Many say that Leipzig is the new Berlin – edgy art galleries and techno clubs, pop-up restaurants and food stalls, trendy cafés and outdoor hangout spots are springing up everywhere across town, and along with all of this, the hotel scene is changing as well. From light-flooded converted lofts to stylish rooms in an art gallery, here are some of the most unique places to stay in Leipzig.
Leipzig’s status as literary hotspot has inspired the Book Hotel, and the theme is seen throughout the building – from books stacked on shelves in the lobby and on bedside tables, literature-themed décor and armchairs with reading lights in each of the rooms. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the stylish rooms are flooded by daylight, unlike a stuffy library, and provide a view of the imposing ring building across the street. Room prices start at €79 and include a sumptuous hot and cold breakfast buffet.
In 1995, the Galerie Hotel Leipziger Hof opened its doors of a landmarked Gründerzeit villa in Leipzig’s east. More than 350 authentic artworks clad the walls of the hallways and rooms of the hotel, drawing their own share of visitors to the site. Owner and art collector Klaus Eberhard offers guided tours every Friday. Retro fans should request the GDR suite for a nostalgic stay in the midst of historic wallpaper, beige curtains and ’50s to ’70s-style furniture. The suite is available for €165 a night; prices for regular single rooms start at €57, doubles at €74, breakfast included.
Leipzig’s Baumwollspinnerei is a factory-turned-artist hub. More than 100 local and international artists have moved into the industrial complex and have opened their galleries, studios, event spaces and workshops alongside cafés and restaurants. Like the rest of the venues, Meisterzimmer has embraced the industrial charm to create four hip and funky apartments, all equipped with DIY and mismatched furniture. Here, drum kits have been repurposed as lampshades, and factory trolleys have been converted into beds – you get the idea. Prices start at €75 a night.
Hotel Paris Syndrom allows you to sleep inside a modern art piece. The studio is part of Leipzig’s Gallery of Contemporary Art and was designed by the Taiwanese artist Jun Yang. His concept aims to re-interpret original art and design forms to create something new. The result is a high-ceiling room that features an eclectic assembly of replicas of designer furniture, a brightly coloured décor, pompous chandeliers and photographs of notable architectural landmarks. A night at Hotel Paris Syndrom costs €100 for one person, €120 for two and includes breakfast.
Those travelling in style will love this high-end boutique hotel that occupies a 16th-century townhouse just around the corner of the Museum of Fine Arts. Each one of the rooms and apartments of Hotel Fregehaus was individually decorated with a mix of antique and modern elements, creating a sense of style and personality. Think hardwood floors and high ceilings plus custom-made furniture and selected artworks. The regional breakfast of bread, honey, jam, eggs, regional cheeses and fruits is served in the ground-floor salon and can be booked for an additional fee. Room prices start at €76 per night.
Music lovers will enjoy a stay at the Arcona Living. Situated in one Leipzig’s oldest dwellings and next door to the Bach Museum, the hotel offers 52 modernly furnished rooms that are split into five categories inspired by the classical music theme – Fuge, Partita, Sonate, Motette and Kantate. Half of the rooms are equipped with a kitchenette for those who are planning a longer stay, and all guests can access 200 of Bach’s compositions over the in-room sound system. Single room prices start at €79, doubles at €89.