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Berlin day 2
Today we hopped back on the bus tour and headed over to the museum island area. It turned out to be a great replacement for public transportation since our 24 hour tickets were still good from the day before.
Being a Sunday, and May Day, there were lots of activities and people in the streets, parks, etc. It looked …
... they go each year for a friendly race to a small island somewhere off the Baltic coast. It sounds very exciting and I hope to take a lot of pictures. We are having Mark, Heidi and Carmen over for dinner tonight and hope to properly thank them once again for their amazing hospitality. I am having a few problems uploading photos from my camera but hopefully by next week I can sort it out. For now I will just grab some pictures of the weekend from Nonni and Paul's ...
... t get out much so when we do we go hard. My membership card has a rather drunken photo of me on it, accompanied but an alcoholic beverage and all of text is supposed to look like its composed of bones, as seen on an x-ray. All in all not very official-looking stuff. However, the German museum assistant seemed content and I got my €3.50 ticket much to max's disapproval. Win. Stroke of luck number two came in a fast food pizza joint ...
... where one of the largest book burnings occurred during WWII, where there is now a monument of a room with empty shelves that is to represent how the past can not be changed, but you can learn from it.....it's deep, but when you see it it just makes sense. We continued our walk along Unter den Linden Street, walking past the opera house, the memorial to the fallen solders, the most beautiful looking church, as well as both the old and ...
... sparked up conversation with 2 Aussies (Jeremy and Alcinda) on the tour and wouldn’t you know it, once we got talking we had friends in common. On mentioning my love of coffee and being from Geelong, Jeremy said ‘Oh, you would go to Cartel – I have church friends that go there all the time’. Yep, it turned out Jeremy had done Red Frogs! What a small world.
On Saturday we made special Easter purchases, headed to Potsdamer Platz to visit the ...
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Great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful. They took great care of us and made us feel right at home. Breakfast was great, location was great. Highly Recomended!
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As a family group of 5 we stayed in 3 rooms for 5 nights. This hotel is just perfect. Charming staff, great decor - amazing high ceilings - great location. Two of our party were over 90 years old and it was fine for them.
I LOVED this hotel. I took my daughter to Berlin and to avoid too close quarters reserved the suite (room #30-31). What a treat. The rooms were huge. There is an entry hall off of which was a gigantic modern bath. Separate tub and shower. Even an antique dressing table and bench. Then there was a very large living room with full size sofa, two tub chairs, large desk, coffee table and antique bookcases filled with books. Finally a large bedroom with a very large wardrobe and french doors to open wide and look out on the courtyard. The ceilings were very, very high in the entire suite, probably close to 15 feet. I loved this place and thought the 165 Euro's per night, which included breakfast buffet and even eggs cooked to order, was a very good deal. Location is excellent and the staff helpful, giving us great dinner recommendations. Ask for directions and/or help with reservations to Ottenthal, an Austrian restaurant within walking distance that was excellent or try Enoteca Il. Calice, an italian bistro/wine bar that also had excellent food and great service and is very close to the hotel. I am going to try and post some photos of our room.
Great place to stay in Berlin
We now eschew the large hotels in Germany for small intimate well located hotels. The Askanischer Hof is run by a very lovely staff headed by the owner who lives just across the street and is very hands on. The rooms are well appointed, and quite lovely. We stayed in the suite which faces a small courtyard. Some of the rooms face the Ku'damm, and might be a bit more noisy. The breakfast is authentic German, and great. There is a small bar with hand picked wine by the bottle available. The location of the hotel is perfect with easy access to virtually everything. I recommend this hotel without reservation-but please don't spread the word since we want to go back!
I stayed at the Hotel Askanischer Hof in October 2005 with a group of friends (all women). We chose this hotel after reading Trip Advisor reviews as we were attracted by the unusual description of the decor. We were not disappointed and our stay at this hotel was FIRST CLASS. It is situated about 10 minutes walk from the SBahn Savigny Platz in a rather smart district with small boutiques and restaurants. The hotel itself if on the main Kufurstendamm with all the swanky designer shops such as Gucci and Chanel, but inside it is not over smart or intimidating and has a very pleasant ambiance. It is about a 15 minute walk to the main railway station and the Gedanknis Kirche. There is also a UBahn station about 5 minutes walk away. Despite being on the main road the hotel is very quiet - our room was at the back overlooking a little courtyard garden and we did not hear a thing. As there were four of us we requested a room together and were given the Suite which was amazing - hallway entrance, a large bedroom, huge living room with stately furniture, and a bathroom which could fit a football team! The sleeping arrangements had been changed around for us so we could have four single beds. The room was warm despite the high ceilings and ceiling to floor windows. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke excellent English although were happy to listen politely to our stumbling attempts at German! Breakfast is served in a large dining room, where we were seated at a table which resembled something out of a stately home. As remarked by other reviews, everybody spoke in whispers!! Breakfast was excellent and lots of it, with a copious self-service buffet as well as waitress service. The only drawback was a table of heavy smokers next to us. Everybody in Berlin seems to smoke, so this is something you have to accept I suppose. The hotel decor is quirky, lots of stuffed toys, photos and strange knicks knacks, but this adds to its charm. All in all a very good stay and we would recommend Askanischer Hof highly if you want a reasonably priced hotel that is slightly different. Other recommendations whilst in Berlin - go on a Berlin Walks (it has a website) walking tour which was fantastic and excellent value. Also ask the receptionist at the hotel to direct you to the Zwiebel Fisch cafe just off Savigny Platz if you want to eat authentic German fare in an atmospheric environment(it is close to the university). Enjoy it!
