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... work together at Salt Bar and Restaurant down at Holdfast Shores in the Marina. She had come from Berlin to backpack around Australia and had come to Adelaide to earn some money to continue her travels. We started at the bar on the same day and worked together for around 6 months before she travelled the west coast with her parents. I hadn't seen her in 3 years!!!!
After many hugs and kisses we loaded our bags in her Audi and headed towards East Berlin ...
... We decided to go on one of those tourist sightseeing buses, where you can "hop on and hop off", because the Cecilienhof is a long way from the railway station, right at the far end of the Potsdam complex.
Potsdam was the royal family's summer residence, so you have a number of splendid royal palaces. Alongside, there are many and several aristocratic abodes, as the leading Junkers made Potsdam their preferred Berlin base. So it is a sprawling place, ...
... Olympic Stadium to see Hertha BSC take on Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga Friday match. Hertha won an entertaining game 3-2 with Ronny nabbing the winner early in the second half. Of late the British media have started to notice what I’ve been saying for years; that the Bundesliga is a great matchday experience. The standard of skill and technique is higher, tickets are affordable and give you free use of public transport, standing and beer drinking ...
... join us. Brendan was talking about how good he is at pool so i told him to go ahead and play. Which he was correct...very good!! We decided to do teams of two. Nick and i and Brendan and Matthew...lets just say an unfair match. lol. The night turned out pretty well. Ended up staying awake till 5am!! I also wanted to do the walking tour the next day so i knew that was going to be a mess. Sorry guys no pics!!
We had a leisurely morning and then Judy drove us to the Tegel Airport for our 2 hour flight to St. Petersburg. All went fine, the flight was on time, no complaints, until we made our way to the baggage carousel. Rowland's bag came off as expected, but there was no sign of mine. On my behalf, he went to the "lost and found" where he joined a queue of several others, many of whom were not in a good mood So much so that he ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Q! Berlin
Not as great as it thinks it is
I had mixed feelings about this hotel.
Firstly the bad points.
We spent a long time walking up and down the road trying to find this place. It would help if the hotel had some kind of sign but from the outside you would never know it was a hotel, hence we walked past it a couple of times.
The electronic key system was annoying. To get into your room you had to press a button then press a plastic key on it. Three times during our visit this wouldn't open the door and had to march down to recpetion to get them to open it. If it had happened once I would've have minded, but it kept happening.
While the breakfast's were good we didn't really realise until we checked out just how expensive they are. Admittedly we had forgotten that breakfast wasn't included in our deal but it would've been nice to have been told how much we were paying before having the breakfast. I personally think 18 Euros per person is a bit steep considering it was only a standard continental breakfast.
And one final moan...the bar was nice enough but the music was a bit loud and they were playing the same boring dance music that you get in bland, souless bars you get everywhere around europe.
Ok now on to the good points.
The location (once you find it) is good. It's on a quiet street off the main drag of Ku'damm and near to the S-Bahn, U-Bahn and plenty of buses. There also plenty of nice bars and restaurants nearby (far nicer and cheaper than the hotel bar!)
The rooms are nice too, if a little unusual and the sound-proofing was good.
Also the staff were very polite and helpful.
Overall a decent enough hotel but nothing to get excited about.
As cool as it gets
Hotel Q is a bit like "Blade Runner" or "Minority Report" come to life in hotel form - a glimpse of someone's vision of a how hotels should be in the future, but acutally here today. And what a treat it is to experience - each room is uniquely designed as a gorgeous cocoon with flat screen tv, heated slate floors, a bathtub in the middle of the room which slants off to the bed on one side and the sink on the other. Downstairs, don't miss the shockingly great starlight breakfast which is served in the large übercool bar/restaurant. Even lower is the fabulous spa with world class massage and heated sand - your own private beach. Check out their website and you get a glimpse of what you're in for. This place is so hip that guests get cooler just by staying there.
Me and my girlfriend stayed at Q! for three nighte in August. We got a room facing Knesebecksstrasse and the room was really spectacular. All the furniture melted into each other and the shower was actually in the room. Nice flat screen TV and toilet products from Aveda. The bar on the ground floor is a members only bar - really nice with quite cheap drinks in a cool atmosphere. Breakfast is served in the bar area and was really good with free choice of coffe (Caffe Latte Cappuccino etc). There is a small spa area in the basement with a really cool relax area with real sand. I would definitely stay there again!
Entering the future
What an amazing place! I stayed there with my boyfriend to celebrate our anniversary. The room was not all that big but well designed with a little balcony overlooking a leafy street. Our shower was literally in our bedroom which we loved but I am not sure how other people would feel about it. The Aveda products were a big hit! The bar area has a funky design with no straight lines and the bartender made us a very reasonable priced gorgeous cocktail late at night. We did not have breakfast in the hotel but wondered down the road to make the most of all the lovely little breakfast places that you find in Berlin. Try lunch in the 12 Apostles to fill you up for a stroll up Berlin's longest shopping street. I would recommend this place for loved up younger couples- shop around on the net for good deals!
