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 …
... to have. A bit more walking found ourselves at the start of a very big and well looked after park. What we found inside however was very awesome. The park had been built around an old Flak Towers (big towers built to house anti-aircraft weaponry). Apparently the towers were built too well to destroy so they were partly dismantled and then were built up around top cover them somewhat after the war. Luke decided that he wanted to see the towers ...
... quite the opposite of the last, as it was the former location of Hitler's bunker. When the Soviets were running the show they destroyed the bunker so that it may never become a shrine to the world's most infamous dictator, and over the years it is now a car park where people bring their dogs to do their business. There were several buildings we saw that were built by the Nazis, designed to last for their so-called "1000 year reign", including the former Luftwaffe headquarters. ...
... it. We discovered here that the Berlin Card we bought didn't cover the Museum island so had to pay another 14 Euros each for a combined Museum island ticket. I discovered later that we could have had the Museum Island covered on the Berlin card if we had paid another 10 Euros so it was a bit annoying that the person who sold us the card hadn't told us about that option as we would have taken it and saved ourselves a bit more money.
But then the highlight of ...
... Berlin, hanging out with curious taxi drivers in Hanover. A moment passed, then Sean and I grabbed our gear to hustle back, only to return to an empty space where our train used to be. Referring to our train schedule guide, we should have known there was no possible way we were 2 hours early. The trains in Europe, ESPECIALLY in Germany, are very timely. Oh well…let’s just call that a rookie’s mistake. Just under an hour later, we were back onboard, this time ...
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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.