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... what was the nazi headquarters the building was exploded post ww2 but the foundations remain and the stories told here about the start of nazi control and what they did is beyond my comprehension and understanding. I had no idea what happened to people living in berlin post ww2 and the concept of a wall being built dividing families just to prove your control 7s crazy its amazing after the challenges berlin has had what a resilient city it is. berlin uas kept many parts ...
... into trucks, and, on strict instructions from marc - to roll the electrical wires up neatly and properly. That is the most important part of his job! Ok! It is a well paying job, he will end up with about 100 euros for about 4-5 hours work which we are both happy about. Hopefully he might meet some people there who can offer him more work. Our week has been pretty good. I have completed my second week of German school which has been much better ...
... a night pretty early as we were all quite tired.
Our first full day in Berlin and we started off quite lazily, planning to take the free walking tour that started at 1pm. It gave us plenty of time to relax in the morning and settle in. The hostel offered a 5 Euro breakfast buffet that lasted until 1pm so we took full advantage of this. At one we joined our guide and walked to the start point on “the museum island”. The tour focused on the relatively ...
... of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, nearly followed suit. Fortunately, we finally located the statue, with only a little time to spare before our train ride.
We've heard a lot of people say that Berlin is one of their favorite cities in Europe. It certainly has a distinct character, both in contrast with Europe as a whole and, really, itself as a city. Every district offers a distinct character, testament to Berlin's continually shifting identity throughout history.
... bikes and headed out, first stop was the Jüdisches (Jewish) Museum. It was extremely interesting, but not what I expected. I had thought it would be about the holocaust and their troubles, and all though there was a small part on it, it was mainly about their origins in Germany and how they lived then and now. Still very interesting. After that we biked over to Checkpoint Charlie. Also called checkpoint "C", this was the best known Berlin Wall crossing ...
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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.