extremely basic and tiny, bathrooms are an all-in-one-room toilet, sink and shower. Dorm Rooms (mostly in the Western boat) have a shared bathroom.
There is a breakfast buffet which is set on the Eastern Comfort boat.
The Floating Lounge has beer on tap, cocktails, coffee and snacks. There is an indoor space as well as outside decks best appreciated in warmer weather.
The lounge/bar area hosts a "world language" party on Wednesdays followed by live music.
Close to the clubs in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, Eastern Comfort is located 10 minutes by foot from the Warschauer Straße S-Bahn.
A former stamp shop on beautiful Karl-Marx-Allee is now home to Briefmarken Weine (25-minute walk), which has a small but well-curated menu of Italian specialties. The Michelberger Restaurant (5-minute walk) inside the Michelberger hotel has a modern European menu that incorporates organic, local and seasonal products.
In this area, it’s all about clubbing all night long. One of the world’s most famous clubs—and one with a seriously strict door policy—is Berghain (17-minute walk), where top DJs spin the latest electronic music. If you didn’t make the cut, head to the Matrix Club (6-minute walk), a series of basement vaults under the Warschauer Straße railway station that now house multiple bars and dance floors.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Excellent river views—you’re on a boat after all!—and a vivacious, young crowd make this a fun option for those who don’t care too much about room size or amenities. And there’s no better place to enjoy a warm, sunny day in Berlin than on its upper decks.