Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre
Good value all round
We stayed here for 2 nights on 25th and 26th Oct 2005 as part of our first trip to Berlin. Having booked the accommodation based on reading previous reports we were not at all disappointed. We arrived by S-Bahn on Tuesday (as you exit Anhalter Bahnof ensure you have the old facade of the original red brick mainline station in front of you and then head left for about 250 metres to the hotel) and arrived at about 11.30am. Despite being several hours early for check in the reception staff were incredibly helpful and found rooms that were available. We found the rooms were very clean as was the whole hotel. Breakfast was very good and you had a large variety to eat and drink. We also enjoyed several drinks in the hotel bar of an evening and the bar staff were also very helpful. Prices were not too expensive.
On our last day we had breakfast and left our cases with the reception staff until 6pm when we collected them with no problems.
The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from Potsdamer Platz and the Anhalter Bahnof S-Bahn station is close by. The area seemed safe to us as a family and we would certainly recommend it to fellow travellers.
Best choice in Berlin for good value
We stayed twice in this Hotel in 2005 and were very happy with it. The location is great, the Potsdamer Platz is just in walking distance (just along the road Stresemanstrasse) or you can take the S-Bahn at the stop Anhalter Bahnhof for one station. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms have all satellite TV. The breakfast (buffet) is included in the price and has a lot of choice including the different German bread rolls. We booked it online on the website of Holiday Inn and got an excellent rate of 55 Eur per night but you have to book well in advance. I can only recommend this hotel and would stay there any time again.
really enjoyed our time in berlin. this hotel offers a really great buffet breakfast every morning and for the amount of money that we paid (really cheap and affordable) that was such a bonus. we had a great double room. everything new and clean and spacy.
the bed was very comfortable. the bathroom small, but definitely all you need. good shower.
only downside is that it's not in the middle of town, so you need to walk a few minutes. you can, however, walk to the S-Bahn (about 2mins) take the train to Potsdamer Platz and then catch the U-Bahn or busses to wherever you need to be. The Welcome Card would come in handy here. We had to get to Zoolog. station to catch the city circle sightseeing bus tour, so mistakenly tried to get there via the S-Bahn. So, we just walked to Checkpoint Charlie and caught the bus from there.
the great thing about this hotel is that you do get the opportunity to walk to very historic areas and that's how you get to know the city. it's about 7mins to the Berlin Wall (the little piece that's left of it) and Checkpoint Charlie.
so all in all, the hotel is tops but if you are not mobile or can't walk too much and don't want to pay for taxi's, I'd advise a different hotel which is located closer to Zoolog. or Potsdamer Platz.
Myself and my 2 friends stayed here for 2 nights. The room was only €15 each for the night! Breakfast was plentiful Its an ideal location for sightseeing. I agree with all the previous reviews!
Brilliant value for money!
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express from 31 July to 5 Aug 2005. Average cost for the room was only £32 per night, (for 2 people!) including an excellent buffet breakfast. The hotel still has a new feel about it, the rooms whilst basic are very comfortable, especially the beds. It is run really efficiently, - no waiting for anything, even when the breakfat buffet was really busy. (Also excellentvalue for money Italian resturant opposite the hotel, with a great little garden. Good piza!)
The hotel is located 2 minutes from Anhalter Bahnof station, and 5 minutes from Potsadamer Platz. The Reichstag, Brandanberg Tor, and the Jewish memorial and museum are all easily walkable, with the Tiergarten and The Ku Dam within 30 minutes walk.
We can highly recommend this hotel to all budget conscious travellers to Berlin.
Great Hotel-good value, great service, good location
We stayed here for a long weekend. We checked in at 1am, which was no problem. Offered a choice of twin beds or a double when checking in. Everything is very new and clean. Staff were efficient and friendly, very helpful when on our last morning we were late for breakfast and everything had already been cleared away. Restaurant staff brought us out a plate of food each! Location is very convenient, 5 min walk from Anhalter Bahnof station, 10-15 min from Potsdamer Platz. Walking distance from Checkpoint Charlie. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend :-)
Brilliant Choice for Berlin
I stayed here for six nights in June, 2005. The hotel felt very new and was very clean and well-run. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with enquiries. The included breakfast was excellent. The immediate area around the hotel was not very exciting but Potsdamer Platz is a very easy and pleasant ten-minute walk away, as is some interesting sights in Kreuzburg (Victoriapark, etc.). The Reichstag, the Holocaust memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, the Topographie des Terrors, and Unter den Linden are all easily reached by foot. Also, the hotel's close proximity to the U2 subway line was very helpful for getting to the Ku-damm, Bahnhof Zoo and Schloss Charlottenburg. Two grocery stores are located nearby so self-catering is a very easy option for those on a budget. Overall, my stay was very enjoyable and I will stay here again next time I am in Berlin.
