Open since summer 2011, the Hüttenpalast Hotel Berlin (literally, Cabin Palace) is a quirky bed and breakfast in the Neukölln district. The accommodation consists of eight caravans and four huts with shared bathrooms and six hotel rooms with private bathrooms, housed within an old vacuum cleaner factory. The accommodation is split between two spaces, each with their own large garden.
I stayed here for 2 nights in June 2017. I’ve mixed some of the hotel’s press pictures and some shots from Instagram with my own video review above and images below so you can get a real feel for the Hüttenpalast Hotel in Berlin.
The Hüttenpalast Hotel Berlin is an easy 5-minute walk from Hermannplatz U-Bahn station, which can link you to the airports or anywhere in the city you wish to visit. You can also walk to Kreuzberg (20 minutes) or even Friedrichshain (45 minutes) from here, depending on how much you enjoy exploring a city on foot. Otherwise, hire a bike from the hotel and enjoy one of the most cycle-friendly cities in Europe!
One of the biggest selling points for me about this hotel, aside from the fun concept of staying in a vintage caravan, is the location. Neukölln is by far the most vibrant and interesting part of Berlin right now – think Kreuzberg 10 years ago. With lively bars and excellent cheap eats on every corner, I personally wouldn’t stay anywhere else. Unfortunately, like any up-and-coming area in a big city, there aren’t many stylish accommodation options yet, including Airbnb. So this makes the Huttenpalast ideally situated for anyone wanting to stay in the heart of what, in my opinion, makes Berlin so great.
🛏️ The room
I stayed in the teeny Schneewittchen/Snow White caravan, which is perfect for any solo travellers. This beautifully preserved 60s trailer may not be very roomy but it has lots of charm. As a woman of small stature (only 5’3″), I felt totally at home tucked up inside its plywood walls each night and longed to be the kind of adventurer who could hitch this to a cute vintage car and explore Europe with it. Surrounding the large single bed is a couple of cupboards, a mirror, two European plugs, two ceiling lamps, a bedside table and a couple of hooks. My weekend backpack easily fit under the bed, so you could fit a small suitcase inside but not much more.
My bed was very comfortable and the bedding was fresh, crisp and clean and was provided along with a towel. This caravan is located in Space 2 and you can see the other caravans detailed on their website. I think next time I stay here, I’ll try one of the caravans in Space 1 as the back part of Space 2 did feel a little dark at times, even during the day. I should also note that each space is temperature controlled, so you should still be cosy even in the depths of Berlin’s winter.
In terms of privacy, you must remember that these caravans were made between the 1930s and the 1960s, so they aren’t soundproofed. Thus, when people staying in the caravans surrounding yours make noise, you’ll probably hear it. Thankfully, everyone who stayed at the same time as me were really respectful and quiet but I would recommend bringing earplugs with you just in case. The cleaners also start tidying around 10am, so don’t expect a sleep in, and with shared bathrooms and little privacy, I wouldn’t recommend this as a location for a dirty weekend away. However, if you’re visiting with your partner for a weekend of adventure, then this would be a great place to stay. It would also be ideal for anyone visiting Berlin with a large group of friends! You could each stay in your own caravan but still all in the same space together, making it a really lovely experience.
🛁 The bathroom
I don’t think anyone loves shared bathroom facilities but thankfully, in contrast to the very vintage accommodation options, these bathrooms were very modern! Brightly light and very clean, there was nothing icky about these bathrooms at all. There was even a rack of flip flops for anyone who didn’t want to go barefoot in the shower. The bathrooms for men and women are separate and the women’s bathrooms had two showers, a toilet and mirror above the sink large enough for two people to do their make-up at the same time.
Each of the spaces that house the caravans have their own large, sunlight garden filled with plants. This is definitely an added bonus if you find your caravan a little claustrophobic or want somewhere to hang out with friends. They’re like a little oasis in this busy city and I even discovered fresh raspberries growing there (which, I had to sample, obviously).
The hotel also hire out bicycles for €10 a day, which I had every intention of using except I was a little too hungover on this particular trip. Next time for sure though.
There is free WiFi is available throughout both the spaces and it was strong enough for me to watch the Season 9 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race on my laptop, which made me very happy.
🌟 The bottom line
The combination of location and quirky style make the Hüttenpalast a real winner for me. It’s unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed before and was a great addition to my recent Berlin adventure. It may not be luxurious but it is very charming and feels very in tune with the style of this city.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Hüttenpalast and recommend it for any adventurous traveller.
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📌 Disclaimer: This hotel kindly offered me a free night in exchange for writing a review and featuring it on my social media accounts. They made no editorial demands on me and this is a completely honest account of how I felt about my stay. As a general rule, I don’t write negative reviews: if I don’t like a hotel or hostel, I won’t feature it. So I obviously really liked this one.