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Motel One Berlin-Hackescher Markt, Berlin, Germany
Munich-headquartered Motel One Group has 80 properties across Europe, with more to come, and they've struck gold with these affordable design hotels decked out in signature turquoise. Opened in 2007, this is one of ten locations in the German capital. Most guests come for a night or two - business travellers during the week, leisure at weekends - and they appreciate its simple rooms, spacious ground floor lounge and super-central location. While not the quietest or prettiest of areas, Hackescher Markt is totally Berlin with plenty of bars, restaurants and nightlife to discover plus historic sights around what was once the epicentre of East Berlin. After a satisfying day exploring, it's a pleasure to return to a reasonably priced hotel with good looks and helpful staff.
The Fernsehturm, a needle-like TV Tower opened in Alexanderplatz in 1969, is a Berlin must-see, with terrific views from its 666ft high observation sphere.
In the central Mitte district, Alexanderplatz is a short walk away; popular with tourists, it's a great area for shopping and not far from Brandenburg Gate and other popular sights.
By plane: direct flights to Berlin Brandenburg from London (1 hour 40 minutes), Manchester (1 hour 55 minutes) and Edinburgh (2 hours 5 minutes). It's a 45-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs €18 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Style-loving travellers with an eye for a bargain will love this hotel. There are deals for children sharing with adults plus interconnecting rooms. Both public areas and bedrooms are enlivened with art by Berlin collective Tape That, who make their colourful works using adhesive tape.
Service & Facilities
At checkout you can just put your room key in a glass bowl and leave - everything is paid for in advance or at point of sale.
- Free Wi-Fi
Corner rooms ending with the numbers 19 have the best view and the higher you go, the better. There's a switch for 'ambient' lighting so you can change the mood, plus individual anglepoise lamps over the bed for reading.
Cosy One, The One, Special One
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, desk and chair, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
'Let the good times beGIN!' jokes a bar menu with a 'gindex' offering an incredible choice of 46 different gins. There's no restaurant but you can get nibbles and toasted sandwiches from the bar plus a wide choice of drinks.
One Lounge: cosy lounge and bar. Toasties and bar snacks. Open daily, 24-hour service.