Started by a group of young Berliners who dreamed of a uniquely designed, artsy space, the Michelberger Hotel is part budget hotel, part clubhouse, and part bar and restaurant. The style is eclectic flea market, befitting its location in an old factory space, and the vibe is casual and fun. Rooms have playful names such as "Band" for four to five people and "Luxus" for suites. The bright, street-side restaurant space offers breakfast and weekend brunch to hotel guests and anyone dropping by, as well as DJ sets during dinner Friday and Saturday.
Individually designed rooms sport flea market finds and pieces sourced from the original interior of the building, a former factory. A simple utilitarian design makes clever use of the smaller spaces, with loft beds above the bathroom, while the larger “Hideout” suites have a kitchen and multiple sleeping areas.
Depending on the room category, bathrooms and showers may be set beneath the beds; some suites have tubs, rainshowers and saunas. The "Luxus" rooms have sleekly tiled bathtub-showers.
The large, open lobby area, with its jumble of comfy sofas, vintage finds and used books, has an eclectic, amiable living-room vibe.
The on-site restaurant—open for breakfast, lunch and dinner—uses organic, locally sourced ingredients in its seasonal menus. The open airy communal dining space is especially popular with locals
YOU SHOULD KNOW The restaurant does not serve dinner on Sunday and Monday but you can get small bites at the bar on those evenings.
The hotel is near Friedrichshain’s buzzing nightclub and bar scene and the Warschauer Straße U- and S-Bahn station and M10 tram are right up the street.
Schneeweiss (15-minute walk) has a sleek, all-white interior that perfectly complements the kitchen’s contemporary spin on classic German and Austrian cuisine. Discover Georgian cooking at Schwiliko (11-minute walk), a cozy restaurant just across the river Spree.
One of the world’s most famous clubs, the Berghain (13-minute walk), hosts top DJs spinning the latest electronic music. If the Berghain’s strict door policy is too intimidating, try the Matrix Club (2-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
This budget hotel has style to spare, with a fun, funky interior design that feels authentically Berlin. The lively restaurant and courtyard beer garden, which hosts frequent music events, lets you mix and mingle with the locals without ever leaving the hotel. And if you’re keen to experience the city’s club scene, you’re within walking distance of some of Berlin’s best nightclubs.