I’ll let it be said right now that I love Berlin. I love the culture, the food, the language, the history…everything! So when we finally got to visit Berlin last year I was ecstatic and looked forward to it so much.
I knew we were going to be doing a lot of walking, and wanted to make sure we had somewhere nice to rest our weary selves at the end of the day. Having not been to Berlin before, I didn’t really know where was good to stay, so naturally, asked people I know who have been. My parents were the first I asked, and it prompted my mum to whip out an ancient map of Berlin and take a trip down memory lane, thankfully pointing out a few sights we might want to stop by as she went.
I finally settled on the Park Plaza Wallstreet. We booked it through Hotels.com to get our welcome rewards, and as usual, got a bargain as it was on special offer!
Where would I find it?
The hotel is situated in a quiet area a few minutes walk from 2 u-Bahn stations – Spittelmarkt and Marchisches Museum, meaning it is very well connected for visiting the rest of Berlin. We could travel to Potsdammer Platz in about 15 minutes, and could also walk to Alexanderplatz in about 15-20 minutes. A big reason we visited in the winter was to visit the Christmas markets, and we were never too far from any of the main ones (Gendarmenmarkt and Alexanderplatz).
The hotel itself is very stylish and modern. My favourite thing – as sad as it is – was the carpets. I love places where there’s something a bit different, and because the hotel is on wallstreet, there’s a financial theme throughout. The carpet in the hallway resembled the stocks and shares, and the carpet in the bedroom was a massive dollar bill. The headboard of our bed also had financial quotes on it, and it honestly wasn’t as boring or geeky as it sounds!
So the room was like…?
The room we had faced the courtyard, and had huge windows. This is always a big thing for me as I hate dark and dingy rooms. Checking out the size of the windows of the other rooms, I think we had one of the biggest rooms, and there was plenty of space – even for all my mess! The bed was surrounded by a funky storage unit, with a safe hidden in one side and tea and coffee bits in the other. There were also bedside tables, which are a must when you need to set an alarm or just want somewhere to store your guide book after some bedtime reading.
The bathroom was a bit different than the norm…it had a glass wall and sliding glass door. You can’t see through it, other than a silhouette, but I wouldn’t recommend staying here with someone you aren’t VERY comfortable with. My boyfriend and I loved it though, with the modern twist and very modern bathroom housed inside.
After a long day walking, the last thing we wanted was a bad bed to sleep in. We’d have slept anywhere to be honest, but we were hoping for comfort to get us in tip top condition for the next days exploring. Thankfully, our prayers were answered with soft and comfortable beds, and we just sank into them.
A girl’s got to eat!
Food-wise, there’s a snazzy little bar downstairs that had cocktails on offer, or a restaurant further back in the hotel for breakfast. We didn’t try it out, but when we got back in the evenings the bar looked very popular. Instead, we opted to try out some local specialities, namely hot dogs from the Christmas markets 🙂
You can’t really go far wrong when you stay in a hotel like this. However, the in-room safe was great for knowing we had somewhere secure we could leave our valuables, like passports and money. The furniture in the room was also modern, and we had a TV which gave me the opportunity to practice my German. There’s also a minibar in your room, but expect minibar prices. We just used it to keep our drinks and snacks cool. You can also pick up a Wi-Fi connection in your room, which is always handy for finding directions to a sight, or checking where the best Christmas markets are.
Would I recommend this hotel?
Definitely! When we go back to Berlin, I’d definitely look at staying here again. Comfort, style and a great location are all the things we look for in a hotel, and it’d be difficult to top the Park Plaza Wallstreet. We didn’t book that far in advance either, and we still managed to grab ourselves a bargain.