Travel Blogs from Berlin
... of doing a Fat Tire Bike Tour (highly recommend them!). However riding around the city for 5 hours in 37 degree (Celsius) heat wasn't always the most pleasant! Still we soldiered on and had a fantastic time seeing the major attractions like Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, the Jewish Memorial and the Brandenburg Gate. One thing I hadn't expected from Berlin was the massive and very beautiful Tiergarten (German for "animal garden") in the middle of ...
So Bridget and I planned this little trip in the middle of March whilst stuck in the boring town of Black Rock in Ireland. To begin this little chapter of our adventure though, I need to start with the weekend leading up to our departure.
We had finished work on the Friday and weren't due to head down to London until the Sunday, so we thought we might find something to do that evening as our home entertainment is very limited. We noticed on the couchsurfers ...
... imagine, the closer that we got to the front, the closer together people were standing. I suppose we got some 50 metres past the statue before we agreed that it was becoming too much like hard work to make further progress. We stopped and had a look at the stage. It was just about possible to make out the performers in the distance.
There were still maybe 3-4 hours to go before midnight and we didn’t expect the headline bands to start appearing much before 11 p.m. so ...
I have just got off a Polish bus with a Polish driver who speaks no English, into a German bus station, where everything is in German. I am properly out of my comfort zone.
All I know is my next bus goes from gate 15, and it's running late. How late I don’t know because after having a message stating it was 60 minutes late, flash up for the last hour, there is no message now. It could have left while I was in the waiting room I ...
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Steigenberger Berlin
Not a 5-Star Hotel
This hotel has seen "better days". Everything was O.K., but nothing special. Small bathroom .. cheap looking .... The service was friendly and helpful.
The location is good, only minutes to KADEWE, Gedaechtnis Kirche and Kurfuersten Damm.
We have stayed at the Steigenberger several times and have never been disappointed. The staff is outstanding. Each room comes with thick, comfortable bathrobes and slippers, which can be worn to the spa area, which is one of the most relaxing in all of Berlin.
We found this hotel so peaceful although only a 2 minute walk from busy, bustling Kurfurstendamm Strasse. Staff very helpful and friendly, rooms immaculate and the pool maybe small but a very welcome break after a strenuous day sightseeing and shopping.
Hotel Steigenburger, Berlin
Stayed here for a five day break in January 2005.
Nice hotel, very conveniently located near to the shops at one end of the K'damm and all transport links.
Rooms spacious and well kitted out. Super breakfast and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Only gripe was the air-conditioned room was a tad cold (it was cold and snowing in January and they did attempt to fix it).
The price was quite competitive as it was off peak and I thought it was good value. In reality though I would rate the hotel over all as nearer to 4 star than the 5 it claims. All in all an enjoyable stay.
Lovely place to stay.
We stayed in this hotel during May 2004 with friends - we booked rooms on the 6th floor and loved every minute of our stay. The service was wonderful, turned down beds, weather notices and chocolate, the executive lounge where free drinks and food was served from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. was a real treat - we paid 100 per double room for this visit and it was worth every penny - breakfast was included too - I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Staff were very helpful throughout our stay.
Not a five star hotel
We just stayed at the Steigenberger Hotel for the second time. There is nothing to complain about, but facing all the new 5 star hotels in Berlin, it is a little bit old fashioned and needs a ground up renovation to compete.
Breakfast buffet is great, the location is quiet, just a few steps away from the Kurfuerstendamm. I can recommend it, but would rate it a 4 star hotel.
Good Hotel October 2, 2004
Stayed here 9 nights
excellent breakfast included in the price of the room
very close to resteraunts and shopping
good wireless service, priced similarly to other hotels.
I would stay again.
Average Hotel - I've learnt a lesson here, I should have stayed with my first choice of hotels, being the Swisshotel (which we visited and is absolutely fabulous) but then decided to go and stay at the Steigenberger Hotel as it looked very pretty with a pretty view of the gardens and a quiet tranquil location etc.. Wrong! I chose this hotel as a surprise romantic weekend away for my partners birthday. Upon arrival their was building rennovation and scaffolding as the reception was being moved around (which I was not notified of). Don't trust the pictures you see on the websites which look pretty good. Allegedly one of the top hotels in Berlin, this may have been the case some 10 or 15 years ago, but they can certainly do with updating their rooms and bathrooms which were very basic rooms with no toiletries (only plastic bottles which were attached to the wall and one of the containers was empty!) something you certainly dont expect in a 5 star hotel also no tea / coffee facilities, double bed consists of 2 mattresses pushed together, poor decor very dull looking, could do with brightening up and refreshing the place also their 'big size' pool as seen in their photos is like an oversized jacuzzi! Breakfast was very good but also very expensive - check this is included in the price of the room! However, good location from Ku'dam. Walking distance of a few minutes. Would not stay there again, felt dissappointed as I wanted the hotel to be perfect for the occasion and it certainly wasnt, but Berlin is great and thoroughly recommend the city for sightseeing and shopping.
Steigenberger...wish it was more than 1 night
Travel agent put me in the Steigenberger for just 1 night due to a hotel mix-up. Apparently this hotel was recently refurbished and I can say it's one of the nicest european hotels I've stayed at. Room was large and full of the most up to date ammenities. I felt it was like a US hotel. Lots of room, comfy bed, great bath/shower. Everything clean and nice. The hotel staff was english speaking (always helpful).
My only complaint is that it was far away from where I had to attend meetings everyday - the ICC Convention Center. It was about a 10 euro cab fare one way. The hotel was in a nice part of berlin with a cute park right across the street.