Stayed at this hotel in July, 2005. Two rooms faced a neutral grassy/high-rise courtyard, one room faced the desolate high-rise eternity that is the worst of East Geman architecture. The advantage to the courtyard rooms was that they were not only very quiet and well-appointed, but that the windows opened. The "city" view room's windows did not open--and not only that, but the A/C did not work properly--it was simply too hot.
It is about 5 streetcar stops east of Alexanderplatz. A block away is an S-Bahn station on the Ring line (you need to transfer to get to the main Tiergarten/Zoo S-Bahn). So it is pretty much decently handy to public transportation and sights, but the thing that sticks out is that it is an experience of its own, since it takes you into heart of eerie high-rise socialist-vision Berlin. In some ways, it is a cultural eye-opening GIFT to stay at this hotel, in other ways it is just a touch Twilight Zone.
The Aldi market just around the corner makes it easy to stock up on cheap provisions. The reception is first-rate, and the staff are terrific. It is a unique experience to stay at this hotel--f(rom a geographic/historical perspective); it is very well run and feels very comfortable (especially in the rooms where the A/C is working--we should have complained or queried but didn't about the one room).
Best to be avoided.
3 good reasons not to book this hotel :
- horrible sewage smell in the room. Was OK the 1st night, bearable the second night ... the 3rd night, one was feeling like throwing up when walking into the room. I asked to change room but was answered the hotel was full. OK but that did not solve my problem.
- rooms are bland. Old fashion Ikea style furniture
- the hotel is in a suburb in the middle of nowhere
Berlin is a great city. Don't spoil your trip by staying at Park Plaza !
I just wonder how this hotel can advertise 4*. Stars must have fallen from the sky !