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PLUS Berlin 2.5

Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany

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Pros

  • Swanky restaurant, barbecue garden, and outdoor “beach” bar with sand
  • Sauna and big, indoor pool with wooden lounge chairs
  • Clean, basic rooms, most with flat-screen TVs
  • Business center with several computers
  • Spacious laundry room with couch
  • Meeting room with foosball, ping pong, and billiards tables
  • Small outdoor court for playing football
  • Architecturally stunning brick building on a cobblestone street
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No fitness center
  • Fee for parking

Bottom Line

PLUS Berlin is a funky budget hotel with 126 rooms (including shared hostel options) as well as a lot of amenities perfect for young travelers. There’s an Italian/German restaurant as well as an outdoor garden for barbecuing. Guests will find many spots to mingle including a common room, a sandy “beach” bar, and a meeting room equipped with ping-pong and billiards when not in use. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is located in a historic building across from a train station in Friedrichshain, a trendy, industrial area. Guests looking for a more traditional hotel in a similar price range may want to check out Relexa Hotel Stuttgarter Hof.

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Scene

Youthful and creative with art garden and barbecue area

Inside the walls of an old, red brick school building an artistic hotel with vibrant artwork and creative elements reveals itself. There are many spaces for the young guests to meet up, including a sandy "beach" bar and an outdoor barbecue area. There’s also a common room with a TV and couches, and a big meeting room with ping-pong, billiards, and foosball tables. A courtyard garden has sculpture art on the lawn, and a colorfully painted shed-like building has a workbench and bizarre artwork inside. The decor in the opera-themed restaurant contrasts with the funky vibe of the rest of the hotel; modern and chic with sleek tables and portrait-covered light shades.

Location

Across from train station in trendy neighborhood

PLUS Berlin is located across from a train station in Berlin’s trendy Friedrichshain neighborhood, an industrial area with restaurants and boutiques. It’s an 11-minute train ride to Alexanderplatz and a 15-minute ride via public transportation to Hackesche Höfe, an area popular for its nightclubs. Tegel Airport can be reached by car in 35 minutes or in 55 minutes via public transportation.

Rooms

Dorm rooms and standard guest rooms, both with plain decor

For a hotel that’s so artsy in the common areas, the rooms are very plain. Both standard rooms and hostel rooms are offered at the hotel, including all-female dorms. Dorms with four-and six-bunk-style beds are available, and there’s a tall locker inside the rooms for each guest -- but dorms don’t have TVs. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and en-suite bathrooms with pretty, mosaic tile-work.

Features

Indoor pool, photo booth, and weekly yoga classes

PLUS Berlin has a stylish opera-themed restaurant, barbecue garden, and outdoor “beach” bar with sand. There are vending machines, a photo booth, and a business center with several computers in the lobby. The hotel has a large indoor pool and sauna and a small outdoor soccer court. A common lounge has a TV, along with couches, a microwave, and coffee/tea kettle. The hotel offers free weekly yoga classes, and an airport shuttle is available for a fee.

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Address

Warschauer Platz 6, Berlin 10245, Germany

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