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“Surreal Motif and Minimalist Design and Service” 3 of 5 stars
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Hommage a Magritte
Grolmanstrasse 32-33, 10623 Berlin, Germany   |  
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Ranked #2 of 180 Berlin B&B and Inns
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“Surreal Motif and Minimalist Design and Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This "Boutique" hotel or B & B was not a good fit for us. The location is superb. There are lot of great and affordable restaurants in the neighborhood which is old West Berlin. It is steps away from Kurfurstendamm and Savingny Platz and major mass transit. We paid $980 in cash (at the request of the owner) for 7 nights. The owners did order and pay for tickets to the Berlin Filhamonic out their own pockets for reimbursement when we arrived so they had a lot of points in the goodwill bank before we arrived.

However, what we did not know was that Magritte is located on the 1st floor (which is the 2nd floor in the US) behind a heavy door which is buzzed and then a 20 or so steep marble staircase to the hotel door. There is no elevator. After 10 pm a code must be entered into a panel to enter the front door. There is no one in attendance certainly after 10pm and often earlier at least during our 7 night stay.

Our room was at the end of a long circuitous hall that wound around interior courtyards, it was surreal at every turn with the Magritte motif on the corridor walls. The room itself was furnished in a minimalist style with a desk, chair, a narrow double bed, two night tables, a small chest, and a rack to hang clothes and a few hangers. The pillows are really small, the mattress was good as well as the bed linens. There were good reading lights in the backboard of the bed and a dim light on the desk and overhead light in the center of the ceiling. The is a small wall mounted television. Wifi is iffy and because of the structure of the building the Vodafone signal on my iPhone was very weak in the room and useless. There are no phones in the rooms.

The two tall windows looked out on a barren courtyard with a tree that had dropped its leaves before the rest of the trees in Berlin surrounded by a dirt yard and trash containers and a bicycle rack on the edges. There were flimsy curtains which offered little darkness during daylight and were nearly transparent to the window across the way.

The bathroom had modern fixtures and a small shower enclosure with a slippery floor and fine Grohe fixture. The sink did not have a counter to lay out our toiletries and did not drain properly. There is good hot water. The hotel furnished toiletries consisted of soap in small pouches. Replacement towels were furnished on request.

The breakfast room in the fronting on Grolmanstrasse had great light with a balcony for smokers and in warm weather would be most inviting unless there were smokers. The breakfast served was average except for exceptional bread and several days had excellent croissants. There was an expresso machine in the kitchen off the breakfast room and a request for a cappuccino was filled begrudgingly.

There is no laundry service provided and a request for a laundromat was met with there aren't any nearby. After some discussion the one of the owners for whom English is not a spoken language begrudgingly took the laundry and said she would take care of it. It was as if a request for a laundromat was a strange request. Another request was for a place to buy over the counter drugs for a cold on a Sunday evening. This is in Charlottenburg in the heart of the city! After a brief internet search I was told there was nothing nearby. I went outside to Kurfurstendam, a half block away, walked a block and a half and found a 24 hour/7 day a week pharmacy in less than 10 minutes.

The concept of hospitality at Magritte was rather narrow and what seemed to me like common place requests were seemingly difficult. The theme and decor of the hotel only go so far and I don't have a lot of time to find a laundromat or drugstore or wait outside the hotel door for an hour when at 6 pm there is no one at the front desk and no room phone or cell phone service to get my wife to come to the front door to let me in. We are not high maintenance, but the services are not what we expect during our travel.

Room Tip: Do not get higher number rooms although apparently according to another guest, room 15 was large. T...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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hotelmagritte, Inhaber at Hommage a Magritte, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear John Henry,
many thanks for taking the time to comment on your stay at Hommage! 
There certainly is space for improvement of our services and that's why your feedback is of great value to us. 
There are things we can change. We try and we will try even harder. Unfortunately there are also things we can't change. The opening hours of small businesses in Germany, particularly on Holidays belong to the second category. The same for Pharmacies on Sunday evening.
I am sorry to hear, that you weren't be able to solve your problems with iPhone settings. But there is no reason to blame our WiFi for this misfortune. As you can clearly see reading another reviews - until now there never was one single complaint concerning this matter. We invested a lot in order to provide fast and free internet to our guests. And seeing every day staisfied guests is the best award for us.

Thank you once more for your input. We really appreciate it.

Roman Stemerowicz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

A great boutique B&B in a fantastic location so near to all public transport yet so quiet to ensure a good night sleep.The owners Romain and Aurelia are very helpful with suggestions and ideas for visits and restaurants .The hotel itself in a bourgeois building occupied the first floor ,beautifully restored with grey walls throughout with white ornate coving and of course Matisse surrealist paintings and trompe l oeil.We had room 9 with 2 big windows overlooking a very green courtyard a small modern and very clean bathroom the shower took a bit of time trying to work out no overhead hook...but we got the hang of it !breakfast was great help yourselves, superb coffee and lots of cheese,ham, smoked salmon,eggs etc..plus lovely breads and pastries,fruits and cereals .
All in all a perfect place to stay while exploring all that Berlin has to offer.

