Places to stay in Berlin

We've stayed in lots of different places, usually in the central (Mitte) area of former East Berlin, but we've become a little adventurous lately. In our experience, the most convenient places to stay, as far as getting around is concerned, are between Friedrichstrasse to the west, Alexanderplatz to the east, the Spree to the north and Leipziger Strasse to the south. However, public transport is so quick and reliable, even running throughout the night on certain routes, that other locations are hardly a problem.

Adina, Hackescher Markt
It's in a great location close to the S-Bahn and trams at Hackescher Markt and only a short walk from Unter den Linden. It's an 'apartment hotel', so each room has a small kitchen, which is a lovely prospect on a cold afternoon when you fancy a decent cuppa and a rest before setting out again for the evening. Our favourite place to stay. They also have double apartments.
Melia, Friedrichstrasse
A really nice, comfortable, modern hotel on Friedrichstrasse right by the Spree. Look out for deals because it can be a bit pricy, but its location is hard to beat.

InterCity, Ostbahnhof
An extremely comfortable but slightly bland hotel right above the Ostbahnhof and within a short walk of the Mercedes-Benz Arena - handy for concerts!

Alexander Plaza
A cosy, small hotel close to Hackescher Markt.

A new hotel two tram stops north of Hackescher Markt. Breakfast there isn't brilliant, so go to the nice little café a few doors up from the hotel on Rosenthalerstrasse. Better food AND cheaper!

Abacus am Tierpark
East Berlin's Zoo is in Lichtenberg, in the suburbs. Directly opposite is the Abacus, which we found because it was part of a deal with easyJet and was excellent value. Travel into the heart of the city by public transport takes less than half an hour. I found that my German came in handy here, presumably because the locals up to 1989 were only taught Russian as a foreign language.

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