Monday, November 26, 2007

Chic living at Park Inn Alexanderplatz

The two tallest buildings in the old east are found at Alexanderplatz. The first one is the impressive TV-tower, that once was the pride of the DDR-regime. The second is the 39 floor Hotel Park Inn Alexanderplatz. Besides my hotel experiences in New York City, I think that living here has been the most urban hotel stay I have had in my 45 year life. And it was cheap, chic and comfortable living.

Location: BBBBB

This is the place for you that love the urban jungle. You get that hyper urban experience, as you arrive at the busy Alexanderplatz area. If you are into quiet and cozy, this is definitely nothing for you, but I loved every minute of it.

Service: BBBBB

Top notch for service. Nice and pleasant staff in the reception, in the breakfast room, and in bars and restaurants. We were even allowed to keep our room till 2 PM on our day of departure without extra charge.

Hygiene and maintenance: BBBBB

Our rooms were very well maintained and held the highest hygienic standards. The same thing could be said of the rest of the hotel. This was top standard.

Room: BBBBB- / BBBB+

I have given the rooms two scores, one for single occupancy, and one for double. Let me explain.

We ordered a single room, but stayed in fact in a double room. For one it was perfect, I would maybe hesitate to order it for two.

Design wise it was extremely smart, in dark wood and white clean walls. Smart white lamps with chromium base, black and chrome chairs. Extremely comfortable beds, and sound proof windows locked the traffic out. Very good ventilation provided fresh air and comfortable temperature.

So why would I hesitate to recommend these rooms for two? I will tell you.

The rooms at Park Inn were very compact indeed, and the bathroom area was restricted, in fact the sink was only protected with a blind, and the glass shower was situated in the room itself. The bathroom area was tiny, more than good for one, very little for two.

The toilet was the only room completely shielded behind frosted glass walls. I would prefer to have such a room for me only, and as a single occupancy it get a high score, but for two a lower.

But the design of the bathroom was top notch. Round designer sink on a marble top. Chrome and glass - very elegant.

Here is a small film that will show you the room, so you may judge by yourself. Maybe it is good enough for you two?

Breakfast: BBBBB

Breakfast at Park Inn was not included. Sadly this is the trend, as the hotel price now what used to be free, and a good breakfast at the Park Inn does not come cheap. €16 is the double price for a decent breakfast in one of the many breakfast cafes located around Alexanderplatz.

Having said that, if you should pay so much for your breakfast, the best alternative would be here.

No bacon, but scrambled eggs with speck and another batch with herbs, fried tomatoes, potatoes and wonderful crunchy sausages.

Pastry for every taste, jam, yogurt, muesli, and juice. Good strong coffee. All this provided you with enough energy to roam around Berlin far beyond noon.

Facilities: BBBB+

The reception area was relatively small, and there no areas where you could sit down and enjoy a newspaper in quiet atmosphere, at least what I could see. This hotel was huge and there may have been a salon tucked away somewhere.

On the ground floor there was however a great restaurant / bar with live music. This place was the natural venue for a last drink before bed time and a night snack. I will tell you more later.

On the ground floor you had wireless access for the guests. The rooftop bar, located by the casino demanded foreign guests to bring their passport to get access. As we were inside the Schengen area, we declined the demand, thus missing the view from the top.

If you have some Euros for personal pampering, Park Inn had its own spa department, but the treatments were a little out of our league or rather priorities.

Price: BBBBB

€85 a night - unbeatable, even with no breakfast included.

Rating the Hotel Park Inn Alexanderplatz experience: BBBBB (4,81 points)

Great bargain in Berlin!!


Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz
Alexanderplatz 7
10178 Berlin
Telefon: +49-30-2389-0
Telefax: +49-30-2389-4305

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1 comment:

Andreea said...

had fun reading this review. we found it a little on the too 'intimate' side for two :)
but you can't beat the location or the price