Excellent choice for Berlin
I put my review on the Forum pages as the hotel was not yet listed under the 'reviews'. Now it is I've 'cut and pasted it' here:-
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn Express. It's brand new so everthing was in excellent condition, it had a designer/stylish feel to it, exceeding its 3*'s. The guest rooms were perfect, good quality white bedding/duvet, nice lighting, tea/coffee stuff great shower and fluffy white towels!
The staff was extremely friendly and the bar was great for chilling (and not expensive at 2.20 euros for a tall beer)! The free breakfast was terrific and had plenty of choice (cereals, fruits, yoghurts, breads/toast/rolls, cold meats, cheese, eggs, croissants, tea, coffees, juices, milk and water)!
We got a taxi from Tegel, as there was 5 of us, we needed an 8 seater, which cost more, but even that only cost us 22 euros and we arranged for him to pick us up for our return.
Location wise, I thought, was ideal. It was about a 10 minute walk to Potsdammer Platz where there was a 120 shop mall with plenty of restauraunts, an IMAX theatre, another dozen or more restaurants outside of the mall. A further 10 mintues or less from The Postdammer Platz and you're at The Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. We easily walked to most places (Freidrichstrasse had some great shopping and Checkpoint Charlie and was about 10 mintue walk).
The Berlin Wall ran down Stressemanstrasse and there's parts of it still, which was fascinating. To get to the K'Dam (The former West's major shopping/cafe street and like the Champs Elysee in Paris) just turn right on leaving the hotel and head for the Spree River where you'll see the U Bahn station called Mockenbrucke, about a 5 mintue walk, take the train to one of the stations on the K'Dam, have a look at KaDaWe, it's the largest Department store in Germany (2nd in the World) and visit the 6th Floor Deli - it's fantastic! The Kaiser Wilhelm Church is there too.
We did the Yellow hop-on, hop-off tour, cost about 19 euros which was good as it helped us get orientated.
There was a good Italian restaurant near to Anhalter Bahnhof S Bahn station, on a corner, very inexpensive, the best best though was the pizzas, as the pasta dishes were dissapointing.
Very clean, efficient and excellent location
As the previous review states, this hotel had only been very recently opened. It is 5 min. walk from Underground station (Anhalter Banhof) + 10 min. walk from a main Underground station (Potsdamer Platz) Rooms are very well set - out, modern decor, efficient WC/shower. Bar open from early a.m. till late, morning breakfast was excellent, wide range cereals, breads, cheese, fruits, drinks, etc. 5 min. walk from hotel is really good Italian restaurant, Romano was name (I think) 5 of us ate + drank for total bill less than 50 euros !! Outstanding ! We went back the next day ! Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag (German parliament) are all within maybe 15 min. walk. You can pick up the tourist buses fom Brandenburg Gate but haggle a little over prices (e.g. if there any children or students or pensioners in your party) and you should get discounts for them. We went to an EXCELLENT cabaret show at the Friedrichstrass Theatre, 'Hexen', I think it was based on a witches theme (sort of Witches of Eastwick) but the dancing, singing, acrobatics + orchestration were really sophisticated. You will need to use transport from Holiday Inn to there, maybe 4 stops on the Underground followed by a 10 min. walk.
Great new hotel!
We visited this hotel over Easter 2005 and it had only been open a matter of weeks.
Check in and bar staff were friendly and efficient; the bar, which is open until late, was very reasonably priced.
Rooms are basic, as one would expect from the Express brand, but nevertheless provide tea/coffee making facilities in room, and as a forum member pointed out, spotlessly clean, nice white bedding and fluffy towels. Equally important, the rooms are extremely quite facing the courtyard.
The breakfast buffet is well stocked and in a nice setting.
The hotel is easily accessible for the major attractions and there are a couple of U-bahn stations within a 5 minute walk. Plenty of good restaurants and shopping also within walking distance.
All in all, for the rate (we paid EUR69 per night), this is a great place to see Berlin from and I'd recommend it to anyone.