The Estrel is a mammoth conference hotel with 1,125 rooms and suites. This complex also has five restaurants, two bars, a summer garden, and a concert venue with a performance every night. Simple, modern rooms are on the large side and have minibars, flat-screen TVs, and work desks. The hotel has a variety of public spaces, including a spacious lobby, outdoor biergarten, and indoor atrium bar. There is also a well-equipped fitness room and a business center. All of these amenities are an effort to make the complex as entertaining as possible, as the Estrel is quite far from the bustle of Berlin's center.
In southeast Berlin, quite removed from the action
As with most conference centers of this size, Estrel Berlin is not centrally located. Though the driving times to the center of the city look manageable, public transport to this part of Berlin is less abundant, and it will take 40 minutes on a train or bus to reach the most popular tourist sights. The hotel is certainly working hard to entertain guests so that they don't need to leave, but any tourists looking to see Berlin from this vantage point may be disappointed.
Berlin is a vibrant city with a tolerant and spirited arts scene and fantastic public transportation. Over 20 years since the Berlin Wall fell, the German capital has become known to have something for everyone, from world-class dining and great street food to cutting edge artists and performers, and even a growing fashion scene.
14-minute drive to Berlin Tegel Airport
12-minute walk to Memorial church or Gedächtniskirche
11-minute drive to the Cold War remnant Checkpoint Charlie (at the corner of Friedrichstrasse & Zimmerstrasse)
11-minute drive to the Jewish Museum
15-minute drive to Pergamon Museum
15-minute drive to famous baroque palace Schloss Charlottenburg
16-minute drive to the Reichstag
16-minute drive to Brandenburg Gate
17-minute drive to the indie-cool shopping district of Scheunenviertel
17-minute drive to the picturesque Tiergarten
17-minute drive to Mitte district for bars and dance halls