Understated Cool at the Hotel Indigo Berlin

Located on a quiet street just a few minutes’ walk from the busy square and transit hub of Alexanderplatz, the Hotel Indigo Berlin is a chic respite from the buzz of Berlin. From the lobby to the bar to the rooms, it feels trendy, yet unpretentious, stylish but comfortable and welcoming. While some details have clearly been added for the sake of appearance it never feels over-designed. In short, it’s a near-perfect base for exploring the dynamic and cutting edge city of Berlin.

The lobby of the Hotel Indigo in Berlin

The lobby plays to the area, which is near the busy Alexanderplatz square

The 153  rooms at Hotel Indigo feature high-def flat-screen tvs, which swivel to be viewed from any direction, sofas, small work desks, rain showers, Tassimo coffee machines, minibars, safes, iPod docking stations, and free wifi.

My standard room was compact but well-designed, with no wasted space. Deluxe rooms offer a bit more space and executive rooms include balconies, but I found my accommodation roomy enough for one person. One one side of my bed, a small desk built into the wall provided work space, while opposite my bed, a sofa offered a comfortable place to relax. Thanks to the swiveling tv, I could watch from either location. A small wardrobe provided limited storage space – had I been traveling with my husband we might have struggled to fit all our clothes into it – and there were hooks on the wall opposite to hang my coat and bag, a little touch that helped the smaller space work.

Room at the Hotel Indigo

Swiveling flat-screen tvs allow for watching from any angle

The bathroom was designed with the same economy of space, with shelves above the toilet and a rainshower with an opaque glass wall that lets in light from the bedroom. While the color palette of the lobby is bold and bright, the guest rooms and hallways are more muted, with calming tones of blue and grey accented by the occasional pop of sunny yellow or pastel pink.

The Hotel Indigo offers four meeting rooms, a fitness center, a small business center with Mac computer, and a restaurant, La Maison de L’entrecôte, which specializes in its namesake dish, tender beef from the rib area, served with salads and delicate frites. Each morning, a hearty breakfast buffet offers fresh juice, omelets and eggs made-to-order, pastries, and coffee.  Room service is offered 24 hours a day.

The hotel's main floor bar has happy hour and light bites

The hotel’s main floor bar has happy hour and light bites

The main hub of activity is the lobby bar. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy a welcome drink here; there’s daily happy hour and the bar also serves snacks and light meals like salads and sandwiches.  Each evening, there’s a late-night snack option. During my stay, it was currywurst, a Berlin specialty that’s made of bratwurst topped with curry-dusted ketchup. In warmer months, the action moves outside to the hotel’s courtyard bar.

The lobby bar

The lobby bar is the hotel’s social hub

The Hotel Indigo feels luxurious but understated, cool but not intimidatingly hip. The services and amenities tick all the boxes and the free wifi is an added perk. The hotel will help arrange tours and reservations, secure taxis, and  even offers rental bikes for just 10 euros per day.

But one of the biggest benefits it offers is its prime location. The hotel is set on a quiet street, yet it’s only a block from Alexanderplatz and the U and S Bahn stations that will take you anywhere in the city. That easy access to all corners of the city means its easy to explore, and easy to return to the unfussy luxury of the hotel when you need a break from the frenetic energy of Berlin.

If you go:

Check-in is at 3pm; check-out is at noon. Standard rooms start at around 100 euros. You can book online at the hotel website, the IHG website, or compare rates at Hotels.com and Travelocity.

I was a guest of the Hotel Indigo but all opinions are my own.

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