this is run by the Bulgarian former leasee from the Formula One motel in the same industrial park. he mans the front desk himself and is very hands on, speaks many languages. he seems to care and mentor his guests nicely. for the price it is a good value. I found my room to be very clean. the shower has nice pressure and plenty of hot water. its true as the writer wrote here that too much cigarette smoke enters the non smoking room. the smoking rooms are too close to the non smoking. the very rough and ready truck drivers and commerciantes from mostly eastern Europe are very heavy non stop chain smokers and also beer drinkers. the outside café part is impossible to sit in as a non smoker. unlike north America the smoker is preferred and encouraged and coddled in this German property with no area set aside outside for non smokers at all but rather a non smoker such as myself is non stop bombarded by the wafting of the chain smoking blue callor types. In Germany, though they purport to be "green" they very much favour and love cigarette smoking and exposing non smokers by force to the cancer causing smoke of others. Despite the smoking problem I still recommend this property. The owner is very caring and hands on. Wifi/wlan is available but has some kind of weird time clock it is on , for free, and when that time clock ends one has trouble to re set it even for free. But the wifi did work in the rooms something which the cheaper in the same park Formula One/Motel 24h does not have for the 26 euros they charge. This property is a better value if you book 30 days out front and pay non refund ably in advance as you save about 5 euros by paying in advance per night booked in your daily rate. I had a room I liked in the back wall abutting McDonalds but it was very loud with trucks and cars coming non stop, slamming doors and talking loudly. But I learned to get used to it. The TV has a lot of stations but is not set loud enough. Its only set to max. 35 when it needs to be set to at least 40. The flat screen tv was nice but sadly the volume is too circumscribed to be heard well at all. As other people wrote the location is super , right off the Berliner Ring. There is an overpriced Shell gas station and also a McDonalds right next store to this hotel which seems popular with the hordes attending to it. The lay out of the room is quite nice and I did not find it too small for this price category. There were a nice amount of clean towels. A small French spare soap is provided so bring your own too. I liked the lay out of the room with the wc separately and the shower too. Then the small sink was quite cute and enough. Over all I think the lay out is good for the price charged. The worst thing they have to do, to improve, is end the domination of the smokers here. As soon as you come out in the corridor from your room you are overwhelmed terribly with wafting severe smoking of the many chain smokers who make this their smoking haven ! I have nothing against smokers but I don't want to smell or inhale their non stop cancer causing smoke in the slightest. This hotel does not achieve that. Despite its many setbacks I still very much recommend this establishment as its heart is in the right place and it has improved over time. They will have to keep their price low and competitive though to overcome the few shortcomings that do indeed exist, foremost the love of cigarette smoking at every turn in this establishment.
I noticed this hotel seemed on the hit list of many Polish , Lithuanian and other eastern Europeans so it must be doing something right. Not to be missed if you need a inexpensive hotel room and are only in transit on the Berliner Ring autobahn.
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