04 Jun '11, 2pm
Cool Camping Hotel: Guests at Berlin's Hüttenpalast Sleep in Refurbished Caravans
Here's a great concept for a hotel: convert an old, unused vacuum factory space into a budget boutique hotel -- and even better, use refurbished mobile campers for rooms. That's what Berlin's new and attractive Hüttenpalast (that's German for "hut palace") is doing in the beautiful old workers' quarter of Neukölln : allowing guests to experience the cozy camping feeling, without the bugs and in the middle of a vibrant city. But it's hardly 'roughing it' in the solitary sense -- the caravans are beautifully remodelled, bathrooms are "luxurious" and guests can socialize with each other -- but without the rowdiness usually associated with cheap hostels.