I’m very much of two minds of this ho(s)tel, but do want to recommend it. One, it’s more of a hostel than a hotel, even though pricing would suggest the latter. My biggest gripe is really the beds. According to the receptionists, every double room doesn’t have a double bed (I define that as one big mattress), but rather two beds or mattresses placed next to each other. The rooms were clean and quiet, and that’s a big plus. I slept very well, which is a key criteria to any place of sleep.
Why go to the Michelberger Hotel other than that? Well, it’s trendy. It starts with a lounge, with lots of couches, books, and, in the evening, a DJ. The place is crazy big, Soviet style, and contains a large courtyard, which must be great in the summer, a restaurant, which doesn’t serve half-bad food (we only tried the breakfast), and the staff is very friendly, serving you a complementary ‘Fountain of Youth’ (100% na
tural coconut water), as you check-in.
The room is minimalistic. A bed, a TV (see picture), a chair and small table. The bathroom is more room than bath, about 20 square metre in size with useful objects (shower, toilet, and sink) in different corners. The walk to the hotel on the third floor can be called atmospheric (sorry, I didn’t try the other floors). You’re greeted by a TV playing a worn-out video tape of the Big Lebowski. Elevator music follows you throughout. The whole hotel is creatively decorated and the common bathrooms in the basement (there’s also one in the room) feature an all white fuss-ball table, including all white teams, which would make it confusing to play if there was also a ball to play with.
As mentioned, we slept really well, which is a key criteria. Was it necessary to have all that decor? Probably not, but I appreciated the effort. It would’ve been a 1000 times better with a regular, non-Hostel-type bed.