I spent hours reviewing hotels that would be in close proximity to Tegel Airport (TXL) since we had a 6:20 am flight departure for Dusseldorf on Jan. 2 and could not take any chances on missing this early morning flight. To my amazement, there were few hotels near Tegel and only one, The Mercure, that offered shuttle service to the airport. So the Mercure it had to be. The hotel is set in a forest-like location near the airport, but certainly not within walking distance to this particular aerodrome. The front desk people were efficient and knowledgeable, English speaking, and assured us they would get us to the airport for our 6:20 am flight. Our room was clean and efficient, the bathroom was spotless, and the bedding was immaculate with comfortable duvets provided as needed. One nice hotel benefit was unlimited use of the hotel computers located in the lobby - no fee and no time limit. We do have an Accor loyalty card which may have made a difference.
Our only complaint about this hotel is about the old matron who appeared to manage the restaurant. When I wondered into the bar to look at the menu, she immediately told me to get out of the bar and go to the restaurant if I only wanted to peruse the menu. She didn't speak much English, but I certainly didn't appreciate her tone of voice. Two hours later my wife and I decided to dine in their very attractive but small dining room. We chose the leg of pork, sauerkraut and boiled potatos. I commented to our server that it was traditional in my German-heritage family to always eat sauerkraut and pork on New Year's Day if one expected to have money throughout the year. I asked her if such was the case in Berlin. She said not and then proceded to ask the matron-manager the same question who replied: "Some of these Americans are quite weird with their interpretations of our traditions." She should have had the common sense to keep her thoughts to herself.
The bus to the airport was ready to depart at 5:00 am and we were at the airBerlin counter at 5:10 am, so other than the restaurant incident, we were pleased with our stay at the Mercure Tegel Airport. As a footnote (and warning) the new Willy Brandt (state-of-the-art) airport is now scheduled for opening mid 2014. SO MUCH FOR GERMAN EFFICIENCY AND ENGINEERING!!! This airport will replace most of the TXL flights. There will be a new Airport Marriott at the Willy Brandt Airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Airport Berlin Tegel 4* is located at Tegel Airport itself. Our 4 star hotel offers modern hospitality in a contemporary ambiance. Our 186 rooms are air-conditioned and soundproof. From 4:45 am to 11:45 pm, our free shuttle bus takes you directly to Tegel airport. Direct public transport to the city centre. The Berlin exhibition centre is 6 kilometres away. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, 11 meeting rooms, sauna, fitness corner and an outdoor pool in summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel