Obviously, it's not a RItz Carlton. It's a budget hotel, which offers a good value for the money you pay. It's within an easy walking distance from 2 metro stations, at a quiet street. Our room was not too big and quite dated, but clean and cozy. Beds could have been more comfortable, but again not too bad. Wifi worked well. The windows were quite old and let some cold in, but overall the temperature in the room was all right (beginning of November).
The owners (a Ukrainian couple) are very friendly and helpful. They speak German, Russian (or Ukrainian, I cannot tell), some Polish and English. Breakfast normally starts at 8:30, but we asked for it to be earlier and they prepared it for us at 8 with no complaints. Breakfast is not included, it's 6 EUR, but it's certainly worth the price. Particularly if you're from Eastern Europe you'll find it delicious, home-like, and with a really good choice of food. If you're from the UK or US, though, and you cannot imagine your morning without fried eggs, sausages and bacon, you should better go elsewhere. It's just a different style.
Child bed is for free, and we could keep our child wagon at the reception, which was very convenient.
Parking is for free (you get a vignette) in the street, although you need to find your own place, the hotel owns none. We were lucky and parked right at the door.
The downside is that the reception is closed during the night, so make sure you call or write them upfront, if you plan to arrive after 20. When you're already a guest, it's not a problem, as you get the key to the front door.
Overall, I liked the place, it had a good atmosphere.
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