After the initial reaction to the area where the Arcotel Velvet is situated, I came to love the area very quickly. First impressions can be wrong. Situated on U Bhan and tram intersection it is well positioned for sightseeing Berlin. You can even walk to the attractions, which are not that far from this location. In the area are numerous restaurants offering a variety of well cooked food from all regions of the golbe. Clubs, bars and Friedrichstadt Palast are all within easy walking distance. The Arcotel also has a restaurant which offers excellant choices. The reception staff were extremely helpful, offering tips for a first time visitor. The room was extremely spacious and the wet room was extremely large. Just watch the puddles on the floor. Could have done with a squegee or something to make it less slippery. The surrounding area used to be in East Berlin and some parts are a bit of a shock, but all add to the charm of the area. The artists squat near the hotel, in an old department store, all adds to a different and vibrant outloook. I don't like sanitised areas and prefer to mix in the local culture so I was quite at home and would stay here again. If you are driving its a doddle, and so is most of Berlin. The parking at the Arcotel is a fascination in itself. You enter a small garage and park your car on a tray, once parked go into reception and see the monitor as it dissapears into the ground never to be seen again until you leave. If you are easily offended, the ladies of the night might be a problem. You only have to say NO and after that you shouldn't be bothered. Some of them look like they have just stepped out of Vogue. Get used to graffiti as Berlin is well renowned for it. Some are cunning advertising posters, but hey, you see this in London as well. All tourist areas are graffiti free. Enjoy Berlin with it's cultural mix and friendly people. It's not just a holiday but an experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Arcotel Velvet Berlin
- Arcotel Velvet Hotel Berlin