Writing about my trip to Berlin last month has been put on hold for way too long, so here's the first post about the day we arrived!

the travel

After a drive to East Midlands airport at 4am (yawn) we sat down to a full english because y'know, it's custom to do that before a morning flight.

I'm such a fan of airports; David hates them. For me, getting to the airport is the very beginning of my holiday. How can you not enjoy duty free shopping, alcohol at ANY time of the day and a good - albeit expensive - breakfast?

We bought a couple of Welcome Cards - which are 3 day travel tickets for tourists - and they really are worth the money. They cover 72 hours travel from the time you have them validated, you get a handy travel map and a guide with discounts to hundreds of sightseeing spots and museums. If you're going to be acting the tourist, it's worth getting one of these.

NOTE: buy your Welcome Card at the airport, validate it on the train/s-bahn platform (don't mistakenly queue up for the huge ticket machines like we did, sigh) in a TINY red box.

the hotel

We did a fair bit of research about where to stay in Berlin and quite frankly, I don't think we could have chosen better. The Innside Melia Berlin is next door to Ostbahnof station, which is a transport hub that we found extremely easy to get to anywhere in Berlin from.

The hotel itself was lovely. The staff were helpful and friendly all weekend, particularly when we ventured down to the hotel bar for a couple of drinks and to reception with WiFi queries!

I LOVED the bathroom. It had a floor to ceiling window from the bathroom to the bedroom which personally, I didn't mind and I'm pretty sure my boyfriend didn't either ;) I imagine it would definitely be awkward if we hadn't been a couple though! I wasn't feeling particularly well all weekend so I did make use of the gorgeous bath to make myself feel a bit better.

The only qualm I had was with the beds, which were twin singles pushed together rather than a double. I find it often the case with other hotels but at a hotel of this standard I expected more.

Otherwise, we had a lovely experience whilst staying here and I'd definitely recommend it for a city break. Find out more here.

coat | pull&bear
boots | missguided
scarf | primark