We were totally delighted with this hotel which I already knew from a former stay in Berlin. Good room, good rate, super friendly and helpful service. You would wish all reception staff in the world would be as friendly, joyful and humourous as this one. They checked timetables, printed everything immediately, organised a little repair of the window within seconds, etc.
Just some steps from a U-Bahn and S-Bahn station, and I really mean some steps, you get everywhere easily by the public transportation system. The hotel is located in the elegant southern suburb of Steglitz which offers good shopping and dining opportunities, loads of pubs, restaurants and snack-bars. A big shopping centre is across the street, as is the red brick town hall (Rathaus Steglitz), and the Botanical Gardens are around the corner. And although being in the city and so close to trains, it is quiet enough to leave the windows open at night.
We booked with www.wotif.com and got a great rate. The Summer Promo double cost us 75 Euro a night, including a fabulous buffet breakfast for two, and complimentary newspapers. A single room would have come to 60 Euro. (Both with a minimum stay of three nights.) Always try with those websites first, especially in summer when demand in Berlin is much lower than at other times of the year. Normal rates are about 180/150 Euro.
Our room had a kingsize bed, TV, VCR, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, and internet access (you could buy broadband access hourwise at the reception), nice modern furniture, and super tidy and clean. The bathroom had a shower over a bathtub, so probably not perfect for people with disabilities or walking problems. Check this before booking.
The only thing I found not suitable for a four star hotel was that the simplest toileteries were not in the complimentary cosmetic basket in the bathroom but for sale. However, to store other such items like hairspray, condoms, tampons, and deodorant for sale in a box attached to the wall is a good idea.
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By car from direction Hannover and Leipzig ( A 2 / A 9 ):
Take exit Zehlendorf and follow the signs to Steglitz (B 1). Turn left to Schloßstraße. Soon you will see Albrechtstraße. The hotel's main entrance is on the right.
By car from direction Hamburg ( A 11 ):
You reach Berlin on A 111 in Stolpe. The Autobahn number changes to A 100 in Charlottenburg. Take exit Steglitz (A 104). At the end of this highway turn to the right into Schloßstraße. The hotel's entrance is in front of you.
From the airports:
Tegel: taxi costs about 20 Euro; airport shuttle # 109 to station Zoologischer Garten, there change to the subway (U-Bahn) # 9 to final station Rathaus Steglitz.
Schönefeld: taxi costs about 45 Euro; S-Bahn # 45 to station Schöneberg, there change to # 1 (direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof), exit at third stop at Rathaus Steglitz.
Tempelhof: taxi about 13 Euro; U-Bahn # 6 (direction Alt-Mariendorf), exit at second stop (Tempelhof), there change to S-Bahn (direction Westend), get off at station Schöneberg, change to S-Bahn # 1 (direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof), exit at stop Rathaus Steglitz.
If possible, get off at Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten. From there take U-Bahn # 9 and get off at Rathaus Steglitz (final stop). Otherwise get yourself to Bahnhof Zoo. Another option is to get to the station Friedrichstraße, change there to S-Bahn #1 (direction Wannsee) and get off at Rathaus Steglitz.
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Address: Albrechtstrasse 2, Berlin, 12165, Germany