InterContinental Berlin – Hotel Review
Berlin Mitte is literally the center of Berlin and the InterContinental Berlin, which opened in 1978, is in the middle of the German capital and is well-known among frequent business travelers to the city. Conveniently located on the Budapester Straße next to the Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten), it is about a 30-minute taxi ride from Tegel Airport and about 40 minutes from Schönefeld Airport and the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport opening in the summer of 2012.
The evening I arrived, both the lobby and the hotel’s L.A. restaurant were packed with businesspeople. I was quickly and pleasantly checked in and shown to my room, despite the fact that the hotel was quite busy.
Although the lobby and many public areas had a more traditional appearance, my spacious suite featured a very streamlined, minimalist décor, with glossy red accents. The pink spot lighting in a corner near the bed was a little strange; I found it neither attractive nor functional.
The lighting was really the only problem I had with the room though. In general, it was not very subtle, there wasn’t enough of it, and it made the room seem stark. Although the air conditioning had not yet been turned on, when I got too warm, opening windows easily cooled the room to a comfortable temperature.
Modern artwork hung over the sofa and coffee table that faced the comfortable king-size bed. A coffee machine and a white abstract sculpture stood on a long cabinet, separating the living area from the bed, which was flanked by two nightstands.
A dressing area with spacious closets led to the enormous, well-appointed bathroom,that had two sinks and a separate shower and tub. An odd little vertical sliver of a peek-a-boo window offered a view into and from the bathroom.
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