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“Excellent hotel,excellent location, amazing city”
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ARCOTEL Velvet
Ranked #167 of 634 Hotels in Berlin
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MidlandsUK
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“Excellent hotel,excellent location, amazing city”
Reviewed 20 August 2009

The hotel is in an excellent central location. Not everything is within walking distance though as Berlin is such a vast city, but the subway (i suggest you get the berlin welcome card as you'll use public transport alot and it also offers discounts off attractions) is just down the road (left out the hotel, 5mins walk) and the tram stop is right outside the hotel.
Even though the hotel was on a busy street, surrounded by bars and restaurants, our room was very unaffected by noise pollution, it was by no means peaceful, but as someone who can't sleep in noisy surroundings, I had 3 very restful nights sleep at this hotel.
A few reviews on here said the hotel rooms were too small, but it was more than adequate and had more than enough room for myself and my partner.
The shower was excellent, really powerful, bonus with safe in room and mini bar which was useful to store your own seperately bought drinks, mini bar was very expensive, nothing unusual there.
One restaurant down the road called oranium, right near subway station, is definately worth checking out, especially for their fresh stone baked pizzas which were MASSIVE and cost only 5euros.
My tip is to buy a good guide book, from that you can get an idea where you would like to visit etc. Also pay a visit to the large tourist information office at brandenburg tor, lots of info, maps, etc. If, like us, you are interested in berlin's role during WWII then definately do the third reich tour (info on this can be found at tourist info at brandenburg).
All in all, this hotel is a great base to explore this vibrant, fun and interesting city.

Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

Till know we stayed three times in Arcotel Velvet situated in the nice Oranienburger strasse with lots of restaurants. Try Mirschi for nice Asian food and take the big breakfast at Orange! The staff is very pleasant and so are the rooms with lots af glass. Take a room in the front so you can see the Oranienburger strasse. U bahn is around the corner and take a sip of wine by Lutner & Wegner. Arcotel is at a hot spot and is a well designed hotel with a good staff

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Miami
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Reviewed 28 June 2009

The best thing about the hotel is its location. It's near major sights and close to the subway station. The bus stops right in front of the hotel. The hotel is very beautiful with lovely but very impractical design. The tubs don't have curtains so water comes out when you shower. We had a beautiful enormous sink but you had to stretch far to get your hands under the water. After a couple of days of that your back starts to hurt. The beds were very comfortable.

We didn't have breakfast there because at 12 euros per person it was a bit too much and we are not big breakfast eaters, but right next door there's Expresso Ambulanz, where you can have a large capuccino and a freshly made croissant (they are baked there) for about 4.50 Euro.

The staff at the Arcotel Velvet was very helpful but they forgot about our wake up call the day we were to depart Berlin and we almost did not make the flight. That is unacceptable.

However, I do recommend the hotel and would return.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

This hotel chain is a bit overrated recently, the room is nice not nothing special, the bed is not particularly comfortable and the so called ' design' is just trying to make it different with the traditional hotel. I will recommend this hotel to friends if the price can pull down a bit.
you may find it surprise when you are the first stay but definitely not the second time.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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zürich
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Reviewed 9 June 2009

Amazing room and top service, grat location!!! very very helpful staff and a great selection of vodka!!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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Palermo
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Reviewed 2 May 2009

Very nice hotel. Excellent position (50 m to Friedrichstrasse; 50 m to Oranienburg U-Bahn station). Very good breackfast and restaurant.

  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

Stayed at the Arcotel Velvet for 1 week commencing the 5th April 09 .
And like all other comments it is an excellent hotel in an excellent location.
Not far from the local University means that it has a young vibrant population which probably means that it is the most economic place to stay.
Unfortunately the loss of value of the UK pound has an effect on how far your money will go.
A pint of beer will cost abot 4 to 5 euro and a glass of wine about 4 euro, eating out can also be expensive but there are still places to eat which offer excellent value and serve up fantastic food.
Gambrinus across the road from the hotel is probably the only authentic German bar selling quality German cuisine, and that makes it a must visit. If you are lucky enough to get a table a visit at about 7pm should see you get one after that forget it.
Also worth a special mention is the Bombay Indian Restaurant next to the theatre on Friedrichstrasse it is probably one of the best Indian meals that I have ever tried and what size portions you will need to be hungry.
Imagine visiting Berlin and raving about a curry but I could not write this without meriting it a mention.
Belin has plenty places to see and a worthwhile visit is a short 30 min train journey to see the Olympic Stadium which was very historic but in many was very modern.
The down side was a visit to Check Point Charlie Museum which was a rip off 12.5 euro entrance fee per person it is poorely presented,disorganised and claustrophoboic just as described in many best book reviews.
Many of the museums including this one are entrance free after 16:00 so check before you go.
A humbling visit to to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and to the nearby Documentation Museum are free of charge but please leave a donation at the exit for the upkeep of the Museum it is the least the memory of the Holocaust deserves.
You will exit with a lump in your throat it is depressing but a story that has to be told and remembered.
On a lighter note you will love the place and certainly one of the top cities to visit in europe if not the world.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: ARCOTEL Velvet
Address: Oranienburger Strasse 52, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Region: Germany > Berlin > Mitte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#82 Romantic Hotel in Berlin
#106 Family Hotel in Berlin
#113 Luxury Hotel in Berlin
#161 Business Hotel in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — ARCOTEL Velvet 4*
Number of rooms: 85
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