The hotel is described as four star, and at first glance it appears very nice. However, although the room is attractive, the facilities are very poor - no tea or coffee making facilities, a VERY expensive minibar (four quid for a bag of crisps?!) and no complimentary toiletries (a nightmare given that our shampoo, shower gel etc had been stolen by the good people at the Ryanair check-in). The room was incredibly hot with no way to regulate the temperature except opening the window, onto a very noisy and busy main road, so sleep was difficult either way.
However, the real problem with this hotel is the fact that there is NO-ONE THERE AFTER 11pm. Literally no-one. Therefore, if you go out of the hotel without your room key and arrive back after 11pm, hard luck - you are sleeping on the street. Or if you pop into a friend's room after 11pm, and your door accidentally slams behind you (as happened to me), you can't get back into your room without ringing an emergency number (found by chance on the wall in the lift). Yes, someone turned up an hour later with a master key, but I then got charged 55 euros for an emergency call out! I dread to think what would have happened if there had been a real emergency like a fire or a break in. The place is like the Marie Celeste as soon as the clock turns 11pm and I found this astonishing for a four star hotel in a capital city.
In terms of location, it's ok - very near a U-Bahn station but on a line that was tricky to get to the more popular areas such as Unter den Linden without several changes.
The breakfast was a self service buffet, and nothing out of the ordinary. I am amazed that this hotel has four stars. I would never go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small temple of luxury housed in a former cathedral in the heart of Berlin's city center west, just a few minutes from Kurfuerstendamm or Messe Berlin fair grounds.Mediterranean and romantic flair, enlivened by Florentine murals and outstanding design... life can be so sweet in the 3 stars Hotel Albergo Berlin!The charm of the Mediterranean gives Hotel Albergo its special character and can be found in every nook and cranny. Artists from Florence have transformed this unique hotel into a gallery. ... more less
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