I choose it because I needed hotel in the centre, I did not cared about comfort and I needed something cheap. This was right selection. Cheap, centre-located rooms. Service is quite average, breakfast - I preferred not to try it.
If you need just bed and WiFi - that's your choice. If you need nice service, comfort and Hilton Honors points earned - well, probably not the place to sleep in.
- dark and dirt. Or, let's call it "gothic".
- room is the smallest one I ever slept. Let's call it "anti-claustrophobic"
- bathroom is almost as big the room. It's proportionally the biggest bathroom in which I ever washed my perfect body, while one of the smallest in absolute measurements
- lots of restaurants, museums etc. around
Having read the reviews, let me be clear...it is a basic 2-star hotel by USA standards but 3-star by European ones. Basic clean rooms, nice breakfast, pretty good overall service, the staff is jOK. Caution, you have to navigate steps as you enter and the lift is in the back of the hotel and is at the stair landings not at floor level. This was a great deal given its location.
So, I ended up booking here even after reading some of the terrible reviews on the place, and to be fair, some were accurate, but others not. Right, lets get the negatives out of the way... Toilets down the corridor which are small and don't exactly lock properly. Breakfast room can be a bit crowded and you might have to share a table with someone and the breakfast room is a little cramped. The entry lobby does smell of cigarette smoke but its a communal entrance so the hotel can't shoulder all the responsibility for that. There is no lift so try to travel light. The walls are paper thin so you can hear what's going on next door, so just bear that in mind if you're up to no good ;) The room cleaning could be a bit better too; when I was packing my things to leave, I looked under the bed and there was rubbish there from a previous guest. Now, this can happen in the best of places (I once found a bra in my room at a 5-star hotel in Birmingham) but it still does let the side down, especially as I found an empty box of condoms... There is also a slightly seedy strip joint next door.
Now the positives. The location is fabulous! So central it is unbelievable. One tip however, if you ask them which is the closest station, they will tell you Zoo Station or Uhlandstr. on the U1 but just go for Uhlandstr. even if it means changing trains as its only a block away. Friendly staff and you can leave your bags there on your last day if you have a late flight. Reasonable selection for breakfast, but a hot option would be nice. I was in a single room and whilst there wasn't much room in there, it was big enough for what I needed. Staff were friendly enough, not that I had to speak to them much and reception is open 24 hours a day. One of the best things though is the price! €29 a night incl. breakfast you just can't complain if you only want somewhere to rest your head at night.
This is the third hotel I've stayed at in Berlin and its pretty average in comparison. Would I stay there again? Erm, possibly, depends on why I was in Berlin... Its not an ideal place for children though...