Nothing beats InterCity Berlin Hbf's location, it's just a few meters walk from the Berlin Hbf (just behind Meininger and sister hotel Steigenberger). The Reichstag, Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten and the Brandenburg Gate are all within a 15 minute walk. Of course, being near the main station, transport connections to wherever you want in Berlin are no problem, especially with their FREE Berlin transport pass (included in your package). It's valid in ANY Berlin S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Metro (tram) and buses. It's perfect if you're in Berlin just to see the major sites or travelling with your family (the Natural History Museum is only a kilometer away, the Zoo is a short S-Bahn ride). If you're in Berlin to party, the place is pretty much dead in the night (which is good for my taste). There are also bikes you can rent for 12 euros a day.
Rooms are fairly large and since it's a new hotel (according to the leaflet, they just opened in October 2013), the fixtures are modern and of contemporary design. There's a flat screen TV with Sky broadcasts and the bathroom, though small and without a bathtub, is well-designed and doesn't feel cramped. Despite being beside the train tracks, the windows are soundproofed and you hardly hear the noise outside. Rooms have free Wi-Fi at 256kbps. If you need faster bandwidth, you have to pay. However, if all you'll do is check your email, post your Berlin pics on Facebook / Instagram or tweet that you ate currywurst, the free WiFi is more than enough.
The biggest letdown however is their bed. The mattress, for a new hotel, feels worn out and the pillows are thin and lumpy. I do hope they change it since this is the only negative for this hotel though it's quite bearable. Also, they don't supply dental kits, so bring your own.
I didn't avail of their breakfast, which costs 13 euros. Not a problem since Berlin Hbf is like a train station inside a mall. There are a lot of cheap and mid-range dining options that are open early and closes late. There's even a Kaiser supermarket below the station so you can buy your bread and other personal items there.
The staff were very efficient and friendly. I had no problems checking-in (using Booking.com) and was promptly given my roomkey even if it was before 2PM. Checking out was also hassle-free.
All in all, I would definitely stay here again and recommend this hotel to my friends, despite the pillows. The pros of this hotel more than outweighs the only negative.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In October 2013, we have opened our biggest InterCityHotel right in the middle of the pulsating metropolis Berlin, set directly at the main station. Within spitting distance, you can find some excitement here in the beautiful city centre with its important sights like the Federal Chancellery, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the shopping centre Friedrichstrasse or the legendary Ku'damm. From the centrally located InterCityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof, you find the best connections to all forms of local public transport within walking distance. Therefore, you can reach all of the interesting parts and sights of the city in no time by using your FreeCityTicket, as a special service of the hotel for every guest, included in the price of the room. Regardless of whether you are in the city on business or for pleasure, you will immediately feel at home in one of our 412 delightfully furnished rooms with their modern colour concept. All the rooms are designed in warm brown and beige tones and topped off with stylish accents in terra cotta. Why not start the new day with a great range of delicious breakfast treats available from our sumptuous breakfast buffet. For the remaining meals you will certainly find something tasty in our restaurant or Bistro Lounge. It is our utmost pleasure to welcome all our guests in a warm and friendly manner, as with pleasure we strive to create a superb experience to all our clients visiting Berlin. For all InterCityHotels concerned the usage of the WLAN is free of charge up to 256 KB/s. (Parking fee from 01.01.2017: 25€) ... more less
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