Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz ****

Stay: Feb. 2020

At first, I was disconcerted to stay at another Leonardo hotel after my experience last year in Hamburg. However, this one is several classes better than the other - maybe that is why they slap the label „Royal“ on the name.

I‘m always infuriated by the naming of hotels after well-known landmarks, even if those are nowhere close. This is such a case - while you can seen the TV tower from the street (and likely from some of the rooms), the „Alex“ is a good 15 minutes walk away.

The hotel interior is actually quite nice, very modern but not annoyingly so. The personnel at the desk are friendly and there are three elevators serving 6 floors, though why only two of these are on the same call button is beyond me.

My room (653) was in the rear part of the hotel, in the section that is at right angles to the main part. This means taking a pretty long hallway that was built on the top of the 5th floor at some point. This ends in short stairs to the perpendicular hallway, which makes it impossible for anyone in a wheelchair (and tough on those with issues walking stairs).

The room was relatively large and the bathroom quite nice, except for the spot of mold on both back sides of the shower doors. I took part in a conference that was in the same hotel, and the facilities there are quite good. Both breakfast and the lunch provided to the conference participants was excellent, with lots of different foods to choose from.

There are tram stations not far from the hotel, so you‘re good for public transport.

All in all a good experience and a hotel I can recommend.
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