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Ibis Budget St Pauli (Messe)
I was welcomed to the hotel, and my reservation was confirmed. The payment was taken, and the paperwork completed.
With everything in order, my room keys were issued. Whilst I had a room on a high floor – it would be facing the courtyard (where a lot of locals were), instead of the road.
I headed to the 6th floor, and headed to y too
So onto the room. If you’ve been paying attention, this room hasn’t changed a lot in three years… and I’m happy to say… it hasn’t changed again.
In other words – It’s still white and lime green.
Germany of course was starting to warm up at this time of year… so aircon would be welcome.
Except it was mostly off. Considering the air-con in the hotel room is near enough useless, I was hoping for a breeze being that high. That didn’t materialise.
As most of you know, the annoying numberpad to enter the room has been removed and simple RFID keys are used instead. Good if you’ve been walking around all day – or have a poor memory.
The bed itself is now a proper bed, and not a mattress on a piece of MDF. Which means it’s comfortable (even if the mattress is… well… thin.
The sheets were reasonable (and more importantly – clean). The toilet was well… if you liked being isolated in a box, this is the perfect thing for you.
The shower door had a mind of its own, and took more than a little force to open (but open it did in the end).
Saying that, the internet was… variable this trip, from working to non working. Which in some ways was annoying, but in other ways forced me to get some rest when I needed to rest… and work when I needed to work.
So, swings and roundabouts.
The breakfast served at the hotel hasn’t changed – it’s a Continental European style. I have no problem with this – when working the trade shows
The one new addition is the small cups used for espresso in the morning. And when I say small. I mean small…
I mean small.
I’m a fan of this location – for various reasons. It’s near enough a U-Bahn stop if I’m feeling lazy, the Rephabahn isn’t that far away in case I need to quietly chortle (with good reason), and it’s in spitting distance of supermarkets and the Messe. Which for an event like this makes life so much better.
Check out on the final day is a simple affair – drop the keycard into a pot. Done.
Overall: I like this property a lot – not for the frills, but for a decent reasonable product delivered constantly. It’s not going to get 5 stars from anywhere with it’s basic offering. But if you’re working and all you need is a place to collapse afterwards… what more do you need?
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