The best thing about this hotel is the location. Located in the nice Prenzlauer Berg district with a lot of small shops, cafes and restaurants in the neighbourhood. Kastanienalle is just around the corner, and you can easily reach different parts of the city by u-bahn or trams. The ubahnhof (metrostation) Eberzwalderstrasse is at your front door (line U2, which takes you to Aleanderplatx in three stops and goes through the city to Potzdamer Platz and Zoologisher Garten), and so are three different trams stops (M1 to Hackesher Markt and the Museum Island, M10 to East Side Gallery, 12 to Nordbahnhof and Museum Island).
An area you should not miss is the Helmholzplatz very close by. Just pass a couple of quiet streets, and you come to a square with a lot of really nice bars and restaurants - some of the nicest we saw in all of Berlin, actually. Another good thing in the neighbourhood is the market on Kollwitzplatz on Saturdays (also a nice area with cafes) and the flee market in the Mauerpark on Sundays.
The hotel itself was a bit disappointing compared to the pictures on the website - it is a bit run down. The reception is a little room on the front street, and you walk into the backyard for the rooms. There is no bar or lobby area. The good thing is the size of the rooms (although smaller than it looks on the website) and the balcony outside your room which faces a quiet Berlin backyard (especially if you travel with children and want somewhere to sit down after they go to bed)
The hotel breakfast is very expensive for Berlin (11 euro). In all the nearby cafes you can get a really nice breakfast for half the price. Berlin is famous for its breakfasts (which often are served until 5pm because you can also have them as lunch). A good tip is to book a stay without breakfast, because then you can go and get a new experience every day!
A good alternative if you want to stay in this area is the more homely hotel Freiraum (corner cafe with rooms to let) in a quiet street nearby, very close to Helmholzplatz.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Zarenhof in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg is located at Schonhauser Allee in a trendy and vibrant area of the Prenzlauer Berg district. With its diverse cultural scene and countless trendy bars located in stunning "Founder's Period" architectural buildings, this district continues to attract more and more visitors. All the tourist attractions in Berlin - the Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate etc. can all be reached in just a few minutes with the U2 underground line (the Eberswalder Strasse stop is right outside the door). Despite its central location, our bedrooms and apartments overlook the innermost courtyard and are therefore very quiet. ... more less
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