Flew: London Heathrow > Berlin Tegel with British Airways
As airports go, Tegel is a spartan affair. Don’t expect a traditional departure lounge, here you are corralled into your gate immediately after security with just one cafe and one shop. If you need to buy a souvenir at the airport, do so at the stores pre-check in, there is a larger selection.
Date: July 31st to August 4th 2017
Reason for trip: Holiday. My bff, Sara & I were in Germany to attend a friend’s wedding in Hannover, so thought we should take the opportunity to check out the capital city beforehand.
Stayed: Berlin Pestana Tiergarten (4 nights, Mon to Fri) -I booked this hotel because I found a great rate on a deluxe room for our dates of travel. Located on the edge of the Tiergarten park, the nearest U & S Bahn station (Zoologischer Garten – U2, U9, S3, S5, S7 & S9) is around 15 minutes walk away, but it’s also possible to take the 200 bus from a nearby stop to the city centre, Mitte, Alexanderplatz etc. It’s not the most characterful of hotels, but it was clean, modern & quiet at night due to being in an area mainly populated by foreign embassies. The main elements of the ‘Deluxe’ room over standard seemed to be the addition of a kettle & slightly increased size. No bath, but there was an amusing electric blind in the bathroom which caused endless entertainment.
Amenities: The hotel has a tiny pool which we didn’t use & a very small gym which we did. There’s a treadmill, cross-trainer, static bike and free weights. It was adequate for a quick workout but got very crowded at around 5 pm when we visited.
- If you can live without your room being cleaned daily, you will receive a token for €5 per day to use in the hotel bar.
- The room has a bottle opener but no corkscrew. Either bring your own or take care if you purchase wine to buy a screw top. We did not & had a hilarious half an hour researching ways to break into the bottle on YouTube & hacking at the cork with a variety of objects.