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(The Nothing EXTRA) Stay Report: Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre



Picture of the pool from IHG website

The Crowe Plaza Berlin City Centre is at prime location of the major shopping street in Berlin – Tauentzienstraße. The retail price of a room is relatively inexpensive and affordable, but nothing with the hotel is extra fancy in terms of visual appeal, I suppose they are really focusing on tourists here, so functionality is key then. The picture above is from their IHG website where I have to say it looks extremely nice, or super instagramable, hehe, continue reading to see what it actually looks like with the pictures I took.

Check In:

Check in was smooth, upon the time I was checking in, no customers was waiting in line and I walked straight to the IHG reward counter, the receptionist was rather polite and greeted me for being in the IHG reward program and handed me a pre-prinited welcome letter. She also asked about whether I would choose Welcome Points or Free Drinks as my welcome amenity, I went for the points without hesitation. Although she was handling everything gracefully, no mention of room upgrade was bought up, I was guided with direction to the elevator when everything was in order.

The lobby was rather busy and things are tightly packed together with many guests packing their luggages on the floor near the sofa sets(?).

They have like 60+ rooms at each floor so I encounter like several guests on my way to my room which is somewhat unusual to my experience, the small lobby area in front of the elevator is placed with photography prints and small side tables, I guess it can be count as decorated but nothing more than just that.

Lobby area in front of the elevator

Lobby area in front of the elevator

The Room:

The room at the 6th floor is facing the other side of the building where nothing interesting is going on, upon entering the guest room, I find it rather small and too-simple, the desire for me to be upgraded to a bigger room led me to rang up the receptionist again, after expressing the doubt, one of the male staff replied with:” Sir, you are already in the executive floor, and you are facing the other side of the road which it’s actually quiet and better.” I politely thanked him and started to wonder, when I was walking through the hallway, it clearly stated “Quiet Zone” instead of executive floor, and judging on the fact I am already in the “better room”, I went up to their website, and found out that the room I was assigned it’s called executive room, and I was booked at standard room level, so in theory they did upgraded me to a higher level, although the only difference it’s that the desk was pushed to the corner and an additional single couch was placed where in the standard room the desk took over all of the remaining floor space next to the bed, so I understand hotels wants to save money on upgrading everybody to a junior suite, but is it really acceptable to do such practices where they keep another room category to purposely use on upgrading guests? You tell me, Crowne Plaza Berlin.

Luggage Stand

The view outside the window is very boring or somewhat ugly, the vegetation on the roof didn’t really help much I have to say, but it saves the planet hopefully, everything in the room looked neat and in order, but a certain smell of paint of the plastic furniture in the room (I am not exactly sure what it actually was) had really hit my impressions overall, things looked clean and the deco is not relatively outdated, so like said, nothing extra at this property.

The Toilet:

The toilet was clean and decent, however when I opened the cover of the toilet, there was remains of soap and cleaning liquid still inside, I guess the cleaning staff was so “rushed” to get to his next assignment he didn’t get to check if it was really clean. Oh well.

The safe was inside the closet and the closet doesn’t even have wooden bottoms, see? nothing extra, again.

Time for the swimming pool:

The swimming pool in the basement, the entrance looked nice and inviting, there were also ample towels stocked next to the entrance, see below the pictures I took for the swimming pool, when I showed up there, the staff was sweeping the floor and said hi to me, I smiled back and after took the pictures I went backed to my room.

Here’s the real pictures of the swimming pool, as you can see, it’s just a swimming pool, nothing else, no jacuzzi, no near pool shower area, nothing more. I also failed to find any facilities to change or to shower before and after using the pool. So, inviting setting, not really inviting facilitation.

Bottom Line:

Score: 4/10 Keyword: No-Extra

This stay experience dictates that this property lacks the extra steps that a Crowne Plaza (Business Luxury Chain) should provide to ensure the comfort and stress-free need for business travellers.

This property is of decent value if your purpose in Berlin is to go for a shopping spree nearby or you just need a place to sleep at while you gonna use the majority of the time in the city. Anything extra wouldn’t be satisfied easily here, I would just recommend you using the extra bucks on a real 5 star property then.

Did you experience something like this at any other hotels? Leave a comment, stay tuned. Peace !

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Stay Report: Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat, King Suite Review



Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat - Courtesy Of IHG

The Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat is a four-star boutique hotel located next to the old town of Warsaw, Poland. What formerly known as the Branicki Residential House – Smolna 40, the building can be dated back to 1903. Through turmoils during the war, the residence building was developed by BUDIZOL Property to open as an Indigo hotel in May 2017.

How I Got There

The hotel is centrally located, so you may get there by many means of public transportation, but Uber is also extremly cheap in Poland, so the ride-sharing app has been my go-to method of communting around the city.

