Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
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Well, we're here! The flight from Amsterdam was also very nice. What a great day of flying we had! Berlin was pretty from the sky. We deplaned on the tarmac...no jetways. That was interesting. We were on a 737, and we deplaned from both the front and the back of the plane and were loaded on buses....which took us about a hundred yards to the …
Well, last night we walked back out into the city and were surprised to find it very quiet, with not a lot of open cafes in the area of our hotel. However, we walked north and found a wonderful Bavarian restaurant! Hallelujah! Weiss bier!! I downed a liter before John could finish his half liter....so sad! He ate sausages, of course, and I had kase …
We began our day at 8:30 walking by Check Point Charlie. Near our hotel there were walls to read explaining the border-crossing in the days of the Cold War. Check Point Charlie was the main access point for officials and those with special permission to cross the border. From there we walked to the Brandenburg Gate and saw the American Embassy …
... zinc plated building was very interesting to walk through and there was much to learn. Took a short elevated rail ride to a recommended burger joint, Burgermeister. Burgerfuel quality for half the price. Right under the railway. Trained back to the hostel. Had a Berliner currywurst on the way. German sausage with curry-chilli-tomato sauce and curry powder and mustard. A specialty. Free drink at the hostel bar ...
... ww2 and cold war museums. Saw the brandenburg gate, the bunker hitler committed suicide, checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin wall, the Jewish memorial, the victory statue, among a few other things. I spent a ton of time checking out the memorial an museum for the murdered Jews wich was powerful and touching. The old ss and gastappo headquarters had been turned into a museum so that was cool to learn the full on history of the rise of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Absolutely wonderful hotel in this amazing city!
My partner and I stayed at the Hotel Mecure Checkpoint Charlie for two nights on 18-20 October 2006 and were thoroughly impressed. The hotel is in an excellent location, right in the centre of the city and just a few minutes walk from Stadmitte Undergound Station (or 'U Bahn') and, of course, Checkpoint Charlie. The hotel is very modern and contemporary which gives the place a very swanky feel, but without the pretension or snobbery you might expect.
On arrival, we were greeted by very helpful and pleasant staff who upgraded us to a suite on the fifth floor (room 501 for reference!) and gave us a complimentary drinks voucher (for beer or sparkling wine - either are superb and one of each is even better!). I had previously emailed requesting this complimentary upgrade, so I suggest you do the same as I don't know whether they do it automatically. The room was wonderful; it was incredibly spacious, with a seating area on one side of the room and a large bed on the other. We had a private balcony which was lovely, despite the time of year. The bathroom was spotless and although it did not have a bath, the power shower was fantastic.
Breakfast is served until 10:30am (although they are more than happy to accommodate 'stragglers'!) and is a veritable banquet. Breakfast was included in the price of our stay so i am not sure who much it costs individually, I would say that it is well worth it although there are cheaper alternatives in the city obviously.
The hotel loaned us bikes free of charge which proved to be a great way of getting about, although the transport system is excellent. Be warned, pedalling backwards acts as a brake on the bike!
Although we were not there long, we had a great time at this lovely hotel and would certainly be returning.
Places not to be missed:
- Jewish Museum
- Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Free walking tour - located outside Starbucks at the top of the lovely Unter Den Linden, opposite the Brandenburg Gate
- Oranienburger Strasse - in the Mitte area of Berlin, home to loads of lovely bars and restaurants, there is a lovely traditional pub (I have forgotten the name but it starts with an M) next door to a Thai place and opposite one of the U Bahn stations, which serves wonderful Weiner Schnitzel!
Couldnt be better
I've just come back from a weekend in Berlin and had to leave a review on here. This hotel was exceptional for the price. I made my booking from hot deals back in May time so managed to get a good price, when we arrived (4 hours before check in time) we were upgraded to a suite and allowed to enter our room early for no extra cost. Whilst there the reception staff were all very helpful and extremly friendly. We hired their bikes free of charge and spent a fantastic day following the Berlin wall round the city. Any problems (lost our electric one night) the staff were there in an instant to fix the problem. The Sauna is available 24hours with fresh towels and a little balcony outside to sunbathe or cool down. At breakfast you can take your pick from hot or cold food (all delicious). A supberb hotel that i would recommend and definately visit again.
A Little Gem, But Review Your Bill Carefully
This is a gem of a hotel made from two attached and reconstructed Berlin townhouses. Although only two blocks from the heavily touristed Checkpoint Charlie, it is on a quiet street in a predominately business area while still being within easy walking distance (15 minutes) to the Brandenburg gate, the Reichstag and most other places tourists want to visit. The Kochstrasse U-Bahn (subway) is just two blocks away.
Berlin wall enthusiasts will be happy to find the Checkpoint Charlie Museum and wall remnants only a few blocks away.
If you're looking for somplace different from the basic highrise hotel this could be your place. As a previous writer noted, there is a Spar grocery store just two blocks away with a great selection of waters, wines, beers, snacks, etc. Be advised if you're here on a Sunday that Spar and most everything else, including neighborhood restaurants, are closed.
I really loved the hotel but unfortunately, there were a few problems: the housekeeping staff (who were very sweet) could be more proactive in replacing the high end botanical toiletries. We were there for four nights and the little herbal shampoos were never replaced. There were large bottles of shampoo/shower gel in the shower stall so I wasn't deprived! I'm sure had I complained they'd have come running up with replacements but I'm just not that kind of guy! My feeling is that in a suite, (room 703) you shouldn't have to ask.
Check out: My online booking and the board behind the desk indicated that breakfast was NOT included in the price of the room and was extra, at 15 euros per person per day. Fine. On check out, as I reviewed my bill, I found it was much, much higher than I expected. It turns out they charged both of us for the breakfast and lumped in into the price of the room. For a four night stay this amounted to 120 Euros, not a small amount. For breakfast I want nothing but a coffee/croissant and I walked around to Balzac Coffee every morning while my companion slept in. Neither of us ever had the 15 euro breakfast. I told the girl working the front desk we never ate breakfast in the hotel and she very nicely deducted the amount, no questions asked. It was only in the taxi on the way to the airport that I realized she only deducted 90 euros (three days) instead of 120 euros for the four days we were there, so I'm out 30 euros. I'd have noticed it sooner, but as I said they lumped the breakfast charge into the room charge so it wasn't immediately evident.
Sorry to all readers for this breakfast rant but it left a bad taste in my mouth for an otherwise lovely stay. I still highly recommend this hotel. But please be careful and do not pay the breakfast charge if you do not eat it!
What a great hotel
I stayed at the Mercure Hotel Checkpoint Charlie for three nights ( August 20-23, 2006).
I booked the hotel on their website and got a great deal - EUR 177 for three nights bfast excluded. Breakfast was EUR 15.
I arrived at the hotel late on August 20th exhausted after the trip. Check-in was a breeze. I got room 803 on the 8th floor which meant I took the lift up to 7th floor and walked a flight of stairs up to 8th floor. Totally worth it! I jumped in joy when I opened the door: sitting area, small balcony, separate toilet, bathroom w/shower, huge bed, writing desk and so much closet space. Furthermore, the ceiling was high up and there were large windows. The only thing I wondered was why there were no chairs on the balcony.
I tried the hotel bar on the first evening. Friendly and attentive service even though the bar tenders had their hands full with customers. Perhaps a bit on the pricey side - but hey, it's a hotel bar. A small bowl of potato soup EUR 4.50 and a glass of white wine was around EUR 3.50, if I recall correctly. For me it was just what I needed after a long day of travel.
