I liked a few things about this hotel: its location in the shopping district; the quiet in the room; the fact that they offered free wifi; the included breakfast with a range of hot and cold foods.
But there were also things I rather disliked. I'd booked the hotel for my husband's birthday weekend -- based on other reviews and pictures, it seemed like a nice place to stay. I did book a "standard" room, not a "superior" one; perhaps that was a mistake.
Here's our experience with the standard room. To reach it from the hotel lobby, we climbed a set of stairs, took an elevator, walked across an outdoor courtyard, took a second elevator, and went down a second set of stairs. It was a bit of a routine, and one that was a pain at breakfast, for example, because the elevator only holds about 4-6 people and more were trying to use it then, resulting in the need to wait.
The bathroom was the worst part of the room. It had no less than three signs -- ugly, laminated, bold capital-lettered, pink-highlighted signs -- taped to the bathroom walls, advising guests not to throw sanitary products down the toilet and threatening that you would pay for damages in the case of flooding. It was also the kind of place where the ceiling above the shower has gotten mildewed or mouldy and they've just painted over it. Between the signs, the icky ceiling, a slightly bad smell, the lack of a towel rack or any other place to hang your towel, and the ominous noises emitted by the plumbing system whenever the sink or toilet or shower was used, I think it's fair to call the bathroom quite unpleasant.
The sleeping part of the room was slightly better, but in some respects (unreplaced burnt-out lightbulbs, a strange hook and hole in the ceiling) shabby. The beds (two singles pushed together) were okay -- they didn't cause us to lose sleep, but I also wouldn't call them comfortable.
Ultimately, we were out enjoying Berlin during the weekend; we didn't spend a lot of time in the room. But whenever we were there I couldn't escape the icky feeling. I think a hotel room, at the very least, should not gross you out, and unfortunately this one did.
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