Room Tip: We had room 9 overlooking a courtyard
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

At first we were hesitant to stay here as one of the things we look out for in our accommodation is one that has a lift since we're travelling as a family with 4 big, heavy luggages. Holding on to Roman's promise to help us with our luggages and along with all the positive reviews from this forum, we then decided to stay here for our 3 night, 4 day stay in Berlin during last week of September and we're very happy and grateful that we did!

When we first arrived at the hotel, we tried ringing the bell but no one seemed to answer. Fortunately, after couple of attempts in opening the main door, a couple who was going back to the hotel helped us in getting in. Inside we met a smiling Roman who indeed was kind enough to help us bring up our luggages. Thankfully we only had to climb one flight of stairs. Upon arriving, one will notice right away the nice and very artistic interiors which we appreciate since the other hotels that we stayed do not have these art pieces. It gives you an impression that the owner is someone who is both an artist and a hotelier. Roman ushered us to our respective rooms and let us rest before he gives us an orientation of the hotel. The two rooms we got were just right enough for two persons and two luggages each. Bathrooms were squeaky clean too with free shampoo/body gel. One just has to adjust the shower head for a while before taking a shower. You get used to it after a few times. Bed and linens were very comfortable that my family always had a restful sleep everyday. Since this is just a bed and breakfast hotel, the rooms only have the basic facilities: there's T.V., Wifi, but no refrigerator or telephone. However, you can just easily go out of the room and walk a few steps to the reception area for any query you may have. We would like to commend Roman's wife and daughter who had also been very helpful during our stay there. His daughter even helped us carry our luggages outside when we left for the airport!

Our stay all in all had been very wonderful and comfortable, just what we need after all the daily walks and tours. Location-wise, it's great as it's near the shops, grocery, restaurants and the train stations. Roman also recommended to us 3 restaurants within walking distance wherein the food and service were beyond our expectations. We also happened to chance a nice, cozy chocolate/churros place, Nibs Cacao in the nearby area.

Another thing that we loved about their place is their breakfast. It has great selection of breads/croissant with butter/jam, salad, cold cuts, salmon, cheese, yoghurt, cereals with fresh juices, coffee and tea which we enjoyed every morning.

But the most unforgettable experience that we had was Roman's very kind assistance to us when we forgot to get the ham that we bought in Spain from their fridge. We were already at the airport going to Amsterdam when we realised that we left the ham and it was too late to go back anymore. Upon arrival in Amsterdam, we immediately contacted Roman and sought his assistance if he can possibly courier it to Cologne which was our last destination, at our own expense of course. He responded very quickly to our concerns and advised us that he will help us look for a cheaper alternative to send it to us via courier.

After a few days, the courier finally arrived just in time when we were in Cologne. Roman was even thoughtful enough to check up on the status of the package with us via email. To our surprise, when we asked Roman on how much we owe him for his troubles, he told us it was free of charge.

We will be forever grateful with his act of kindness. We actually didn't expect them to ship it to us in the first place as they might be busy attending to other concerns and the fact that they even paid for it was really outstanding service to their guests. Indeed we had a very wonderful memory of our stay in Berlin as well as the kind people living there.

To Roman and his wonderful family, thank you again for your kindness and assistance. We really appreciate your gesture as our family loves Spanish hams and who knows when we can go back to Spain again. More power!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Location, great! A half block from Kurfurstendamm Strasse with its high-end shops and Savigny Platz with its off-beat shops and bistros. Direct S bahn, U bahn, or bus to everywhere we wanted to go. Decor, great! Modern, minimalist with whimsical surrealist paintings and murals. Breakfast, great! Lox, Nutella, croissants, meats, cheeses, fruits, veg., etc. Hospitality, great! Roman spent time with us every day providing his slant on the sites and gave us terrific restaurant suggestions. Roman and Aurelia made us feel at home. Hommage a Magritte was a highlight of our trip to Berlin.

Room Tip: Some rooms are on a nice courtyard.
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

My first email to Roman, one of the owners, was a request for a quiet rather large room since we were planning on staying for 8 nights. He came through!!! We stayed in one of the larger rooms (# 15) and it was hard to believe we were in a big city. It was great to stay in a "neighborhood" to the west of the tourists's areas. It did not prove to be a problem to get around as we were close to the S Bahn and U Bahn. We really preferred this location to the "center". The bed was great, the bathroom was modern and well equipped. The breakfast was beautiful and very good and the croissants were yummy!
Before I wrote this review I did have some rather small issues that I wanted to address to Roman so I wrote him an email. He was extremely responsive and took my suggestions to heart to improve the stay in this lovely small hotel- Because we stayed 8 nights these issues were really only pertinent to the long stay. There WAS no storage to unpack our suitcase. That has been corrected by putting an armoire in the room. Another issue was the laundry. So far there is no where that Roman has found to send his guests laundry out, but he says he is working on that. He has also corrected another small issue.

