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relexa Hotel Berlin – Family Travel Review

relexa Hotel Berlin – Our Review

Earlier in 2018 we visited the lovely city of Hamburg so I was very curious to see how similar or not Berlin was going to be.  Berlin was a very last minute decision for us. I unusually hadn’t done my months of research so in a panic booked the relexa Hotel mostly due it location. I like being central when travelling with kids. I peeked into Trip Advisor after booking and there were some mixed review so I was a tad nervous. I decided to go with it and off we went on a very early flight with the Grandparents in tow!

The Hotel

The relexa comprises 208 rooms decked out in a neutral colour scheme. The building itself it located down a quiet side street. There is a restaurant called Boulevard on site which serves a mix of international dishes as well as a bar and outdoor courtyard where you can eat or have a drink. Also on siste is relexa cooking which offers all kinds of cookery related demonstrations, classes and themed events. There is also a spa area with sauna, steam bath as well as a fitness and relaxation room.

The Location.

Brandenberg Gate

Brandenberg Gate Pic Credit: Mamma Fairy Blog

Inside the German Parliament buidling done

Inside the Parliament Building Pic Credit: Mamma Fairy blog

The relexa hotel commends a pretty impressive location in Berlin, and to my mind this is probably its biggest selling point. I can be a tad hard to please when it comes to location as I like central but quiet, walking distance within reason and a safe area. I’d prefer not to be totally reliant on public transport when travelling with kids. From the relexa hotel we could walk to all of the key attractions, it is situated between the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. You are literally minutes for Potsdamer Platz with its array of eateries and bars and to the far side you have the Berlin Zoo and the German Technical Museum. We walked to all of the attractions we had wanted to do,  Legoland Discovery Centre, the Parliament Building, the Berlin Wall, Aqua Dom and more!

Despite being in the midst of everything it was really quiet and felt very safe. Another huge plus was the Lidl just around the corner. I had forgotten sunscreen and was very handy to pop around for that plus a few goodies for the kids before bed.

The Room

hotel room

Junior Suite Pic Credit: relexa Hotel

We had a Junior Suite which was totally adequate for our needs. They located my parents next door which was great as the kids were in and out to visit Nana and Grandad. I understand the hotel is going through some renovation work. My parent’s room was a lot newer and the décor was really nice.

hot air ballon

VIew from hotel room Pic Creit: Mamma Fairy Blog

Ours while a lot bigger was a little tired looking but spotlessly clean and lovely size for the four of us. The separate sitting room is a big plus when travelling with kids as you can watch some TV and chill while they are in bed. The Junior Suite comes with a small complimentary mini bar too. Very much appreciated.

 

We had a view of the hot air balloon directly infront of us and the Berlin TV tower just off to the right. The kids loved watching that balloon up and down. None of us had the nerve to actually go up on it!

The Facilities

The breakfast was very good and really set us up for the day. While it was busy it was replenished quickly and we always got a table. The selection was great with plenty for adults and the kids to choose from. We escaped one of the nights while the grandparents baby sat and had dinner in the hotel and drinks in the cocktail bar (my mouth is still watering for the Gin Fizz cocktails). The food was amazing. So fresh and tasty. Id go back for the food alone. This was totally unexpected as you really never know  with hotel food.

The outdoor courtyard was a lovely way to have a coffee or beer before retiring to the room in the evening after a busy day sightseeing.

We didn’t get a chance to try the Spa but there is always next time!

The Verdict

As I said above if location is top of your agenda you will have this here. Everything is so close and easily walkable even with the kids. The food was really good with great selection for adults and kids. The hotel is ideal for families and the rooms are a good size for a city hotel. WiFi was free and perfectly adequate for us. The staff were efficient not overly friendly but that fine with me! We have resolved to come back as three days really wants enough to see all this eclectic city has to offer. When we do come back we will be coming back here without a doubt. I usually like to try new places if we return to a city but this property suited us perfectly and lets face it why fit something that not broken!!

Mamma Fairy Insider tips

  • If budget permits go for the Junior Suite – lots of space, complimentary mini bar and bottled water replenished each day
  • Book the breakfast, you will be well feed for the day ahead
  • The parliament building is about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Its free in but you need to book in advance, its 100% worth it and even the kids loved it.
  • We had a late flight departing Berlin so decided to wile aware a few hours a t the nearby German Technical museum. I can say hand on heart this is quite possible one of the best museums I have every visited. Incredible, really incredible. We were a party of ages 3 to 60+ and everybody enjoyed. The kids didn’t want to leave and that’s after spending 5 hours. Do it, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
  • Don’t bother with the paid upgraded wifi – the free one is totally fine.
  • Ask for a renovated room and one facing the city. The view of the TV Tower at night time is lovely

 

For best rates book direct via the hotel website .

 

Note: We received a media rate for our staty but we were not asked or expected to write this review.

 

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Good Reasons to Go on a German Adventure

Berlin TV Tower

Berlin TV Tower

Have you ever thought about going on holiday to Germany? If not, you definitely should. Why? There are so many reasons from the friendly locals to the fantastic beer and the beautiful, which combine to make Germany a   destination for people of all ages, sexes and tastes.

Not convinced? Check out these very compelling reasons to start thinking about a German adventure right now…

River Rhine Cruises are so Relaxing

If you’ve been working too hard of late and you’re looking for a little relaxation, you’ll find all of the peace and serenity you can handle on board a cruise ship sailing along the River Rhine. You’ll see delightful old castles, lush green vineyards, happy people and pretty landscapes aplenty along the way and you’ll find yourself wishing that you could stay there forever.

The Courtyard Cologne is so Swanky

Wherever you go in Germany, especially in the big cities, you will find no end of high-end hotels that offer fine local food and drinks, luxuriously relaxing hotel rooms,  quality gym facilities and much more besides. A good example of this is the Courtyard Cologne, which is also keenly priced, but there are many more. So, whether you’re traveling with the family, heading off for a romantic weekend break, or going solo, you’ll never have to worry about the accommodation.

Oktoberfest is a Blast

Berlin Beer Fest toast

Beer Fest

In many places, Germany is probably best known for its Oktoberfest festival, with many people timing their holiday to coincide with it, and there is a good reason for that – it’s fabulous fun. Not only will you get to sample some of the best beers in the world if you attend, but there’ll be amazing sausages to tempt you around every corner, lots of people getting together and having fun, and of course, plenty of traditional Germanic celebrations for you to take part in and get to know the local culture a bit better.

The Berlin Festival is a Cultural Highlight

If you’re a movie buff, you don’t have to fly all the way to Hollywood to get your fill – the Berlin Film Festival or The Berlinale, to give it its proper name, is a hugely prestigious and extremely glamorous celebration of all things cinema. Concentrating on true art and innovation, it is far more interesting than the Oscars and with no less than 400 films to choose from in a single festival, you’re certain to find something you like.

Berlin is Buzzing

The city of Berlin is without a doubt one of the most vibrant, energetic cities on the planet. Buzzing with life, art and culture, it’s impossible to be bored when you’re in Berlin. From the notorious KitKat Club to the C/O Gallery and the extremely moving Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, you’ll laugh, cry, wonder and have your mind boggled, but mostly you’ll have a very memorable time there.

Bachfest Leipzig is Beautiful

This wonderful annual event which celebrates the life and music of the much-loved baroque composer Johan Sebastian Bach is a great way to get some culture into your life. Even if you aren’t particularly into classical music, you will not fail to be moved by the combination of the music and the beautiful historic surroundings of Thomaskirche church where the event is held, The final performance of Mass in B Minor will blow you away guaranteed.


Germany really is the place to be!

 

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