A Culture Club for Berlin's Digital Bohemians by

Issue 18 · Beyond Bauhaus · May 4, 2012

A Culture Club for Berlin's Digital Bohemians

Issue 18 · Beyond Bauhaus · May 4, 2012

Throughout the 1920s, the space now occupied by Sankt Oberholz was an important venue for Berlin's avant-garde arts scene. Today, it's a culture club for the millennial version.

Sankt Oberholz ("Saint Oberholz") in Berlin is a cafe that doubles as a public office space for the city's laptopped creative types, who come for the simple food (and free-flowing beer). One floor above, Oberholz rents office space for those who require genuine desks and keep stricter hours. And yet another floor above, Sankt Oberholz becomes a hotel for its freewheeling, group-traveling clientele. There are two apartments for rent (with room for four to six people); each has three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. The owners clearly have a sense of humor: they warn of "concealed gimmicks" hidden throughout the apartments and write a blog about things that guests have left behind at the cafe. To book, visit Sankt Oberholz.

Above: The small kitchen is equipped for short-term stays.

Above: A carved settee painted white in a living area.

Above: Exposed wood beams (painted black) and a portrait of an oak tree lend modest German touches to the interior.

Above: Each suite features a master bedroom, a midsize room, and a small room. Divide among yourselves.

Above: A clever wall mural frames the dining room, depicting a bull—one of the many farm animals serving as iconography for the hotel and bar.

Above: Each unit includes a sitting room in which guests can enjoy an in-suite library of English and German books and magazines.

Above: The midsize bedrooms are modest but comfortable.

Above: A vintage green sofa offers a rare glimpse of color among the black and white decor.

Above: Original hardwood floors and door hardware frame a contemporary wall mural.

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