Because we had a great time and Roman and Aurelia and son and daughter were so kind during our stay and then extremely responsive to our suggestions, we would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to all !

Room Tip: The higher the number of room - probably the most quiet. There are rooms off the reception that are...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed at Hommage a Magritte for a week in late September and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. As others have said, the decor is unusual and appealing and the hosts are friendly, helpful and informative. As a small boutique hotel, they make sure to know everyone staying there and try hard to accommodate their guests' needs. We arrived in the middle of the morning and while check-in wasn't until afternoon, Roman, the owner, invited us to have breakfast and sat down to give us a quick orientation to the area and some hints on sightseeing. Later in the week when we had to catch an early train to Dresden for the weekend (to escape the crowds for the Berlin Marathon) the staff made sure that breakfast was ready earlier than usual to give us a chance to eat before we left. We traveled light on that outing and they kept the rest of our luggage safe while we were out of town. The rooms are small but there is enough storage space and the beds are very comfortable. The rooms were very quiet at night. You cannot hear the S-Bahn, which is half a block away and the main noise in the courtyard was occasional chestnuts falling. The bathroom was nice and spotless. The shower was a bit strange with a hand-held sprayer and only a half door which resulted in a fair amount of water getting out, but the whole room is covered in ceramic tile, so getting it wet wasn't really a problem. Breakfast was always great. There was a variety of rolls and bread, cheeses, meats and smoked salmon along with various preserves, cereals and yogurt as well as fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Most of the guests were friendly and talkative, swapping stories about travel experiences and hints about places to see. There were always enough tables; even when the place was full we never had to wait to eat. While they don't serve other meals, they were always quick to offer coffee and tea at any time and sometimes even offered cookies. Talking to Roman was always interesting. It turned out that in one of his many careers (hopefully he won't change again) he lived only a few miles from us near San Diego. Talking to him about art and Magritte was also entertaining. Note that the hotel is a homage to Magritte and while one feels as if they went through a rabbithole into Magritte-land, there is actually nothing by Magritte himself. Roman can tell you the rest of the story.

I can't say enough good things about the location. The airport express bus stops literally half a block away on Kurfurstendam. It is half a block in the other direction to Savignyplatz, where there is an S-Bahn station and loads of restaurants, bakeries and a nice market. For that matter, there were nice restaurants and a bakery on the same block as the hotel. There is a bank with an inside ATM right around the corner, so getting Euros was easy. The S-Bahn is a quick way to get to the main sightseeing core of Berlin, taking only a few minutes to get to the Reichstag and the Muesuminsel.

One thing I should mention; you need good legs to stay here. There is a steep flight of steps to reach the lobby and no elevator. The rooms are arrayed along a corridor that runs around the building and gets pretty narrow in places. There are also a lot of steps at the S-Bahn station at Savignyplatz, although there is an elevator there. Come to think of it though, you need good legs and strong ankles anywhere in Berlin. Sidewalks are paved with cobblestones and comfortable walking shoes are a necessity.

Finally, a word about getting in when you first arrive: The front door at the street is locked. It has a brass button that makes a buzzing noise, but pushing it doesn't alert anyone inside that you are trying to get in. What it does is unlock the door so you can push it open and climb the stairs to the lobby. There is a small plaque that purports to explain this, but it is in German and idiomatic at that. Lucky for me that as I stood there pushing the button and awaiting a response, Roman and his son came walking up the street from an errand, showed us how it worked and invited us in. There is also a lighted button near the door on the inside that turns a light on for the stairs at night (it took me a few days to figure that one out...)

Anyhow, we had a great time in Berlin and only saw about half the things we wanted to, so we will probably go back next year and will hope to stay at Hommage a Magritte again.

Room Tip: The garden view is prettier than the courtyard view. If you get one of the higher numbers, the hall...
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Upon a late arrival and check in we were not prepared for what Germany had in stall for us. From the moment we walked through the front door we were amazed at the unique and stylish decor. From the doors painted on doors, to the never ending and winding hallways, Hommage a' Magritte is an ideal place for a fun and memorable stay in West Berlin. Roman was informative and insightful into the history and location of Berlin. He truly made our stay memorable with plenty of laughs shared over a friendly giant cup of coffee. Roman and his family should be highly praised on what they have achieved with this quirky and fun B&B. 
Great WIFI and non smoking! Buffet breakfast and stylish rooms! 
Danke from Down Under! 

Liam & Hailee
Perth W.A

  • Stayed September 2013, 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: Grolmanstrasse 32-33, 10623 Berlin, Germany
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Location: Germany > Berlin
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 180 B&Bs / Inns in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A serene and small hotel dedicated to the spirit of René Magritte and the poetic aesthetics of surrealism. Family-run, assessable and welcoming. Located in a side street of the well-known Kurfürstendamm, just a few steps away from the legendary Savignyplatz, in a quiet area with many small cafes, art galleries and family-run shops. Every room has its own bathroom, comfortable box-spring bed and a TV set. The rooms are designed differently, but equally well equipped. ... more   less 
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