I went to Berlin with my boyfriend to scope out the city for a potential job offer that I had. I had never been to Germany before, much less Berlin, and decided to stay in the part of the city known as Mitte - which is pretty much the center of town. Upon first glance, this hotel is located in a somewhat dodgy looking area (we arrived on a dreary rain soaked and incredibly windy day in February) but after wandering around a bit we discovered it was a quick walk to the UBahn (Subway) - about 5 minutes to the U2 or U6 line, and that it is also right near one of the big shopping streets, Freidrichstrasse (only about 5 minutes til you hit the street.) So while it seemed at first not to have too much around, it was not so far away from some more lively places.
The hotel itself was beautiful. For about $130 a night we stayed in a HUGE room with a king sized bed and plenty of space to walk. The bathroom has a nice heated towel rack and a big tub, (I took a bath, which was great!) There was plenty of room for us both, and the little kitchenette was nice for storing some snacks and beer. I was disappointed there was no free internet in the room, or WiFi in the lobby - but they did have a computer for guests use 24/7. (I still think free WiFi in the lobby would be better, but did use the lobby computer more than a few times to look up directions or addresses, etc.)
We also used the pool/jacuzzi facilities. The pool is rather small, but functional for swimming laps, and also a really nice touch in the middle of a city to have an indoor pool! The jacuzzi, again, was relatively small (I was in there with 3-4 strangers and there weren't enough hot bubbles to make the fact you were bathing with random people less obvious...) but it was nice to have as well. Then we were able to use the dry sauna which hit about 90 C (194 F) so it is not for the faint of heart! Again, it was so relaxing to sit in there after a long day of walking around. And the gym equipment, which I did not use, looked brand new and in really good condition.
We had only one incident while staying at the hotel, which was infuriating to me, but the hotel did make up for it as quickly as possible. We had the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door to which I heard knocking on the door at 9:30 on Sunday morning and then heard the handle turn and the door open. I had to run up to the door to slam it shut before putting on a towel and checking to see who it was, "Housekeeping". I yelled that we had the Do Not Disturb Sign on the door for a reason and he apologized and quickly left. I told the front desk what happened and they were apologetic and when we came home later that night they had left us a bowl of fruit and two drink vouchers offering their apologies for the incident. This is does not affect my thoughts on the hotel, but I do think they might want to consider adding an additional lock that only the guest inside the room is able to open, because I felt uneasy that the do not disturb was not being respected by all staff, even when we were out of the room.
Overall, we were very pleased with this hotel and were happy to come home and relax after a long day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin