Travel Blogs from Berlin
I spent a week in Berlin relaxing and enjoying the city. This was my fifth visit to Berlin. I first visited Berlin ~3 years ago and since then have fallen in love with the city. I like the city's diversity, how every neighborhood is different. I like the artistic buzz and the fact that you can have breakfast until 4 in the afternoon, the open-air …
... but dismantled with crowbars and picks by the local people.
Next we walked past another political building but what was interesting here was that there was a simple silhouette statue of a man that got within minutes of blowing up and killing Hitler. No one believed a single man was capable of it so he never got in that much trouble. He had made a bomb that he planted in a podium where Hitler was to make a speech at. He finished his speech and left ...
... a traditional Swiss and southern German dish); they had Spätzle served with just about every topping you could dream of putting on food. That was followed by crepes with Gran Marnier and ice cream for dessert. Then on Wednesday I had a fantastic meal at an Italian restaurant with Knut Hentschel, the pygmy hippo guru.
In addition to eating too much and meeting with people to discuss pygmy hippos, I also did some touristy things around Berlin. ...
... even use it to by monthly tickets. The German system works and it's been working for a while. You'd think that in Australia they would just take an existing system rather than try unsuccessfully to develop one of our own.
Advertisement for a sandwich. What's that doing in my blog? The price? No, check out the bottom of the door. This was an ad on the back of a toilet door in a shopping centre toilet. I find it a bit ...
The train to Berlin was only an hour and a half so we got the 10:51 so we didn't have to rush in the morning. We found a lovely salad bar when we arrived in Berlin and searched for our hostel. I'm not sure how big Berlin is compared to, say London but so far it seems huge! In the travel guide it has 4 different maps of the key areas! But we found our way and have a double room again tonight. For ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Berlin
The hotel is very nicely located at the banks of the river Spree right next to Friedrichstraße station (railway/subway) and Friedrichstrasse's (one of Berlin's main High Streets) many shops and restaurants.
just arrived from a 4 days stay at melia berlin. its location is perfect(in friedrichstrasse, one of the main streets of berlin). just a few minutes walk to many places:reichstag,brandemburg gate,unter den linden,gendarmenmarkt,etc. u-bahn and s-bahn stations are just 15 and 30 metres from the hotel. rooms are spacious and well equipped:flat tv,minibar,confy bed,etc.breakfast is awsome with many options to choose
This Hotel opened on the 1st October 2006. This was my wife and I first trip to Berlin and I can say that the friendliness of the staff, from the Managers down, was second to none. They could not do enough for you. We had the opportunity to upgrade to the superior room for an additional €50 per night, this was excellent value and gave us access to the Executive lounge and all of the facilities including complimentary drinks and Tapas. There is a roof terrace on the eighth floor which gives you stunning views of Berlin. The location of the Hotel could not be better. The U6 subway line is 20 meters away, which in turn connects with the 128 bus which is from the airport. Total journey time on public transport 30 minutes. Public Transport is clean and efficient. It is a 5 minute walk to Unter den linden and the famous Brandenburger Tor. Late November is a good time to visit as the Christmas markets, of which there are plenty and they are in full swing. Bargins can be had. I would recomend this Hotel to any one whether it being buisness or pleasure. When we return I shall look no further than staying here.
Estuvimos muy cómodos
Es un hotel recién estrenado, en el antíguo Berlín Este, con una situación magnífica para ir andando hasta el barrio judío, la isla de los museos, la puerta de Branderburgo, el parlamento, el Tiegarten..., muy cercano a una estación de metro y ferrocarril, en una calle comercial.
Reservamos la habitación por internet, una oferta del hotel. Nos dieron una habitación exterior, en el 4º piso, con vistas al río, bien insonorizada, pequeña pero confortable. Decoración moderna. El personal del hotel muy amable. Suele haber alguien que hable español en recepción, lo cual se agradece. Las notas y avisos del hotel también están en español. No puedo hablar del desayuno porque no desayunamos en el hotel ningún día.
Lo recomendaría sin dudas.
Grat, great Hotel!!
