Initially I thought the location was a bit bland and concrete and the facade not that inspiring. However, scrap that. The area is brilliant. Near the Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate plus many other sites. The hotel was a complete bargain and I did check to ensure that the price I paid for flights and hotel wasn't just for the hotel. Barrack Obama had stayed there a few days prior to our visit so cant be bad. Our room was enormous and, despite being on a smoking floor (we said we didn't mind as we didn't want to wait for the other rooms to be prepared) we couldn't smell smoke at all. Staff were all super efficient and friendly. On our last night (we were only away for 2 nights) we asked for a recommendation for a good last dinner and he recommended Grill Royal which was perfect. Apparently Sunday night is the only night you can get in at short notice. We walked everywhere and there is a lot of walking to be done as the differing sectors can feel quite far apart. Coming back to the hotel after a day of walking felt like coming back to a haven of calm and relaxation before getting ready for dinner. We had looked at hotels near Alexanderplatz but having wandered around there it seemed a bit run down in comparison to Potsdamerplatz. Bikes everywhere which is great - bike taxis, rickshaws, round bicycles for about 4 people and, best of all, a beer bicycle (approx 6-8 people sitting on bike seats round a bar on wheels and they all pedal along whilst drinking their beer. I think the barmaid in the middle actually does the driving but it looked fun. As did the stag party who had hired a yellow school bus to take them around town. Great weekend, lovely people, lovely food and lovely hotel. Gay pride was on the day we arrived and that was the liveliest we saw the place so perhaps we were missing something, but we really enjoyed our trip.