My partner and I (both 20years old) spent 4 nights here (We found a great deal on lastminute.com with the "secret hotels") at the beginning of May 2013.
We were initially a little worried about it but once we arrived we were totally happy and could not fault it.
Firstly, as our bus arrived in Berlin at 6am, the front desk allowed us to check in to our room at 8am (even though official check-in time isnt till 3pm), which was great.
Our Room: We were in "wing 2" on the 12th floor and really couldn't complain - the only negative would be the view out off to the side of the "slums" was a bit ugly, but didnt really bother us at all.
The bed was super comfy, some english channels on the tv, and a BATHTUB (my favorite part haha) as well as a shower. Literally nothing bad to say about the room.
The Location: Not the BEST location, but by no means bad either. Quite easy to get to from the airport, and if you buy a "Berlin WelcomeCard" pretty easy to get around Berlin via either S-train of U-Bahn and relatively cost-efficient. Only really 10 mins or so into Alexanderplatz, and other parts of Berlin.
Sonnenalle (the train station near the hotel) it literally around the corner, so super close, but at night time it does get a little sketchy around the other side of the station.. we felt fine though coming home late at night and never had a problem.
We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel (though it looked pretty good) it was a bit too expensive for our budget (i think 18 euro each - buffet style) and there are heaps of cheap bakeries around where you can get a good breakfast and a coffee for a few euros.
Also, the restaurants in the "plaza" downstairs seemed quite costly (again out of our budget) but we did have a cocktail each on our last night (about 11 or 12 euro each) and they were really well made and a nice treat.
Overall, i would definitely recommend this hotel, however without the lastminute.com discount it might have been too expensive for us.
- Also Known As:
- Estrel Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Estrel Berlin Hotel
- Estrel Hotel Berlin
- Berlin Estrel Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Estrel Hotel Berlin, with its 1,125 rooms and suites, is Germany's largest hotel. Under the motto "Convention, entertainment and hotel – everything under one roof", the Estrel offers its guests unique facilities in the multi-functional Convention Center, entertainment of an international standard with Berlin’s most successful live Show "Stars in Concert" and 4-star plus service in the hotel. The 13-m high, glass-covered atrium of the hotel (2,800 sqm), housing five restaurants and several bars, also functions as a meeting place and communication hub – guests have the feeling of being transported to a vibrant Mediterranean piazza. ... more less
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