Berlin – Ibis Berlin City West

I had a one-night stay in this Ibis hotel, in readiness for my late night bus journey to Poland on the following day. Handily located near to the Fehrbelliner Platz U-Bahn station, not that I had the luxury of arriving that way….

The view from the hotel’s upstairs foyer area.

And the view from my room.

It’s hard to write much about Ibis rooms, as they’re nearly exactly the same throughout the world. There’s no real nod towards the local community, although the consistency of the experience does rather please me. Everything was clean and comfortable, with the room temperature being easy enough to change to my required cold.

The seating area at the bar, which is open 24 hours a day. The wi-fi in the hotel is fast, but there’s a strange log-in process where details had to be typed in within around six seconds otherwise the screen reset itself.

The Accor drinks voucher. There was no gift in the room for gold status, although Ibis aren’t renowned for doing this.

There was a choice between bottle or tap, but I went for beer from the tap. Goodness knows what it was, but it was acceptable for a quick late night drink since it was free of charge.

The welcome at the hotel was engaging and friendly, always a bonus after a trek from the airport. Although  it wasn’t too onerous a journey to get here from the hotel, eight minutes to clear customs at Tegel Airport, two minutes to find the bus station, two minutes to find the stop, three minutes to find the correct stop as the signage wasn’t great and then a thirty-five minute bus journey to a nearby underground station. And then a twenty minute walk. That’s satisfactorily near enough for me though.

The hotel was quiet and I had been given my desired room at the end of a corridor. It’s not one of the cheapest hotels, but given that I was staying in a city centre and the pound isn’t at a particularly good rate, it wasn’t too bad.