Because Berlin was filled with a major tourist convention in Berlin this March, hotels were charging outrageous prices for available rooms. As a result we booked what was rated by Trip Advisor reviews as a cool place hip and only 62 on the rating scale of places to stay. Well it was in an up and coming neighborhood but the hotel turned out to be a cheesy version of someone trying to mimic the Hotel W concept. They do not pull it off.
Because the hotel is in the former East German side of Berlin, I jokingly referred to it must being a former Stasi (secret police) prison converted to a hotel. So here is the rundown of what to expect if you stay there:
1. Lobby area is small rundown and there is a bar to the right of the entrance to get your lousy free coffee and stale rolls in the morning. I wonder if the same former Stasi prison cook is making those "breakfast included" breads for the guests? What I found funny is that whatever the paid guests don't eat they leave on a tray by the front desk. We came back one night and those miniature door stops were still there. Maybe it was chastise the guests that they did not finish the morning stack of nasty treats? You know how those Germans are on not wasting food.
2. The rooms are small and the fixtures are dorm room style. The carpet is threadbare and in a hideous dark red. I wonder what those Stasi colors were hiding? A lot of dirt I am sure.
3. The bathroom is very small in a dorm room style and oh do not expect the maid to clean the floor. Our bathroom had body hair and muddy foot prints on the tile for the first three days of our stay.
4. The bedding is most definitely left over from some prison or military camp that was long abandoned. Maybe when the Russians left Berlin in the late 80’s? You could feel every spring in the thin mattress and when you moved the bed moves with you.
The only thing good about the room is that the internet worked fine without any problems and that the room was quiet. No shouts or screams of torture :)
But I saved the best for last. One afternoon we had returned to our hotel/prison room and the light was on indicating we were in the room. (when you enter the room, you place your key card into the slot to turn on power) It also lights up outside your door to let the staff know you are in the room. While we were fully dressed and working in the room, the maid just opened the door and came in. We were quite startled as she did not say a word, did not knock or apologize. But she came in and changed a pillow cover. She then walked out. We were laughing over it. But seriously what if we were undressed or making whoopee?
So in conclusion if you want to be in this up and coming area, want the feel of what to me seemed to be a former secret police prison turned hotel then by all means stay here! Just make sure you do not pay much for the room, expect much from the hotel and you really don't mind if the room is shall we say clean by anyone's standard other than maybe a prison maid or a flop house keeper? But in our case we paid a lot of money and got very little. This place is some place I would recommend only as a last resort booking.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travel Republic (UK), Odigeo, Priceline, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Cancelon, Evoline ltd, Hotel.de and HotelQuickly so you can book your ARCOTEL Velvet reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Arcotel Velvet Berlin
- Arcotel Velvet Hotel Berlin