Young and already popular in the USA Hotel Indigo chain continues to expand in Europe, as well. The proof of this fact is Hotel Indigo Berlin – Centre Alexanderplatz. It is the second hotel of this chain in Germany after Berlin Ku'damm (as per 2012).
- Where: Berlin, Germany
- What: hotel inspection
- Hotel character: city & business, boutique hotel
- When: autumn 2012
The hotel is located on Bernhard-Weiss-Strasse 5, which is the very heart of East Berlin, within a walking distance to Alexanderplatz. Moreover, nearby there are Museum Island and one of the Berlin’s main boulevards Unter den Linden.
The way from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) takes about 30-40 minutes, and what is more, it does not matter whether you take public transport or a taxi. There are bus lanes and all public transport goes according to the schedule.
Having an evening flight to Berlin, we arrived at a hotel about 7 p.m. The lobby and reception desk seemed to be rather small, however looked quite cosy. The interior of the Hotel Indigo on Alexanderplatz is modern. At the entrance there were many ingeniously designed armchairs.
By the way, in this boutique hotel you won’t find usual uniform for the personnel like a suit. Front desk employees wear jeans and blue pullovers. It looks stylish and such image fits the hotel’s concept.
There are 153 rooms in the hotel, all of them are non-smoking. Last time I had such experience at W Hotel, where smoking was prohibited inside the hotel, including restaurant. It can be an additional advantage of any hotel (for non-smokers, of course). Perhaps, someday all hotels will be non-smoking. Until it has not happened, we are waiting for the opening of the first Even Hotel, the concept of which is oriented on healthy lifestyle and fitness.
The rooms are equipped with everything essential, including coffee & tea maker and iPod docking station.
In every room there is a very practical rotate TV set stand, so you can watch TV from the bed or the sofa:
The bathroom is separated by a glass wall, and looks like this:
Liked: fragrance & odorant-free soap; eco-friendly packaging.
The growing demand for natural products and healthy lifestyle orientation arouse interest in using eco-friendly packaging, which can be recycled. Hotel Indigo Berlin – Centre Alexanderplatz took a step towards this trend: for instance, boxes for dental and shaving sets are made of recycled waste paper and the inscriptions are printed with soy inks.
It looks 3D, doesn’t it? Actually, it is an absolutely flat printed image:
Food & Beverage
On the first floor there is White 5 Bar and a little farther you will walk into the restaurant. There, Welcome Drink cards, which have been given at check-in, can be exchanged for a drink.
Hotel Contact Information: Hotel Indigo Berlin – Centre Alexanderplatz website.
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