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“Art is love made visible!” 5 of 5 stars
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Albrecht-Achilles Str. 58, 10709 Berlin, Germany   |  
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Ranked #217 of 664 Hotels in Berlin
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“Art is love made visible!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Propeller Island City Lodge is an exceptional place. We spent 3 nights at this hotel and found it a delight. We booked room 14, HollyWood, which had a lovely bath in the middle of the room and a balcony. Climbing ladders to get into our (very comfortable) beds was part of the fun; as was the delight of discovering the audible art.

People at the hotel are friendly and willing to help in any way, and the free internet, a good bonus.

A simple and good German breakfast was worth it.

If you want clinical hotel chain luxury, this is not it, but I'd certainly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting an out of the ordinary experience with a comfortable bed and friendly staff.

Room Tip: This is really not suitable for small children or people with physical mobility restrictions.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Odd place but you likely can figure that out for yourself. this is NOT a fully staffed place and was quite a pain to get in after hours... keep that in mind!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

Slumbered in a flying bed in the "Therapy" room with white walls, mood lighting and a furry feature wall. Then after 3 nights floated on a raft attached to the ceiling with shipping rope and sacks lining the floor. This was truly a surreal hotel and a great place for a group of friends to visit. While slightly out of town it was a mere walk to the nearest train station. Lady running the place was legendary in her attentiveness and kind manner. Would definitely recommend going and checking out some of the other rooms/art installations.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

I have been staying at Propellor Island City Lodge since it's very beginings when rooms were still smelling like new, the breakfast had peeled apple slices and Lars himself would welcome you. Every two years I have a peek at other or new rooms Lars and his crafty team have come up with. And every time I enjoy the playfull way, with no consession made to form and the energetic designs come tot live..

Some of the room are not comfortable, that's true. Some of the rooms are definitely designed for males who do not care about putting on make up, and yes it is laboursome to clean some of the rooms because of the materials used. But despite all this we love the experience for 2/3 days and the atmosphere and the music composed by Lars which used to play through the individual headphones. We actually come for the playground feeling

The staff are lovely, accommodating and helpful. Location is also quite convenient and public transport is just round the corner. Some interesting restaurants and bars as well. The designers outlets which you'll find in the surrounding streets are a must to visit when you are in Berlin.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

I read some of the recent more negative reviews. I can't share those. We had a pleasant experience. It might be a bit off-putting for single female travellers arriving late at night as there won't be anyone around. But it is easy to find and well organised (key left in safe, clear sign-posts, etc.). It was also clean and well kept. And of course: very interesting! We'll come again and try some of the other rooms (we stayed in the Flying bed this time).

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

So I learned something very important while staying here: cool looking rooms do not equal comfortable and accommodating hotel experience. Our stay began around 9pm at night. We had contacted the hotel staff to let them know we wouldn't arrive during their working hours (staff is only there for a few hours every morning). They left the room key inside this little combo lock box that was built into the door frame. Weird. From there it took us about 45 minutes to find our room. The hotel is inside a larger building that has regular residential apartments. The main lobby and 1st floor rooms were easy enough to locate, but we were told that we were on the 3rd floor. Back out to the main stairway we went and up... lights were out on the floor... super. Two doors on the floor: one normal looking room and one big glass door leading to who knows what. Our key by chance opened up the normal door... which was a storage room or something. No lights, and stuff thrown all over the place. We reasoned that this couldn't be our room; but were kind of freaked out that our key opened some random room that wasn't really part of the hotel. Made us wonder if the same key opens every room. Tried the glass door next: this was the correct door. More rooms beyond this door. This place really needs to put some signs up in the hallway to guide guests to the rooms.

Our room was ok, but gave us the feeling that it wasn't built for people to stay in. The sink and shower were stripped down to basic copper piping and garden faucet style knobs (supposedly the art part of room)... looked like it was made from dumpster scraps. The shower head needed fixing as it spurted out only a few tiny streams of water. I laughed when I inspected the bed: it was literally a 2 inch thick piece of foam on a wooden frame. That's not a mattress. Again, suggesting that the room was built from salvaged scrap material.

I think we saw one staff member upon check out. So that's something to consider... you are pretty much on your own at this place.

This was certainly a unique hotel, but you couldn't pay me to stay here again. I can't speak for other rooms, but at least I can say that ours was not built with human habitation in mind.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Braunschweig, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

I stayed at the most expensive room of the hotel and at a very strange room. I also had the chance to see other rooms and I have to say that the ideas of the artists regarding the rooms are exceptional. This is by far that most exquisit hotel I stayed at because of its rooms and their originality. I will definetly come back to try the other rooms.

It is also close to the subway station which makes it perfect for a city visit in the historic Berlin

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Albrecht-Achilles Str. 58, 10709 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin
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