Cool, funky hotel
We stayed in this hotel one night in August 2005. The hotel is in a great little neighborhood and right off the K-Damm. And it is funky! The decor is very modern, minimalist, and racy. The room was great, lots of cool details (shower, heated floor, lighting), and comforts (great bed and down comforters/pillows, AC, plenty of space). There is also a bar with a very nice outside area. Staff was very helpful and the room was spotless. Also, they use Aveda products in the room which was a nice touch. We would definitely stay here again.
A hidden treasure in the heart of Charlottenburg
A boutique designer hotel in the heart of Charlottenburg and a stone throw from Kurfurstendamm, the western shopping district of Berlin.
The hotel is approx 5 mins walk from Savigny Platz Station with a funky bar and architectural bookshop under the rail viaduct. A 15 min train ride will take you to Friedrichstrasse Station where you can stroll to Lord Foster's Reichstag, Jean Nouvel's Galleries Lafayette amongst other architectural landmarks.
Helpful and courteous staff. Good spead for Breakfast. Nice and cosy ground level bar with outdoor seating. Good looking bar staff with a deadpan German sense of humor.
Rooms are compact but with thoughtful design and hidden features. And there is always something sensual about lying in their comfy bed, wrapping yourselve in the Egyptian Cotton covered doona, while watching your partner/ lover bath to the tunes of Getz/ Gilberto.
Japanese wash and sauna facilities are available. Massage service are avaliable at extra cost.
An experience out of " Wallpaper" magazine!
A perfect boutique hotel in Berlin!
My husband and I stayed here in May, 2005 for a few nights. The staff was wonderful and the room was both unique and beautiful. We made great friends with the bar staff. It was a lovely experience and we hope to return soon.
Unique hotel with brilliant staff
I have just returned from a trip to Berlin. I went there to propose to my girlfriend. Unusual choice, but that is why I went. I had seen photographs of Q! on the internet and decided that I would stay there as it looked unique and I wanted the trip to be memorable.
I wrote an email to the hotel the week prior to arrival to tell them what I wanted to do and within about an hour Hüseyin called me and made suggestions of how they could make the stay more memorable. I then kept changing my mind and Michael and Hüseyin accomodated me without end right up to arrival. each time I called up and spoke to a different person at the desk, and each time they all knew of the previously made arrangements which was very impressive.
On arriving I was slightly down-hearted to see that the hotel was sitting between 2 currently under scaffolding buildings. I had read that it was a good idea to request a room at the front of the hotel to avoid the building work going on out the back, so was suprised to see it at the front also. However once in the hotel I was not disturbed or bothered by it at all.
The interior of the hotel is striking. Almost everything is a special feature. When you walk down a corridor ambient red lighting comes up with soft music. You open your door by waving a little wand in front of the lock. The hotel is beautifully designed with curved surfaces flowing into one another.
The rooms themselves are small. We had one with a shower as opposed to the integrated bath. They have fake ostrich skin behind the beds and slate floors and units. We had a room at the front which had a nice view along the cobbled street outside. I would descibe it as boutique rather than luxury.
The hotel is right beside the main shopping drag of Berlin. The touristy bit of the city is split it seemed to me between this area and the Potsdammer Platz district . We spent our time popping backwards and forwards between the 2 places.
Once I had proposed the hotel placed roses, white and red in the room. They gave us champagne and really went the extra mile. I had a Mercedes limo to take me to dinner which they had also sorted out for me and made arrangements on my behalf with the restaurant for the best table and also champagne and cake at the end of the evening. I can't over rate the excellent staff on any level.
We also ate at the hotel restaurant. This too was excellent. The night we were in (Monday), it was completely empty except for us. However Jan, the bar tender, made us cocktails without end and we again had a very special evening. The restaurant is Thai and served very good cuisine.
This brings me on to the other great thing about the hotel. The price. To stay there was a total bargain. I booked on Expedia. There were a lot of 5* hotels at around the same price. But Q also don't rip you off. The flowers were charged at cost, the Merc was incredibly cheap (13€ I think) and the meal and drinks were very reasonable. the mini bar is not far off what you would pay in the street either.
So overall the price, combined with the unique design and really truly excellent, helpful and interested staff (esp Hüseyin, Johanna, Joshua, Michael and Pedra) made the hotel a truly great one. I would return there for sure and would recommend it to anyone who would like a very personal visit to the city with excellent service and a reasonable price.
Chic Hotel in The Heart of Berlin
I stayed at The Q last summer, and am going back next month. Its a great hotel right on the main boulevard in west Berlin. Wonderful rooms, great design, and trendy bar/restaurant downstairs. If your looking for a hot spot to stay in Berlin, this is the place. I definantly recommend it to anyone looking for a scene like this.
Great Place in west city center
The Q hotel is very individual place to stay in Berlin. Evnthougth the rooms are bit small, the design of the rooms and spa is great. It really worth of your money, even i may call cheap for what is offer. But for sure i stayed with promo rates on november. I have no idea about their rates lately But try it, it will not delude you. The location is great just at The Kufr. street and very near to metro to reach the other parts of the city. The greatest thing is late breakfasts on weekends: up to mid day you can have your breakfast. Its a great idea. The stuff are all friendly and very helpfull. The hotels bar is not very crowdy as they say but its a great place to invide your local friends to impress them :)