A stone’s throw from Berlin’s famous East Side Gallery lies Michelberger; a funky place in which to dine, recline and shoot the breeze.
Its proximity to Friedrichshain’s infamous night-life makes Michelberger a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike; its retro décor looks like something you’d see at Andy Warhol’s Factory and its horizontal atmosphere makes it the perfect place to kick back after a long day’s sightseeing.
Michelberger’s staff are very friendly, in fact, after minutes of being there, I felt like I was being served by an old friend at a house party; a rare level of informality which is enough to make even the most uptight of individuals relax and let their hair down.
The lounge area is rife with comfy sofas, books to read and comes complete with the sounds of local alternative music from dusk until dawn; just loud enough to add a little ambience to the place. Although there are no draft beers on tap, there are plenty of local bottled beers and Michelberger prides itself on its eclectic menu of cocktails, which includes its famous Bloody Mary: it’s not the cheapest drink in the world, but it is certainly worth the money.
Each room warm, clean, comfortable and is individually designed with its very own personal theme, so no stay at Michelberger will ever be the same. Rooms range from classic loft conversions and chalets, all the way though to a traditional Berlin-style flea market – certainly a talking point at the dinner table.
The dining room serves classic Berliner dishes with a healthy modern twist. While being cosy, it boasts a very welcoming atmosphere and whether you’re sitting down to breakfast or lunch, you’ll certainly leave with a satisfied appetite (the buffet breakfasts are a great of fuelling up for a day of walking around the city).
Although you may want to head out in the evening to really soak up Berlin’s night-life, Michelberger is a great way to start start things off and at weekends there is often a local band performing in the lounge: after a few beers or Bloody Mary’s and an earful of live music, you’re sure to be set-up for a night on the tiles.
There are slightly cheaper places to stay than Michelberger, but in the grand scheme of things, it still falls into a budget category. Basically, it offers genuine value for money as it not only offers everything you could possible need from a hotel, it also provides a unique experience which is sure to be remembered for a very long time.
If you can handle the youthful nature of this city gem, it’s certainly worth checking out. One thing’s for sure, I’ll be staying at Michelberger when I’m next in town.