If you read my last travel post or follow me on Snapchat (pgtdaisy) and Instagram you’ll know that I spent the last week in Berlin. On the day I was set to return to the UK I handed over my ticket and waited for my boarding pass. I noticed the girl looking a little confused, she then looked very confused, shook her head and handed back my boarding pass. It turns out that was not the day I was to fly back to the UK. Everyone else was going to head back but not me. I was booked onto a plane the following day (same time, same flight number but a different day).
After a few tears from the shock I pulled myself together waved goodbye to everyone else and started to ring ’round hotels by the airport. Luckily they were all full. This meant I had the perfect excuse to head back to the centre of Berlin, grab a hotel room and spend an extra day adventuring around the city. Fantastic!
So, I made my way to the Holiday Inn. A brand I obviously knew of but had never stayed with. I figured the rooms would be satisfactory, I’d be right in the centre with lots to do and the excellent public transport would be close by for the following day.
The Holiday Inn exceeded my expectations. The staff were very friendly and welcoming on my arrival and within 10 minutes I had the key to my room and up I went. I’d been a little worried that I’d have to wheel my case around for the day so it was nice to be able to use my room straight away. I unpacked, put my face on and headed out into the city.
I was delighted with my room. It was on the top floor and classed as a single room but would have been perfect for 2 people. There was a cosy sitting corner with a coffee table, a desk and then a big double bed with a selection of pillows. The mattress was very comfortable. A TV appeared from within the bed but I didn’t need to use it on this trip. I was mostly fixed to my iPad in the evening getting some work done. Oh yes, the all important wifi! It’s free for up to 4 devices and I found it was pretty quick and even worked fine to watch YouTube videos.
The room was a little rough around the edges but nothing major. Mostly from bumps with a suitcase or something similar. The room was very clean as was the bathroom. A power shower, selection of toiletries and towels were all concealed with a sliding door.
Something that really stood out to me was this little sign. Hotels have always taken away the towels dumped on the floor and replaced them with a new one on a daily basis. This is such as waste and it’s not something you’d do at home. Or maybe it is, who knows. Anyway, at the Holiday Inn they’re asking guests to only dump towels on the floor that need replacing. If you’re happy to use your shower towel and hand towel then simply keep them on the rack. If not, drop them on the floor and they’ll be replaced. It’s nice to see such a big company making a change like this. I imagine many other hotels are or will be following along.
In the evening I noticed people coming and going from the hotel as I was popping out for some food. Despite the Holiday Inn being a big hotel I didn’t hear any noise throughout the night or early morning. I had a very quiet night and a relaxing sleep.
I also think it’s important to note that I felt very safe in the hotel. The lift is operated with your room key, if you don’t have one then you won’t make it any further than reception. I also felt my room was secure and didn’t have any worries throughout the night.
Although I only experienced one night at the Holiday Inn it was a very comfortable and pleasant experience. If you have few days in Berlin and you’d like to be central then I highly recommend The Holiday Inn.
Location: Theanolte-Bähnisch-Straße 2, 10178 Berlin, Germany
I would have liked to have more photos for this post but my camera was already on its way back to the UK.