Berlin Notes: Hotels

Hotels and hostels in Berlin

Monday, September 24, 2007

Berlin's "hotel boom" shows no sign of ending: two new hotels, both close to the Alexanderplatz, have just been announced.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

You'd think Berlin has enough hotels by now, but construction has just started on another one: the Arcotel John F. is being built directly opposite the Foreign Ministry in the centre of Berlin. It will be a 4-star hotel with 193 rooms, suites and apartments. The name derives, as you might guess, from assassinated US president John F. Kennedy.

The hotel is scheduled for completion in early 2009. Some more information on Arcotel's site (in German) is here.

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Berlin is to get yet another hotel, this time a 4-star establishment on Alexanderplatz from the Spanish Sol Meliá hotel chain, who have just opened the Hotel Melia Berlin in the Friedrichstraße. The hotel, whose name has not yet been decided upon, will be located on the site of the former GDR health ministry, a 13-storey prefabricated building in the Plattenbau style which has stood empty since German reunification.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

One thing Berlin is not short of is hotels: and most of them are pretty boring. Or worse: expensive and boring. So it was nice to hear about the Rock'n'Roll Herberge: a small establishment with just eight rooms, located at the heart of Kreuzberg's SO36. As the name implies: rock'n'roll is the hotel's theme. The facade is graced by Austrian rocker Falco, Joe Strummer from the Clash and AC/DC's Bon Scott. Each room is decorated individually, with eclectic styles including a 1970's interior, a Zen room with an "Asian" look, and one room has a jumping guitarrist. Note that not all rooms have their own bathrooms: one exception is the Honeymoon Suite, which has its own shower and also a decor for which the words "red" and "blood" were an important inspiration.

Rock'n'Roll's target audience is - wait for it - bands on tour. Partly for that reason they've build their own "indestructible" beds. The neighbours have been assured that all windows are soundproof. Prices are aimed at a clientel who couldn't afford to throw too much equipment into the hotel's swimming pool even if it had one - a single room with shared bathroom is just €25 a night.


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