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Historical Traveler Reviews ARCOTEL Velvet Berlin
Arcotel - Berlin
Very nice hotel, well-situated, a little noisy on Fri / Sat. nights... but generally very good.
Well designed & Good value
Learned about this hotel from Samatha Brown's tv travel show and I also saw the positive reviews on this site. I thought the price (Expedia) was good value for the well deisgned room. We were very impressed with the clever use of space and the modern style. The location is good as well and just steps from the U & S trains.
Loved the Arcotel
Just returned yesterday after a three night stay at this hotel. Excellent location, plenty of good restaurants, U bahn and S bahn close by. Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Room was very comfortable, with a good sized bed. The bath/shower and sink are curtained off but there is a door on the toilet. Our room (409) was at the front of the hotel on the main road with a floor to ceiling window, but we were not disturbed at night.
We thoroughly enjoyed Berlin, and would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Stayed here in December as base for visiting Christmas Markets and general eating and drinking. Hotel was great, lovely rooms, friendly staff, great cocktails in the Velvet Lounge. Location was fab and we walked to most of the sights and markets. Great location for nightlife and restaurants also. Would stay there again like a shot!
Too stylish for words
The most stylish hotel we've ever stayed in and so well designed it was unreal. Beds very comfortable - power shower with unlimited hot water - a warm lamp to stand under when you're at the most oddly shaped sink - and a DVD player!
Great restaurants across the road - there's this great Indian restaurant across the road - best indian food I've ever had! Breakfast too expensive, but there's a few coffee shops around.
We booked through (---) and got the room for the equivalent of ''''''55 per room per night.
**** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ****
Excellent Value, Sexy Hotel
Arcotel represents excellent value - very sexy, modern rooms with fabulous facilities. Shop around for the best prices. Perfect location on Orainburger Strasse - which is very central in uber cool Mitte!
To keep room costs low nothing else is included - so avoid the breakfast if it isnt included as they charge a whopping €25pp per day....plenty of cafes on the street to try out instead.
Not bad at all
I would definitely stay here again. Lots of bars and restaurants along the street. Metro station nearby. Rooms very modern and sharply decorated. Bar not bad.
Stylish, comfortable hotel
My partner and I stayed at the Arcotel Velvet for four nights in October 2004. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Mitte, surrounded by good restaurants and trendy bars but within easy reach of all major tourist attractions (either on foot or by S or U Bahn).
The hotel itself was spotlessly clean and the rooms plush without being overbearing. Our ("standard" though larger than average) room overlooked Oranienburger Strasse and was equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, walk-in shower and mini bar, on top of the usual features you would expect.
The hotel bar was comfortable (though reasonably expensive) and the staff friendly.
All in all an excellent choice for low-key comfort.
An excellent boutique choice
This is a brand-new (opened in spring 2004) relatively undiscovered friendly boutique hotel in a very cool Mitte neighborhood, next door to the nightlife, funky boutiques, and fun restaurants, yet relatively quiet, at least if you choose the rooms facing the courtyard which offers amazing graffiti and rust sculptures associated with the Tacheles gallery. The hotel is extremely accessible by S-Bahn and U-Bahn, and the streetcars stop right in front of the hotel.
The rooms are minimalist stylish and spotless - ours was amazingly large. Forgive them some minor quirks: the fridge was lukewarm and the remotely operated blinds opened at night and closed in the afternoon until we found the control button next to the room door. The breakfast buffet was overpriced at 15 euros, although very tasty. Grab their introductory rate 84€ (w/o breakfast) and travel 5-10 minutes by the tram 13 or 52 to the groovy cafes in Prenzlauer Berg for a nice laid-back breakfast/brunch that won't break anyone's budget.
I loved this hotel and would definitely stay there again. If you wish to avoid stuffy chintzy hotels, this is your place.
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... protest (apparently happens all the time in Berlin) and had to return back to the hostel and save it for the morning. We had dinner at the restaurant followed by a bit of beer pong and drinking, I went to bed (still sick) and Ben went out with a few others to some bars that were along the river, very alternative but cool – will have to ask him to describe them. I did like the feel of Berlin, very young and passionate feeling I ...
... their way to the work sites and back. We were told of one story where a man accidentally broke something at work and was petrified that the civilian manager would tell an SS Guard and he would be killed. Instead, the manager called the man to his office, gave him some tea, a bit of bread, and allowed him to nap for a few hours. The townspeople were aware of the camp and saw the prisoners often, but couldn't see into the camp. This is because the prisoners were forced to build ...
... there was so many different varieties of the one kind of fruit and vegetable. I have never seen so many apples, potatoes, onions, capsicums or strawberries in my life! And I had no idea how controlled this industry was. Well I had my suspicions, but really every single item looks exactly the same and it really does come off a production line. And the way they are grown. There really isn't that much nature left to it. It's all done inside and with so ...
... of smoke so we only had one drink there and moved down the road to a bar where a lot of salsa dancing was going on. Looked like a lot of fun but I didn’t want to try it in my heels! Majority of us called it a night from there as it was late and cold (and I was coming down with a cold), and some went out to a gay bar. Two of my room mates came back late from the gay bar rather merry and not feeling the flashest, but they did make it home and that was the important ...
... We stayed there for the rest of the night even though it was drizzling and frigid outside. We of course had beer, pretzels, garlic bread, and bratwursts and walked around all the shops. There was a lot of laughter, singing, and dancing from all the people around us having a great time despite the less-than-perfect weather.
It was a great day in Berlin and I will be sad to go. I instantly fell for Berlin and Germany. I recommend you add it to your travel bucket ...