I booked a room at the Ibis, rather than my normal choice of an Airbnb as it seemed to be the cheaper option this time. The hotel is located in a great place, even a stones throw from Soho House. The main area of Mitte with a lot of the bars and restaurants is about a 20 minute walk, and there were some great breakfast options only 5/10 minutes down the road.
The room itself was basic, but did the job. Clean too. Our room was on the seventh floor and faced out the front of the hotel, so had a great view of the city skyline. BUT, this view was totally ruined by the whole front of the hotel being covered in scaffolding... We just thought this was a shame at first, but after entering our room we found that builders were walking up and down outside our window – putting us off from pulling open the curtain.
The next morning just before we were heading out, we heard the builders start their work / drilling. It hadn't started too early so wasn't too much of a problem. But the second morning we were abruptly woken at 8:30am. The drilling was so loud my boyfriend and I couldn't even hear each other talk. This was when we complained and asked to move rooms. Our flight leaving Berlin the next day wasn't until the evening so we wanted to take advantage of the 12pm checkout time.
The receptionist apologised for the noise, and offered for us to move rooms but warned us that the other side of the hotel faces the main road so may be loud too. But we told her anything is better than the crazy drilling we'd experienced that morning.
We also received a complementary drink each for the hassle, which was unexpected.
The second room was the same, clean and did the job. I'll probably be back to stay here if I visit Berlin again, but will make sure that there's no work going on first... I think the hotel could've warned its guests or offered some kind of discount due to all the noise (it was even happening on a Saturday).