Prizeotel Hotel, Bremen
When you only have around 60 euros to spend on a hotel room, you probably don’t expect very much from it – a double bed, a functioning shower, a clean floor and maybe space to swing a small cat if you’re lucky?
So it’s always a nice surprise to get more than you bargained for. If you’re travelling to or from Bremen by train, you’ll be well served by this newish budget design hotel.
Prizeotel is a surprisingly swish design hotel offering extremely competitive accommodation and genuinely original decor, just a few minutes walk from Bremen Hauptbahnhof, the city’s main station.
Prizeotel makes a great first impression, with its welcoming reception and bar area, heavy with the pungent smell of freshly brewed coffee and decked out with lime green and silver, satin-covered furnishings and pod-like seats, lending the place a bit of a space age feel.
Double rooms here are about as large as you’d expect to find in this price bracket. They’re smartly presented and neatly arranged, with 32 inch flat screen TVs, ipod dock alarms, statement mirrors, beds and furnishings with interesting curved surfaces all done out in a bold colour scheme of white, lime and pink, which certainly makes the place stand out from your average budget or business hotel.
Food & Drink
An optional buffet breakfast is not included and costs e 11 per person. I didn’t eat here, but can vouch for the bar, which stays open to a reasonable hour and is a pleasant place to nurse a beer or an excellent cappuccino.
They also offer free wi-fi in the rooms, and a fairly civilised 12pm check out, but do note that payment is taken when you arrive, instead of when you check out.
Is Bremen worth a visit?
Bremen itself is a charming, if fairly quiet, Hanseatic market town, popular with students, with plenty of green spaces, pleasant riverside walks, market squares that look tailor-made for Christmas shopping and plenty of good quality restaurants, outdoor bars and independent shops. Of course it’s also home to the Becks Brewery, if that’s your poison.
Bremen station has good rail connections to Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam and many other key European cities. It’s also a fine old building in its own right.
There’s enough to keep you occupied for a long weekend break in Bremen, plus you can reach it very cheaply form the UK with direct Ryanair flights.
In particular, you should seek out the dense maze of Medieval streets and alleys around Schnoor and the fascinating and beautiful red brick, architectural Art Deco enclave of Böttcherstraße.
Prizeotel is just a few minutes walk from Bremen HBF. If you’re coming from the station, tack the back entrance, turn right onto Theodor-Heuss-Allee and you’ll find it a few hundred metres along the road, directly opposite the Bremen Arena and Exhibition Halls, making it a good bet for business travellers too.
Double rooms from E59 per night.
For bookings and more see the Prizeotel website.
Prizeotel are opening another property in Hamburg in late 2014. One to look out for.
This modern railway hotel was approved by Railway Stays.
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NB: The editor paid for his own room in June 2012.