More thumbs up for the Circus Hotel, and many thanks to TripAdvisor reviewers in recommending it. My husband and I stayed for 8 nights in early September. The "prequel" to the trip was very positive and inspired confidence -- any questions I'd e-mailed were answered promptly, and the hotel's website is exceptionally helpful. I felt very much at home from the moment we walked in the door after a night and morning of travel. Our room was ready early. Reviewers had recommended requesting a room that faced the courtyard, and our junior suite was quiet, had plenty of light and a lovely view. The hotel -- like Berlin itself -- is full of personality. Clearly, a lot of thought went into the design and decoration of the rooms and public areas. Instead of long, dreary, or generic hallways, the corridors at the Circus zigzag interestingly and the hallways themselves are eye-catching. Our room had distinctive areas of color -- walls, the headboard, and touches that were both fun and functional. There was ample room to hang and tuck away clothes and other belongings,and the bathroom was spacious and well-lit. Other thoughtful features were evident in the public areas, including a selection of books of interest to a visitor to Berlin and a comfortable place to sit and go through them.
The staff was friendly and helpful. They helped us get tickets to see Berlin's ice hockey team play as well as making the reduced-rate subway pass available and giving directions. Katrin, the manager, hosts occasional rooftop receptions for the guests, and truly seems interested in talking to each of us and helping us get the most out of our stay. On our last morning, she rushed out into the rain to help us hail a taxi to the train station
This was our first visit to Berlin and we were delighted with the location of the hotel. A vibrant neighborhood, full of casual and reasonably-priced restaurants, a variety of shops, and with many museums and other attractions an easy walk. And a U-Bahn stop is just steps away for covering more ground -- Berlin is a sprawling city with more neighborhoods than we could hope to explore even in a week.
We enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the hotel -- enough variety for most tastes, all very fresh. Bracingly good coffee. Easy to tumble downstairs and enjoy the relaxing breakfast areas, including the outdoor patio. The schnitzel at Fabisch (the hotel's restaurant) for dinner is a standout.
On future travel to Berlin, I can't imagine bothering to look around for a hotel that does as many things right as this one. The only possible concern would be for visitors arriving during the hottest part of the summer. The room fan, plus open windows, kept our room comfortable. With the hotel's commitment to sustainability and therefore no air conditioning, it may be a lot warmer indoors than some travelers are used to, especially for sleeping. For the rest of the year, it's likely a non-issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dear Circus Guest,We are looking forward to welcome you to the Circus Hotel, bringing to you 60 single and double rooms, junior suites and apartments with all facilities.Opened October 30th, 2008, the Circus Hotel continues our tradition of a friendly welcome to Berlin, and has been designed to reflect our commitments to hospitality, individuality and sustainability. At the Circus Hotel you will not only find comfortable accommodation, but also a range of services to make your stay truly special, including iPods’ loaded with the best of Berlin music, bike and segway rental, and a garden courtyard that provides the perfect place to relax, unwind, and reflect on your Berlin experiences. Of course we provide free Wi-Fi troughout the building.Added to this, at our restaurant Fabisch you can discover a modern and healthy approach to German cooking, sip cocktails in the manner of Sally Bowles, and enjoy a range of artistic and cultural events that reflect the nature of our city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Circus Hotel Berlin