Mercure Hotel Berlin am Alexanderplatz
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Well here we are in Berlin, after a mammoth day's sightseeing! Started off with a fab breakfast at the hotel then went to their Technik Museum for the morning, seeing airplane, ship and car exhibits. Really interesting stuff although no tacky souvenirs spotted for Liz yet..... Went to the biggest model railway in the world (that we've seen anyway) …
... stop raining for the rest of the day. After we got our charms we found a random food court in a random shopping centre and got some pasta, it was crazy we ordered it and then they made it from scratch in a frying pan in front of us.... Very cool. We then walked back to the Topography of Terror to check it out some more, it was an outside exhibition of 1933 Berlin. It was amazing how much could happen in one year, the year Hitler rose to power. I then ...
... soaking literally everything.
The group was all exhausted and hungry, but we felt that sleep was more important than food, so we all slept for a couple hours before going out to our first Berlin dining experience. We stopped at an outdoor restaurant where I ordered my first sausage, which would become the staple of my diet in Berlin. I had my first beer in Germany as well. It was a Berliner in a 0.5 liter glass. I was confused ordering the beer because I ...
... I like. We drove off towards Berlin and said goodbye to Amsterdam.
The drive took about 6 hours, we only stopped a few times to stretch and get gas. The drive was beautiful, Germany has some excellant scenery. Both my camera and cell phone were dead, so I have no pictures of the drive. Oh well, the images will forever be inprinted in my mind.
After the drive we finally found our hostel and checked in. The hostel we're staying in, The Jet Pack Alternative Hostel, is ...
... her tailbone pretty bad. So like I said, we got off to a great start! Lauren did not join us on this trip but Hope, who lives below us came along. She is doing a student teaching internship at the elementary school on base. Hope is also blind in one eye and has severe tunnel vision in her other eye. Her joining us definitely changed the dynamic of the trip. Before this weekend we never spent extended periods of time with her and because of this we did not realize ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Hotel Berlin am Alexanderplatz
Having heard so much about Berlin and especially getting good reviews from 3 close friends about the Hotel Agon, I was really looking forward to staying there.
This hotel was just what I was looking for. Very good value for money.
I got the impression from the photos on the hotel's website that the rooms would be a little kitchier, but instead they were very modern. Rooms were definitely spacious and very clean.
Breakfast buffet was amazing.
Great Hotel, well placed and fairly easy to find - head for the TV Tower, and it's near there. Rooms are very generously sized and clean. Stayed there before 2 years ago, so knew what to expect.
We have just spent four days at this hotel. On arrival my heart sank the outside looks very depressing but once inside you are greeeted by friendly staff who are very helpful. Our rooms were spotless large and even the single rooms contained two beds! Breakfast was brilliant so much choice and we found that we never needed lunch!
The hotel is only 10 mins walk to Alexanderplatz which we loved
We would love to stay here again as it is great value for money. We stayed here with two teenagers who did not want to come home.
The Agon am Alexanderplatz is in fact a former east German (DDR/soviet) block!
Great location. From Alexanderplatz S Bahn take M1,2,3,4,or 5 one stop to the Hotel. Saves a longish walk with luggage. Bus 200 , great for sightseeing , also stops just across from the hotel. Hotel looks a bit bleak outside but pleasant reception with free access to Internet. Staff friendly and helpful. Place(free) to store luggage before check -in and after checking out. Only 2 lifts so sometimes quite a wait. Corridors have strip lighting that comes on as you pass and linoleum floors so not great impression. However once inside, the rooms are a pleasant surprise. Very clean, large and airy: one wall is all window leading onto a balcony with views of Alexanderplatz. Bathroom clean and great shower, towels changed daily. Heating was easily adjustable. One thing to note: although it was described as a double room (matrimoniale) it was actually a twin room with two very large single beds with individual quilts and sheets. Easy enough to push together but still 2 beds! The other rooms on our floor were the exact same arrangement. There was a completely new kitchenette area built in to the room with 2 electric cooking plates. No utensils or plates supplied but if staying for longer you could easily buy cheap coffee pot etc. No fridge but as it was minus 2° outside we just put wine on the balconey for a half hour to cool.
You get what you pay for
The review from our friend in Cardiff is good and a true reflection of this hotel, which is on the East side of the city. If you want somewhere that is basic, clean yet cheap then the Agon is the place for you. If you want 5* treatment then go elsewhere. The hotel is ideally placed for the Tram system, stop outside on Moll Strsse and the M5/M6 take you into Alexanderplatz Station (Ten minute walk). From the station you can get anywhere in the city. Staff were very nice and helpful, breakfast was cereal & cold meat buffet and sufficient. There are a couple of restaurants nearby. An excellent hotel and ideal location for the budget traveller. I would stay here again. Great value.
The Agon is situated in the former eastern side of Berlin, which accounts for the 70s Soviet architecture of the hotel and surrounding buildings. However, although it may not be pretty on the eye, it certainly gives you an impression of the Berlin of say 20 years ago.
We stayed at the Agon for 3 nights in November 2004. It is not a beautiful edifice (unless you like Communist tower blocks) nor luxurious on the inside - the corridors were reminiscent of a student hall of residence with lino floors and fluorescent lighting. However, on the plus side the room was extremely large for a city centre hotel - it could have done with more furniture to fill it. The shower was excellent. The buffet breakfast was diverse and popular. Get down there early to get the chocolate croissants. The hotel has a very good location only 5 mintues walk from Alexanderplatz. For the lazy there is a tram stop outside the hotel with trams linking to the main S-Bahn and U-Bahn station. Be warned that the trams start early and finish late. For the price we paid (GBP 35 per night) it was good value for money.