Hotel Leonardo is right outside Bismarckstraße U-Bahn station, which has two lines to take you - in about 15 minutes - to the main centre of Berlin, now located just to the East of the Brandenburg Gate.
We paid about £40 per night for a twin, which was a brilliant price for the location and quality of the accommodation.
Our room was quite large, with lots of natural light from enormous floor to ceiling windows. It also had individually controlled air conditioning for the room, which was both quiet and effective (an unusual combination). The bathroom was good, with a great shower, though no bath in our room at least. There are tea/coffee making facilities but no fridge or minibar (not a big loss).
The reception area is very modern and welcoming, and could easily fit in to a much more expensive place. There is rather an insipid bar down there that didn't seem very well used, and when we returned late at night wanting a nightcap it had already closed. However the helpful staff pointed us to another late pub (very quiet but friendly) just a couple of minutes away.
Likewise there is a bakery just opposite so unless you love big hotel buffets, there's really no need to opt for breakfast in the hotel. A nice roll and a cup of tea at the bakery is about €3,50.
If you are staying at this hotel, it is worth trying to fly into Tegel rather than Schönefeld, since it is so much nearer: a short bus/tube journey or only €12 in a taxi. (Besides Tegel is a smaller, nicer airport and BA flights there from Heathrow Terminal 5 are often only marginally more expensive than Easyjet's offerings or the same price once you take into account baggage allowances.)
Biggest downside of this place, if searching around for one, was that Wifi was outrageously expensive at nearly €6 an hour or €12 a day. But we did without it. There are free Internet terminals in reception.
If I return to Berlin and want to stay somewhere comfortable, but not really super swanky, I will probably go back to this hotel. I recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Leonardo Hotel Berlin is centrally located close to the famous shopping mile "Kurfurstendamm" and the fairground "Messe Berlin". Both, business travellers and city explorers alike will enjoy the modern design and comfort of this hotel. For business events, seminars and conferences, the hotel offers a modern conference room, which can seat up to 30 people, and creates the ideal ambiance for your successful event. ... more less
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