My review of the new Hampton by Hilton Berlin Alexanderplatz

This is our review of the new Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

A few weeks ago a new Hampton by Hilton opened right next to Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Hilton asked me to take a look at this new property and gave me two complimentary nights.  As always HfP paid for my flights and I paid for my drinks at the bar.  Here is my review.

It was my second stay at a Hampton by Hilton after having stayed at Gatwick North a year ago. You can read that review here.  Airport hotels are rarely fully representative of a brand, however, so I was interested to visit a city centre Hampton.

In theory, Hampton by Hilton properties are meant to be ‘midscale’ with mainstream Hilton hotels positioned as ‘upscale’.  The key brand standard is the free hot breakfast for all guests.  In reality, most Hampton by Hilton hotels in Europe are newly built and are often more pleasant than nearby older Hilton-branded ones.

Location

There are two Hampton by Hilton hotels in Berlin, with the other older one in the west near KaDeWe.  This new Hampton by Hilton is literally 5 minutes from Alexanderplatz with lots of shops, the shopping centre Alexa and the train station. There are also three tram lines outside the hotel, however, due to the traffic lights it can take up to 5 minutes to walk to the stop!

A taxi to/from Berlin Hauptbahnhof takes about 15 minutes and costs around €12.  The taxi from Tegel airport was €35. I think it took us 45 minutes to get to the hotel, but we were stuck in quite a lot of traffic. According to Google Maps it should have taken half an hour.

Check in

I was travelling with my boyfriend and one of his friends who had booked himself into the same hotel.

At check in we asked to have rooms on the same floor, which wasn’t a problem. The reception staff were friendly and they spoke good English.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin reception review

My room

The Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz has got 344 rooms with 112 standard rooms, 111 flex rooms with a sofabed, 81 twin rooms and 40 accessible rooms. 16 rooms are interconnecting.

Standard rooms have a queen size bed (150 x 200cm) and twin rooms two large single beds (120 x 200cm). Flex rooms have a queen size bed and an additional sofabed.

We stayed in a standard room with, allegedly, a garden view.  As the area around the hotel is still undergoing some construction work, the garden doesn’t exist just yet, so don’t book one of these expecting to see much.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz room view review

The room was very bright thanks to floor to ceiling windows and had great blackout curtains.

There was a good sized desk with a desk chair and a small armchair.  The room was a decent size for a city hotel, but I did trip over my suitcases on the floor a couple of times.

Underneath the TV (German, English and Spanish channels) was a tea / coffee station with a kettle, tea bags, instant coffee and UHT milk portions.

Wifi was complimentary and fast enough to stream videos.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin room review

Inside the wardrobe was a suitcase stand, a hair dryer, four hangers and the laundry bag if laundry service was needed.

There was also an ironing board and iron.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin review

On one side of the bed was a small shelf and on the other side a nightstand with two drawers and a safe in the upper flap. Next to the headboard were reading lamps and EU sockets.

The room had airconditioning which luckily worked well as Berlin was very hot the two days we were there.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin bed review

Bathroom

The bathroom was quite small and didn’t have a lot of space for make up and toiletries. There was one rail to keep a small towel and hooks on the wall for bigger ones. Handwash and body lotion were mounted to the wall.

The shower had a decent shower head with good water pressure. Hampton Spa Therapy amenities were fixed to the wall. I liked the smell of them and my hair was soft and shiny after using shampoo and conditioner.

The shower’s glass wall was only covering half the length of the shower base. This gave additional space.  However the slightly bend glass wall didn’t fully stop the water from flowing into the rest of the bathroom and the small towel on the floor was soaking wet after each shower.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin shower review

Flex room

This is a photo of one of the Flex rooms which have an additional sofabed and can occupy up to three people. They are slightly bigger than the Standard rooms.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin review

Breakfast

The breakfast room was on the ground floor to the right of the reception. As with all Hampton properties breakfast was included in the room price.  It’s served 6am – 10am Monday – Friday and 6am – 11am Saturday and Sunday.

There was a large selection of (good German) bread and rolls, cold cuts, cheese and fruits as well as a waffle making station. It’s worth noting that the coffee was very good.

Hampton by HIlton Alexanderplatz Berlin breakfast review

There was also a good selection of hot food.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz review

The only downside at breakfast was the size of the water/juice glasses. 0.1l is definitely not enough liquid in the morning and we ended up with this little wall of used glasses on our table ……

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Granini glasses review

Chillout area

There was a surprisingly large amount of sitting areas on the ground floor of the hotel.

I took this photo late in the evening, but during the day this area was full with people.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin review

Business Centre

The business centre is to the right of the sitting area in the photo above. There were three computers and a large table for meetings. Note that this space is open and can get a bit noisy during busier times.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin review

Bar

The rooms don’t have mini bars, but the hotel bar which is an extension of the reception is open 24/7.  As well as drinks and snacks you can also buy toiletries if you’ve left something at home.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin bar review

Gym

I didn’t use the gym, but was impressed by the amount of machines and how spacious it was.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin review

Garage

Those who drive might find it handy that the Hampton has it’s own garage with 27 parking spaces.  These cost €26 per day. Unfortunately you cannot reserve them and the hotel operates a first come first serve basis.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz Berlin garage review

Bikes

My favourite part of this Berlin trip was the bike tour we did on the second day. We hired bikes at the reception for €12 per bike per day. As my brother lives in Berlin we had a ‘tour guide’, but the maps they have at reception are great to help you get around. It’s roughly 12 minutes to Brandenburger Tor, another two minutes to the Reichstag and then another 5 to the Siegessaeule.

