“Hotel Johann” might best be characterized as a budget design hotel (with more emphasis on “budget” than on “design”). As usual nowadays in a budget hotel, there was no wardrobe in my room, only two tiny shelves and a hanging rail. The hotel is located in an old building that seems to have been thoroughly renovated fairly recently. In particular the brightly lit bathroom was elegantly designed and furnished in a functional manner.
This did not apply to the room itself. Although very small, it was equipped with an extremely large bed. The distance between the bed and the wall was so small that I could hardly reach the garment rack, which was accessibly only in this way. Apart from the huge bed, furniture was basic. At least, there was a small desktop with a good reading light and a comfortable chair.
“Hotel Johann” is situated at equal distances from three different subway stations, each at a walking distance of about 10 minutes. Despite this suboptimal accessibility by public transport the best thing about this hotel is nonetheless its location. The neighborhood is a calm residential area and absolutely silent at night. There are no run-down buildings full of graffitis as one might expect at Kreuzberg. The many restaurants of the bustling Bergmannstrasse and its surroundings are only a 15 minutes walk away.
Though there was no disturbance by noise during the two nights I spent a “Hotel Johann”, my sleep quality was markedly reduced by the excessively soft pillow. While the mattress was alright I never before was confronted with a pillow as horrible as in this hotel. I improvised with a bath-towel as good as I could, but in spite of that I did not succeed to sleep comfortably.
The breakfast buffet provided a wide choice. Its only shortcoming was in my eyes the quality of the bread. One had to put up with either frozen bakery products or dried up slices of packaged bread. No fresh bread or rolls from a bakery were available.
For a budget hotel, the room rate was not a bargain, but not expensive either.