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... at the Victory Monument, Hitler's secret bunker, the Brandenburg Gate and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Our guide gave us loads of information at each site; this city really is rich with history. I wish I'd had come here a few years ago when I was studying Nazi Germany at school. After the tour we went back to find out more. The Topography of Terror provided an interesting but sobering insight into the activities of the Gestapo. We finished the ...
... basically questions and assailed the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. He was later excommunicated by the Pope. But he is basically why we have Protestants today. The word Protestant means one who protests against the teachings of the Catholic Church. I would have loved to have stopped, but we were only in the station for two minutes! Maybe some other time.
Just as got off the train in Berlin, Sandy's back tightened up with a huge ...
... for a bit of local nosh....Pork Knuckle with sauerkraut and potatoes.....what a monster dish! The Bruce girls did not let the side down and all was eaten. :)
Today, we have a five hour train trip to Prague.
Hope everyone is well and getting into the Christmas spirit (not the alcohol spirit)? Always nice to get emails from home......hint hint.
Take care and talk to you from Prague
... our tour leader) gives us a bit of the countries history as we enter the country and then continues on to give more in depth information about landmarks or specifics to a certain area. She really is an amazing bank of knowledge. Doesn't even use cue cards, it's all from memory!
So the next day we had our walking tour with a 'local' guide. He was from Ireland and had come to Berlin to do his PhD on the history and decided to stay. Tons of ...
... in bed, collecting supplies from the health shop like eucalyptus oil and ginger and washing all of our clothes. I am very lucky to have him :-) We ventured into town yesterday afternoon with the intent to visit the DDR museum, however after a small coffee with marc, which turned into a long coffee and me not feeling so well, we returned home. Haha that's about the extent of the past few days. Very exciting for you all! Paul and I have been thinking very ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Berlin
Good With A Few Exceptions
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.
When we arrived, we had to fight our way through conventionists having their lunch in the rather tiny (and therefore crowdy) lobby - some of them even put their plates onto the front desk!
A rather informal front desk clerk greeting us with an unusual "Hallo" ("Guten Tag" is still the common German greeting, unless you stay at a youth hostel) checked us in offering an upgrade to a Junior Suite (top floor, # 818) for 30 EUR which was a bargain as the suite was one of the nicest we ever stayed in: warmly and very cleverly furnished, spacious, great bath and one of the few suites with a balcony. Furthermore, Junior Suite guests have access to the Executive Lounge offering a very nice full breakfast buffet and drinks and tapas all day round. Lounge attendants were very courteous and helpful.
Dinner at "Café Madrid" was expensive and delicious, but our window table was in the elevated part of the restaurant which was already set up for breakfast next morning - not at all attractive.
Nevertheless, the "Meliá" is one of Berlin's best new hotel openings in recent years.
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
New Hotel, Great Location
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.
Great service at the club Level
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 room is shaped like a fan because it is a rounded central corner room with two separate double glass doors overlooking the river and Friedrichstrasse. It's almost twice the size of a typical room. Nice large flat screen TV ,quality furnishing , and well appointed bathroom.
Still too many glitches
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.
But these are the superior rooms, and only they have wide beds, bathrobes, etc. And they cost extra, if not much (€ 10 or 20 per night, according to the mood or the reception person you talk to). Still, because the hotel is so new, you can still get online bargains that are about 60% off the rack rate.
There are small details that are a bit on the annoying side. The rooms still don't work properly - there is always something broken. There is a very bright green light when all the other lights are switched off (safety?) that is quite problematic. For the kingsize bed, the bedspread is one huge and very heavy thing, and of the 9 pillows (!), none was really good for sleeping. The hot water takes a very long time to get hot. The room perfume smells very strong and very artificial. And so on...
The worst for me was that, while the prices as such were low, the little extras were ridiculously overpriced, and they add up. Especially for business travellers, that is quite a problem There is, e.g., only a totally overpriced breakfast (€ 20, worth 10), shirts cleaned cost € 7 (going rate in town is € 1.20-1.50), the minibar is also too expensive, and, most importantly, internet, which is a basic facility and should be free in a hotel such as this (and in many Berlin hotels it is) is € 12 for two hours or € 22 for 24! And this is en bloc, i.e. you cannot interrupt the online time and save for later. Seeing that this service these days is almost free for the hotel, this is what is called "Abzocke" in German. Also, the hotel does not sell stamps (that's pretty unique) - the shop that has them only gives them to you if you purchase the postcards there as well.
In sum, it seems that this is a basically well-built hotel, ****+ is definitely deserved, great location, but customer orientation is not their forte, and the money-grabbing attitude with side costs is disturbing. In the "West", around Ku'damm, there are now 5-star hotels that have cheaper offers than the Melià, and if you don't need the location, maybe one of these (Swissotel, Steigenberger, Kempinski) might be the much better deal for you.
One tip if you are at the Melià: The Bodemuseum, which was reopened a month ago as well, is a 5-minute walk just along the river from the hotel. This is Germany's national museum for sculpture, and both as a modernized Wilhelmine edifice and for its collection, a superb sight. There are very few museums in the world that have such a comprehensive collection of great sculpture (especially ecclesiastic), and none that has them presented so well.
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.
A Great Hotel
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.