I picked this hotel because it was reasonably close to the U-bahn line my husband needed to be on for work, it got good reviews on tripadvisor, and it was cheap.
Internet: When we checked in we asked the woman at the desk if the room came with free wifi. She said only if you paid for breakfast (7.50 per day), but she couldn't tell if we had paid for breakfast. One of her colleagues came to her rescue and showed her that we had not paid for breakfast. So then the wireless internet cost 5 euros a day. What she didn't tell us was because of the password system only one computer/device could be logged on at a time, unless you pay 10 euros a day to get two passwords. And the login screen was deathly slow to appear, and sometime didn't show up at all. The wireless occasionally stopped working entirely, or kicked us off and made us login again. It was quite annoying. There is also free wifi in the lobby, but you need a password to use that as well.
ROOM and BED: The apartment was very clean and modern looking. The bed was two twin beds in one frame, with the annoying crack down the middle, and separate twin comforters for each person. The mattress was firm, and we found it comfortable. The room was small with no drawers--just a few hangers to hang shirts up, and open shelves on only one side of the bed. I would have preferred shelves on both sides of the bed, but it was acceptable. Note there is no telephone in the room so if you need to talk to the front desk you have to go down. There is a public telephone in the lobby.
NOISE and TEMPERATURE: The room was pretty quiet. We heard only muffled sounds from the neighboring room. The room was quite warm even without the heat on, but we just opened a window and the temperature was fine. The hallways were very warm.
BATHROOM: The bathroom had a very nice modern shower with plenty of hot water and good pressure (but no bath). But the shower could not hold a constant temperature. The water switched between cool and boiling hot. I almost got burned several times. This was an issue at all times of the day. The bathroom also had a hair dryer.
FOOD: We never tried the breakfast.
FITNESS CENTER: None.
COST: 74 euros a night. Pretty cheap. (Plus 5 euros per day wireless costs per computer.)
LOCATION: The location was okay, not great. It's pretty close to the Wittenbergplatz U-bahn, but at night when it was cold I personally wished it was just a tad closer. (I'm a wimp when it comes to the cold.) The street it's on is pretty busy and the area in general is not at all charming, and there's not a lot in the immediate vicinity in terms of restaurants and cafes. There are more charming areas closer to Savignyplatz or Nollendorfplatz.
OVERALL: If you're planning to stay in this area, the Motel One Berlin-Tiergarten hotel is an acceptable choice (except for the constantly changing temperature of the shower and the annoying issues with the wifi). But next time we will probably try a different hotel.
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