Where to Stay in Berlin: Lux 11 Aparthotel Berlin-Mitte

After a four day visit to Berlin last year, and as (hopefully!) an older and wiser traveller and second-tripper, I was mindful to choose my accommodation more carefully this time around. Although it was less important last summer as I was mainly out and about, exploring the city and didn’t end up spending too much time in my room, this year, I wanted to base myself more centrally and take my trip at a more leisurely pace. I had my eye on the Mitte district!

Even knowing which district I wanted to be in didn’t particularly narrow down accommodation choices. Mitte, arguably the heart of Berlin with a huge shopping complex at Alexander Platz and oodles of food outlets and restaurants, is a popular area and has loads of hotels to you’re your pick from. I’m also a tad fussy; ‘Location, location, location’ is always a motto of mine and budget is something that always plays a part in decision making, so a good value room is key! But obviously it has to be clean and comfy and would it be too much to ask to be a bit quirky as well?

Stumbling upon Lux 11 Berlin-Mitte, this stylish and affordable aparthotel appeared to check off all of my specs plus more. And just a short walk across from Alexander Platz? I need not look any further!

But how did Lux 11 live up to my expectations?

The Location

I struck gold here, I couldn’t have dreamt for a better located room. Literally just across the road from Alexander Platz, but still cleverly tucked slightly behind the main street, I was both right in the heart of the action but also sheltered from any noise. Um… perfect!

My three day trip was certainly bettered by this uber central spot. I walked to the historical neighbourhood of Nikolaiviertel, made my way over to Museum Island and headed down the grand promenade of Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate, otherwise we had the efficient U-bahn and S-bahn at our disposal and journeyed out to Friedrichshain or in the opposite direction over to Berlin’s largest city-park, Tiergarten.

IMG_4692

The Service

After a crazy early flight out from London, we were far too keen for check in and our room wasn’t quite ready for us as we rocked up at 11am, but Dana on the front desk greeted us with a genuine and friendly welcome and shared some helpful tips for our stay. She also provided us with some great lunch options and let us know how we could spend our time as our room was being prepped. As it turns out we took her advice to dine one evening at Mutter Hoppe, a traditional German restaurant with home-style meat-heavy plates, which was a great match for us with; a foodie couple with eyes bigger than our bellies!

Being an Aparthotel, you can pretty much have as little or as much interaction as you wish with the front-desk. Aside from Check in and Check out, unless you had any burning questions, it wasn’t necessary to connect with the staff. The front-desk is off to the side of the main entrance and you could easily choose to head straight up to your room (grabbing some treats from the complimentary sweet stand in the hall!). Perfect for us who like to come and go as we please, just as if we were at home!

The Rooms

I was staying in an ‘Executive suite’ on the fourth floor and I can’t praise this room highly enough! Spacious, clean, modern and stylish; it ticked all the boxes.

lux11-berlin-0211-jpg-1024x0

Photo Credit: Lux-Eleven.com

With high ceilings, pale walls and striking minimalist design, it was all cleverly balanced with the soft natural curtains and the pop of the bold pink bed spread; altogether it gifted the space a really homely feel. Importantly though, despite being pretty darn lovely to look at, it was also super functional, and not at all overly fussy, with plenty of cupboards and wardrobe space and oodles of stretching room.

All suites and apartments are equipped with a kitchenette. Now, I don’t usually cook when i’m staying abroad, but I love the fact that I could use a fridge to chill our drinks or snacks, and use the coffee machine for a caffeine injection in the mornings! And drink in THIS view in the morning from my window…

The shower though! It was pure bliss to be afforded with what must be at least 4 times the usual coffin -sized cubicles that other budget hotels offer!

The Facilities

As an aparthotel, Lux 11 keeps it simple by stripping back what you won’t need. This leaves you with the basics that you actual value from a hotel stay; a comfortable bed, welcoming staff, oodles of personal space… Lux 11 manages it all and wraps it up in a great design. The point of this place is that it’s kept affordable because you don’t pay for what you don’t need.

For guests wanting to treat Berlin as their home from home, all apartments and suites offer a fully equipped kitchenette including mini stove, microwave, fridge, kettle, coffee machine and toaster. They also offer a room service for those who want leave it to the professionals! For guests staying longer or those visiting as part of a longer European trip, Lux 11 offers laundry facilities in the basement.

lux11.png

Photo Credit: Lux-Eleven.com

The Food

There’s no dedicated restaurant attached to the hotel, because, uh, you’re in Berlin! Who needs that when you’ve got the best international cuisine on your doorstep? However, for convenience you will find the Prince bar which serves food and drink all day on the ground floor (great for a night cap before taking the lift to your room!) and the Coffee House next door if you have any desire to peel away from the comfort of your branded dressing gown and have a trained barista create your favourite ‘pick-me-up’ instead!

prince

Photo Credit:  Lux-Eleven.com

The Round-Up

I think it says it all when instead of quipping ‘Well, this is nice’, we both were pretty much floored by the interior of this place. Depending on room demand and season, this hotel comes with a rather reasonable price tag, especially considering how well-located this place is! Recommended? You bet. Lux 11 is ideal for couples on a mini-break, just like us, looking for something a little bit special whilst still keeping your credit card happy.

Disclaimer: Lux 11 provided me with a discounted rate in return for my personal review. All opinions are honest and completely my own. 

Book direct with Lux 11 here!

lu1

Photo Credit: Lux-Eleven.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s