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Rooms under £100: Leipzig

Leipzig has earned itself the tag ‘new Berlin’ with a host of creative start-ups and cheap, fun hotels

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Arcona Living Bach14. Image: Henrike Schunck

Arcona Living Bach14. Image: Henrike Schunck

01 Arcona Living Bach14
Music lovers should book a front-facing room at this ‘apartment hotel’, which overlooks the Thomaskirche church where Bach worked for 27 years. Some of the largest apartments (think bedrooms with kitchenettes, rather than apartments) retain original 16th-century features, but for the most part they’re breezy, modern affairs with musical scores dancing over feature walls. Doubles from £73. bach14.arcona.de

Meisterzimmer, Leipzig, Germany. Image: Meisterzimmer

Meisterzimmer, Leipzig, Germany. Image: Meisterzimmer

02 Meisterzimmer
Nowhere is Leipzig’s creative energy within easier reach than in these four apartments within the Spinnerei — a hulking former Victorian cotton mill that’s now a hub of artists’ studios and galleries. Each loft-style apartment pits original features (exposed brick, basins from the mill’s toilets, for example) against classic mid-century-style furniture. Doubles from £55. meisterzimmer.de

Hotel Fregehaus, Leipzig, Germany. Image: petereichler.com

Hotel Fregehaus, Leipzig, Germany. Image: petereichler.com

03 Hotel Fregehaus
Renaissance vaulting, a Baroque courtyard, GDR-era concrete beams and a modern staircase designed by its architect owner — the Fregehaus is a microcosm of Leipzig’s history. The 20 rooms, around a tranquil courtyard, have a retro-industrial look: think Eames chairs and antique mirrors against starkly modern beds and exposed-bulb lighting. Doubles from £63hotel-fregehaus.de

Motel One Leipzig-Augustusplatz, Germany. Image: Motel One

Motel One Leipzig-Augustusplatz, Germany. Image: Motel One

04 Motel One leipzig-Augustusplatz
Ignore the name: this is a budget boutique hotel, not a motel. Overlooking the 12th-century St Nicholas Church (beyond which is a sibling hotel), the decor hints at Leipzig’s illustrious past, including a portrait of Bach behind the bar and pictures of key landmarks in the breakfast room. Doubles from £65. motel-one.com

Published in the September 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)