Despite having a fitness center in need of additional equipment, Hilton City receives our highest rating for its super convenient subway access, impressively outfitted rooms, serene ambiance, friendly staff, and fabulous breakfast. For a little extra, we upgraded to the Executive Floor which entitled us to complimentary food, snacks, cocktails, and internet access throughout the day in the executive lounge, well worth the cost. hose not interested in spending the extra cash for an "Executive Level" room, can be assured that the standard rooms here are no slouch. Hilton's comfortable bedding and stylish décor are present no matter what floor you're assigned to "kick up your heels." Internet access, however, is costly with several duration programs available. A separate elevator just past the concierge desk takes guests down into the subway, especially great for cold or rainy days.
The fifth floor gym is sparsely adorned with high-quality Precor cardio and weight equipment. The hotel isn't huge, but it's big enough to justify having more than one bike and one treadmill. The dumbbells are not weighted in fixed amounts so workouts with them require frustrating repetition of adding/removing plates. Fortunately, three stack-loaded weight stations provide a strength alternative. However, you may have to "work-in" with another guest. Choose your sweat time strategically. Plentiful natural light during the day creates a pleasant ambiance and water/towels are complimentary.
Runners/walkers can catch the riverside paths located within a block of the hotel. Swimmers should be aware of the Volksbad pool, only a block away, but the lack of lane separation makes lapping very difficult in this mostly recreational pool. Our suggestion for desperate swimmers is to suffer through a 15-minute subway ride, then walk 10 minutes thereafter to Olympia Park's Olympic-size pool. The concierge sells daily subway passes for €5, but frankly, there are no turnstiles to prevent riders from freeloading. Also, within the underground subway mall are two grocery stores (one is Aldi), several cafes/restaurants, and ironically enough, a Subway sandwich shop (though "footlongs" are sold for more than $5).