We recently visited friends in Berlin. We stayed for nearly two weeks. From what the staff said on check in, this was a bit longer than the usual guests who stay for a couple days and move on.
First, the hotel is right on the M1 / M12 street care route. Easy access to the centre of Berlin, and specifically, Alexanderplatz. If you are going anywhere, you can likely get there from Alexanderplatz! Certainly, with a Tourists Package (available at the information bureau at Alexanderplatz for about 50€) you get unlimited travel in the A and B spooned of Berlin. For the record, the only place we travelled to that was zone c was Sachenhausen Concentration Camp via rail. Even outside of the centre of the city, your pass will work. BUT, if you venture out to Zone C, you MUST get a supplemental ticket. Don't get the "reduced rate" ticket: it isn't stated, but it is a child's ticket. This isn't expressed on the ticket machine either in English or German. We got tagged by a transit policeman and we were clearly in the wron: he gave us a passs, ie walked on but be careful. Willful transit fare evaiders (so called 'Black Riders') are not tolerated.
In fact, to this point, you need to know that most of the officials on the transit system are plain clothes. The seem to prey on tourists and get a commission for each fare evader they catch. 60€ per person! Ouch!! But there are scammers on the system who demand cash payments on the trains. They often flash ID, with their expiry dates covered... DONT PAY! Politely ask for their ID, take a quick cell phone picture of the person asking for immediate payment, and they will likely leave you alone. If they are legit, they will issue you a ticket.
Ok, back to the hotel. I was first put off by the lack of AC. With the windows open and the fan on, it was fine. We also eat once in their 'continental breakfast' suite. It was ok, but we tended to eat across the street. There are a lot of places to eat/buy sunderies including a place nearby that is open very late. Can't recall the name, but it's on the hotel side, walking left after leaving the hotel. If you like beer, you've come to the right place! Beer is often cheaper than bottled water!
So, the rooms are nice. They have elevator service to the fourth floor. They have parking and you can dine on sight. What's not to love.
I can't give it 5 stars, because it's not that level of hotel/pension. That being said, we were very satisfied!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Kastanienhof is your friendly accommodation in the heart of Berlin-Mitte, located in the vibrant neighborhood between Alexanderplatz and Prenzlauer Berg. Our hotel, with its 44rooms, is inside a typical Berlin apartment building dating back to the 19th century. Every room is decorated with dedication, so you will find many testimonies of Berlin's exciting history. If you want to stay in a warm and cozy environment, experience a creative, cultural and, palatable neighborhood, reach all of Berlin's major sights in no time, then start your next Berlin trip at the Hotel Kastanienhof. The grand entrance hall leading to the mezzanine, the painted courtyard gateway, the stucco and the old stairways - you instantly are connected to Berlin's history. You should try out our hotel-own restaurand "Ausspanne". Our excellent chef Andre Pilz creats traditional german dishes in a modern way. Or you can enjoy our wide selection of drinks at our bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kastanienhof Hotel Berlin