My partner and I stayed here for five nights during the first week of February. The hotel is well situated for Berlin's museums and galleries and is only five minutes walk from the underground. We arrived early but were able to check in even though the advertised check in time is 2pm. The reception staff were all really helpful and had a high standard of English (compared to my mediocre German!).
We stayed in a one bed apartment, which was a great size and very stylish. The hotel is in a boutique, modern style with lots of home comforts. There was a king size bed, flat screen TV in both the sitting room and bedroom, CD/MP3/Tuner plus a kitchenette with all the requisite equipment and utensils. You have to pay for internet access but I didn't think that was necessarily a bad thing. I work in digital media and spend my life on the internet so it was great to have an enforced break from it. We only connected on one evening in order to check out museums and galleries on the web.
We used the pool/spa facilities on most evenings and found them to be very clean with plenty of robes and towels to hand. The sauna is a good size but wasn't busy anyway. Like the previous visitors, we also encountered the naked man but we are pretty free and easy about these things. I kept my bikini on but would have happily discarded it if there were others going down that route :-). As it was, we didn't encounter anyone else in the sauna during our stay so I wasn't sure what the accepted protocol was! We did read about a popular sauna in Berlin where it was compulsory to go naked so I don't think it's such a big deal in Germany. I actually think that's a good thing and personally wouldn't have felt threatened had I been alone in there (I'm female). There's even a section in the DDR museum that deals with the appeal of nude bathing in Berlin.
The pool and spa pool were not busy but it was February after all. It might get a bit packed in the high season as the pool isn't that big. Also, there were very young children in there on one occasion so it was a little noisy and not relaxing. It would be great if it could be restricted to adults in the evening so it's more of a chill out space after a busy day of sightseeing. We are runners but decided to leave our trainers at home so didn't use the gym facilities. However, the gym looked very well equipped and wasn't busy at all.
We ate twice in the restaurant, which was quiet due to the time of year. The service again was fabulous with friendly staff on both occasions. I had both pasta dishes, which were very tasty and my partner had the Aussie burger, which certainly was a feast! There were good Aussie wines to be had also due to the hotel group's Australian connections. The only criticism of the menu would be that there was only one vegetarian dish and it wasn't obvious from the menu that it was veggie. If you love meat, you'll be at home with the menu though. The desserts were very good too, which was true of all the desserts we had whilst in Berlin.
We ate breakfast in our room most mornings, except for a rather fantastic breakfast in Gendarmenmarkt one day. We were able to purchase all we needed from the minimarket along Krausenstrasse or from the Lidl on the next street. Neither offer a particularly extensive range but are adequate for basics. It was great to have a leisurely start to each day before we set out around the city.
I would highly recommend this hotel and thought it was great value for money. It was my second time in Berlin, the first time being in the early 90s so it has obviously changed quite a lot! It really is an amazing city and my partner who was there for the first time loved it. We'll definitely be returning soon and will probably stay at the new Adina Hackescher Markt hotel to experience a bit more of that district.
- 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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- Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin