Abba Berlin Hotel – Berlin Hotel Review
Our two-night stay in Berlin was at the abba Berlin Hotel, a new, design hotel that opened about a year ago. Not being an ABBA fan, the name of the hotel caused Tony a little pre-arrival anxiety – gosh, will we be hearing non-stop ABBA music piped throughout the hotel and will we be able to escape from it. We were also quite concerned that our Berlin hotel might be yet another hotel that’s out in the sticks, as has mostly been the case on this tour.
But we needn’t have been concerned – there was no ABBA music and the abba Berlin Hotel is at Lietzenburger Strasse 89, a seven minute walk to the Uhlandstrasse U-Bahn. Although you have to make a couple of changes to get to the city attractions, the hotel is considered to be quite central and the train journeys on the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are quite easy to navigate.
Our hotel room 612 was large with a big chandelier in a curved corner of the room. There is a refrigerator in the room and Wi-Fi connections, but you have to pay for usage (Euro 6.00 for 1 hour or 10.00 for 24 hours). If you don’t have your own computer, there is an internet cafe in the next street close to the abba. The rooms have wooden floor covering, but the soundproofing is very good and there was no noise from the floor above.
The collateral in the bathroom is comprehensive, with everything you would need for an overnight stay, i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving kit, body lotion, etc.
Breakfast is the usual nice spread of German breads, pastries, cheeses, fresh fruit, yoghurt and the spread of cooked food – what we expect of German hotels.
What We Liked about the Abba
Its stylish designs and the chandelier in the room gives a sense of luxury, even for guests who are on tour. The lobby area has stylish designer chairs and is nicely decorated.
On Uhlandstrasse, within a five minute walk from the abba Berlin Hotel, there are numerous cafes and restaurants offering, Italian, Asian, seafood and other cuisines. Some are more formal than others and you have a choice of budgets. Also closeby is the famous Kurfürstendamm shopping street.
What We Weren’t Keen on about the Abba
The air-conditioning in our room wasn’t working. The housekeeper should be trained to send the faults report card to room maintenance instead of hanging the card back on the door. Internet and Wi-Fi in the room should be made available free of charge. Starbucks can provide free Wi-Fi for the cost of a cup of coffee so hotels like abba Berlin should be able to as well.
Abba has a new hotel in London Hyde Park and we will be happy to stay at this hotel again.