Raw, rebellious and creative – these are the qualities that capture the spirit of Germany’s capital, Berlin. The Michelberger Hotel, opening in September 2009, aims to extend the thrilling experience of the city into every aspect of your stay.
The 119 room hotel stems from the vision of Tom Michelberger; founder, organizer and the central figure in a group of young friends who came together to create the opposite of a cool or trendy project. Their goal is a sustainable, passionately run establishment that offers authenticity, a rare commodity in the world of city hotels.
The Michelberger brain trust, new to the hotel world, has little interest in stereotypical ideas of luxury. They have created a cosmopolitan, yet street-savvy hangout, where they themselves would love to stay. Every detail is thought through to provide a moving experience.
To this end, internationally renowned designer Werner Aisslinger has redesigned the old factory building from the turn of the last century, complete with period details like a clinker façade, high ceilings and massive paned windows.
Five different room categories offer a range of different layouts. The rooms display a high level of space efficiency and lots of vertical drama and airiness – a feat allowed by the placing of loft bed areas above the bathrooms. Rooms range from 33m3 and 55m3 category rooms for singles, couples and threesomes up to The Big One designed for groups of 4 or even more to room together.
From the hand-lettered stickers on the water bottles to the signage on the shower gel – everything bears the team’s signature playful disposition. This anything-goes execution and an abundance of personal, human elements from flea markets and antique stores provide a compelling counterpart to the hotel’s flowing, modern social space and the city outside.
As Tom Michelberger says, “Perfection does not create memories, because memories only result from movement, from a lively experience of interaction – with people, the surroundings and the atmosphere.”
With rates starting at 59 EUR per night, dreamers, movers and shakers, lovebirds, soul searchers, artists, craftspeople, globetrotters and Berlin aficionados alike can enjoy the special social dynamic of the 250-bed space, which hopes to become a Berlin landmark for young and young at heart.