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Review 5199: Schoenhause Apartments, Apartment
2bed/1bath apartment in Berlin, Germany
August 2007, 4 nights
It was in Prenzlauer Berg in the former East Berlin.
I liked the area. Prenzlauer Berg was a working class neighborhood in East Berlin that is now more upscale. Sort of like Greenwich Village. The building was very close to a U-bahn station and easy walking distance to the Alexanderplatz. There is a bakery two doors down, a couple of grocery stores nearby, and a few restaurants.
We had the two-bedroom/one-bath Deluxe apartment. It was on the third floor with no elevator. They helped us get the bags up to the apartment upon arrival, but even without the luggage, the four flights were a good, steep walk. The apartment was very comfortable. The apartment was located in a nondescript building that probably housed 20 apartments or more. I believe some were rented through Schoenhause Apartments and others were not.
Our apartment was on the third floor (fourth for the US) and we had a small balcony. It overlooked a small, shared courtyard between apartment buildings, but we never used it. There was not a pool.
The furniture was fairly new and comfortable. It had an Ikea look to it. There was plenty of furniture for the three of us. The kitchen was large and had a good sized table. It was clean.
My wife and I slept in a nice, roomy bedroom. The second bedroom was a bit smaller, but it worked just fine for my mother-in-law. The beds were comfortable. I had no sleep issues and that isn't always the case for me. We had good water pressure and plenty of hot water in the one bathroom.
The kitchen was very usable. Big table and plenty of counter-space. We didn't cook much. We made coffee in the morning and I picked up rolls from the bakery two doors down. We often ate our main meal out at lunch while touring and then had a light supper of cold cuts and salads that we purchased at the grocery store a half a block away. I think the kitchen would have worked fine for full meals if we had so chosen.
Problems or Bonuses
There was a lot of bicycle traffic on Schönhauser Allee at all hours, but I didn’t find it noisy. We were there in August and it was warm enough that we needed to have the windows open, but it didn’t really affect my sleep. I did wake one night and went to the bathroom around 4am and there were people sitting at the tables outside the open restaurant across the street drinking beer. Much like New York, the city never sleeps. I enjoyed it and would stay there again.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Reservations via the Internet were done easily and with no problem. They had a reception area and the staff there was friendly, spoke English, and was very helpful. They carried our luggage up four flights for us!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes. It was comfortable, conveniently located, and a joy to feel like a part of the city.
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