The Cool & the Quirky
Holiday accommodation has changed considerably in the last decade and there is now an option to suit almost every taste and budget. From airbnb bookings on boats to luxury pillow menus in 5 star resorts, rooms in boutique hotels themed around your favourite rock star to capsule beds in 'flashpacker' style hostels. Whatever your mood, you simply open your favourite search engine and type in whatever your heart desires.
Berlin's open and liberated values mean that here more than anywhere else, you can find some of Europe's coolest and quirkiest accomodation, offering you not only a comfortable stay but a memorable one. We have selected just a few for your consideration, that give you a taste of something different and will be sure to make your trip to Berlin unique.
The Hüttenpalast is a secret gem - a cafe, hotel and garden hidden away inside an old vacuum cleaner factory in the heart of inner suburban Neukölln. It attracts creative types and those looking for a little of the rural life in the inner city. There is a combination of wooden huts and caravans, all facing onto a communal lounging area, as well as 6 rooms with ensures for those who want a little more privacy. The garden is lovingly tended in the warmer months and the fragrance of flowers, herbs and vegetables on a summer's day is really a delight. Check it out here on the Hüttenpalast website.
Berlin Apartment Plattenbau
The wall may be down but the style and times of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) are still thought of fondly by many East (Ost) Berliners or 'Ossies'. Today GDR style has become retro chic and there is no better way to experience it than to stay in an original 'plattenbau'. These plate (platten) style buildings (bauten) were in high demand in the 1960's and are a key feature of Berlin's architecture today. Berlin Apartment is a privately rented holiday apartment that has all the atmosphere of a plattenbau with the modern comforts every traveller needs. Best of all you will be greeted by an 'echt Berliner' a true Berlin resident who grew up in East Berlin and has many great stories and fond memories of life in the GDR. If you speak German that is.
The Michelberger has reinvented hotel spaces for the modern day traveller. This small family run hotel offers uniquely designed rooms to accommodate families, groups of friends, bands on tour or a bunch of tech dudes in town for a start up conference. The focus is on togetherness and collaboration and the room layouts make sure to encourage both. From cosy to loft style, luxury to cubby house, the Michelberger brings a decent dose of stylish fun as well as practicality. They are also responsible for Berlin's best loved brand of coconut water - Fountain of Youth.
There are clichés that come to mind when people think of a trip to Berlin but few think of them involve floating on the river, enjoying the birdlife and countless cold beers from the deck of a luxury houseboat. Berlin has many waterways - rivers, canals and lakes and it is a playground for all kinds of watercraft through the warmer months. One of it's best kept secrets however is the luxury houseboat based in Rummelsberg called Modern Boat. This sleek elegant box sleeps 2 - 4 people and offers spectacular scenery with the best in luxury finishes. Guests can enjoy the tranquility of the water along with all the comings and goings of the small harbour it is moored in.