The neighbourhood did not look too promising on the bus from the Ostbahnhof. Definite reminders of less prosperous times when this was East Berlin. But the bus stops right in front of the hotel - easy for luggage.
The family who own this hotel also run it with pride. Not luxurious by any stretch, but extremely clean and in good repair, it makes for a very pleasant base from which to explore the large and rapidly changing city of Berlin. Everyone behind the desk was eager to help us even to doing an internet search and printing the results for us.
The foyer is small with a comfortable sitting area. There is tea and coffee available to guests 24/7. The breakfast rooms are cozy and attractive. The waitress searving breakfast was efficient and friendly. Beverages and muesli were self-seve; delicious bread and rolls with cheese and meats, a soft boiled egg if you wanted, were served to your table. Much nicer than many more luxurious places we've stayed at and all inclusive.
We saw two rooms. They all have single beds. In some, like the first one the beds are fixed so if if you want a double with the beds together, specifically ask at the time of reservation. Despite the presence of a hostel and several clubs adjacent to our hotel it was very quiet at night. (There are a lot of drinking establishments in Berlin but only a few are really busy at any given time, it seems). There was lots of hot water and an excellent shower. If the owners upgrade only the ubiquitous indoor/outdoor carpet in this hotel they could probably charge 50% more.
Berlin is fascinating. Many of the neighbourhoods which were in the east zone are reinventing themselves and undergoing rapid renovation. The neighbourhood around this hotel had some seedy looking spots with some unsavoury looking characters but there were mostly normal working people and recent immigrants. Check out the weekly outdoor markets - great food and good to meet people. Everyone seems to speak English! Berlin is fun, Berliners are tolerant and friendly; a bit different than the rest of Germany.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Little hotel in Berlin Friedrichshain, closed to east side gallery and O2-Arena. We have 17 double rooms and 15 single rooms as well as 6 apartments. Next underground station: "Frankfurter Tor", S-Bahn stations "Warschauer Str." or "Ostbahnhof" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Junckers Hotel Berlin