Travelling through Europe, one expects to be looted in broad daylight by hotels, restaurants, pubs and even museums. That's why Berlin is so refreshing. Take European prices, slash it by 25%, and then remove a few Euros - that's Berlin price for you.
Even so, Motel One offers excellent value for money. I stayed at Alexanderplatz (downtown Berlin) for about 65 Euros a night, and it was awesome. In no way was it a 'budget' hotel.
My window literally opened out into the square, with an outstanding view of the TV Tower in all its 1960s charm, just 3 minutes walk away. Even closer is the Alexanderplatz station, which has connections to nearly every major landmark within the city (as well as, if I'm right, to other cities). My tour met at the entrance to the TV Tower (as do many other tours), so that was convenient as well. Alexanderplatz is also 'happening' with pubs, eateries and hangout joints just outside the main square. The Museum district (more like a square) and many other places of interest (DDR Museum, etc) are walkable, but one can also catch buses from the bus stop which is also just a few steps away. For such an awesome location, M.O.Alex's rates are very reasonable.
Upon arrival, I got checked in in under 3 minutes. I arrived at midnight but there were no hassles at the desk. Payment is up-front, by cash or card. Ask the receptionist for your wi-fi login/password (its quick, and hey..its free!)
The room was sufficiently large, very well done, and had just the right amount of furniture. The bathroom was a little small but spotless and well stocked.
Breakfast is a buffet that an Easterner might label bland, but it worked. Mostly the usual European fare - Cereal, Croissant, butter/jam/spread, Juices, Tea/Coffee, Fruit salad. Nothing exciting but decent stuff to get you on your way.
In summary - an outstanding option for tourists wanting an decent, clean place to stay in a good location at an affordable price.
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- Also Known As:
- Motel 1 Berlin - Alexanderplatz
- Motel One Berlin - Alexanderplatz Hotel Berlin
- Hotel One Berlin Alexanderplatz