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“Good Value, Friendly Staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Alte Feuerwache
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Waldow Strasse 1, 13053 Berlin, Germany (Lichtenberg)   |  
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Ranked #383 of 663 Hotels in Berlin
Kilrea, United Kingdom
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“Good Value, Friendly Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2009

I spent 4 nights at the hotel and would certainly recommend it. The hotel isn't in a central location but with Berlin's excellent public transport it is easy to get to. Get Tram M5 from Alexanderplatz to Freienwalder Strasse (approximately a 20 minute journey) and then a 2 minute walk down the street and you wil be at the hotel. If you arrive at Berlin Schoenefeld airport, the airport express train is a 20 minute or so journey to Alexanderplatz.

Our double room, which was of a reasonable size,was clean and indeed was cleaned each day. It contained a desk and a TV but no mini bar. The ensuite was also of sufficient size and clean. It had a shower but no bath.

Our room faced out onto the main street and thus there was some street noise from cars and trams but nothing too excessive

Breakfast was in the form of a buffet with a selection of cereals, fruit, cold meat, cheese, yogurts, juice, bread and tea or coffee. Scrambled and boiled eggs were also available each day. There is a restaurant in the hotel but we didn't use it. The hotel has a bar which was reasonably priced compared to some places in Berlin.

The staff in the hotel were very friendly and helpful. We paid £48 per room per night including breakfast and this was very good value for Berlin. Obviously you have to pay for public transport between the hotel and the centre of the city. For this I would recommend a Berlin Welcome card which covers public transport. For a city the size of Berlin it is likely that you will need to make use of the public transport systems in order to see the sites. Thus we found the Berlin Card very useful and good value for money.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fairfax, Va
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26 hotel reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2008

Booked through europeandestinations.com. This was a very nice hotel with a good breakfast and clean rooms. It is right near a major street where you can reach the tram, but it is a 15-20 minute tram ride to the nearest metro, to then get to downtown Berlin. For those not wanting to stay in city center, this is a great alternative. It is in a nice quiet neighborhood.

  • Liked — Clean and good condition
  • Disliked — Distance from historic Berlin
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Madrid
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

This hotel is small, but very beautiufl. Rooms are a little small, but are quite clean and comfortable. Buffet breakfast is very good. In 2 minutes you are in the tram stop (every 10 minutes) and in 15 minutes you reach Alexanderplatz, where you can go walking to some attractions or take the subway (not more than 30 minutes) to others

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2008

We went for a very cheap break (flights only £40 return for 2) so was looking for a very cheap place to stay that wouldn't ruin our stay. This hotel did this and more. Only £26 per night for a double. Basic spec but very clean, and had TV, double glazed window with view of TV Tower, good heating, and very nice en suite. Didn't have breakfast, which was £8 extra, but ate at restaurant on last night and was much nicer than other local establishments. If you do stay here, don't eat nearby, eat at the hotel or go into town.

Hotel is quite far from town and aiport (Taxi from airport 33 euro) but is on main tram route, only about 15 min to town and quite regular, and runs up to 2am in week. If travelling cheap, get a 2 zone Berlin Welcome card (covers all travel and some museum discounts) get Airport Express train to Alexanderplatz, then get M5 tram from Alexanderplatz toward East Berlin and stop for hotel is FreienWalder Strasse.

Hotel is in quiet district, and according to map has park lakes very close (but didn't see). Staff helpfull. Reception manned until about 11pm but room key alows access.

Stayed February 2008
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

This Hotel is as described on the website. My mother and I visited in November 2007 for a 5 day trip and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff are very friendly and their English was very good, however it helped I spoke a little German as some colloquial phrases are not understood. It is not as central as described although there is a great Tram service running along the front of the hotel. This was not useful however when trying to get there from Schoenfeld Airport, taxi cost €40 and driver didn't seem to know where it was after looking at our print out of the address! Got there eventually! Food in the hotel was nice however was slightly overpriced and not a great portion, menu changes with season and there is a menu in English which you have to ask for. Great cocktail list and staff enjoy making them and recommending them!! If the food is not to your liking there is a great "Argentinian/Italian/Mexican" (not joking!) Restaurant 500m down the road, portions are huge and staff are lovely!
Breakfast in Hotel was lovely and you could stay as long as you liked and eat as much as you liked also! really set you up for the days sightseeing!
Rooms are very nice and clean,although the slanting ceilings could be a nuisance if you are tall! Decor is neutral which is good! Be warned - the lift only goes to third floor and there are stairs to fourth floor which isn't easy with a suitcase each!
Area is quiet even though tram runs until 3am you rarely hear it even with the window open. Pillows and bed were super comfy and at times I didn't want to get out of it!
Overall, great stay and would go back again without hesitation!

  • Liked — Old Fireman Outfit in Bar
  • Disliked — Location not central
  • Stayed November 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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dorking surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2007

The staff were all polite, helpful and friendly even when translation
was a problem. We cannot fault them.

Our room was a twin, but the two beds were joined together and crammed into an alcove under a sloping roof, a bit of a problem if you wanted the loo at night. The only windows were skylights and they
opened near a noisy vent. One of the three light fittings didn't
work and there was no light near the bed anyway. The bathroom was fine.

The selection at breakfast was extensive although normally the only hot items were boiled and scrambled eggs. You could have anything from soused herrings to chocolate gateau. The evening meals we had on three nights were good, but you do need to book ahead on busy nights. The "bar" was just a couple of perches in a corner of the restaurant plus a few seats along the bar, and we didn't notice anybody stay long if they only wanted a drink.

The building was once a fire station. It also appears to house a music school, some kind of youth club, and a centre for people with learning difficulties, but these were separated from the hotel. The side street at the hotel was pleasant suburbia but the main road was drab and the tram ride to the city centre (taking 20-25 minutes)could fairly be called uninspiring, although it runs every few minutes all day and evening and, less often, throughout the night.

We had good value for money and felt that we were valued guests. We would recommend this hotel for people who don't mind being a little way out.

  • Liked — staff and food
  • Disliked — in a drab area
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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west mids
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2007

We have just returned from a four day break in Berlin. This hotel was a great find. We have to travel on a tight budget and require little from a hotel as we see it as simply a base from which to explore. However it would be unfair to describe this hotel as simply that.
Its location is a bit remote but it is the reason this hotel is the price it is. It is, however, very easy to get to being right on the M5 tram route (small tip you buy tickets for the tram once on board; save you wasting time looking for a machine at the stop as we did! and you need change) You need to allow about 15mins to get to Alexanderplatz and from there you can reach all parts of the city.
The staff at the hotel are very helpful. The breakfast was, even by European standards, fantastic and well worth paying the extra for as we ate little else all day. The rooms were warm clean and spacious enough. Overall it was a lovely hotel in a very quiet area. We would stay here again.
One more tip-we felt leaving our luggage at the hotel would waste too much time on our last day and were told there was a left luggage at the main station at Alexanderplatz. These turned out to be lockers and were all taken. There was nowhere else and my poor boyfriend had to carry a 14k rucsack round all day!Either leave enough time to travel back to the hotel or do a bit more digging to find another left luggage!

Stayed March 2007
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Address: Waldow Strasse 1, 13053 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Lichtenberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #383 of 663 Hotels in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Alte Feuerwache 3.5*
Number of rooms: 47
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