Trying to find somewhere of a good standard, but without paying an arm and a leg can be tricky when looking for a central hotel in Berlin. After much searching I found Relexa Hotel. At first, I thought it might be a bit too far out of the way, as I always like to be within easy reach of a main transport hub. When I looked into it a bit further, I found that the distance to Potsdamer Platz was actually walkable, and we actually lugged the suitcase the distance so it really isn’t that far. Plus, there’s a train at the end of the road that can get you to Potsdamer Platz in just a few minutes.
Where would I find it?
Just a few minutes on the train from Potsdamer Platz, or a mere 10 minute walk from the main square. It’s also a 5-10 minute walk from Checkpoint Charlie. If you’re not one for walking, Anhalter station is at the end of the road, which is one stop from Potsdamer Platz station – a main hub for the city. Our room looked out over the front of the hotel, and we could see Potsdamer Platz and the Sony Centre in the distance, while our immediate view was that of the back of the Topography of Terror. Not as scary as it sounds – it’s just a museum and we looked out over the gardens at the back of it.
So the room was like…?
Comfortable, modern and spacious. The room had all the basics, like a safe and a fridge. There was also a large sliding wardrobe, tea and coffee facilities, TV and a desk. Although Berlin in the winter is like being in an ice pop, the room was always nicely heated and we even had the window open sometimes. The under floor heating was lovely, and it’s so nice to get out of bed in the morning and walk in the bathroom without having that ‘oh my life’ feeling of freezing tiles.The bathroom itself is a selling point on it’s own. Apart from the underfloor heating, the bath was my favourite thing. Bigger than an average bath, I felt like I was in a pool! There’s also a pretty impressive shower for a quick morning wash before you head out.
A city break which includes a lot of walking and standing for long periods of time in a museum just calls for a comfortable bed, and thankfully this place delivered! The bed was a decent size, something bigger than a double but as to whether it was a king-size, queen-size or Duke of Sussex-size is beyond me. All I can say is that there was plenty of space for myself and my dear boyfriend who likes to sleep in the middle of any size bed.When we first arrived in Berlin, we found it a bit odd that instead of a double duvet you have two singles duvets, and that they are folded up at the end of the bed when you arrive. I’ve actually really come round to the idea now, as the beds made up in this style actually feel cleaner and are better made than those made up how you have your bed at home. And two single duvets? Genius idea!
A girl’s got to eat!
There’s a restaurant downstairs which covers breakfast and dinner. When checking in, we were informed of the breakfast times which really confused me. Had I booked us for bed and breakfast and not realised it? I checked the booking when we got into the room, and there was no mention of breakfast anywhere. Turns out, they were just letting us know what time breakfast was if we wanted to opt in for the €13 a person meal. We decided to just grab some bits from a local bakery, so unfortunately I can’t comment on the food, but there’s also an extensive room service menu available if you find yourself peckish in the middle of the night.
There’s free Wi-Fi at the hotel, and you just have to refresh your log in every 24 hours. There’s also a sauna in the hotel, which we only realised when a very sweaty man got in the lift with us in a dressing gown. Yes, we initially thought he was a bit inappropriate, but upon checking the information pack in our room we discovered the sauna.
I think it’s the little extras that make this hotel brilliant. In our bathroom there were goodies like bath salts, a sewing kit and a little hygiene kit which was a godsend when I realised I’d forgotten to pack cotton buds. The bath salts were replenished every day, and the little biscuits which came with the tea and coffee set were also replenished, much to my boyfriends joy.
Would I recommend this hotel?
Absolutely! We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay here, and felt very welcome. If we hadn’t been in Berlin, I would have been more than happy to spend the whole 3 days just chilling in the hotel room. The staff were lovely and we were able to check into our room 4 hours early, which is such a bonus when you’ve been travelling since 5am and really need a lay down!