Axel Hotel Berlin – Adults Only
What We Love
- A welcome drink per person, per stay is included in the rate
- A lively social scene and nightly drag performances in the restaurant
- Impressive views from the rooftop gym
- A five-minute walk from the iconic Berlin department store KaDeWe
- WiFi is free
- The rooftop sauna, spa and steam room are open late
What To Know
- A city tax of 5 percent of the room rate per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Great location for checking out the local gay bars/clubs, but quite far from tourist areas like Kreutzberg and Alexanderplatz
- Adult-oriented; this is a hetero-friendly hotel, but not a family-friendly one
- Children 17 and under are not permitted
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
In the center of hip and historic Schöneberg, Axel Hotel Berlin is a striking property with an avant-garde aesthetic. Cheekily billing itself as “hetero-friendly,” it’s a gay hotel with a proudly inclusive stance. Slate grays, blond woods and intimate lighting lend a cozy vibe to the public spaces, but there’s a lively scene in the American-style diner, Hamburger Mary’s, which serves a menu of comfort food classics (fried chicken, mac-and-cheese fritters) and plays host to international drag performers on a nightly basis. The rooftop wellness area offers incredible views from the hot tub and gym and the solarium turns into a private bar in the evenings. Each of the 87 guestrooms is kitted out in sultry grays and blacks, with clever red glass panels to break up the largely open-plan layout. All rooms are equipped with kingsize (or twin) beds, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and cheeky door signs that provide privacy or invite the opposite with a “please disturb” option. This fun hotel caters to adults who are looking for a good time in Berlin.
In the Area
Schöneberg is Berlin’s historic entertainment and shopping district. Hip bars, galleries and restaurants line the wide boulevards and plazas, and the area has played host to a thriving gay scene since the 1920s. Former residents include the painter and printmaker Otto Dix, and Albert Einstein. For traditional German dishes (wiener schnitzel and the like), try the tiny essWerk café; for sushi head to Aki Tatsu and for cakes, make a beeline for Café Berio. The hotel is a five-minute walk from iconic department store KaDeWe (Europe’s largest).
How to Get There
So this was my first time in Berlin. I was there with two other guys. I chose the Axel Hotel because it was in the gay area I was there the last week of July for Berlin Pride for about a week. We had what was called a triple room which was like a suite I guess. It had a thick curtain that divided the room from the "living room" As many reviews state it is close to the U-Bahn and many great places to eat which is awesome. Upon check in the guys were friendly and helpful. He offered us a discount on breakfast if we purchased it there which I declined because there were other places I wanted to eat at. My first issue is that the AC did not work. I have read other reviews about Axel's around Europe and it seems to be a running theme. It was HOT in the hotel rooms most the time. Now to be fair all the locals said it has never been this hot in Berlin but I am from Texas, it gets HOT there and we need, want and LOVE our AC. I told the front desk who tried to act like he was surprised it wasn't working but I could tell he had heard it all before but it was not his fault so I could not be mad at him. He offered a floor fan which is something I never thought I would need in a hotel. Most hotels have ICE COLD AC. Anyway he brought the fan up himself which was interesting. The AC started working the next day but it was still just didn't blow cold like it should. I opened up all the windows and that helped a bit. Also keep in mind the shower is basically a big window and anyone who is in your room can see you naked. I knew about this ahead of time but some may not. The bed was super hard and not to comfortable. Love the condoms in the drawer! lol. Shower was nice and had good pressure but the door cant close right and water ends up everywhere. The Hot tub jets didnt work too well but it offered a nice view up there. Upon check out the guy asked if I bought anything out the minibar. I said no. A day after I am back I was charged for something from the Axel. on my credit card. Another review said they were charged after they left as well. I am assuming they just charge Americans cause its harder for us to fight a charge from across the pond. It was not that big of a charge but imagine if every hotel you stayed at charged you 10 dollars extra after every stay. It would add up. As much as I like the idea of this hotel and had a lot of fun here I honestly would not stay in this hotel again unless they explain why they charged me and also got some GOOD and i mean GOOD AC.
I have some positive things to say about this hotel but I have to focus on the one massive negative.
On Sunday 11 August between 7-8pm someone got into my room, stealing my wallet, phone and tablet. My friend also had his phone answered wallet taken.
On check in I was given two keys. Neither of those keys went missing. The door wasn’t forced so someone with access to a key or the ability to get into the room got in.
I was naturally horrified. I had been upstairs using the spa facilities for around an hour. So someone knew we were out and took the opportunity.
I alerted reception staff who were surprised. I asked them to check the CCTV only to be told it didn’t work (or the cameras on the floors are fake)
They did helpfully call the police who came. I requested a change of room that night to be told the hotel was full.
The police told me this wasn’t the first time they’ve had this issue.
So if you use this hotel make sure everything is kept in the safe, even for a short period out the room. Our passports and a credit card were.
Other than that, it’s a nice hotel.
Lovely modern hotel in a good location, had a great one night stay however came home to discover I had extra charges, emailed the hotel but got no response have called them twice but they have been busy. They’ve told me it’s minibar charges but we didn’t use the minibar at all and I’m still waiting for contact from the manager, so after a good stay I’m quite disappointed to home to this.