The Michelberger Hotel which opened last month is a budget hotel in East Berlin. The 119 room hotel is designed to feel like staying at a friends house and its interiors are decorated using objects sourced from local flea markets, often re-purposing them for other uses, and low-cost materials such as laminated larch. The hotel itself is housed in a converted factory building featuring a brick facade, high ceilings, large windows and a courtyard that acts as the social hub of the hotel. Three room sizes are available for individuals and groups of up to four people, as well as the more extravagant Luxus room, combining elements of hotel and hostel aiming to attract both backpackers and business men.

What a brilliant idea and why hasn’t someone thought of this before? From the look of good reviews too, it seems the rooms are actually as sweet and quirky as they look. Although the furnishings look low-cost with Ikea style unvarnished units, it’s something we are all accustomed to visually, so it almost adds familiarity in an unknown place, taking the idea of a hotel back to it’s original roots – a home away from home.



Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

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