As my berlin trip was growing closer, I started to feel a bit anxious about staying here, as there were some dodgy reviews, and I was worried I would feel to old and not cool enough. I couldn't have been more wrong. We probably were a bit older than most of the people in the bar at night, but weren't made to feel it unlike in some places I know at home.
Reception staff were in the main great, apart from one very good looking guy (possibly French) who was a bit of a cool hipster cliche. He was efficient but offhand and I kind of wanted to give him a slap. Everyone else at the front desk was great. On arrival we had booked massages, but there had been a double booking issue. Girl at desk sorted it all out and I had the best massage ever.
Breakfast was great in a lovely light filled dining room with fresh flowers on all the tables. Lots of choice for veggies and carnivores. Surprised that some have said the breakfast was average - not sure what people expect but for me this was pretty far from average.
Transport links are great - tram takes you to Mitte or Prenzlaur Berg in about 10-15 mins and the u-bahn and s-bahn are right across the road. The s-bahn info signs are a bit eccentric though which can be confusing. If it says the train doesn't stop at Alexanderplatz don't worry - it does! Might be a problem for anyone with mobility problems or even if you have heavy luggage as couldn't see any lifts to platform.
We had a loft room each and they were huge. I had one overlooking the courtyard, and contrary to some of the reviews i never heard a thing all night. I thought the courtyard would have been much busier but i really didn't see anyone using it at night for smoking, so maybe this isn't allowed now to keep noise down. I am generally a very light sleeper and was worried by some reviews talking about paper thin walls, but i had great sleep every night i was there. My friend had room at front which had huge windows and was really bright. Great in winter but I do wonder what it would be like in summer when (despite what the owner says in one of his replies to a comment) Berlin can get pretty hot. It was freezing outside when i was there, but i never had heating on and at night had to kick the duvet off a couple of times. Can't imagine what it would be like if it was in the 20's outside, which in Berlin in July/August wouldn't be that unusual.
Only gripes were lack of light and no full length mirrors. For a couple of gals on a weekend away this was a bit of a problem. No safeboxes are obviously an issue for some people but it's not really something I am used to when travelling so didn't bother me that much. No phone is a bit odd, as it would be a pain having to go downstairs if something went wrong, but if it had i would just have called from my mobile.
The michelberger isn't for everyone. If you want hairdryers etc in your room and are used to typical hotel services then don't come here. If however you want to stay somewhere with a very distinct atmosphere, in a good location and want to eat the best eggs and fried potatoes ever for breakfast then this is the place for you. I will be back, although would think twice before going in summer weather, and would ask advice of the hotel re what rooms would be the coolest.
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