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Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Ranked #13 of 633 Hotels in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 5, 2009

My husband and I are just back from our first trip to Berlin and we had a fantastic time.

We arrived into Schonefeld airport which is a fairly nice airport and easy to find your way to the train station. Before you leave the main terminal building go to the tourist information desk on your right and buy a welcome pass, which basically covers all your travel for the time you’re there, ours cost €34.50 each for 5 days. The good thing about getting it from the tourist information office is they give you a little red guide book which tells you all the museums you get discounts with when you show your welcome ticket…. Well worth doing! You save at least 25% on all entry prices to museums.

We took the S9 train to Fredrichstrasse and then the U bahn to Stadmitte. This will take you approximately an hour/1.5 hours, remember to validate your train ticket before travelling, little red box on platforms! Depending which exit you come out from the Stadmitte station you’ll be directly at the street you need to go along (Kraussenstrasse). Look out for a fitness first gym banner on a building and Enterprise banner and take a left there. The hotel is approx 5 minutes walk from there and on your right hand side (There is another tube station called Spittelmarkt near the hotel, but in my opinion it wasn’t as nice).

The Adina hotel is fabulous and in my opinion in a fantastic location for all the must see tourist attractions! We arrived early and our studio room wasn’t ready which wasn’t a problem, but they then upgraded us to a 1 bed apartment which was ready. The apartment was brilliant and it was really nice having lots of space to chill out after a long day sightseeing! As people have said previously, it is literally 2 minutes from a Lidl store and another supermarket (Rossmans) which we used to stock up on snacks, drinks etc. Go out the hotel entrance through the car park at the block of flats and it is on your left on Leipziger Strasse, can’t miss it.

We had breakfast included in our rate, which was good, nice selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, breads, meats, cooked breakfast etc. Enough choice for everyone and meant that we didn’t eat much the rest of the day!

Also worth noting the hotel bar has a happy hour between 5.30-7 which is good for a quick drink on the way back to the room, the Reisling is pleasant as to is the Pilsner on draft. Didn’t eat in the hotel restaurant at night so can’t comment.

The pool, jacuzzi and sauna was a brilliant addition and very nice after a long day sightseeing.

A few of the previous reviews have said that the surrounding neighbourhood didn’t feel particularly safe at night and was the prettiest, well to be honest it was one street back from a main road therefore there was no traffic noise, and we felt nothing but safe walking back late at night, and the surrounding buildings are just stereotypical of buildings of that era.

Location – literally 5 minutes walk to Checkpoint Charlie and Topography of Terror, turn left out of hotel and take a left again when you get to Fredrichstrasse. You can also walk to the TV tower, Gendermanmarkt (which is very pretty), Jewish museum, Potstamer Platz, Holocaust museum, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag (go early to avoid queues!) and Museum Island. It is quite a compact city in so many ways and very nice to walk around, if you didn’t feel like walking there are tube stops near all the main attractions.

A museum that doesn’t seem to feature in many of the guide books (it’s in the red Welcome book) is the Anne Frank museum which is located on Rosenthaler Strasse, to me this was my favourite museum and the 30minute video they play is very interesting, it’s quite hard to find as it’s up an alley, but worth the look! The holocaust museum was also worth a visit.

We took the S9 train out to the Olympic stadium which was worth a visit if you have time, just check that there is no football on! We also took the tube up to KaDeWe which is a fab but expensivedepartment store, especially the food court on the top floor! Just up from the department store there is the Kaiser memorial church which remains after the war, quite an impressive building to see.

Eating – there is a nice Italian restaurant called Lungomare located less than 5 minutes from the hotel, take a left out the entrance and walk along until Charlotten Strasse, it’s on the corner.

Maximillians is good, it is a traditional Bavarian restaurant, worth going to if you want to try the local delicacies! Its just of Fredrichstrasse, take a left from the hotel, when you get to Fredrichstrasse take a right, you’ll see a Mini garage on your left, it’s opposite.

Another Bavarian restaurant that is very traditional is Lowenbrau which again is 5 minutes from the hotel. Go out past Lidl and take a left, you’ll see it on the opposite side of the road, at a set of traffic lights, it’s got a large blue sign. If like us your German isn’t up to much they do have an English menu, you just have to ask for it, I get the impression it’s not a very touristy place, which is kind of why we liked it!

