Contributor/ Andy Bird
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An effortlessly cool Berlin hang out. A bar, pit stop, brunch stop, pre-club, post-club watering hole all comes together for this boutique, yet budget, hotel, which helped to usher in a new wave of interest in this ever-changing city.
The Good Stuff
Sitting just north of where the Berlin Wall annexed the city, a mere 3-4 minute walk to the River Spree, Michelberger offers a great base for exploring Berlin old and new and a hotel experience that fits perfectly with the informality and functionality of this youthful handsome city. A killer karaoke bar next door too.
The Michelberger Hotel is all about attention to detail. The branding is quirky, strong, and constant in tone and well thought through. From the birds chirping from the speakers in the corridors, Big Lebowski videos on loop, whale noises in the loos, an interesting drinks menu in the bar, carefully curated music, right down to their own branded coconut water. A stay in the Michelberger has the essence and feel that all good hotels should; that every aspect of your stay has been thought through and considered by the creative team.
Inside the hotel – 8/10
Michelberger is comfortable but by no means luxury. Rooms are compact, comfortable, charming and clean. Well thought out communal areas, the hotel manages to be both functional and good looking. The rooms can be cosy, but with decent showers, beds comfortable enough for the requisite beauty sleep and pre-party naps in this 24 hour party city. Many rooms overlook an internal courtyard which doubles up as a beer garden, arts centre and sometimes live music space in summer.
Service is friendly but unimposing. No mini bars, fridges in room, or room service. But a great bar that’s open most of the time in the lobby, and a competent cafe on the side which offers a killer lunch, with some vegetarian options.
Outside the hotel – 8/10
Location wise, Michelberger offers a much better option than the staid multinationals options in Mitte or Potsdammer Platz. A lovely walk south from the hotel sees you pass the East Side Gallery, the longest standing stretch of the Berlin Wall, now an ever fluid art project. But cross over the river, and walk down to the shops and cafes of Gorlitzer Park and Kreuzberg. Very close by is Friedrichshain’s nightlife and cafes, but for a local’s tip, head south instead to the canals around Kreuzberg & Neukoln, especially the Maybacher canal. You can even hire a bike from the shop next door to the hotel. Be sure to check out stilinberlin.de for the latest and greatest food options.
Image courtesy of Michelberger