Having spent the last few years as a ‘flexitarian’ (someone who mostly eats vegetable dishes but isn’t vegetarian), I have often toyed with the idea of going vegan. When I’m at home in England I mostly eat vegan but it was always something I found more challenging when travelling. It was especially hard when I was with my meat loving ex partner who wouldn’t go near a vegetable. It meant we could never dine at vegetarian/vegan restaurants while travelling.
However, after we broke up it became something I thought about a lot. I wanted to see what it would be like travelling as a vegan so I decided I wanted to do a trip where I only ate vegan food. To make it easier for myself I decided to book a trip to a vegan friendly city. I had heard a lot of good things about the vegan scene in Berlin so I decided to make this the destination for my first fully vegan trip.
While I knew I would have no problem finding vegan restaurants in the city I was concerned about breakfast. I usually like to book a hotel that offers breakfast but I wasn’t sure if I would find one that would have a decent vegan option. A lot of hotels don’t really cater for vegans and your only option is to eat fruit. While I do like fruit at breakfast I knew after a few days I would find this boring and uninspiring.
Thankfully while I was researching for my trip I realised my vegan friends had recently been to Berlin and stayed at a hotel that catered to vegans and vegetarians. They said they loved the hotel and that was good enough for me so I instantly booked myself a room at the Almodovar Hotel.
It wasn’t until after I booked my stay at Almodovar Hotel that I realised they were part of the Veggie Hotels chain. I didn’t even know there was a Veggie Hotel chain! While this was my first stay at a Veggie Hotel it certainly won’t be my last! They are the perfect option for vegetarians and vegans as all of their hotels are 100% vegetarian, whilst also being vegan friendly.
With more than 500 accommodation options spread out across more than 60 countries you’ll easily find a great place for a veggie friendly trip. They offer a variety of accommodation options from a cosy vegan B&B in the mountains to a yoga retreat on the beach. Whether you’re after a luxury vacation or a city break, they’ll have a vegetarian friendly trip for you.
Almodovar Hotel prides itself on combining modern organic design with ethical values. Situated in the heart of Berlin this authentic organic luxury hotel is perfect for vegetarians and vegans visiting in the city.
Almodovar Hotel has 75 rooms available, all individually furnished with natural materials. With a focus on sustainability their electricity comes from renewable energy sources, the cleaning products are all environmentally friendly and they cook exclusively with organic products.
Situated in the alternative and trendy Friedeichshain district, this is the perfect location for a veggie hotel in Berlin. With many vegan or vegan friendly restaurants in the area you won’t have far to go for delicious plant based food.
Getting to Almodovar Hotel is easy by public transport. The closest U-Bahn station is Samariterstraße which is a 10 minute walk away. The closest S-Bahn station is Berlin Ostkreuz which is a 9 minute walk away.
Since I had arrived in Berlin before check in I decided to take the more scenic route and walk from Berlin Ostbahnhof station. From here Almodovar Hotel is a 30 minute walk but it gives you a chance to check out Berlin’s famous East Side Gallery.
There are 9 different types of rooms available at the Almodovar Hotel. Standard room, superior room, courtyard room, loft room, suite, loft suite, apartment, spa suite and penthouse suite.
I was staying at the Almodovar Hotel for 2 nights and had booked myself one of their superior rooms but upon arrival was upgraded to a courtyard room. The room size is the same as the superior room I had booked but as the name suggests, the courtyard rooms are facing the courtyard rather than the main road. This makes them the quieter rooms so I was grateful for the upgrade!
What I loved about the style of the room was how modern and stylish it was. The furniture was made with real wood from sustainable forestry and the floor was made from oiled wood from sustainable cultivation.
In the room there was a safe for your belongings, air conditioning to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, a hair dryer and even a yoga mat.
Rooftop City Spa
My favourite part of Almodovar Hotel had to be the rooftop spa. After a day of sightseeing there was no better way to relax in the evening than enjoying the sauna which was open to guests for free. There was also a cute terrace on the roof although sadly it was too cold during my stay for me to enjoy.
There were also a few massages available to book for either 60, 90 or 120 minutes ranging from €99 to €159. Massages can be booked in advance at reception.
The reason I had booked at the Almodovar Hotel was to be able to get a vegan breakfast and the breakfast buffet at Bardot’s did not disappoint!
There was a wide variety of items available that made me glad I was there for a few days. There was a decent selection of lose tea leafs, a selection of juices, plenty of toppings for your granola. What I especially loved was that they had vegan scrambled ‘eggs’ and a vegan version of the classic currywurst. They even had vegan pastries! I had never had a vegan croissant before but it was delicious.
My Verdict of Almodovar Hotel
As you can probably tell I loved my stay at Almodovar Hotel. It was everything I was looking for and more!
The hotel was spacious and stylish and the staff were so friendly and helpful. They clearly knew the area well as they were full of great advice when it came to planning where to eat in the neighbourhood.
I’ve been to Berlin a few times and each time I’ve stayed in a different hotel. I think from now on I’ll be staying at Almodovar every time!
- Address: Boxhagener Str. 83, 10245 Berlin
- Telephone Number: +49 (0)30 69209708
- Check in is from 3pm to 8pm
- Check out is from 6am until 11am
- Bookings can be made online
- Breakfast buffet is available for €16.50 per person
- Each room comes with air conditioning, TV & yoga mat
- Parking is available for €15 per day
- Almodovar Hotel serves only vegetarian or vegan dishes
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Please note: while this was not a sponsored stay, the photos were provided by Almodovar Hotel. Photo credits to Giacomo Morelli, Bardot Frahstack, Katharina Kern, Sabine Moeller and Peter Kiss.
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