There are many unique design hotels in Berlin, but one that really stands out is the Michelberger Hotel in Friedrichshain. It’s not a luxury hotel like you are used from me, nor have I stayed here, but it is worth a visit just to lounge, sight see, and have coffee or tea. In fact, it’s the opposite of the modern, luxury design hotel. This hipster hangout is located across from the Warschauer station and close to the East side gallery (the longest stretch of remnants of the wall) and the red brick Oberbaum bridge (see my blog post City trip Berlin). The hotel has been designed by internationally renowned designer Werner Aisslinger, in collaboration with stylists Anja Knauer and Sibylle Oelerich, who have succeeded in creating a youthful creative space. The open lobby area consists of a characteristic café and lounge area filled with second hand travel books and seventies magazines. Even the pendant lamps are made of books and magazine pages. There’s also a courtyard that doubles as a beer garden with wooden cabins and flower pots. Bare concrete walls and unpretentious flea market furniture and accessories make this hotel funky and fun for the budget traveller who is looking for something different.
For a detailed background article on the interior design, architecture, the concept and Aisslinger’s vision read this interesting article in Sleeper Magazine.
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