Very Good2 Reviews
0.13km from Rotisserie WeingrünCompared to other Novotels, this one in Berlin Mitte has seen a bit of wear and tear. We - a family of four - had a family room on the second floor facing Kleine Gertraudenstraße, which, despite the name, is a major thoroughfare. There was a lot of street noise - beware, light sleepers - but this might not be such a problem on a higher floor. The room itself was on the small side for four but spotlessly clean with a huge tv. No amenities in the room (corona cited as the reason). The bathroom would have been the height of chic a few years back, with a spacious walk-in shower. It all looks a bit worn now though. A small bar of soap was provided and this not only left a rubbery feel on the hands but left a lot of scum on the dark-brown sink. A liquid soap dispenser, like that in the shower, would be a better idea. A small bottle of body lotion and something masquerading as shampoo were also provided. The "shampoo" was exactly the same as the soap in the shower dispenser and was worst I've ever put on my head. My hair was almost crunchy afterwards. Very much advise bringing own. There's also a lack of hooks/knobs in the bathroom for towels, etc. This probably isn't a problem if the room is used for two guests. There simply isn't anywhere to hang four towels and any clothes/toiletries bags. I'll take one of those over-the-door hooks next time. Aside from these few niggles, the hotel is a great base for a short stay in Berlin. It's just a few mins walk from the underground and about 15 mins walk from Alexanderplatz. There's a supermarket right next door. Parking is very expensive but secure. The hotel has implemented several measures to keep guests safe during the corona crisis. They've done what they could with the breakfast buffet, for example. Some may be disappointed but we were satisfied, especially given the circumstances. The hotel was obviously operating at very low occupancy levels, however, with only 3 or 4 tables occupied at breakfast. Despite this, items ran out very quickly and were not/only very slowly replaced. On three of four days there was no jam; the one type of hard, sliced cheese regularly ran out; croissants disappeared entirely on more than one occasion; bacon was the holy grail... And when it did appear, it was rationed out one rasher to a jar (warm items are served portioned in sealed jars). Staff were friendly. Check-in/check-out uncomplicated and fast.