In August I visited Berlin with several friends for a chance to explore the city in warmer weather, particularly as my previous visit to the city had been during a much colder season!
Having booked the Hotel Amano for the first part of my stay, we then shifted to Alexanderplatz Apartments as we needed somewhere central, reasonably priced and suitable to accommodate the group.
My first impressions of the hotel were quite low. The exterior of the building is old and the lack of signage made it difficult to locate on a hot day when we just wanted to get to the room, but with some effort we located the building (next to a coffee shop) and headed up a flight of stairs to the reception desk located on the first floor. Check-in is from 3-8pm, however we arrived early and were able to leave our bags in the limited space of the reception area which suited us fine whilst we checked out the area.
On this floor there appeared to be several dormitory rooms with shared bathroom which immediately concerned me in case there had been some mix-up with the booking. Luckily, our room was actually located on the top (7th) floor which in fact has just two rooms in self-contained apartments.
The location of the apartments is fantastic, directly opposite the Alexanderplatz station which houses the metro, train and bus connections. It can get a little noisy but in all honestly, the double-paned glass eliminates a lot of this.
The room itself features a huge double bed with one single daybed, a large bathroom with towels and hairdryer provided and a separate kitchen with a two ring hob, fridge and kettle with coffee machine. Pots and pans, plates, cutlery and glasses are provided in the kitchen as well as cleaning products. This all helped to make it a comfortable night with the option to cater for ourselves in the apartment if we wished.
The view from the room was overlooking the centre of Alexanderplatz, literally a birds-eye view of the bustle of the city below.
The in-room facilities and location are the real winners of the accommodation, however there are a couple of points that are worth noting before booking:
- I obtained a quote and reserved the room through a third-party website, however payment is only possible at the apartment in cash… no card payment is available. Quite an inconvenience but something to prepare for. N.B. there is a cash machine outside of the hotel.
- Fans are provided however there is no air conditioning in the apartment at all. At the height of summer in Berlin, it does make for a sticky night.
- The price of the room does not include the cleaning fee which is charged at an additional 30 euro. This was perhaps the most annoying part for me, I hadn’t budgeted for this as it wasn’t very clearly stated on the website (I actually had to hunt through the small print) but typically, I think that this is bad practice and the price stated on the website should state any fees that the visitor should prepare for.
For reasonably priced accommodation and a fantastic location, Alexanderplatz Apartments offer a good stay particularly if it’s a longer duration where the self-catering facilities could be a great money-saver.