I also recommend cycling to the former airport Tempelhof (pictured below) which takes around 30 minutes from the hotel. Here is an interesting Guardian article about Tempelhof and how it has been spared from redevelopment.

Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz bike airport tempelhof review

To give you a better impression of what you can expect, here is a short YouTube video of the Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel via this page – this is the same link to visit if the video does not automatically appear below.

 

 

Conclusion

The Hampton by Hilton Alexanderplatz is a great new city hotel with a good free breakfast and easy access to the sights of Berlin.  If you compare the quality of what you get with the modest price then I doubt you can go wrong.  You can even get 2,000 Avios points on each of your Hilton stays, including Hampton, this Summer.

As a Hilton Honors redemption you are looking at 25,000 – 50,000 points per night depending on the cash price that day. This works out at roughly 0.34p per point which is what we expect to see.  If you are paying cash, I found that you can get a standard room from as little as €81 during August.

It’s worth noting that there is a Holiday Inn, ibis Budget and Mercure pretty much next door to the Hampton.  They all cost roughly the same but only the Hampton by Hilton offers free breakfast and of course the Hampton benefits from being brand new.

You can book and find out more on the Hilton website here.

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Comments

  1. I booked a stay here for 17000 points per night and it sounds like it will be absolutely fine.

    Since the Hilton changes, the points price fluctuates with the US dollar and since the euro has gone up against the USD since March, it costs more points now.

    Thanks for the info about the bike hire and breakfast times. We have an early flight to our next destination so 0600 start probably means it will actually be ready by 0545, so we won’t have to rush about, I have never seen a UK hotel (apart from a few airport properties) have breakfast ready before 0620.

    There is no need to take a taxi here unless you are struggling with luggage or on expenses. The TXL bus runs directly to Alexanderplatz but often gets stuck in traffic. The S-bahn / Regional trains to Zool.Garten and the X9 will be faster and costs the same.

    • I was here a couple of weeks ago. You’re right about not needing the taxi, but when we were there the bus was only running to the Hauptbahnhof, not Alexanderplatz. We had to then change and get on the (stuffy and rammed) S-bahn for 3 stops. Not that much of an inconvenience but did cause us a bit of confusion! Can’t complain for €2,20 though.

      Not sure if this is a permanent change. FWIW, the direct bus from Alexanderplatz -> TXL wasn’t running when we returned a few days later.

  2. Boyfriend? I always assumed you and Rob were together hahaha!

    • That would entail Rob punching above his weight 😉

      (only kidding guys!)

  3. Could you not have reused the glasses?? Lol…

    Worth noting that the TXL bus goes direct to Alexanderplatz from Tegel and costs 2.20 Euros, if I recall correctly.

    Also, there is an Indigo at Alexanderplatz, which is another option – generally around 100 euros a night, or 20,000 IHG points.

  4. Wow the garden view looks like something from Auf Wiedersehen Pet, 80s retro. I love Berlin having been there during the Cold War and in recent past, a lovely chilled place to visit.

    • Auf Wiedersehen Pet was, I think, filmed at Ellstree and the land the building site sat on was converted into the Eastenders set a couple of years later.

  5. HiDeHi says:

    Wait. Is it bad form to use the same glass for orange juice refills? I once got told off in an Amex lounge in the US for re-using the same plate when going back to the buffet(for food safety reasons). Is this a similar thing?

    • How does re-using your own plate, for your own consumption, introduce a food safety risk?

      (Genuinely intrigued….as I know its nonsense; but then its possibly explained by your reference to ‘US’)

      • In Indiana, you are not allowed to reuse a plate at a buffet. But you don’t get any more cutlery!

      • HiDeHi says:

        Short answer: US

        Basically the server said that since the communal tongs would be touching a plate I had eaten off when putting more food on the plate, there was a contamination risk. I then saw a sign later in the lounge saying the same thing “do not use the same plate when refilling at the buffet” so it was policy rather than one crazy employee. I am not a food scientist but I agree it does sound a bit ridiculous. This was the Amex Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas.

        I have no problem using a different plate each time but I would worry about doing it in other buffets as people would judge me – “look at him, he needs a new plate each time, la de da”.

  6. Alexanderplatz is by far the ugliest and most dangerous place in Berlin, but the Hampton Inn is close to many cool areas like Alte Schönhauser Str., Weinbergsweg etc.

    • krys_k says:

      I visit Berlin for business regularly. I’ve never found Alexanderplatz dangerous, and I always try and stay here, even when my work is in West Berlin.

  7. Michael Jennings says:

    I’ve never found Alexanderplatz dangerous either. Someone attempted to pick my pocket in East Kreuzberg a couple of years ago, though.

  8. Andrew says:

    There’s also an Indigo joined to the Holiday Inn, and it’s very good. Stayed there during IFA last year and it was only £160/night. Great breakfast, lovely beds, very good rooms. Would definitely recommend.

  9. James A says:

    I stayed at the Park Inn right in Alexanderplatz a few rears ago. Great view over the square and a nice hotel in general – has it been acquired by someone else?