A boutique hotel with an accessible and friendly “backpacker” feel, the Michelberger appeals to a growing market of budget-conscious yet style-savvy travelers. Set in a former factory, the 113-room hotel is a breezy and relaxed place that features a slew of tongue-in-cheek details and rough-around-the-edges charm that somehow feels veryBerlin. The funky bar/lounge is right next to reception and has lampshades fashioned from the pages of old books, and retro-style sofas designed by Werner Aisslinger. It's extremely popular with locals, thanks to a considered lineup of DJs and bands (mostly on weekends). The spacious rear courtyard doubles as an event and concert space. The rooms are similarly quirky, decorated with random family photos unearthed at flea markets, provocative glass-walled bathrooms in shared rooms, and wallpaper that veers from the kitsch to the cutting-edge (the hotel has an in-house design studio).
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A big part of the hotel’s appeal is its location right on busy Warschauerstrasse in Friedrichshain, a transit hub and informal meeting-point for daytime city-tripping and nighttime adventures. The East Side Gallery—the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall—is right down the road, as is the historic Oberbaumbrücke, which carries traffic and pedestrians across to Kreuzberg. Bars and cafés abound: Monster Ronson’s Ichiban—an amazing karaoke bar—is right next door, and the RAW bar and club complex—set in a former railway maintenance yard—is nearby. You can also stagger into bed from at least two of the city’s best techno clubs: Berghain and Watergate.
Need to Know
Rooms: 119 rooms; from $75. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel restaurant serves a decent menu, changing weekly, of locally sourced, organic food, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The bar serves a full range of beers, wines, and cocktails. The breakfast buffet is hearty and served till noon on weekends. Spa and gym details: There’s no spa, but you can book a professional massage for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 3–9 p.m. Treatments include reiki, reflexology, and traditional massage.
Who's it for: Designers, party people, and the style-conscious on a budget; business travelers who want a different vibe—there are meeting and conference rooms. Our favorite rooms: The Clever One is decked out like a private library, with walls covered in books and a bathtub placed right in front of the window for the ultimate relaxed reading environment. Get hitched: The hotel also caters weddings; the ceremony, party, and breakfast can all be held under one roof. Every wedding should include the Whiskey Room, a hidden room that can be accessed only through a secret door.