I arrived at the hotel site around 2 PM, and I was immediately impressed by the architecture itself. The hotel doesn’t look busy at all, in fact, it was a bit too quiet, I guess that’s why they called themselves a boutique hotel.


The hotel lobby is mesmerizing, the art installation was majestic and beautiful. Since I booked the stay with IHG rewards points, so I wasn’t expecting anything over and beyond from the hotel; however, to my surprsie, I noticed in the app that room has been upgraded to a suite in advance.

The lady who checked me in was happy to see someone finally showed up when I entered the lobby, she welcomed me with a warm greeting and thanked me for my royalty with IHG rewards, she told me that they’ve upgraded me to their only king suite of the hotel, and she called the housekeeping to check again whether everything was ready before making the room key cards for me.

She mentioned nothing about breakfast and I ended up not waking up early enough to find out anyway.

The entire hotel is trying to be sustainable, so the hallway light will only switch on if you make a clear sound, which can be creepy at times.

Practical Info

  • Length: One night Stay
  • Booked Room Category: Standard 1 Queen NS
  • Upgraded Room Category: Suite 1 King NS
  • Booking Made: IHG App
  • IHG Rewards Tier: Spire Elite
  • Booking Through: Point Breaks Redemption (15,000 Points)
  • Room Number: 409

The Suite

Upon entering, the suite looked bright and open, I felt the openness within the enclosed space avaliable, as stated on their website, the suite is only 44 sqm.

The interior is elegant and chic, I liked the strong contrast between the furniture and the plain white wall.

The suite has dedicated space for your luggage and decent closet space for all your other belongings.

The most dazzling thing about the living room would be the window, not only was it up to the ceilings, but the painted window frames made it even more chic and elegant.

The elevated seating space made it even more exquisite, you can just imagine yourself sitting there with a glass of wine and looking out to the window as you are taking everything in with light music playing in the background. (I actually did that.)

With different seating sofas together, you can also have an enjoyable time with friends and families.

Overall the living room layout is decent and nothing is compromised here in order to make up for the seating space.

I’ve chosen the welcome points during check in, but the hotel went out of their way and left a welcome letter with a glas of red wine for me in the room, too. I certainly felt very welcome by this kind gesture.

With the suite upgrade, I was also able to enjoy free soft drinks & snacks as part of their free in-suite offerings.

The counter under the TV is fully equipped with all the glassware and tea sets.

The mini bar has a decent selection of liquor options in addition to the free soft drinks.

One thing I found out during the stay was the scale formed inside the water kettle, that’s very unpleasant to encounter as it feels like the housekeeping lacks some attention to details here.

Behind the sofa sets, you can find a simple desk where you can work on. The desk & chair itself is decent but nothing revolutionary, but the smart appliances will surprise you.

The lamp had a charging head for iPhone and the smart telephone comes with google maps and internet browser, plus many other apps. In my opinion, these small gadgets are huge enhancements to a hotel’s hard product offerings nowadays.

The sky-light ceiling adds another key selling point to the room, it makes you feel the visual extention to the environment outdoor so for a moment I felt like standing under the glass roof of a French museum.

The Bedroom

The bedroom is relatively simple, the design is modern as always, but it’s not the same size as a normal guestroom, in fact it’s smaller.

The bed and pillows are clean and comfortable, the bed the hotel referred to as a king bed is of decent size, but not the biggest I’ve seen, the headboard is elastic and it’s great to lean on.

The hotel offers in-room handy phone which you can take out with you for internet coverage and make phone calls to a dozen different countries free of charge.

The Bathroom

The bathroom went for a black & white decor which brings out the contrast between the chequerboard tiles and other interiors.

The oval bathtub is elegantly designed and looked very chic.

The shower amenities being offered was from the German sport luxury brand Bogner. It was okay to use but personally I didn’t feel anything extraordinary while using it.

Another smart solution they had with the suite was, with a push of a bottom, you may switch clear or opaque the smart glass they’ve installed between the bathroom and the bedroom.

Fitness & Sauna

Although the hotel only has 60 rooms, it has a 24 hours fitness center equipped with a small sauna facility.

It’s not the most well-equipped gym but you can get a work out done without much problem.

The staff reminded me that it take some time to heat up the sauna, so if you are thinking of using it, you would have to call them in advance so they can heat it up for you.

Bottom Line

This IHG property gives great recognition to its elite members, that something may look favorably upon. It has a great location in central Warsaw, while the hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful, so it’s highly recommended that you spend some days with them. The staff doesn’t have to deal with a large flow of guests checking in and out everyday, so they definitely have a lot more time to ensure the quality of your stay experience; besides the hotel was opened 2017, so right now might be the perfect time to try it out.


Check-in Experience: 8.5/10

Staff Experience: 9/10

Status Recognition: 9.5/10

Room Comfortability: 8.5/10

Housekeeping Experience: 8.3/10

Overall Experience: 8.8/10

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