I had breakfast at the hotel on two mornings. The first morning I ate at around 8 am and on the second one at around 9 am. I would recommend going there at around 8 am because there are less people then. I personally enjoy a bit quieter setting when starting my day. But both times service was friendly and efficient and food was great. It is a basic hotel breakfast buffet, ie. nothing fancy. But what is served is fresh and for me there was more than enough selection. Basically I survived until late afternoon with that breakfast. And the coffee is great!
Check-out in the morning of August 23rd was fast at around 9 am.
Hotel is close to two subway stations: Stadtmitte and Kochstrasse. Kochstrasse is great if you take the public transportation from Tegel and Stadtmitte is great for traveling between east and west. Much of the city seems within walkable distance from the hotel as well. Ie. on my last whole day I ended up walking from Museen Insel to the hotel.
When I took the taxi from Tegel airport to the hotel it took about 20 minutes and cost EUR 17.
It took about 40 minutes to get from the hotel to the airport by public transportation in the morning.
I would recommend an Italian restaurant Sale e Tabacchi on Kochstrasse about two blocks away from the hotel. What a lovely restaurant that is obviously favored by the locals! Such a lively atmosphere and, most importantly, tasty food.
There is also a Spar grocery store just a block away where you can buy water etc. to take to the hotel room (that is if you do not want to pay minibar prices for plain water).
The room was impeccably clean and although a little bare in design it had all the essentials.
Staff in general was friendly, efficient and made me feel welcomed at all times.
I would say the rate I got was a bargain and I got more than I paid for but from my point of view it is not worth the standard rate of EUR 299 per night.
Stayed in the Mercure Checkpoint Charlie Berlin for three nights in July 2006 with my family. I have to say we were very impressed by this establishment. It reflects typical German hospitality. The room was superb, two bedrooms, three telephones, two fridges (one a mini-bar), shower/bath room, and seperate toilet, all spotlessly clean and maintained every day. The buffet breakfast was very good, and the staff were friendly, helpful, pleasant, and efficient. I cannot find one thing to complain about. The street is nice and quiet, yet within a short distance of shops, restuarants and the underground train.I hope to revisit Berlin in the future, and if I do I will come back to this excellent hotel again. A great hotel, well recommended!
Great lobby and free internet. The rooms really nice and big. They should have been called suites. We just spent 2 weeks in Europe and this hotel was the best hotel we stayed at during our trip. Actually one the best ever! Great location and value. Five star hotel!!!
We had a spacious, comfortable, clean room. The hotel is in a wonderful location, and the staff could not have been nicer. The breakfast is expensive but excellent, and you can eat in the lovely dining room or the pretty courtyard. Would definitely stay here again.
Clean, friendly, good value
We had a wonderful stay in this hotel. Our room was large and nicely decorated and the staff was friendly and helpful. We didn't try the breakfast so I can't tell if it's worth the 15 euro a person charge, but every morning when we were passing by the dining room we had an glimpse at the large buffet-display and I have to say it looked very tempting. The hotel is located in a very quiet street, in an area that used to be a part of East Berlin. A little bit too quiet for my taste but no worries, there is a U Bahn station nearby that takes you to straight to the Kurfursterdamm.
One of the best hotels I've yet found
Stayed here for three nights Feb 06. Had a fantastic spacious split-level room on the top floor which was more like a suite! Big comfy beds and quiet at night. Staff very helpful and friendly. Hotel spotlessly clean. Nice hot sauna cabin and small fitness room (free to guests, open 24 hours). Central location close to Stadmitte U-Bahn. Admittedly this is not a cheap hotel (although you can get good deals) but is still one of the best I've used anywhere. Thoroughly recommended.
Excellent hotel, spotlessly clean, very friendly and helpful service, good breakfast, not five minutes walk to nearest underground station, free map of Berlin. Our room was lovely, with balcony and separate WC, very quiet indeed. The hotel does not serve lunch or evening meals but you can get snacks (expensive) or there is a good Italian restaurant round the corner, as well as plenty of other places to eat. Thoroughly recommended.