On the 14th floor of a recently built hotel, you can drink and eat, and gaze at two thirds of Berlin. Favoured seats are along the west facing windows for sunset. Stunning!
Awesome hostel located in central Berlin. Recently renovated and the rooms are decorated very cool and artsy. The hostel is very unique in that each room has a different theme which sets it apart from many other hostels.
The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly and ready to help you navigate your way through Berlin's many museums, parks, nightlife, etc. There's also an internet cafe inside so no need to worry about internet! The atmosphere of the hostel is very relaxed and the bar is a great place to hang out and meet other people staying in the hostel. It is also very centrally located and all of Berlin's major sights are very easily accessible from the hostel.
You can also rent bikes from the hostel for a very reasonable price. I really enjoyed staying here and would recommend it to any fellow traveler coming to Berlin! Also, no curfew! :)
I had never before travelled with a mobility scooter and was in two minds about taking it. But I did not regret the decision - it made the visit. Travelling by Ryanair from East Midlands to Schonefeld Berlin, I and my partner were treated like royalty by the airport staff. I had warned Ryanair in advance about the scooter. There was no extra charge. We didn’t have to wait in the normal queues. I was allowed to take my scooter to the plane in East Midlands but had to check it in on return from Schonefeld. Arriving at Schonefeld, we were met by two friendly gents with a minibus and by-passed the usual arrival procedures, and similarly on our return to East Midlands.
Berlin taxi drivers were easy going about putting my scooter in the boot for no extra charge.
Circus Hotel at Rosenthaler Platz in Mitte, in what was East Berlin, is one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed in. I took my scooter in the lift to our room, so recharging the battery was straightforward (don’t forget the European plug adapter). The young staff were exceptionally charming, and eager to advise how to get about Berlin. Find a station with a lift - they are marked on the maps. Drive the scooter to the front of the train, wave to the engine driver who gets off the train - always with a smile - gets a ramp and you drive on (you can also do this on the U-bahn).
A 4 hour guided walk around many of the areas of historical interest organised by Brewers Walking Tours was the best way imaginable to see Berlin. A 4 hour walk? Of course, I did it on my scooter which was a perfect way for me to join this tour and our guide was very helpful about it.
Went with scooter on a trip to Wannsee on the S-bahn. Wannsee is a pretty lake with some tour boats and a few uninteresting cafes. Went to the house where my family moved to after the family money was lost in the depression and rampant inflation of the early 1930s. My Grandfather said he woke up one day and discovered he had married for love.
Had an extensive wander around Mitte - My partner walking and me on scooter. An interesting area with small shops, cafes etc. We were struck by occasional small brass plates in the pavements, outside buildings previously owned by jewish people, who had been deported to Auschwitz and murdered.
Also took the scooter by U-bahn to Kreuzberg - then a wander around for window shopping and people watching. Had a Turkish meal. Danced with some street musicians while sitting on the scooter. It’s the only way to travel!
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Beautiful family-run loft apartments. It was done in a gorgeous minimalist design with huge windows, heated floors - everything you needed for a comfortable stay was provided, including a homemade guidebook with insider tips. Great location in Mitte near public transport, galleries and restaurants. The owner/architect couple also live in the building.
Compared to other hostels around the world I would definitely rate Circus as a boutique hostel. You can choose between dorm style or private rooms. Dorm beds cost from 15€ and are fun if you go with a group (note: no hen or stag parties allowed).
Last time I rented a private room with ensuite bathroom and it was cleaner and bigger than the last expensive hotel room I was in. Rates were about 38€ per night for the private room.
The staff are ever so friendly and speak lots of languages including perfect English. They also have lots of money saving tips for you including a weekend metro card that gets you and a friend unlimited travel on the S and U Bahn.
The hostel is in Mitte which is in central Berlin and therefore not too far from most sights and easy walking distance to funky areas such as Prenzlauer Berg.
Oh, and they do a great all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast for only 5€!
10119 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 28391433
U Bahn: Rosenthaler Platz (very close)
This hotel is a real find, tucked away in the leafy suburb of Charlottenburg. It is 10 minutes walk from Savignyplatz station with its direct link to Schoenfeld airport. The room was large, very comfortable, clean and had a useful folder with loads of information about the hotel, the area and Berlin itself. The staff were courteous and friendly, the breakfast immense (it will keep you going til mid afternoon just in time for kaffe und kuchen!) and it was quiet. I think there is a suite of rooms which would be ideal for a family or a group of friends. I really recommend it.
Knesebecke Strasse 10
+49 30 54 71 00 80
near Zoo, Savignyplatz and Tiergarten stations and Kurfurstendamm for shopping
I'd recommend this place because I enjoy unique hotels. The owner of the hotel, an artist, designed/decorated each room differently and some are downright bizarre: the room with the coffins, padded cell, mirror room, Grandma's, Symbol Room. I enjoyed my tranquil Temple room.
The hotel is located in just off of Ku'damm in Charlottenburg.
