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Review of California am Kurfurstendamm

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California am Kurfurstendamm
Ranked #216 of 633 Hotels in Berlin
North Midlands
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30 reviews
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“A great base to see Berlin”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

The Hotel California may at first seem like a "cheesey" place to stay, but in fact provided us with an excellent base for a short city break to Berlin. Having first read the reviews on TA I was not at all put off by some of the les flattering ones. From Tegel Airport (sadly to close next year) the 109 bus takes you to within 100 yards of the door for 2.40 euros and takes around 30 minutes. Check in was fine, the staff speaking excellent English. The hotel is an older building and so the rooms are not massive, but the ceilings are amazingly high. We stayed at the rear and were amazed by the quietness of the city midweek. No sirens, and that's something you can't say about many European cities especially London. Breakfast was included in our room rate and was once again excellent. A huge variety of foodstuffs on offer and the staff were very effecient at replenishing anything getting low. Breakfast here was great and the played The Eagles Hotel California several times. U Bahn station is about 200 metres from the hotel so getting about was not a problem. The only slightly negative thing was that the rooms didn't have a kettle. We took our own! The hotel bar was as good as many on the Ku Dam, and on both nights of our stay we found excellent restaurants nearby. As city centre hotels go this place is really good value for money. I'd stay again!

Room Tip: Like any city hotel I would suspect the rooms at the back are quieter.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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jakarta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We had a great time at hotel California. Stayed there for 5 nights. Good value for money, breakfast included. And..breakfast was great. Very well located, lots of shops and restaurants nearby. Staff very helpfull. We were there in November, can imagine how it looks in summertime, with a big terrace on the street. Rooms were Okee, minus was our room was far from the lifts. And I can imagine in summertime it can be hot in the room. But overall-will come here again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Good hotel on a busy shopping street but rooms overlooking the inner courtyard are quiet. We booked a "superior" room" which matched its description. Good bathroom but beds very soft.
Hotel very full but breakfast room and the buffet (which was excellent) coped. Staff on reception and in the cafe/bar very helpful. Good restaurants in surrounding streets and just 10 minute walk from Zoologischer Garten station.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Very well located right in the heart of the busy and very stylish shopping street with lots of eating places close by. Despite its busy location, the hotel was quiet once inside with clean and well appointed bedrooms although these were neither very spacious or luxurious but perfectly adequate for our long weekend stay. Breakfasts were good and staff were pleasant and helpful.
Would recommend it to others as a good all-round hotel as long as you are not expecting too much..

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Good hotel in the classiest street in Berlin. If you want Prada, Gucci, Rolex, Dolce Gabbana, this is the hotel for you. And if you're a single male of a certain age ask for the Marilyn Monroe room. They have a set of rooms on the top floor which are movie-star themed. Full of pictures of Marilyn! When I booked they gave me a pokey room at the back, but I'm claustrophobic and I hate looking out into a tiny courtyard, but they changed it for me on the second day to a room at the front. Massive breakfast room, but even this couldn't cope on a very busy morning.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

the hotel has a fabulous situation right in the middle of the busy shopping area and within walking distance of some beautiful restaurants.The hotel itself was extremley comfortable and clean. The staff were very attentive and polite. I would definitley return to this beautiful city and this hotel

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kranj
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: California am Kurfurstendamm
Address: Kurfuerstendamm 35, 10719 Berlin, Germany (Formerly Hotel California)
Location: Germany > Berlin > Charlottenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#50 Spa Hotel in Berlin
#127 Family Hotel in Berlin
#137 Luxury Hotel in Berlin
#166 Business Hotel in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — California am Kurfurstendamm 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic ambiance meets big city modernity. In excellent location at the Kurfuerstendamm, the world famous boulevard, our hotel is situated in a building combining history and design. 160 Rooms and suites equipped with modern interior combined with perfect service offer highest comfort. The modern spa sees to relaxation from urban life in Berlin city center west. A bar with a boulevard cafe and a backyard in the quiet courtyard invites to rest. Hotel California combines tasteful elegance with historic charm - such a lovely place to stay. ... more   less 
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