We stayed in Melia Berlin the last week of NOvember. I have to say is a fantastic hotel.
It is located in one of the main streets of the city, and it is in front of friedrichstrasse station, so you have trains and metro just a 1 minute walk conected to every place you want to go.
The hotel is very new (opened in october), and the rooms are well decorated, with a very confortable beds (maybe there are too much furniture and the room is not very spacious). The bathroom has all the facilities you can need (also a hairdryer that really works - if you have long hair!!).
The breakfast buffet is splendid.
The hotel staff are very friendly.
It is very recomendable if you're going to berlin.
I was pleased to be upgraded to the club floor to enjoy their "Level" service however, the room was not ready. The hotel had to send me back to my seminar 3 times because the room was not ready even after they had promised it would be, but once I was escorted to the room (5 hours later ), I found it to be worth the wait. They gave me the biggest room on the Level floor and the service was better than at the lobby reception simply because the staff is less stressed upstairs. The lobby seemed to be always full of guests waiting for their rooms everyday when I passed by. The club lounge has 3 separate large rooms including a whisky & cigar room. Besides breakfast buffet, they serve pastries & drinks throughout the day. I was thoroughly impressed by the service at the club level so I would recommend paying for the club room. The staff really did an excellent job in keeping all the guests happy.
The hotel has many pros: Because it opened just one month ago, all is very new and very nice. The location is very good for government and culture related stays, and excellent for traffic - the subway is literally outside of the door, the S-bahn less than a minute. And the rooms that face the river are mostly very nice.
This hotel was great all round. Firstly it is in a great location. From our room we had a view of the river and all the bars surrounding which we utilised! It was really central for all the major tourist sites and the entertainment area. The amenities were good with lovely bar and restaurant looked lovely though we decided to sample the local area for dinner for our short stay. We didn't have breakfast there which was extra but plenty of places around. The rooms felt luxurious with robes and slippers though our friends who stayed in the room next door didn't seem to have these, and there was no tea and coffee in rooms but we coped. Pictures do look like the rooms we got! Reception staff very friendly and price very reasonable though I think we got a good deal! Although the hotel is a bit mainstream i.e. big chain I would def look to stay here again. Thoroughly enjoyed.
I believe the hotel only opened recently, so when we looked at it on the Expedia website, as attractive as the pictures seemed, we were a little trepidatory as to what to expect. We were not, however, disappointed. Firstly, the hotel is in a great location - we flew into Schoenefeld - the train ride into the city is easy - and cheap - from the Friedrickstrasse station it was a quick three / four minute straight walk to the hotel. The mian thoroughfare Unter den Linden is literally a five minute walk in the opposite direction and the Brandenberg Gate and Reichstag a leisurely stroll away. Don't let the small corrugated iron shack of a building over the road from the hotel put you off - it's a poignant relic from the day of the wall - the place where relatives had to say goodbye to each other in the day when Westerns could visit the East. the hotel has a brightly lit facade and the lobby is spacious, bright, clean and modern. The reception staff were extremely friendly, relaxed and welcoming from the time that we checked in until the time that we left - they gave us a choice of room - at the front with a little more noise, but with a view, or a quiet room at the back. We opted from the room with a view - it was on the sixth floor, and thus any noise from the road outside was minimal. We had a great view of the river Spree as well as the Reichstag. The room itself was very good - however, if you're looking for quaint individualistic charm, then this isn't the hotel for you. The rooms are modern with a Mediterranean feel - flat-screnn TVs, good size chairs, an excellent king size bed and a spacious wardrobe - which included a safe. The bathroom was excellent - a great shower and a good size bath and overall the room was far more spacious than we have come to expect from some European city centre hotels. One minor down side was the fact that there were no tea and coffee making facilities in the room - but then again Berlin is full of cafes anyway. The Melia is a fantastic base from which to explore Berlin - which in itself is the most interesting, intriguing and welcoming European city I have visited thus far! For a good breakfast and some old Berlin charm - try cafe Einstein on Unter Den Linten. Vapianpo - a modern Italian restaurant just up from Postdammer Platz towards the Teirgarten and Brandenberg gate is also very good.