Most Instagrammable places to stay in Berlin
Berlin is very photogenic and has at least 100 interesting, impressive and Instagrammable spots to explore!
And while exploring Berlins most beautiful sites, you should stay in an equally Instagrammable hotel or hostel. I'm happy to share my favorite places to stay when visiting Berlin.
The following hotels are not only unique and creative, but also have a fascinating history and lovely hosts.
And, of course, you van find these (and more!) hotels and other Berlin hidden gems in the Berlin Guide for Instagrammers.
Berlin Guide, p. 156
Founders Silke and Sarah had been living in Neukölln for 18 years, when they decided to open a small hotel. After walking through almost all of the courtyards in the neighbourhood, they settled on two old factory halls with a shop at the front. The perfect location for the dream castle hotel that they had in mind.
The 100-year old factory halls were renovated, inspiring them to develop an indoor plan for their room-in-a-room concept. The two factory halls (each 200 sqm) offer a mix of six caravans and huts, adding to the creative and colourful indoor campsite vibe and so, Hüttenpalast (= 'Cottage Palace') was born.
The courtyards in between the halls were transformed into small urban jungles, which only serve to enhance the magic vibe you experience when camping in the city.
The caravans and huts all are great examples of upcycling, with a lot of attention to detail. All the sleeping areas have an original twist, with small hidden surprises and, especially important, a comfy bed to spend the night. The campsite is furnished throughout with unique, picturesque retro furniture and decoration.
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Berlin Guide, p. 196
Entering Hotel-Pension Funk is like travelling back in time to the Roaring Twenties! This family hotel on the first floor of a historic building in the Wilhelmine style is a great place to book if you’re looking for something unique and less anonymous than a hotel chain.
The house was built at the end of the 19th century and is simply teeming with Art Nouveau influences. The 14 rooms and breakfast lounge were once the apartment of Asta Nielsen, a silent movie star. This Danish actress mainly starred in German silent movies in 1910-1920 and was one of the first real film stars. She lived in Berlin until 1937 until she returned to Denmark.
The hotel is regularly used as a set for international film and photo shoots because of its beautiful interior with original Art Nouveau and Belle Epoque furniture. Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer have been photographed here for Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
Berlin Guide, p. 112
The history of this building that is named after the Michelberger family is quite fascinating. In the early twentieth century, this building was home to a gigantic light bulb factory. After the factory moved, the building was occupied by a cinema and an administrative department of the municipality. It then remained vacant before the Michelberger family purchased it.
Michelberger is a family company. Since its inception in 2009, the hotel continues to evolve and experimenting, to cater to the widest possible audience. The hotel has several types of rooms, including budget and more luxurious ones, for a business trip or a family visit to Berlin.
But this is not just a hotel concept. The hotel also rolls out the red carpet for neighbourhood residents and other visitors. Everyone can have lunch or dine at the Michelberger restaurant, which serves a range of dishes that vary daily depending on the offer of the local farmers and the ingredients that they source from Michelberger Farm.
The bar and lobby are a café during the day and a wine bar in the evening. In the summer months, all the action moves to the hotel’s courtyard. Here you can sample local products (coffee that is roasted in Berlin, local beers and wines) as well as products from small, independent family businesses.
25-hours Hotel and the Monkey Bar
Berlin Guide, p. 192
The 25hours Hotel is located on the rooftop terrace of Bikini Berlin. The perfect location for a hotel, between the lush green oasis of Tierpark and lively Kurfürstendammn. You can see all this and more from the tenth floor, where you’ll also find the Monkey Bar.
The Monkey Bar’s unique character is apparent from the minute you walk in on the ground floor. The entrance hall at Budapester Strasse 40 is a gallery-like space, that spans across two floors. From here you can take a lift to the rooftop bar.
Enter the Monkey Bar and it’s difficult not to notice the breath-taking view. The six-metre tall, floor to ceiling panoramic window behind the bar offers a great view of the zoo as well as of the gigantic green roof of Tiergarten Park, all the way up to the Victory Column. The view changes on the outdoor terrace from where you can see the urban jungle of Kurfürstendamm, with its architectural gems and the skyline of West Berlin. Don’t forget to visit the toilets, where the view is at its most spectacular.
The ambience in the bar is just as great as the view. The well-thought-out interior design, the live DJ sets, the delicious cocktails, and the interesting artworks all combine to make this rooftop bar one of the ‘Best 50 in the World’!
Monkey Bar Berlin sponsors Bini the orang-utang, that lives in Tierpark Berlin. They created a cocktail in her name, called the ‘Bini’s Monkey Ponkey’. If you order this cocktail, you make a donation to the Berlin Zoo! Cheers to that!
Happy Go Lucky Hostel
Berlin Guide, p. 200
In case you didn't know... #silviehasathingwithstreetart!
And that's why this hostel can not be missed in this list. ;)
The Happy Go Lucky Hotel in Charlottenburg is a cheerful addition to the streetscape. You can spot the colourful, lively façade from afar (even from the metro!).
The façade of this hotel has been painted from top to bottom by the Irish artist Dom Browne. His unique, trippy art makes everyone who walks past the hotel feel instantly happy. The text ‘Happy Go Lucky Heart’, at the top of the façade, refers to the freedom of art.
This budget hotel tends to attract many creative people. The hotel organises the ‘Happening @ Happy Go Lucky Hotel’ event, whereby artists are invited to paint their interpretation of ‘Happy Go Lucky’ on the walls of the lobby, the hall, some of the rooms and in the courtyard garden.
The hotel’s façade painting caused a bit of an uproar. According to the Bureau of Public Order, the hotel’s name, which is incorporated in the mural, was a form of advertising and was therefore not permitted. The district office of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf ordered that the name of the hotel be removed or the whole mural would have to be whitewashed. After a court case, the district and the hotel came to a settlement. The façade now really is a symbol of tolerance and freedom, in every possible way.
Berlin Guide for Instagrammers
The Berlin Guide for Instagrammers is a playful guide to Berlin, for those looking the find the - sometimes unconventional - beauty in the city. The book takes the reader to one hundred interesting, impressive and 'Instagrammable' spots in Berlin. Some of the sites are Berlin classics, but most of them are hidden gems, known only among locals. Each spot comes with some background information, fun facts, hashtags, Insta tips and all the practical information you need to get there.
The Berlin Guide for Instagrammers is available in all the cool bookstores and concept stores. You can find a list on where to find the Berlin Guide on my website.
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