OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration, as this was my first trip to Berlin.
However, we LOVED the Adina. We didn't know what to expect from an "apartment hotel" but we weren't disappointed. Nice room, nice balcony, kitchenette with super-modern appliances -- even a dishwasher. In fact, when we got into our routine, we started our day with breakfast in the room (groceries were available from the nearby "Bio-Market"). Bathroom was another high-tech experience ... I wonder where these guys buy their plumbing supplies, Ikea? Was neat though, with a walk-in shower and heated towel rack (mmmmmh).
This location was really great. Close to the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn. Short walk to Alexander Platz, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten -- literally all the sights (and sites) you want to see.
There are other Adinas in Berlin, but do not be tempted by their lower prices. Those locations are subpar. Hackescher Market is perfect -- pay the extra to stay there. It is close to the action, but not covered by the mobs and (shudder) tour bus groups that swarm so many of the historical sites. Lots and lots of restaurants in the area. If you want German food (and who doesn't (ha, just kidding)) there are numerous "umbrella restaurants" just around the corner in Hackesche Hofe.
Berlin was a "bucket list" trip for me. The ghosts of the GDR and National Socialists are there for sure -- even evidence of the Soviets. The place is a living emblem of the Cold War. If you go, be sure to see the "Topography of Terror," which documents Nazi extremism, and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Both are moving experiences.
For the most part Berlin is expensive, but probably no more than any other place in Germany. I doubt I'll return there, but if I do, I know where I will stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt is situated right in the heart of the historic Mitte district, close to Berlins famous Hackesche Hofe area which boasts ancient courtyards and an exciting selection of shops, restaurants and theatres. Other nearby attractions include Red Town Hall, the Berlin Cathedral, Boulevard Unter den Linden, Alexanderplatz and Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The underground and tram are located just minutes walk from the hotel. Berlin Tegel Airport is 25 minutes and Berlin Schoenefeld Airport 40 minutes away by car. ... more less
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