This stylish budget hotel is nestled in the heart of the alternative Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, near several of the city’s most famous nightclubs. Highlights of the three-star property include a huge, lively communal lobby with a 24-hour bar and free use of computers, plus powerful free Wi-Fi throughout its seven stories. The streamlined rooms each feature a sexy, eye-catching wall-size photo and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. There’s also a small fitness center.
Three room categories—Sleeper, Double Sleeper and Family—are compact but well-designed, with contemporary furnishings, plenty of USB ports and soundproofed windows. The larger family rooms have a separate living area with a sleeper sofa. A motion-activated LED guide light below the bed is a nice touch for middle-of-the-night bathroom breaks.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms have very little space to hang clothes; upgrade to a suite if you want a proper closet.
Bathrooms have showers only (no tubs), stainless-steel sinks and Muk amenities.
The bright, sprawling lobby and lounge are the heart of the hotel, cleverly designed with overlapping areas for eating, relaxing and working. A long communal wood table is where you’ll find digital nomads tapping away on their laptops by day. The “living room” is a fun, funky space dotted with modular seating, fuschia-lined bookshelves and quirky knick-knacks. On weekends, the space turns into a buzzy hangout with live DJs and occasional events.
The lobby hosts a 10-euro breakfast buffet and serves sandwiches throughout the day. A 24-7 snack bar is great for late-night munchies.
Located on a busy intersection of Andreastraße and Holzmarktstraße, the hotel is across from the Ostbahnhof train station, with regional train lines and S-Bahn service that will whisk you to Alexanderplatz in two stops.
A former stamp shop on the wide, leafy Karl-Marx-Allee is now home to Briefmarken Weine (18-minute walk), which has a small but well-curated menu of Italian specialties. Discover Georgian cooking at Schwiliko (25-minute walk), a cozy restaurant across the river Spree. Markthalle Neun (16-minute walk), a lively market hall in nearby Kreuzberg, is packed with stalls serving pasta, burgers, BBQ, tapas, meze and more until late evening Thursday to Saturday; don’t miss the festive Street Food Thursdays.
The ramshackle Holtzmarkt (4-minute walk) on the River Spree is home several hip watering holes and cafes, including the urban beach bar Pampa and the techno club Kater Blau. One of the world’s most famous clubs, with a famously strict door policy, the Berghain (14-minute walk) hosts top DJs spinning the latest electronic music.