Most of the other reviews covered this hotel pretty well. It is in a good location, right near a tram stop and underground station. Very handy to be able to go to the underground station to purchase travel tickets. We found the daily ticket very worthwhile for ease of popping onto the underground (U) and overground trains (S) and on the trams.
We did not use the train to get from Tegel airport to the hotel. With two suitcases and various bags and backpacks, it was easier to take a taxi than to take a train to town and change to the U6 line for one stop to get to the hotel. The taxi ride took about 30 mins (afternoon traffic) and cost 22 Euros.
We had a Junior Suite because we wanted kitchen facilities. We were staying for 5 days. There was an electric kettle, some cups and saucers with tea bags and coffee and sugar, glasses and some water and softdrinks in the bar fridge, a two burner electric stove and sink. Tiny and compact kitchen unit. No cooking utensils or plates or cutlery though. You have to ask for them at reception. We decided not to cook but we bought our own breakfast and juice supplies. We got plates and bowls and cutlery from the hotel bar.
Note. Do not eat the green apples sitting in the bracket mounted on the wall. Not sure on how long they have been there and the one my husband tried was not very good.
Bathroom was well appointed though care needs to be taken to step out of the bathtub. Only the glass screen to hold on to. Also, don't fill up the basin too much as it is extremely easy to splash water over yourself due to the curves on ALL sides.
There is a small safe to store valuables inside the wardrobe. Also nice big dressing gowns and slippers for each guest.
For food supplies, the receptionist advised us to go down Friedrichstrasse, over the bridge, to the DM markt (market). But that did not really have groceries. There was a Bio Company store before the bridge that had bio-organic milk, juice and cereal. A bit costly, but good quality products. But later we found a great supermarket at Friedrichstrasse station (ground floor), right opposite a great little bistro called Damisch where we had delicious hot leberkase sandwiches and various meats and salads. Very popular with the locals it seems. Bakery next door too. There is also a post office at the station. So very worthwhile to look around the station for supplies.
The Lucky Star chinese restaurant nearby the Arcotel was very good for dinner, good fresh ingredients and not too expensive. Not so good was the Yuuka Buffet further up the street. Not much choice and the food quality was poor. Ris-Otto, also closeby on Friedrichstrasse is ok. Though the ham, peas and tomato risotto we had was very salty. Could be from the tomato which was sun-dried. Or the stock used was too reduced and concentrated by the end of the day.
Further down Friedrichstrasse, over the river, are a lot of shops and department stores as well as major hotels. We think that the Arcotel has a lot more character and is in a more interesting area than the commercial end of Friedrichstrasse.
On Oranienburger Strasse, near the hotel, is the New Jewish Synagogue, just a short walk up the street. Just a little further along, you turn right and down the street is the bridge which connects you to Museum Island with 5 major museums to spend a day or two at. You can get the pass to get entry to all.
So the Arcotel is in a great location if you just want to walk around or you can easily hop onto public transport to get you around Berlin.
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