Sometimes, a boutique hotel offers you more than a chain hotel, because you know the service and the quality is not going to feel like it came straight out of a factory. That was the feeling when I stayed in Grimm’s Hotel in Berlin.
Located in a quiet neighbourhood in Mitte, Grimm’s was fairly well-located in terms of transport. Depending on which Metro line you want to take, it is within 10 minutes of Spittelmarkt and Märkisches Museum.
It is ideal if you are on a business trip like me and do not want to live near tourist hotspots which might be crowded or noisy. But if you want to visit places like the Brandenburg Gate or the Museum island, it is even within 25 minutes walking distance.
What do I like about Grimm’s Berlin Mitte
The single room was well-equipped, compact yet uncluttered. They really thought of every detail. The hairdryer was neatly placed in the bathroom drawer. The rain shower was powerful and hot enough. The mattress was firm and the linen was fine and smooth. The bedside table has one powerpoint I prefer two as I normally carry more than one device with me. The balcony door was well-insulated. The air-conditioner also did not go above a barely audible hum.
Like most boutique hotels I have been to, the front desk service was cordial and very efficient. There are no mini bars in the room but you can get drinks and snacks from the front desk whenever you like. This has almost become a standard practice in most contemporary hotels.
For all that, the price is extremely reasonable.
Some points to note:
I haven’t tried out the restaurant/café, but it is a place where you sip a coffee while you work on that presentation on your work trip. However, if you prefer to work in your room, the work space is indeed too narrow.
You should also note that being a residential area, there are virtually no shops or bars around after dark. There is a pizzeria opposite the hotel, but if you fancy something else, you might have to wonder around before you find something, which I did. There is a Korean restaurant about 5 minutes from the hotel, but no bar, convenience store or evening pharmacies.
To be honest I really hate the very warm yet very small quilt German hotels usually offer. It is as if people there sleep like vampires and in very low temperatures. Like most non-Germans, I prefer my quilt soft and fluffy and not sweat-inducing…