Berlin’s chic Friedrichshain district offers easy access to the German capital’s prime attractions, including the East Side Gallery and Checkpoint Charlie. The neighbourhood’s wide range of stylish and conveniently located hotels provide a perfect base for both sightseeing and experiencing Berlin’s legendary nightlife.
Young, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Friedrichshain is a perfect starting point from which to discover Berlin. Home to famed alternative cultural venues such as RAW and techno temple Berghain, this former East Berlin neighbourhood embodies the German capital’s artistic and rebellious spirit, all the while boasting both excellent transport connections and a number of key landmarks, including the iconic East Side Gallery. The best hotels in Friedrichshain range from eco-hotels and music-themed accommodation to budget hotels with a boutique flair.
The Michelberger Hotel Berlin is conveniently situated right across the street from the Warschauer Straße train station. This hip and lively hotel, set within a former factory, has rooms that can accommodate solo travellers and couples as well as families or groups of up to six. Channelling industrial chic, the hotel’s restaurant serves organic, locally sourced food and offers one of the best affordable lunches in town. The hotel’s bar – famed for its cocktails – has a charming courtyard and regularly provides entertainment in the form of DJ sets or concerts. The Michelberger also sells its own brand of coconut water (how very Berlin), as well as a couple of home-made spirits.
Europe’s first-ever music hotel, nhow Berlin combines stunning views of the Spree River with colourful modern furnishings and an array of music-related amenities. Aside from a sauna and gym, nhow offers room service for musical instruments and equipment, meaning you can get guitars, keyboards or Bluetooth speakers sent up to your room. The hotel also frequently hosts concerts, exhibitions, fashion shows and other creative events. Location-wise, the hotel is just a short walk away from the Warschauer Straße station and close to Oberbaumbrücke, the bridge that connects Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, which means you can easily explore both districts by foot. Pro tip: When booking, you can also choose from two interior design themes – striking pink or blue.
Combining modern design with a focus on sustainability, the Almodóvar lies in the heart of Friedrichshain. It’s within walking distance of Boxhagener Platz (with its popular flea market every Sunday) as well as numerous hip shops, bars and restaurants. Aside from this prime location, guests are sure to appreciate its beautiful rooftop sauna, spa treatments and the breakfast and brunch restaurant that serves solely vegan and vegetarian food. The goal of the hotel is to combine ethics and aesthetics, which means efforts are being made to reduce its environmental impact. For example, the Almodóvar only serves organic drinks, uses environmentally friendly cleaning products and purchases its electricity from renewable energy sources.
Travellers who want to visit the East Side Gallery attraction should consider staying at Hotel Indigo Berlin. Located across the street from the striking open-air gallery, which features murals painted directly onto remnants of the Berlin Wall, Hotel Indigo incorporates the city’s penchant for street art into its decor, with graffiti murals and industrial design bound to please design-savvy guests. The hotel also features a stunning rooftop bar and the Gallery Restaurant, which specialises in German tapas and craft beer – this can all be worked off later in the hotel’s on-site gym, should you be so inclined. The hotel’s location also means you can easily walk to the Mercedes-Benz Arena, visit the brand new East Side Mall or brave the queue at Berghain.
In a prime location, right by the Ostbahnhof train station, Moxy is a budget hotel with a boutique flair that focuses on bringing together smart services and technology with chic design. Moxy keeps things casual but stylish; the sleek, comfortable rooms aim to help you recharge after a busy day in Berlin and feature flat-screen TVs, USB outlets and uber-fast Wi-Fi. Food and drinks are available around the clock in the lobby, which means you won’t go to bed hungry after partying at nearby Berghain or Kater Blau. Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof’s retro-inspired bar serves local spirits and is a perfect spot for winding down after a day exploring or getting ready for a night out on the town.
With a wide range of room types available – including private rooms for up to four people, as well as larger dormitories – Hotel PLUS Berlin straddles the boundary between hotel and hostel. Set within a historic school building, this hotel offers the best of both worlds: spacious rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities, a common kitchen and barbecue area, sauna, bike rental, library, games room and an indoor swimming pool. The on-site Opera Bar & Restaurant serves up Italian and German cuisine. Meanwhile, the spacious garden courtyard is an ideal place to take it easy after a night at the nearby riverside nightclub, Watergate. Situated within walking distance of the Warschauer Straße station, the elaborate Oberbaum Bridge and the East Side Gallery (not to mention the sumptuous burgers of Burgermeister), Hotel PLUS Berlin boasts a prime location.
Offering rooms that can accommodate one to four guests, Schulz Hotel aims to combine the level of service and amenities of a hotel with the welcoming atmosphere of a hostel. The bright and spacious rooms have an industrial vibe and include free Wi-Fi and personal charging stations, with private rooms also boasting smart TVs. At Schulz, guests can enjoy a craft beer against a historic backdrop – the hotel’s beer garden features an original part of the preserved Berlin Wall – or a coffee at Martha Café & Bakery. In the mood for a night out? Head to nearby YAAM (Young and African Arts Market) – a casual beach-inspired nightclub (sand included) with Caribbean and African food trucks, basketball courts and live music events that spotlight reggae, hip-hop and dancehall.
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