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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
As far as chain hotels go, we’ve always appreciated the reliability and affordability of ibis, one of Europe’s largest budget chains. And with its adept service, convenient location (steps from a tram that will whisk you to either Prenzlauer Berg or Alexanderplatz) and spotless rooms, the two-star ibis Hotel Berlin Mitte doesn’t disappoint.
Pros: Comfortable and practical. Great location.
Cons: Not a ton of character. Extra charges (for Wi-Fi and breakfast).
The 198 guest rooms at the ibis Berlin Mitte overlook either busy Prenzlauer Allee or a cemetery. They are attractive and streamlined, with parquet floors, sizeable beds and curvy desk chairs. As is typical for ibis, the rest of the furniture (a desk, closet and bench seat) is built-in and market-research functional.
Rooms are equipped with a phone, satellite TV and, notably, air conditioning (which is often absent in Berlin budget hotels).
The private bathrooms are tiled, tiny and functional. A hair dryer is provided.
Sure, the ibis Berlin Mitte is not the most charming hotel you’ll find in Berlin, nor is it the cheapest. But ibis has a reputation for providing comfortable accommodations and friendly service, and the Mitte property holds up on both counts. Those looking for an affordable, central sleep will find this place to be a solid pick, especially when rates drop (as is standard for the business-oriented chain, this usually happens on the weekend, or if you book more than 20 days in advance).
One gripe we have about ibis is that the “extras” are usually, well, extra. That means that where a number of smaller hotels will serve up breakfast for free, at the ibis the breakfast buffet costs extra (and isn’t necessarily cheap). Wi-Fi, likewise, is pricey if you care to use it in your room, although it is free in the public areas (and there is also a free Internet station).
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
About the Ibis Hotel Mitte neighborhood
One of Berlin's funkiest hoods, Prenzlauer Berg sits to the northeast of Mitte. Speckled with cute restaurants, cafés, and funky retail shops, PB's claims to bohemianism predate the post-reunification creep of gentrification. Prenzlauer Berg was a Jewish neighborhood before the rise of the Nazis and a somewhat arty area in the former East Germany. The weekly markets held on Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz provide additional draws.