We booked the hotel through Easyjet together with our flight for a good rate. The location is great! (3 minutes by foot from the KaDeWe and the U-Bahn Wittenbergplatz). We had a room to the back which was very quiet. The black decor is indeed a bit unusual and certainly does not make things easy for the cleaning team (for ecological reasons you can't really use heavy descaling products everyday to avoid the white limescale marks on the black tiles of the bathroom and yes - black decor draws dust and makes it more visible) but unlike other reviewers here on Tripadvisor we found the rooms were very clean (with my experience as a university hospital housekeeper I know what I'm talking about). And a broken shower head was replaced immediately after we informed the reception staff.
The rooms are indeed a bit small but we found enough drawers and hangers to put away a week's supply of clothes for two - some guests do not seem to realize there is a storage space for your luggage on one side of the bed underneath the bed top. As for the preconception of some people regarding the fact that the Axel Hotel is a gay hotel - we can reassure all hetero-couples like ourselves that we did not feel awkward at any stage, the male staff were all very friendly and impartial. We just had to smile at the (temporary?) exhibit of some rather explicit oil paintings on the way to the breakfast room...
All in all my husband and I will be happy to stay there again on our next city trip to Berlin - Well done Axel Team!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Schöneberg, the heart of the gay scene in the city, Axel Hotel Berlin is fascinating for its cosmopolitan spirit and delicious, by the careful combination of design and comfort, and for excellent service. The charm and elegant mix of gold on black, overlay and textures make Axel Hotel Berlin a unique space in the German capital. With 87 design rooms, fully equipped to provide guests with maximum confort and a different stay. ... more less
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