One of the things that made me book here was that it said it was located close to a castle. I was on a very long layover, so I knew I would have time to explore. When I asked about the castle after arriving, I was told it was a small castle. I would have been upset when I saw it if the area hadn't been so gorgeous. There's so much to see and appreciate! And all within walking distance. Leisurely, you can take 1-2 hours and see the whole area. It depends on how often you stop to take in the sights and appreciate mother nature plus German architecture.
Upon my arrival to the hotel and fresh after paying €55 for my taxi, I asked about the airport shuttle service they had. He confirmed the price was also €55 (which confirmed the cab guys are honest). I asked if I could get back to Tegel via public transportation. He told me Berlin had two airports (a third is supposed to be coming "any day now", lol) and Tegel was the furtherest airport from the hotel, but yes, I could take public transportation back to the airport. It would cost me about €6 to do so. LOL Much different than what I paid to arrive.
There was a restaurant and bar in the hotel, but I didn't take advantage of either. Having paid attention while en route to the hotel, I knew there was a grocery store about 12-15 minutes walking distance. After taking in the sights that evening, I walked back to the hotel and then past it, to go to the grocery store*. I picked up food, necessities, and of course, a bottle of my favorite white-- riesling, which is a German wine.
I walked back to the hotel and prepared to make my dinner (via microwave), only to realize my spacious hotel room (for a European hotel) did not have a microwave. Tired and hungry, I went across the street to the pizza place and ordered a pizza (a little different than American pizza, but very tasty).
The room itself was nice, has everything you need. After being in a hotel with very nice towels the night before, I noticed the towels here were very small. However, they're big enough to get the job done.
When I left the next afternoon, I did indeed take public transportation back to the airport. The employee from the night before had printed out the instructions for me and I followed them the next day. I walked to the bus stop, took the bus near a train station, walked to the train station, took the train, got off, and then walked to the bus that goes to the airport. It wasn't a whole lot, but you do have to pay attention, so you don't miss anything.
If I ever stayed here again, I would take public transportation both ways.
*If you're standing in front of the hotel, look to your left. Walk to that light and walk across the street. Keep going straight (with the restaurants and bar on your right) and walk another 8-10 minutes to the grocery store. Pass the smaller and closer one near the bus stop. Go beyond the bus stop and into the big parking lot (which is for the grocery store). less