Spent four nights here with my family. Quirky hotel with an almost Gothic feel to it. Our room or rooms were enormous. The adults were in a suite which had the largest bathroom I've ever seen in a hotel. You could fit at least six people in the shower (if you really wanted to!) and every where was spotlessly clean. The bedroom had a huge bed with brilliant white starched linen and a ceiling to floor windows that overlooked a small courtyard/garden. Its like an oasis of calm in quite a busy shopping street.
My family and I occupied 3 rooms over the course of 4 days. We loved this place and I will definately return every time I'm in Berlin. My aunt, who grew up in Berlin, found this gem after personally checking our several other hotels in the vicinity prior to our arrival. Cozy yet elegant. The price is one of the greatest values you will find in Europe! Rooms were charming old world style, clean, beautiful. We had #25, #28, #29. Wonderful personal service by the friendly staff and owner - all of whom spoke english. After the first morning, they knew my passion for enjoying coffee in bed and expected me - ready with a tray in hand. They also knew that I liked mineral water with breakfast, and after the first day, I didn't have to ask - it was brought to me promptly. A luscious European style breakfast buffet (included in room price) in the main sitting room was a great way to start the day. One rainy evening, I sat in the main room and enjoyed a quiet drink from the little bar in the corner and looked at the collection of Helmut Newton books. Great location - Chanel, YSL and lots of the best shopping ever all right there, plus public transportation. Don't miss KaDeWe down the street. The Kudamm and the side streets off it, are loaded with great places to eat too- loved the outdoor garden cafe at the bookshop on Fasanenstrasse, all within a walk or a short bus ride.
Just back from a 4 night stay at this hotel. Room was large and quiet, despite being right on the Ku'damm. Very good buffet breakfast. Staff were definitely first rate - polite and welcoming. Quirkily decorated, with antiques and stuffed toys. Old style German hospitality with a very convenient location. Perfect for a relaxing stay.
The Ashkanischer Hof is a little German gem of a Hotel (16-18 rooms) that has a rich history. If you enjoy feeling like you've stepped back in time this is the hotel for you. Each room is unique and decorated impecably. Our room, Room 15, at 92 Euro a night, was an absolute steal! We had a view of the Ku'Dam from our bay windows, a huge bedroom with adjoining lounge and desk areas, our own foyer and bathroom, and a shared community lobby with room 16 (separate from the main lobby)decorated in circa 1940 style. The breakfast room (breakfast is included in room price) is quiet and relaxing and the buffet is fresh, tasty and oh so German. A word to the wise--the hotel doesn't have much of a room service (you can only order cold-cuts) but there's a great number of restaurants along K'Dam within easy walking distance so you don't really mind. The staff is very professional, give you plenty of privacy, are very friendly and helpful but don't speak much English, so it's a plus to have some high school German under your belt (or a good phrase book). This was one of the most pleasurable hotel stays anywhere ever.
the Askanischer Hof is an absolutely wonderful hotel. a group of us rented out five of the sixteen rooms over four days, and felt almost as if we had rented our own little private mansion. it is as elegant as it is eccentric, and retains a marvelous 1920's Berlin aesthetic. as well, the staff are as friendly as any i've ever encountered. that it draws a more interesting brand of celebrity, such as David Bowie, Helmut Newton and Tilda Swinton, is hardly a surprise. i myself write about travel and stay in some of the most interesting hotels throughout the world--the Askanischer Hof is now near the top of my list. brilliant!
Hotel Askanischer Hof
I stayed at the Hotel Askanischer Hof for three nights in early June, 2003. I loved the hotel, located right on the Ku'damm. It's a quick walk to the metro and there's lots of shops and restaurants close by. Our room was lovely, quiet and spacious. The breakfast was the best we had while in Germany, some buffet items, some cooked to order and included in the room price. The service was outstanding, all in all a wonderful experience. I am definitely planning to stay here again and recommend it highly.