We stayed at this hotel during our Christmas holiday 2010.
The location is great because just opposite the street there was a lovely christmas market that put us right in the mood! The metro station is 5 minutes walk, there is also a mini market near the station. In walking distance are many attractions, the Cathedral, the Museum island, Alexanderplatz etc. You have to take the metro to go to Charlie's point or the Brandenburg, Berlin has something to see in every district so it is not easy to walk around, especially at Christmas time with the snow!
The room was perfect, brand new furniture, clean and spacious, and the breakfast was very good (although i couldn't reach all platters of the buffet as i am not tall like the Germans!).
I didn't like the fact that the TV had so many channels but all translated to German...not so good if you are a tourist! And i mention TV because unfortunately on the 24th December EVERYTHING was closed after 4 in the afternoon and we couldn't even have dinner anywhere... In the morning we asked the reception if we could have dinner there and they said yes, but they didn't mention that we had to reserve a table! So when the time came, we couldn't even dine in the hotel beacause all tables were reserved... The girl at the reception tried to get us a table in another restaurant (taxi needed) but it was getting late so we passed. She told us this happened every year, but if this christmas-eve situation is common issue, shouldn't they warn us tourists to get a reservation someplace earlier?
Anyway, apart from this mishap, we enjoyed the hotel very much, although it was very cold to walk around we just crossed the street to the christmas market, had a warm wine there and enjoyed the Christmas spirit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ARCOTEL John F is located within easy distance of the Gendarmenmarkt, the Museum Island and the Boulevard Unter den Linden. The cosmopolitan and international flair of the hotel, which is themed around the former US president John F Kennedy, is deliberately showcased by its proximity to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The lobby and each of the rooms are appointed with rocking chairs and lamp shades based on a dress worn by the First Lady Jackie. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arcotel John f Berlin
- Arcotel John f Hotel Berlin