Berlin has always had a special place in my heart.
That might be because, many years ago, I had a torrid love affair with a wonderful man who lived right in the centre of the city. The relationship did not last, unfortunately, but my love for Berlin did. Not least because the city never ceases to impress and draw me back with its wildly innovative art, culture and design. Over the years, I have built up a wide circle of friends with small apartments in the city – and, thanks to them, I often get some good tips on where to go and what to see.
Here’s one of the latest, the Michelberger Hotel which opened in autumn 2009. It is the brainchild of 31-year-old Tom Michelberger and a group of friends who had the idea of creating the type of hotel where they would love to stay themselves: a raw and rebellious budget hotel with humour, charisma and plenty of room for individuality. Working with designer Werner Aisslinger, the friends converted an old factory building to create a hotel with 119 rooms in various sizes and price categories – all styled in a creative mix that is full of surprises.
This is in complete contrast with the cool, streamlined designer hotels we are used to seeing these days. Nothing is forbidden in the Michelberger Hotel: everything is in a constant state of flux and the focus is on creating a good atmosphere. “Perfection does not create memories, because memories only result from movement, from a lively experience of interaction – with people, the surroundings and the atmosphere,” says Tom Michelberger about the idea behind the hotel.
The bedrooms range from “cosy” single rooms to “big ones” with beds for 8 people and the latest which includes four unique luxury rooms. The old factory also features a fantastic reception area with a grand piano and stacks of books, as well as a restaurant, a bar, conference rooms and a private cinema.
Hotel Michelberger welcomes guests from all walks of life, from students to rock stars and business people. See more on their website and let yourself be inspired by a multitude of fun ideas, many of them easy enough to create at home yourself.