This hotel is great,they serve a yummy buffet breakfast if you can find the breakfast room.The bedrooms themselves were designed by a MR Ikea and are sparce but functional.the nearest metro station is a ten minute walk away and that will get you into downtown Berlin in ten minutes.
Be aware in the rooms there is a little baket full of chocolates and candy,I wiped one of these out as I was in need of a taste sensation and I thought theye were complimentary,they are not, you pay as you go chocolate deal is enforced, buts its not a megga price to scrunch on peeps.
They also look after your bags in a secure area if you have a late night fllight home
A little tip if you are in the mood for an italian food frenzy head for the station and walk a little way past to find this cute res.If you get lost just follow the garlic smell
For those who don't want all the details, here is the short version: This is a dormitory style hotel for people on a budget that are here for a short stay and will not spend a lot of time in the hotel. If you can only deal with a Hyatt or Westin, this is not the place for you. If you just want a relatively clean, and inexpensive place to stay near a major subway station that is easy to get to from the airport, this is a great buy.
Getting here is easy from Berlin's Tegel airport whether you speak German or not. First, get a Berlin S + U-Bahn-Netz Urban Rail and Metro map and never part with it! Never! When you leave the airport turn right and go up the stairs over a pedestrian bridge and take the TXL bus for 1.5 Euro and get off ten minutes later at the Buesselstrasse train station. The bus stop is right in front so walk fifteen steps then go downstairs and take the S1 Oranienburg and get off at Gesundbrunnen a major train stop. When you exit this station you will see the Gesundbrunnen Center. You want to go in the opposite direction. Cross the major street, make a right, go about one hundred yards to the Le Femme restaurant and make a left. Go up the street past the Holiday Inn until you get to the corner. Make a right at the corner and City Lights is fifty yards on the right.
The hotel personnel were extremely helpful and friendly. It is difficult to get an early check in but there is a storage room where you can leave your bags. They will give you a key to the storage room and tell you that you can leave your bags there. At first I was concerned that anyone coming after me would be able to take my bag because when I went to the room, it was full of bags, some very expensive. When I questioned the very helpful young lady at the front desk named Pilz she gave me one of those looks that said, nobody will steal your bag so I left for four hours to see the Berlin Wall and when I returned the bag was right where I left it. This lady was really helpful.
The room was dormitory style. First I will give what might be perceived as negatives. There is no air conditioner or bathroom vent. There is no maid service, no ice machine and the bathroom tissue is as soft as a rough paper towel. The television is an old thirteen inch CRT from the eighties. I had a room up front and it was quite noisy from traffic and people passing by. I got used to it quickly and wound up leaving my windows open for air.
There are quite a few positives. The hotel is next to a major subway station where you can get the S Line that circles Berlin or the U line which connects to everything. The aforementioned Gesundbrunnen Center is a really nice indoor shopping mall featuring moderately priced restaurants, a food court tons of clothing shops and a great supermarket called REAL. This supermarket takes credit cards and has a huge grocery section which came in handy since I was able to get fresh salami, cheese and vegetables for my room.
The people at the front desk speak moderate English and if you give them the names of the places you want to visit they will circle your subway map for you. They will also provide you with a cup of ice and change your Euros for you. I noticed that many large groups stayed at this hotel.
Here are my suggestions:
1. Bring toiletries as if the hotel does not provide them because they don't;
2. When you retire for the day bring soft drinks;
3. Bring your own toilet paper and soap;
4. Spend some time at Hackerscher Market;
5. Eat at one of the restaurants along the Spree River across the river from the Berlin Cathedral;
6. Eat at one of the restaurants (like The Green Bamboo) in old East Berlin that are about two blocks from the Berlin Wall;
7. Definitely go to Friedrichstrasse station and walk along this street because the shopping is amazing; but many restaurants, including the fancy ones DO NOT accept credit cards.
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