Amici’s restaurant in Gendermanmarkt is a very nice reasonably priced Italian, located in a very pretty building, it’s opposite the opera building. We went for dinner one night and a drink during the day another day, it always seemed busy which I take as a good sign! Seemed quite reasonable to me considering its nice location, 2 pizzas and 2 drinks €26.

As you will probably tell we had a fantastic time in Berlin and would definitely use this chain of hotel again if we go back to Berlin or other cities where they have this chain! We booked the hotel through Travelrepublic and seemed to get a really good price.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2009

Followed their #1 rating here and reserved a room for 3 nights at this hotel. It is indeed a good choice, but Im surprised by its ranking. Froom good to bad - the cleanest it gets, beautiful pool, rooms are beautifully designed and well equipped, though our studio room cannot be considered spacious. Location is so-so, not far from the unter den-linden and Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Plat, but not very close to any underground station (7-8 min walk), service - all staff was very friendly but while some were also helpful other were incompetent. worst was serious extra charge for internet use, which when complained about was met with mocking explanations and waiving charge "as a favor" and a complaint mail to the hotel was never replied to. overall good choice but could expect more from a 4star hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

This hotel was something of a surprise to us. The location was not very glamorous at first sight but was , in fact, very convenient and perfectly safe.
The hotel is exceptionally comfortable with extremely tasteful and stylish furnishings. The rooms have everything you need - and more. Very spacious with quality fittings and good beds.
The staff were friendly, helful and polite at all times.
The breakfast was first rate - even freshly cooked omelettes to order .
The pool and leisure facilities are excellent but I do have one reservation. The tiles near the spa pool are treacherous; two of our party slipped here despite being very careful. So.....watch your step - literally!
Apart from the slippy tiles this was the best hotel I have stayed in for some time and is of 4/5 star quality.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Oscarvim
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

Apartments really work for a family holiday, especially in a city, and Adina is a good example.

The only comment worth adding is that an iPod was taken from the room during the day when we were out. We reported this to the front desk but did not get the impression that they were really interested in investigating.

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Reviewed September 9, 2009

I would highly recommend the Adina Hotel to anyone Planning a trip to Berlin.

Great location. Rooms are amazing: big, clean, pretty. Modern appliances - our room had a washer and a drier, a mini-fridge, stove, microwave. Staff were incredibly nice and helpful. Indoor pool, gym and Jacuzzi. Everything seems to be in pristine condition.

BEWARE – the Kantine Restaurant. As we arrived late on the Friday night decided to stay in and eat at the hotel restaurant, big mistake. The small portions looked very nice but the taste was something else, we had three different dishes and they were all unpalatable. The stuffed mushrooms, I thought my husband was going to be sick, they tasted that horrible. All for the grand total of 93.00 Euros which did included a drink each, when paying the bill I gave 95.00 Euros and the waiter did not even return with the change. I would recommend you go round the corner to China City that was a lovely meal for half the price.

Breakfast was Ok as you must remember you are not in England, very good choice but I am glad we had this included in the price otherwise at 16 Euros each it would have been too expensive.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

Travelled to Berlin from Melbourne for a holiday and to watch the World Athletic Championships with the wife and a mate. We booked a one bed apartment (the wife and I) and a studio apartment for our friend. Both the one bed and studio apartment were fanatastic - clean, spacious and well kept. Both had kitchenettes allowing us to self cater if we wished - which we did. Had a ball in Berlin. Location is great - near restaurants, supermarket, the U bahn and the sites, sights and sounds of East Berlin. Booked through Hotels.com and got a terrific rate.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Fortysevensix
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Reviewed September 5, 2009

We stayed in room 313, one of many rooms available with a balcony, a feature we always find very nice. The front desk staff was very helpful, and knew the answer to every question or request we had. The rooms were spacious and quiet. Comfortable beds and furniture. The air conditioning was a bit weak.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank MGMWi
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Address: Krausenstrasse 35 - 36, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Location: Germany > Berlin > Mitte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Berlin
#13 Romantic Hotel in Berlin
#18 Family Hotel in Berlin
#27 Business Hotel in Berlin
Price Range: $105 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie 4*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Adina Apartment Hotel Checkpoint Charlie opend in December 2007 in the heart of the historic center of Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie, famous Friedrichstrasse and Gendarmenmarket are just a few steps away. The hotel offers studios and apartments, a restaurant and a spacious wellness area with pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. ... more   less 
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