Hotel industry and tourism in general is one of main success stories of Berlin. Visitors from all over the world are coming to the German capital city for fun, business, conferences or to explore the city before deciding to relocate her for a while. In the last years, more and more boutique hotels entered the game, trying to keep the pace with more and more demanding customers. One of the new entries is Hotel i31, inaugurated almost one year ago.
It is situated in the Mitte area, on Invalidenstrasse, very close from Hauptbahnhof/Central Station. It is an area with many small bars and restaurants, a couple of block away from the Museum of Natural Sciences. For the moment, the main connections to different points of interests in Berlin are the S-Bahn and U-Bahn, but there are under way constructions for a new tram line. Some of the works are held in the front of the hotel, but apparently the usual noise is not heard at all indoors.
Even though the main decorations of the hotel are not signed by significant designers, everything looks friendly, chic and welcoming. While I am sipping a coffee in an original cup of KPM Manufaktur porcelain, I notice the simple colours and welcoming ambiance of the lobby. Everything looks relaxed and friendly. I am right in another hip area of Berlin, after all.
The hotel doesn't have a proper restaurant, but the temporary residents of the 103 rooms of the hotel, can have a good start into the day with a rich breakfast. For the summer, an outside terrace invites for relaxation after an exhausting day out. The main target of the hotel are 35-55 year olds, couples but not necessarily families with children. The main visitors are from Germany, US, UK, Russia and Brazil. 'The countries of origin of our customers reflect the diversity of Berlin', says Zeev Rosenberg, the general manager of the hotel who offered me a complimentary tour of the premises.
The rooms are simply yet elegantly decorated, in two main colour schemes - white and brown. Free WiFi is part of the menu. The rooms are usually provided with a simple minibar, a tv, and if rains, a complimentary umbrella.
A little cozy couch in the corner is the perfect place to rest before planning more trips around Berlin. The hotel can help the visitors with guidance and information about where and how to go in different places.
Those interested to organize a mini presentation or conference at the hotel can benefit of all the modern facilities.
Nothing compares to a good glass of wine at the end of a good day. Near the bar, in the lobby, I admired an impressive collection of wines from all over the world. The Moroccan lamps and a French or Italian wine may help to remember that, after all, we are nowadays simple citizens of a big world.
Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary tour of the hotel, but the opinions are, as usual, my own.
More photos from Hotel i31 can be seen at the dedicated Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/ilanaontheroad/hotel-i31-berlin/