For gay travelers to Berlin, you will find a wealth of gay travel accommodation offers. Gay apartments, gay hostels and gay hotels. In the gay hotels category, gay travelers will find both gay friendly and gay hotels on offer. Or in the case of Axel Hotel, Berlin a Hetero Friendly hotel. The Axel gay hotel in Berlin is part of a small chain of hotels from Axel. They already have a gay hotel in Barcelona and a gay hotel in Buenos Aires. The group is also planning a gay hotel for New York, a great gay destination to establish a new hotel and the groups first venture into America.
Gay travelers visiting Berlin will find the Axel Hotel in the heart of the gay area of the city, close to a huge variety of gay bars, gay clubs and gay friendly restaurants. You are also only moments away from an underground stop which will take you to other gay hotspots and sights that the city of Berlin has to offer.
Inside the Axel hotel you will find welcoming and well groomed staff who will not only check you into your room, they are also on hand to provide great information on places to visit in the city. In the reception area you will find a variety of tourist literature, little of which on my visit was specifically aimed at the gay travel market. Fear not, just next door to the Axel hotel you will find a gay bookstore (Eisen Herz), which has a number of free gay publications and free gay travel maps for you.
On the first level of the hotel you will find the hotel restaurant and hotel bar, a great place to meet with other gay travel makers. The bar serves outstanding cocktails and as a happy hour operating Monday to Thursday. Start your evening off in the bar, before heading out to sample the nearby gay nightlife.
On the top floor of the hotel you will find the hotel spa. This consists of a small gym, which is ample for those wishing to keep fit (ish) whilst away, this is next to a relaxation lounge with numerous sun beds. Towards the end of the floor you will find small sauna and steam rooms and outdoors a jacuzzi, which offers great views of Berlin, an ideal place to sit as the sun goes down. Many gay travelers choose to go nude so if this is not your thing, you have been warned. If this is your thing then check in, strip off and get onboard.
Rooms at the Axel are spacious and are fitted to a high specification. The beds are a very good size, and facing a flat screen TV, that offers regular TV channels, pay for movies (including adult) and radio channels. You can also request an ipod docking station from reception to play your own tunes. Why this is not a standard feature in all rooms, is a mystery. For gay travel makers looking to connect to the internet you will face a charge if you wish to do this in your room, this is a huge bugbear of mine. Particularly when their sister hotel in Barcelona offers this for free. The hotel does however offer free use of the internet on the Apple computer situated on floor 3 (warning this can get very busy).
The bathrooms are wonderful, with a spacious walk in shower and separate toilet. For those choosing to travel as a couple who are not actually a couple but wishing to share a room to reduce costs you should be aware that your shower is a very public affair. Well public for your room anyway, as it is surrounded by glass. So if you wish to shower in private, you will need to ask your traveling companion to leave the room.
On the rooftop of the hotel you will find the Sky Bar, plus more sun loungers and a fantastic view of the city. In the summer this is the destination for gay parties in Berlin.