Cheap hotel in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg. Friendly, English-speaking staff, safe, cheap and clean, in the heart of one of the liveliest and trendiest districts of the city. Pleasant decor and lighting concept and warm rooms during the winter.
Take the U Bahn to Eberswalder Strasse station. Exit and cross Schonhauser Allee onto the Pappelallee. It's a five minute walk, the hostel is on the right hand side.
Boutique design hotel off the Ku'damm. Unfortunately we cancelled our romantic break there a month in advance in accordance with all published conditions and have been billed anyway. The staff cite cancellation requirements that are not published anywhere or mentioned in the confirmation email and refuse to show any flexibility.
Guardian article: www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2006/may/21/germany.worldcup2006travelguide.hotels
Hotel website: www.loock-hotels.com
Stylish but moderately priced hotel situated in quiet location near the western fringe of the Tiergarten. For Euro 110 per night we had a huge and very comfortable double room with a view of the River Spree. Breakfast (included in price) is superb. The staff are friendly and helpful and there is someone on duty 24 hours a day. The hotel is small enough to feel personal, and full of interesting modern works of art by various local artists. 3 minutes walk from S-bahn; 10 mins from Zoo Station.
Hotel Hansablick · Flotowstr. 6 · 10555 Berlin-Tiergarten · Tel.: +49-(0)30-390 48 00 · Fax: +49-(0)30-392 69 37
Brand new hostel in central Berlin. Ideally located, five minutes' walk to Alexander Platz and 10 minutes to Mitte. The rooms in are spacious and nicely furnished, so they are just perfect for temporary living as well.
The building is a former factory and represents for me a typical Berlin atmosphere. The mixture of old and new in a city where ideas have space to grow. The centre of the building is the enormous atrium, where, as well as in the lounge, you will meet other backpackers and can make new friends. The owners made a private dream come true with this hostel and you'll have a warm welcome in this place.
Singerstraße 109, Berlin, 10179
This DDR styled hostel is fantastic - it's kitsch, basic accommodation. It's affordable on a budget, clean, has friendly English-speaking staff and it doesn't feel like a hostel at all! Double and single rooms come with private bathroom with shower or there's the 'Stasi' apartment for up to five sharing. It's on the fringes of the Friedrichshain area with a 10-15 min walk to Boxhanger Platz/Simon-Dache Strasse area but there's a bus-stop outside the building where a 240 will take you straight there in a few minutes. Ostbahnhof Station is across the road where the Underground will take you direct to Warschauer Strasse Station (or anywhere else for that matter).
Avoid the breakfast (three euros); we were directed to a darts pub (?) and were served up a very strange mix of spam, boiled eggs and UHT milk all in the midst of an OAP coach party briefing. Bizarre.
If you have a taste for currywurst at three in the morning there's a take-away across the road.
Ostel – GDR the Hostel, Wriezener Karree 5, 10243 Berlin
Tel: 0049 030 25768660
From Ostbahnhof Station come out onto E.Steinfurth-Str.
Turn left onto Strabe der Pariser Kommune,
Turn right onto Wriezener Karree (5).
Discovering a city? I think by foot is the only way to get a proper idea of a town. That’s why I always try to find a central accommodation.
I chose the Citystay Mitte. A good choice, not only because of the location at Hackescher Markt, an area which seems to be pure Berlin. I was allowed to find hidden places and spaces.
Rosenstraße 16, direct at Hackescher Markt, Berlin, 10178, Germany
The best hotels for location, cleanliness and good prices are located within a few blocks north or south of Kurfurstendamm, east of Leibniz strasse and west of Potsdamer strasse.
I can recommend the hotel Bleibtreu Berlin or the Pension Kurfurst. Both have websites for booking. The Berlin tourist information site also has numerous hotels in this area to suit everyone's taste and pocket. The hotels mentioned are a bit pricey and some are for snobs and are not well located for travel around Berlin.
So good I'm almost loath to share this with the rest of the world. Great accommodation in Kreuzberg in an old chocolate factory. Rooms are reasonable, the suite is mind-blowing and they give you a 10% discount if you pay cash
Mehringdamm 57, 10961 Berlin, www.hotel-sarottihoefe.de, nearest U-Bahn is Mehringdamm
Recommended! Die Fabrik Hostel, it is right in the heart of the Kreuzberg district (and, to be honest, where real Berliner life continues away from the hellish maw of global tourism!)
Those looking for a hotel-style accommodation with hostel prices, this is the one. Been going there since 1998 and makes part of why Berlin is so special to me! Has nice big rooms and cosy art deco style. So good, even real Germans stay there. Also has very nice and comfortable cafe adjoining it.
At Schlesische Str. 18, Kreuzberg. Nearest U-Bahn Schlesiche Tor
Great apartments - all of them in Wilheminian-style houses. The flats are in the heart of the city and you feel like a real Berliner when staying in them.
Really cheap and comfortable, these apartments are a must if you are visiting Berlin. Also very easy to book and very friendly to deal with.
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