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... not have room for much more in our luggage.
Rather than going back to the hotel on the subway or by cab, we decide to walk. It is going to be a long way, but we expected to see something different on the way. It just took a long time mostly and I was tired and ready to sit down when we finally made it back to the hotel after an hour and fifteen minutes. ...
... student there, was the ugliest college campus I ever seen. Our neighborhood was so ugly and depressing that I couldn't wait to get the hell away every morning.
A couple blocks away was the Bellvue Palace which was nothing special. Over the Spree, and we take a stroll along the river on the edge of Tiergarten. Mind you, it's hot. Seriously hot and humid. But we trekkedtrekkedeating bullets until we arrived at Haus der Kulturen der ...
... were colossal numbers of people going in and out. We thought we'd seen the densest crowds ever at Tarragona's Baixada de l'Aliga but this was even more tightly packed and not helped much by people all going in different directions and a minority not really caring who they stood on or pushed out of the way. Successful 70s, 80s and even 90s group Hot Chocolate were performing as we reached the arena, giving me another opportunity to sing along ... "I believe in Malcolm ..." and ...
... we warmed up by having a hot shower before eating breakfast. Wanting to fit as much into our day as possible we hit the streets immediately after checking out of the hostel. Our first stop was Checkpoint Charlie which served as the major link between East and West Berlin during the Cold War era. The American post is still present complete with fake soldiers dressed in full military uniform posing ...
... walked to the end of the boulevard to the Brandenberg gate and then to the Holocaust memorial- which is 2771 concrete blocks. It is really ambiguous no significance to the number or anything else, but beautiful.
Then we saw Hitler's bunker, which is now a nondescript parking lot.
We walked to Checkpoint Charlie & a remaining piece of the Berlin Wall.
Then we ended in another square with the National theater and two more cathedrals (forget the name of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin
I cannot praise this hotel enough. We got a great deal through Expedia. Hotel is opposite bus stop 109 from Tegel airport. Public areas are impressive and the attentiveness of staff is excellent. The room was on the street but well insulated from noise. The air cooling was just about OK (its was 32 degrees outside). Room was small but well appointed and there was a lovely bath. Toiletries were very nice. The street cafe attached to the hotel was great for people watching with some very tasy ice creams (Rhubarb was my favourite) and you can charge things to your room. The local drink (beer with fruit flavours) or as they say `with Schuss` was most appealing. The cocktail bar in the hotel was welcoming, with most cocktails about 12 euros. The whole hotel was very quiet. We didnt have breakfast in the hotel but found some great local places at half the price. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
We enjoyed Berlin but the public transport is hard to get your head around as overground and underground lines are shown on the same map.
The Berlin Card which you can buy at the airport gives you unlimited public transport and discounts on admissions to many attractions.
To get into the Reichstag`s dome you need to queue. We got there at 8am when it opened and still had to queue, but it was the highlight of the holiday. Opposite the hotel is the `Story of Berlin` a pretty average museum but the entrance ticket also gives you a guided tour of a 1970s nuclear bunker which we found very interesting.
We travelled all over the city late at night and never felt threatened, and everyone we talked to was friendly and helpful.
This was my first visit to Berlin and I had expected slightly frosty service but I found the staff here excellent and very friendly. Perhaps it had something to do with being upgraded to a rather large suite on arriving! Prices were as expected for a five star hotel although I did baulk a bit at paying 10 euros for a gin and tonic in the bar. I booked a deal using the Kempinski website and got a good deal (42% of rack rate) so it's a good idea to shop around.
Amazingly comfortable bed and little street noise made it through the windows. Location wise very close to both the S Bahn at the Zoo Gardens and U Bahn.
Only one very minor complaint was over the buffet breakfast which was moved to the lounge (presumably due to low numbers of guests). There was very little choice and the service was a bit slow.
Otherwise, I highly recommend it.
I am ver hard to please but........
I have been to Berlin at least 8 times over the past 3 years. I love the place. I have stayed at different hotels everytime, mainly due to prices at the time. My fave hotel to date is Hotel AM Zoo, the room we had was large spacey and spotless (pity the neighbours were not a bit more respectful with their noise but still. My last visit I stayed at the Kempinski Bristol. The first person to speak to us on the way in was Roger Moore, I though hey if its good enough for 007 its good enough for us.
Our room was small. Prices for water and mini bar were expensive - but hell all hotels charge a fair ole whack for their drinks and meals, you expect it!.
However the hotel is very centrally located with a mini market just around the corner for bottled water, wine, snacks etc. Thats where we went!
The room was spotless, you couldn`t hear a thing from either the room next door or from the main road. The bathroom was fine with no problems and clean towels every day. Only one complaint. WE HAD TO LEAVE TO SOON.
Excellent hotel with great deals. Very close to the Kudamm for shopping and the zoo. Train station is an easy 5 minute walk away. The pool is great for a city hotel and the staff is friendly.
Booked via internet for $114 US per night. Stayed 1. & 2. June 04. Nice room, good amenities; however, a few items missing at check in. Good service. VERY quiet, bar empty, sidewalk cafe nice. Great location for shopping, etc. Don't pay the rack rate or anything close.
Great service and price
Visited with my daughter just after Easter 2004. Booked through Expedia with flight at incredibly competitive price. The hotel is very centrally located for shopping (bus from Tegel airport stops right outside). Room was very comfortable with a really comfortable bed.
Perhaps the room was a little on the small side for a 5 star hotel.
Service was superb. Concierge obtained tickets for a sold out play with one day's notice.Swimming pool and sauna great too. Highly recommended.
We would stay again without hesitation.
Great hotel,great price
we stayed there a week in december 2003 we got a super deal on expedia..$79 dollars a night if i remember..for that price i would have been happy with much less...but the kempinski was beyond my expecations...1st off the staff were super friendly and helpful..the room was big and clean..even had bathrobes ready for you!..the place had a very cool,welcoming retro feel to it..felt like a grand hotel from the 30s..really loved it...super location too.right on main street close to everything...the only faults..admittedly minor..were that the room was a bit overheated...and the breakfast and restaurant was way overpriced..but that didnt matter anyway because there were tons of good places to eat nearby... all in all i loved the place,and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
Excellent and helpful staff
I have stayed at the Kempinski Bristol on two occasions this year - during August and also mid-November. The rooms are nicely appointed and well soundproofed. The best thing is the staff - they are extremely helpful, and the whole place is nice and laid back for a five star hotel. Although it was not cheap, it was good value for money in a good location and I would recommend it to anyone.
Be careful at the Kempinski
This hotel was fine and is within a short walk from the train station. I want to warn you about taking a shower there though. We neither drink, nor take medications that would cause this...but the tub was so slippery that we both fell out of the tub. My husband took a bad spill onto the floor...my fall was broken by the shower curtain. When we were checking out, we told them what had happened but they ignored our statements. We felt they should take steps to insure it would not happen to anyone else.
We spend 3 night at the Bristol Kempinski the location was great, it made it easy to get around and see Berlin, we did not have the Breakfast which is to expensive, The Water in the room is 7.50 euro, take your own The first room was not very nice, I requested a other, however the staff was very friendly and helpful of getting tickets and info.