I want to start by saying that the President Hotel is by no means a bad hotel. In fact it was very comfortable, clean, with good transport links and had reasonably friendly staff. Its not great though and there are some factors that mean I probably wouldn't have this as my first choice again.
We arrived at the hotel from Schoenfeld Airport via the S-Bahn into Wittenbergenplatz. It is really close to the station and so after a flight from Paris it was nice to not have to go very far. Our actual room was pleasant with two single beds, a large window overlooking the front of the hotel (if you leant out you could see the TV tower), a small TV, a large wardrobe and a reasonably sized bathroom. It was all kept very clean and looked welcoming from as soon as we arrived.
Aesthetically, no problems at all, however there were some issues. The shower was appalling. It was what I can only describe as a small cell with doors that didn't quite meet which every so often would adjust the temperature of the water from warm to scalding. It was really quite nasty. Secondly there was no air con, a note said adjust the radiators but even with these as low as possible the room was uncomfortably hot. Finally the Wi-Fi was terrible, when you could sign in (and i stress when) the signal was dire. Small things granted, and all bearable if your taking in the amazing city that is Berlin.
My main issue with the Hotel was location. Reading online that this was conveniently placed near the Tiergarten i thought brilliant! A short walk to Brandenburg gate, not far from the Reichstag excellent! Unfortunately I didn't find this to be the case, as it was the opposite side of the park to everything else. I am sure this is great for business travellers but for me as a sightseeing tourist it was just a little too far from Alexanderplatz and the main attractions. While the U-Bahn was just around the corner and easily accessible it was still 30-40 mins to the main square every day. Because of this, we really made use of our Berlin Welcome cards! If you are going to stay here make sure you pick one up and validate it!
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