I stayed here for 5 nights and I was disappointed that it's not a true 5 star hotel. There is no pool, no iron/ironing board in the room, no bath robes, there are so many things missing that any other 5 star would have... and what a TERRIBLE internet service, if you're lucky to even connect to it. To top it all, most of the rooms are PINK (sheets are pink, bathroom is pink, slippers are bright pink), but they went easy on the floor and walls... it's light pink.
The TV is setup inside a mirror and behind a glass, so unless there is absolutely no light in the room, you can't watch TV because of the glare. Design over functionality. The desk is mirrored and round *but not a full circle, more like... in the shape of a pregnant woman, I kid you not), it doesn't have space for you to place your mouse next to the laptop, or even to rest your arms.
The chairs are "designed" and are uncomfortable and unsuitable for sitting, much less for working. The bathroom is divided from the bedroom by a glass, milky in the middle but clear above and below. There is a glass door between the toilet and the bathroom, so in fact there is no privacy at all.
Breakfast isn't included in their rates and they charge 22€ per person for a buffet (below average, definitely not what you'd expect for 22€). However there is an alternative to having breakfast there, Universal's building is next to it and has a bar and cantina where you can have your breakfast for less than half the price. The cantina is surprisingly good and cheap.
The hotel is located in the industrial part of Friedrichshain and most of the guests are there because of their conference halls or because they made the same mistake I did thinking it was a 5 star resort. There is a train/U-Bahn station that is around 8-10 min walk, but the area in general isn't nice. Graffiti all over the place, low end restaurants, donerias, a few homeless people, and after 6pm you'll see LOTS of people drinking beer on the streets, I know this is common in Berlin, but this area seems to be popular in that regard.
Overall I wouldn't recommend staying here, there are better 4 stars and 5 stars in Friedrichshain.
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- More than just a hotel, the nhow Berlin is a revolutionary new model of living and lodging. Located on the banks of the River Spree and in the heart of the city's most vibrant neighborhood, you'll find hip bars and clubs on every block and the latest in art and fashion on exhibit at every turn. ... more less
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