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Review 3406: Berlin Apartments, Apartment #1
1bed/1bath apartment in Berlin, Germany
March 14-23, 2008, 8 nights
Based on the glowing recommendation from Shannon here, we contacted Holger to inquire about reserving one of his three apartments in Berlin.
Shannon rented apartment two for two weeks but it was unavailable for our dates. We ended up in apartment one for eight nights, paying around $76/night. Shannon raved about her apartment and about the area . . . we looked at the photos on-line, and booked it. Holger said we could pay when we arrived.
We arrived around 8:00pm, took the bus and S-bahn from Tegel Airport, and were pleased to find the apartment was very close to the U- and S-bahn station . . . about two blocks or less than five minutes walking.
Apartment one is on the second floor (third floor to us), no elevator but Holger carried the bags. He opened the door and we were wowed . . . the apartment was very pretty and looked a whole lot better in person than in the photos. We were very surprised by the space, decor, equipment. We had everything we needed to set up housekeeping (if we wanted). The pantry was well stocked with spices, cooking oil, teas, free coffee . . . we had plenty of dishes (and nice ones).
On-line, a double bed is shown but Holger had separated it for us into two comfortable twins. We were there in mid-March and the weather was cold. The place was so well insulated (and quiet) that we turned off the heat and never turned it back on. We did use the heater in the bathroom while we showered/dressed. Speaking of showers, it was enclosed, very good, and we had plenty of hot water. We had a nice balcony w/table, chairs and were a little disappointed that the weather was such that we could not sit out on it.
The Prenzlaur Berg area is in East Berlin and therefore pretty interesting. On our street and one over, there were many, many restaurants and coffee shops. There was a grocery store on the corner and another in the big mall at the U-/S-bahn station.
We can’t thank Shannon enough for putting her review here so we would see it and find this great apartment. If/when we return to Berlin, we’ll definitely try to stay here again, it is a jewel!
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