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California am Kurfurstendamm
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kurfuerstendamm 35, 10719 Berlin, Germany (Formerly Hotel California)   |  
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Ranked #254 of 664 hotels in Berlin
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“Correct, but not 4 stars”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

4 stars are misleading, so be moderate in your expectations. But, if you plan your trip enough in advance, the price offsets for the missing grandeur. The staff was correct and helpful. Although towels were missing at the arrival, they were provided immediately after alerting the reception. Room was small, but if you are a business traveler needing a roof over night, one can not ask for more. It is clean and provides all necessary facilities. WIFI has been provided free of charge - commendable. Bar service was OK, the staff pleasant and forthcoming, the second beer as good as the first.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lubbecke, Germany
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

The cliche goes: 'the camera never lies' but it can also be used to mislead. On parking outside this establishment our first comment was 'great location, but where is the hotel?' The sat-nav was correct, but the frontage was very small in a row of terraced shops. Our second disappointment was with the room. Very small, for the price and cluttered with modern but totally impractical furniture. A wardrobe with only one door, and toilet with an opaque sliding door that didn't offer proper privacy - very important for some women. A small TV, wall mounted AROUND A CORNER! Both too far from the bed given its size and only one occupant of the bed was in a position to see it! The staff courtesy was mediocre at best, and breakfast was plentiful, but very average. We tried an ice cream in the downstair cafe, and for 4 euros each were offered something clearly from the freezer randomly decorated with aerosol cream! This was dumped into a bowl and mine had been crushed in the freezer so was mis-shappen. The best thing about this hotel is that it is in Berlin so we spent very little time in our room! In short, the hotel lacked atmosphere, character and quality. However, it was warm and clean but for your money there are better places to stay. Not recommended.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The hotel was in a great location - very central. It does not feel or look like a 4 star hotel - more like 2 star. The rooms are very basic and very small. The breakfast was ok- but the hot food was not hot and they were very slow to replenish supplies. I wouldn't stay here again.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Kristiansand, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

After looking at the latest reviews I had quite big expectations upon arriving this hotel.
We were five men having a weekend of our own in Berlin.
We had booked 2 twin rooms, but got 2 double rooms. The staff seemed to think that twin and double are the same. The rooms were really small and old. Bathroom was OK, but not more. The sink got blocked, but nobody tried to fix it, so we had a flood on the bathroom floor the whole weekend.

The breakfast was really poor, lacking good bread (One type of rolls, thats POOR in Germany). The juice was hot, and of a really cheap type...... They were under staffed so the tables were a mess, and it was really unpleasant.....

We tried to get a recommendation for a restaurant - the answer was "do you know which day it is - it´s saturday you will never get a good table when you are booking this late!" and we don´t offer this kind of service.....

So - never again for us - The location is great at Kudam, but there are a large number of other GOOD hotels. EG Bristol Kempinski

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Voorburg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We enjoyed staying in this hotel, with underground connections nearby. We got a large room at the quiet court side with a small bathroom. The beds were a bit more soft than I am used to in good standard hotels. The buffet breakfast was excellent with tea, cofffee, milk, yogurt, fruit, cereals, cheese, ham, salami, sausages, fried eggs with bacon, boiled eggs and all kind of breads. It was a bit crowded at certain times.
We booked this hotel for a city-trip through booking.com for a two star hotel price and we considered it to be excellent value. The hotel claims to have four stars and has price to match, if you do not get discount. The size of bathroom, the lack of air conditioning and the not easy to regulate heating does not match with four stars. Neither is the crowded breakfast room giving you a four star hotel experience. It is not the quiet place to discuss with your colleague the work for the day. It is a three and half star hotel and not a four star hotel. I strongly recommend the hotel, if you are on a tourist trip and you can get the room with discount. I do not recommend it for a business trip and paying the full price.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

I booked four nights at this hotel. The room was awkward in that there was little clearance to get around the bed to the bathroom. Not only did you need to be careful to get past the bed but then had to dodge the extra chairs in the room. The bathroom had a shower, basin and toilet that was no bigger than a closet. All this could be managed, but the breakfast, included in the rate, but normally costing 15€, was not very good at all. Staff were slow to restock food, the hot food was only Luke warm, and the coffee machines were frequently out of order. Oh, and be aware that there is no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. If you're like me and like an early cuppa, or a late night one, this is not a hotel for you.

The pluses, though: great location to KaDeVe and plenty of other good shopping. Close to U-Bahn for seeing the sights.

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Demorest, Georgia
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61 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

My husband was stationed in Berling when the Berlin Wall came down and he wanted to see the city again. We stayed at the Hotel California for two nights. The welcome reception was a bit rude in my opinion. The first thing she said was you can't check in until 3:00PM, we arrived at 12:30 and I'm aware of hotel check in times however we are usually greeted with a "let me check to see if your room is ready and if not we can hold your luggage for you until it is," normal hotel procedure. This is Germany however and as I've determined they lack the "Happy Gene" in their body. We payed extra for a superior room catagory and the room was still so small you could hardly walk around the bed without bumping into something. The bathroom was OK, nothing special. Location is the best part of the Hotel California. Breakfast was included in the rate and it was very good for a German breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about California am Kurfurstendamm

Address: Kurfuerstendamm 35, 10719 Berlin, Germany (Formerly Hotel California)
Location: Germany > Berlin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#129 Luxury Hotel in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — California am Kurfurstendamm 4*
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