We were lucky to find a last minute escape to Berlin for the Easter weekend. I booked flights and hotel the day before we went so had limited choice on hotels. However I couldn’t have been more pleased with the one I picked.
The Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte was really easy to find and ideally located if you are using public transport, which we were. From Berlin Schoenefeld airport you get a train to Berlin Central Station and the hotel is a five minute walk up the main road or a two minute tram ride.
We were greeted by the very friendly lady in the hotel reception. She checked us in with a smile and explained about food and breakfast but didnt push it on us, also telling us that food delivery companies go to the hotel and that there was a nice bakery on the corner for breakfast too. The hotel takes a deposit of €50 on check in. If you pay this by card then you get it back (minus city tax and anything you use) in cash.
Our room was on the 7th floor, there is a lift up which you need to use your room key to use. When we exited the lift there was a strange smell, I later worked out it was because each room has a kitchen and I must have smelt someones dinner! The smell wasn’t in our room though so that was fine.
The hotel has different sized rooms. Some are studio rooms with a kitchenette and others are one or two bedroom apartments. This is great if you are staying in Berlin for a few days like we were as you have more space and facilities to make your own food.
Our room was clean and well equipped. There were toiletries in the bathroom and a hairdryer, iron and safe were provided.
The kitchenette had a large fridge, this already contained some items from the minibar which we weren’t going to use so we had the top two shelves for our food.
The bed was large and comfy. The only issue I had was the pillows. There was one large cushion per person and one pillow which was very squashy. The pillows were not quite right for me but everyone has different tastes.
The TV had about 8 English channels, none of these were children’s channels.
The room was cleaned every day, it was always very clean however one day the towels were taken and not replaced. One day there was no toilet roll and we had to find one. One day the T-bags were not replaced and on the last day of our stay we were woken just before 8am by a maid bringing robes and slippers into our room, something we hadn’t been given previously. I put all this down to it being the busy bank holiday weekend and it was all minor, fixable issues.
The hotel has a swimming pool which is open 5am until 11pm. The pool itself is very small for the size of the hotel and was usually full of children. We tried it once but it was very cold and I couldn’t get in so I went in the sauna instead which was nice. Towels and robes are provided at the pool so you don’t need to take your own. There is also a gym in the pool area with a range of equipment.
On easter Sunday there were chocolate treats at reception. The hotel also ran an Easter egg hunt and gave coffee and cakes in the bar area which was a nice touch.
We checked out of the hotel a day early as we were going to stay at Tropical Islands resort for our last night, however Tropical Islands mucked up our booking and we were left with no hotel. We rang the Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte who were happy to give us our room back for no extra charge. I was very grateful to them for this as we were quite stuck and they were under no obligation to do so.
If you are ever looking for a family friendly hotel in a great location in Berlin then I would highly recommend the Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte.
Taking an autistic child to Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte?
The hotel is quiet and child friendly.
There is a pool, though it is quite small but you can find times that it isn’t so busy.
The rooms are large and have big inaccessible windows.
There are a lot of light switches in the room which turn on different combinations of lights.
The TV doesn’t have English children’s channels so it might be worth taking your own device.
There is wifi in the room. The first hour is free. It looked like you needed to pay after that but I couldn’t be sure as I didnt use the wifi.
There is a mini bar. This consists of a tray of nice looking sweets, crisps and snacks by the TV and a lot of nice looking drinks in the fridge. There are high up shelves in the wardrobe that these could be safer on!
There is also a decorative vase on a low shelf that may need moving.
The kitchenette is not child proofed and is a part of the room, however cupboards are high up. The only issue might be the cutlery/knife draws being reachable. Again moving things is possible and there is a lockable safe in the room too.
The room we had, had a shower and not a bath.
While the hotel is near the main road, it is positioned down a quiet side street with hardly any traffic.
Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte is about 5-7 minutes walk from Berlin Central Train Station.
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