Hotel Castor the Vine
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... with Alana at a sushi/Thai restaurant. We even had some D&M's and then talked about politics! Had some Moscow mules at a bar after that and then tried to catch up with the pub crawl that everyone else was on but to no avail. Instead made our way back to the hostel and found some people on the tour that were keen to keep partying so I obliged.
Up early the next morning to start the bus trip to Copenhagen via a ferry ride across the Baltic Sea. Scandinavia here we ...
... the grittiness of Berlin. We both have found it an interesting change: Modern architecture, street art and sculptures everywhere, intense nightlife, and a lot of up and coming areas where rebuilding and new building continue. Indeed construction sites are everywhere, the skyline is continuously dotted with cranes - we met one up close when an operator wasn't paying attention to his load and knocked it into the sidewalk scaffolding beside us.
... history of the camp. As horrible it was to hear about the things that went on when the camp was in use, it was really educational, and important to learn about these things so they are never forgotten.
The journey back to Copenhagen was a long one but it gave us a chance to sleep, and we got to stop off at the border shop and pick up some cheap booze which was a bonus! The trip was short and sweet but Berlin was great!
... better known Zubrowka. This is perfect with apple juice and fresh mint. The mint was a herb too far for this little shop that seemed to be open at all ours but the apple juice was less of a problem and we grabbed a litre in a plastic bottle.
Our first attempt to watch "Dinner for One" was something of a failure because it was a remake and to be honest, for a televised performance only the original will do. No one can quite match the strange way of walking that Freddie ...
... where called to a counter
When we explained we needed to be in Frankfurt TODAY to catch our flight home he nodded and repeated his earlier words of wisdom that there were no more available trains to Frankfurt that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Castor the Vine Berlin
If you are gay this is a great 2 star choice in the heart of the gay Schoenberg section. Gay bars are all over the place including the popular Connections. Apollo and Steam saunas are within walking distance. Gay Video store with cruise area down the street.
Excelent for city break
this is a small hotel very well located to visit the city. Staff was helpfull and and the rooms spacious and clean. Breakfast was above average and gave the energy needed to walk all day.
there are good restaurants 5 minutes walking. One Italian (in the same street in front of a video store) and one Caribenean.
A very good suprise.
Good place to stay
Ended up at this hotel as a last choice but was very impressed with what we got.
Breakfast was of a very good quality with plenty of choice. The rooms were basic but met their purpose. However, there was no air conditioning, which was noticeable in the hot weather.
Located fairly close to the centre of Berlin and is easily walkable to most areas.
Stayed at Scandhotel in 3/05. Very friendly and helpful Staff. They all speak English. Excellent Location. The room is good size and clean. I would definitely stay here again.
A Little Gem
Picked this hotel because of it's reputation for great breakfasts - and wasn't disappointed. The choice of food would put a lot of top-priced hotels to shame. As a bonus, the location was excellent for the KuDamm & KaDeWe. Room was small but comfortable, and surprisingly quiet seeing it was on quite a busy street corner. Lots of excellent bars & restaurants in the surrouinding streets too.
Stayed at the Scandhotel in June 2003.Excellent service, nice size room - I had a twin for single use.
Good choice at breakfast.Very good location, short walk to the metro trains.Friendly bars on the same street.
Tried this hotel for the first time this year and I would definitley use it again. Very friendly staff, English speaking. The room was a good standard - I think it was technically a single but it had a large bed, minibar, TV/Radio, ensuite with walk-in shower. Excellent breakfast served until 11 at weekends so ideal for those late nights in Berlin. Talking of which, the hotel is ideally located for the Schoneberg gay scene in FuggerStrasse and Motzstrasse. I was there for the Easter weekend and the clientele was mostly straight couples but quite a few gay guys too. Being Easter there was plenty of free chocolate available from the hotel too - what more can you ask for! The hotel is also very well located for the Ku Damm and the delights of the KaDeWe department store. Also just a few mintes walk to Viktoria Luise Platz U-Bahn station. I have stayed in cheaper hotels in this area but I think this hotel was worth the extra.
Caviar for breakfast
Cracking service, comfortable rooms(even the triples where you get a proper bed), they even put breakfast on early as we had to get a train to Poland. We were a large group of football fans and we thought we'd get iffy service, but we were actually treated like human beings, which makes a change. I'm going back there with my wife at Christmas.