The Michelberger is a truly unique, very special experience - but it is not for everyone. The hotel's theme is "under construction" - and they play this out with spackle on the walls above a certain height. One does gets the feeling they might have just been too cheap to finish painting, but they manage to pull it off. The lobby and cafe are really confortable, and have the vibe of a chill cafe. Hipsters hung out all hours of the day and night, and the decor is created by rotating displays of bold art and piles and piles of random books.
We stayed in three different rooms over three nights - we had booked a room for 3 people, but when we arrived they didn't have that room available. To their credit, they gave us two doubles for the price of one - but this still was not adequate as we wanted 3 individual beds, and 2 of us guys had to bunk together. The double-bed rooms are really small and only adequate for a close couple or single. The last two nights were better, as we had the "loft" room we originally reserved, which are a fantastic deal in this city. The hotel itself is clearly an old factory, and the rooms do have a very loft feel - I wish they did better with the appointments and toiletries, as these are a little on the cheap side. The hotel is really great for young people who don't need lots of service or luxuries - when we asked for bedding for the sofa/bed in the room, it was dumped off by the night watchman. We had to make the bed ourselves. I'm not looking for Ritz-Carlton service, but having to make my own bed in a hotel was a bit annoying.
I grew to really like the location, but first impressions were that it was strange. It is located out on what feels like an overpass by a major convention center. The U-bahn line terminates across the street, but it is not the most useful line if you are trying to get to the center of Berlin. The S-bahn station is a bit of a walk through inhospitable industrial surroundings, but nothing unsafe or really far. It doesn't really feel urban - surrounded by rail yards and vacant lots, but somehow works with the place. The location is, however, very close to the hippest nabe in Berlin - Freidrichstein. Great restaurants, shops and cafes are really a 10-15 minute walk away. The location is kinda perfect for what must be the interests of their clientele.
If you don't go expecting top service or a "normal" hotel, the Michelberger is truly a hipster find - this is not your typical boutique hotel or design hotel experience, but one that has rougher, edgier vibe that bespeaks uber cool Berlin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Michelbergerhotel is a budget hotel concept created by a group of friends, who had the idea to make the best hotel they could, the kind of hotel they'd like to stay in. A place that's individual, charismatic, stylish, fun, rebellious and inexpensive, a place where anything goes, just like Berlin itself. ... more less
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