Family-Friendly Hotel In Berlin's Mitte: Novotel

I've been dreaming of visiting Berlin since long before we moved to Europe. And last week, we finally had the chance. J had a conference to attend, so Baby ISO and I had three full days to explore the city, visit the festive Christmas markets, and check out the toddler-friendly things to do. Our visit was everything I had hoped it would be, yet so different than what I had imagined, since we spent quite a bit of time at Lego Land and other kid-focused spots.

Speaking of kid-friendly, we stayed at Novotel Berlin Mitte*, which in addition to its great location, was also very family-friendly. Novotel Berlin Mitte* had a such a wide array of kid-friendly amenities that I was pleasantly surprised. Upon entrance, you'll notice the spacious modern interiors and free rental strollers right next to the door. At my time of visit, there were two rental strollers available and these were suitable for children who can sit up on their own (they aren't infant strollers).

After the easy check-in, the three, fast elevators take you up to the rooms, which are relatively large for a European hotel. If you have older kids, the room has a couch that turns into a full-size pull-out bed. Extra bed linens and blankets are in the room. Baby ISO isn't ready for such a large bed, so we requested a cot, which was set-up and left outside of the room. The size of the travel cot is easily large enough to fit an average sized 2.5 year old, yet the room still isn't overly cramped.

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Other in-room amenities include a standard mini fridge, desk with a chair, comfortable couch, and free Wi-Fi (although not the fastest). The bed and pillows were comfortable, and the bathroom had a large tub and luxurious rainfall shower head. Free toiletries were also provided.

My one negative comment about the room is that the housekeeping staff lacked attention to detail; when you spend so much time playing with a toddler on a hotel room floor, you really need it to be spotless.

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Another great amenity for kids, especially older kids, was the small play area next to the check-in desks that had a Wii, toys, and coloring books. The on-site restaurant was also family-friendly, with high chairs, a healthy children's menu, and coloring pages/crayons. We had dinner at the restaurant on the last night of our stay and enjoyed the burger and a massive portion of tortellini. I wouldn't rate the restaurant as a must-dine spot in Berlin, but if you are tired or just feel like staying in, the food was good and the prices seemed standard for the area.

Though I didn't get a chance to visit either, Novotel Berlin Mitte* also has a fitness center and sauna.

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Upon check out, the staff can call you a taxi with a car seat (or multiple car seats), if necessary. Taxis with car seats are easy to find in Berlin and car seats are required for children--even older kids.

Novotel Berlin Mitte* is located in the central Mitte district on Fischerinsel 12, Mitte, 10179 Berlin, Germany. There is a pharmacy and grocery store nearby, and the hotel is about a 10-minute walk from Berlin Cathedral, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island. Lego Land is about a 30 minute walk away, for any fellow Lego lovers out there! Rates for Novotel Berlin Mitte* hover around 74 to 100 euros per night. Breakfast is not included, but can be added to the booking.