This hotel is in a perfect location to explore Berlin. Although after spending four nights there I feel like we barely touched the surface!
Alexanderplatz and the TV tower are about a 5 minute walk away. Many of the walking & cycling tours leave from there. I can recommend two; the Fat Tire cycling tour will give you an excellent overview of all the main tourist attractions in the city and the alternative berlin walking tour will show you the other side of Berlin - the non-touristy, gritty, 'real' Berlin.
There are also several public transport options leaving from Alexanderplatz which will get you anywhere you want to go in the city.
There are very few eating/ drinking options near the hotel. I would recommend walking (about 20 mins) over to the Mitte area where you can find great bars, cafes, restaurants as well some pretty decent fast-food/ take-away options.
My boyfriend and I ate in the hotel bar on our first night as we were tired after travelling. The food was pretty good (we had hamburgers) but I'd only use it for the same reason - you are too tired to walk anywhere else.
One night we grabbed some food from the supermarket and walked about 20 minutes to a nearby park and had a picnic which I'd recommend doing if the weather is right. When we went it was a warm Saturday evening and seemed to be the 'local' thing to do!
We didn't have the breakfast as it seems a bit expensive at 19 euros. We picked up filling sandwiches/ pastries and coffee down in Alexanderplatz for half that price for the two of us.
In terms of shopping there is a big galleria as well as another big shopping mall (with H&M, Zara etc) 5 mins away, down in Alexanderplatz. If you are looking for small boutique type shops walk over to the Mitte area for some really great shopping.
Now to the hotel itself. The room was great - very modern, exceptionally clean and a good size by European standards (I had no trouble opening my suitcase after re-arranging the furniture slightly). The most important thing to me in a hotel is clean, good quality towels and bed linen - white, of course! Hotel Indigo didn't let me down.
The only flaw in the room is the slightly see-through bathroom wall. While it is trendy, it is not practical. It wouldn't stop me from staying there again but it just meant my poor boyfriend had to sit still in one place on the bed whenever I used the toilet! Otherwise, the bathroom was excellent and had a great, powerful shower.
We were on the fourth floor on the street side and had no complaints about the noise from the street. You can hear the trams but not loudly; there is good air-con in the room so there is no need to open the window.
The fitness room is fantastic. The best I have used in any hotel actually. It has 3 treadmills, 2 cross trainers, a bike, free weights as well as a weights machine. All really good quality and...working!
We are travelling with a car which we could park on the street outside the hotel for 16 Euro per day. I believe there is an undercover garage a bit further away where you can park for 20 Euro per day.
A couple of small nitpicking points: The lifts in the hotel are a bit slow as they always seem to be in high demand by both guests and staff. I also had trouble working the TVs (both in our room and in the fitness room). My boyfriend managed to figure them out but maybe management could leave a set of instructions for us mere mortals.
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boutique Lifestyle Hotel Indigo Berlin Alexanderplatz is located in the city center of Berlin, only 300m away from the Alexanderplatz and surrounded by countless shopping attractions, culture and fashion highlights. Its location at the very heart of Berlin makes it a perfect spot to start your Berlin Experience. Waking up in the "neighborhood" design, all rooms artwork is inspired by the neighborhood of the Alexanderplatz and Eastern part of Berlin, bringing some of the creativity of the city onto the walls. All our 153 modern, comfortable and cozy rooms are equipped with flat screen LCD TV, SKY TV, safe, air condition, electric kettle with a free choice of coffee and tea facilities, minibar as well as a hand-picked choice of toiletries and an invigorating rainfall shower. Free Wi-Fi and free phone calls landline in 17 European countries, the USA and China are also included. An extensive and delicious breakfast buffet with a rich choice of homemade marmalade, fruit juices and coffee specialties awaits you in the morning in our restaurant. Enjoy an authentic delicious meal at our restaurant La Maison de L'entrecôte for lunch or dinner. Our head chef uses only the freshest ingredients. The entrecote in all its variety is the signature dish of our restaurant. In addition we offer a choice of international specialties. Relax after a long day of work or sightseeing in our fancy "White 5 Bar" by a classic exotic cocktail or a whiskey in our Bar Lounge. Further, the Hotel Indigo has 3 meeting rooms for a maximum of 80 people. All rooms are located on the ground floor are equipped with daylight, modern meeting technique, Wi-Fi, air condition and can be darkened. For sporty active people, the hotel offers 24h an own fitness room with cardio equipment free of charge for hotel guests. ... more less
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