Our son Simon stayed in the Art’otel Berlin Mitte for two nights in October 2012, redeeming his Club Carlson Reward Program points to pay for his stay. Here’s his review.
“I wasn’t familiar with the Art’otel brand before but having previously stayed in Redizor Group hotels such as the Park Inn and Radisson I was satisfied with their quality and was keen to try their “design hotels” offshoot of which there are several branches in Berlin, fitting the city’s status as a worldwide contemporary arts hub.
Exterior of Art’otel Berlin Mitte
The Berlin Mitte Art’otel Berlin-Mitte is dedicated to German artist Georg Baselitz whose works, often demonstrating techniques such as wood cutting and dry etching, adorn the walls of each room. These were a great touch as I enjoyed these vibrant, abstract works compared to the safe choices found in many hotel rooms.
Georg Baselitz artwok in my bedroom at Art’otle Berlin Mitte
My room at the Art’otel Berlin Mitte was clean, comfortable and spacious, although at times I felt it lacked the extra touches that often make the difference in 4-star hotels – the bathroom contained only a shower which was directed at a sloped section of the room’s floor rather than a separate cubicle or bathtub, and the room was slightly stuffy due to ineffective air conditioning and the windows only permitting a small gap for ventilation. Plus points for the room included a decent wi-fi signal (free of charge) and a quiet environment with no noisy guests.
My room at Art’otel Berlin Mitte
The location of the hotel was ideal for my purposes: only a few minutes’ walk from the main museum district (including the Museum Island), just across the river from the TV Tower, and well served by public transport with the U-Bahn station Märkisches Museum right next to the hotel and Heinrich-Heine-Strasse a five minute walk away. The latter station is handy for getting to the areas of Kreuzberg and Neukölln which suited me as several of my friends and favourite Berlin shops, bars and clubs are in these areas, although I also discovered that it’s a manageable (30-45 minutes), picturesque and safe walk back from the likes of Hermannplatz when I decided to skip the train.
All the hotel staff who I dealt with were friendly and courteous and although I did not require any further assistance or encounter any problems after checking in I have no doubt they’d have been up to the task. The lobby, reception and bar areas were spacious and informal.
Lobby at Art’otel Berlin Mitte
Overall, the Art’otel Berlin Mitte is a great hotel for anyone wanting to stay close to Berlin’s main attractions while also getting to sample some unique artwork and, although slightly basic by the standards of four-star hotels, it was a very pleasant place to stay.”
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