This hotel was great but the description of how to get to and from the hotel via train/tram is not the easiest and found it easier using the maps. One key aspect about the hotel however is that it is actually a great hotel, especially for the money with really friendly and pleasant staff. The only downside to the hotel is the location, not in regards to the distance from the centre but more the area. Travelling from the city late at night left me feeling unnerved.
The hotel. situated in the former East Berlin, is about 30 min by taxi from Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Tram M5 which runs close to the hotel,will take you to Alexanderplatz, with connections to other parts of Berlin via S-Bahn, U-Bahn. or bus. The hotel is clean and the staff courteous and friendly. They will assist you with tourist inquiries and can provide tram tickets. We were on the top floor which meant an elevator ride to Floor 2 and stairs the rest of the way. The staircase was short and was no problem to us, even with luggage. Breakfasts are worth the price.
We were overall very satisfied with our stay in the hotel. We had not realised that it was not so central to Berlin and that does need some longer travel into and out of the city but that is interesting in itself.
It gave us a very comfortable base to visit the city.
The hotel is now renamed as Hotel Mardin Karlshorst.
Location was in Karlshorst, a bit outside of city, with tram connection to suburban train (S-Bahn).
Room was clean and had Asian ambience.
Hotel staff members were friendly and talkative.
Breakfast was 8 EUR per person and was acceptable.
Get what you paid for. Thin walls can hear neighbors and neighbors can hear you, so if you have young kids you are constantly telling them to be quiet. Small rooms however comfortable. Internet was hit or miss, sometimes you could get the signal and other times you cannot so do not rely on it. Restaurant service was horrible if you spoke English and sat down first and others sat after you, you will be the last to get a menu. However, the bartender was very nice and on tops of drinks regardless if, you spoke English or German. Front desk was very helpful and spoke English. Parking was okay you pay for it, and it is very tight but reasonable to leave car there all day and take the train into town, which is just a block or two down the road.
I would highly recommend this hotel - directly opposite Lichtenberg U+S-Bahn station, an easy 8-stop hop into the centre. Also extremely convenient location to get to Schonefeld Airport. There is also 3 separate shops nearby for day-to-day items such as toothpaste, water, alcohol (although not necessarily a day-to-day product!) etc.
The rooms, although basic in terms of facilities (and the vague background smell of cigarette smoke) were extremely clean and the shower was top-notch.
The hotel breakfast was very good, with plenty on offer each day. Even better, if you purchase the bed and breakfast option, if you are unable to have breakfast for one day during your stay (as was our case when we had to catch a flight very early in the morning) they will prepare you a packed lunch for the trip (complete with boiled eggs!). All staff were extremely friendly and helpful
Overall, cannot really fault this hotel and would highly recommend!
Traveller from Bristol
The hotel Nova is a charming standard class hotel with the typical Berlin charm and offers its guests an individual service …More
Berlin is a large city, impossible to get anywhere without relying on public transport or driving, and the hotel was a bit more out of the way than I would have liked. The distance is reflected in the price however and it's only a few minutes walk from the U-bahn and S-bahn so not as bad as it could have been.
Formerly a part of East Berlin, residential Lichtenberg boasts a few spots of interest. Admire garden views at the Mies van der Rohe-designed Landhaus Lemke, bordering the Obersee. History buffs can brush up on Cold War facts at the German-Russian Museum. For children, airy Tierpark, one of Europe's biggest zoos, houses more than 7,000 animals.
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