Australian company Adina Apartment Hotels has opened its third hotel in Berlin, next to the Hackescher Markt in the centre of Germany's largest city.
Adina's Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt district is convenient for business travellers to the city, in what Adina calls "one of Berlin's most vibrant emerging districts".
What that really means for the business traveller is that there's plenty of nightlife, museums and culture in the area around the old Hackescher Markt square, formerly in East Berlin, but it's set a few kilometres away from the business centre, Potsdamer Platz.
The location's a real benefit if you've got some downtime or are in Berlin in its lovely summer months (just stroll a couple of kilometres to your meetings), but if you'll be working late or you're in Berlin's notoriously frosty winter, you might want to take a cab or public transport.
The hotel is right next to Hackescher Markt S-Bahn (above-ground metro) stop, with the Alexanderplatz U-Bahn (subway) a short walk away.
The apartment hotel concept is especially popular with business travellers. Proper kitchen facilities and the ability to do some laundry make a business trip more like normal life.
Adina's interpretation of the apartment hotel has a total of 145 studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, with a living-dining-kitchen room and the usual desk, sofas and flat screen TV. There's also an iPod docking station, and Australians away from home will enjoy the "aboriginal art and hints of Australia" that Adina has spread into their apartment hotels.
One of the hints is the Australian wine list in the hotel's Alto bar and restaurant -- always nice to have, especially in Germany, which is not a land known for its mass-appeal wines. Another bit of Australiana is the Southern Cross on the ceiling of the Aveda salon and spa inside the hotel.
The Hackescher Markt location is Adina's third Berlin apartment hotel, with other German locations in Frankfurt and Hamburg, with Copenhagen, Budapest and Sydney rounding out the worldwide list.