Great Value and clean
Our family of five stayed at this hotel and found it a great location and very clean. The hotel staff were nice and helpful. We stayed in the junior suite and it was very big and perfect for our family. It is an easy walk to Checkpoint Charlie, the Sony Center, and great shopping on Freidrich Strasse. We would definitely stay in this hotel again.
still loving it
having already stayed at this hotel last year
i came here again with a teenager
the room was excellent with a separate living area from the bedroom
the staff are still really friendly and helpful
we needed a travel plug ect not a problem
my niece took full advantage of the computer in the reception
area and we even tried out the spa and exercise room on the 7th floor
the robes and slippers came in really handy as well
i don't think you could find a better value for money hotel being only 4 streets away from gendarmenmarkt
Great hotel, good location and pleasant staff
My boyfriend took me to Berlin for a surprise weekend away. Upon arrival we were told we'd been upgraded to a suite which comprised a huge bed, large living area, kitchen, walk-in wardrobe and big bathroom. Most impressed. The hotel's decor is for the business traveller in mind.
The location is spot-on, right near to Checkpoint Charlie. It's also very close to the shops. We'd highly recommend the Fat Tire bike tour as the guides were informative and entertaining plus they take you for a beer and sausage! The City is flat so you won't be physically challenged and you pretty much see everthing inc Hitler's Bunker and the last remaining watchtower. We ate at Lutter & Wegner in Charlottensberg. Excellent restaurant and it serves German food - something you'll be hard pressed to find in Berlin. The nightlife is brilliant in Berlin too, stylish bars and clubs. All in all, a great city break, will definitely go back soon and stay at the Mercure!
We have just come back from staying at this hotel for four nights. We thought it was a lovely, big room, with more than enough space for the two of us. The location of this hotel is also fantastic, walking distance to all the main sights (including checkpoint charlie obviously!) and near the underground for going further afield. There were also plenty of facilities such as restaurants, cafes and shops nearby. The reception staff were friendly and helpful, and overall, this hotel was very good value.
Would definitely recommend to a friend!
Excellent small hotel in a quiet road 200M from Stadmitte tube (with 2 lines - U2 East-West and U6 north-south). The staff are very helpful ( they even let us use the sauna suite showers at the end of a long last day sightseeing! All the staff spoke great English and gave recommendations about restaurants and tours. At breakfast they were attentive and the buffet had good variety and good quality plus you can take it in a nice inner courtyard.
The only slight prob was we were given a smokers room to start with.
At 258 Euros inc breakfast and a welcome drink (for a double room), it made an enjoyable 2 night city break a joy!
PS Make sure you know how to buy train/tube tickets from the machines! Push A B for a trip anywhere within zones A and B for 2 euro. That includes the Airport express! Oh, and remember to stamp it in the validation machine at the start.
Best bargain on our whole trip!
We (family of 4 incl. two older teens) spent a month in Europe and I would have to say for the Euros spent and the class of accommodations
and service returned the Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin am
Checkpoint Charlie was by far the best deal on our whole trip. At 137 Eur per night prepaid including taxes with no cancellation, no other hotel we stayed in came close, particularly in price, cleanliness and appointments.
The Mercure Hotels is a mid-level price hotel chain which is part of the umbrella chain of the Accor Hotel Group which includes the Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel and Ibis hotel chains as well as a number of others.
The hotel itself is at the northern edge of Kreuzberg, one of the districts of Berlin (one fantastic city by the way), that has been undergoing renewal for the last 15 or so years (as many formerly East Berlin districts are doing). This one happens to include what was Checkpoint Charlie and remnants of the Berlin Wall which are only 3 blocks away from the hotel. The location is really quite good and it was quiet, day and night.
The building itself if fairly new, but then so many newer German buildings are so well built (I'm an architect) and maintained, it could be 10 years old, but seem like 3. It is part of an entire city block that was redeveloped with several internal courtyards which the hotel looks into. The block itself was designed by one of Italy's
most renowned contemporary architects, Aldo Rossi. The Mercure Hotel moved into this block about 3 or 4 years ago from what I was told.
In the immediate area are a few nice restaurants (a nice German/
French restaurant called Entrecote is a block away) and there are quite a few cafes and local eateries and Starbucks around Checkpoint Charlie. To the north about 4 - 5 blocks is a trendy restaurant and bar neighbourhood on Charlottenstrasse which includes the Helmut Newton bar with it's titillating supergraphic and the classic Lutter and Wagner Restaurant serving good higher end German fare. Parallel and a block west of Charlottenstrasse is the classy shopping street Friedrichstrasse which has a bit of a 5th Avenue feel and includes Galeries Lafayette and a lot of designer boutiques.
Transport is close with S-bahn stops (buses) and U-bahn stations (underground) at Checkpoint Charlie. There are also S-bahn stops 2 blocks to the north on Leipzigerstrasse. With these you can go virtually everywhere in Berlin making for easy access to all the popular tourist sites, cultural venues, parks and shopping districts.
Our hotel room was on the 6th floor with the 7th being the top. We basically had two large full bedrooms fully carpeted connected by a wide corridor off of which there was a full tiled bathroom and a powder room and the entrance. We had two TVs and since the suite spanned the width of the building, tilt and turn windows at both ends of the suite. The suite was very comfortable, spacious and clean. All the appointments in the room were of good quality and worked well. The mattresses were ok, not sumprtuous by any means, but very adequate.
We never ate any of our meals at the hotel even though the breakfast buffet looked tempting. However this is where I make my only gripe about the Mercure Checkpoint Charlie and that is the price of 16 Euro
for the breakfast buffet, which was the only choice. As we found in our research and travels in Europe, hotel breakfasts are very expensive, at least compared to what we are use to in N. America. True to German tradition, there is a well managed bar off the lobby that caters to patrons late into the night.
Internet was available in the lobby on the house computer, which was at times occupied into the late evening hours.
Staff were attentive, spoke very good English and were always eager to show you where you wanted to go. The hotel did not seem particularly busy in late April, but people were always coming and going. It's not a convention hotel and I don't recall seeing an exercise area.
Would I go back? Yes and no. Berlin is a must see so I would certainly go back to Berlin. If value was a top priority Mercure Checkpoint Charlie is a no brainer. Knowing the lay of the land now, I might choose a different location just to get a different flavour as there are so many different neighbourhoods in Berlin, like Paris's
arrondissements. You won't be disappointed with this hotel if you get a good seasonal rate. If it was 200 Eur, there would other selections to consider including other Accor Hotels.
Oh and two of many must dos. Go to Ka De We department store to the food floor, it's a gourmet's fantasy and take a Fat Tire Bike Tour (Berlin is dead flat with dedicated cycling lanes) from the base of the Fernsehturm (huge radio/observation tower), it's better than an open bus tour.
Stayed there May 2006 for one week. Hotel is more than ok. Rooms are nice, clean, big en wll equipped. Staff is very friendly. Breakfast beats all.
backside of the wall
a really weird statue outside a sausage place
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Pappa e Ciccia inside