BERLIN – Our See, Eat, Visit shortlist.
See – The Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building are a must, whilst avoiding “Checkpoint Charlie”.
- Museums/Galleries: “Natural History Museum” for dinosaur lovers; “The Topography of Terror” for easily digestible history of the Nazi’s propaganda; and “The Old National Gallery” for a 19th century art fix.
- Berlin Wall: Go to the “Berlin Wall Memorial” to see remaining evidence of the separation border, and learn more about it.
HOTEL REVIEW – The Circus Hotel
I didn’t research this hotel much at all before we arrived, and even if I had, I would have still been blown away. This is one of the comfiest, coolest, and downright best hotels I’ve ever stayed in, and I would recommend it in an instant to anyone thinking of taking in Berlin.
Checking in was no issue at all, and before I rant about how amazing the lobby/bar area is, I’ll give the low-down on our room:
- Rates: We booked well in advance and got a much, much cheaper price, but tonight would be EUR. 100 for a twin room.
- Beds: Amazingly comfortable, gave us three perfect nights sleep.
- Shower: Okay, so we’re staying on the second floor in a room built for disabled use (we didn’t ask for this). The bathroom was so big I, at 6ft 4, could lie down twice before reaching the sink, and the shower was ginormous. Unreal levels of comfort here, but I can’t speak for the other rooms (although I’m sure they’re plush too).
- Storage: You could move your entire office here and still have room to store 3000 bratwurst. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but unless you’re bringing all of your belongings, you’re not going to be complaining. There’s a desk, two safes, a wardrobe, and two bedside tables.
- A/C: Not used, but windows open fully to allow some calming breeze (and noise from the road, but we didn’t care).
- Wifi: Super fast, no limits, and free.
- Notes: The room has a Bose mini-speaker, an electronic tablet, a TV, a kettle with coffee and flavoured teas, ridiculously cool design by Sandra Ernst, and I don’t know if you can tell or not but I’m pretty much in love with it.
- Staff: Speak perfect English, are delightful in their manner, and wield a wonderful knowledge of local amenities and sights.
- Location: Outstanding. Situated at Rosenthaler Platz, it’s next to amazing restaurants, awesome bars, the boutique shops of Hackescher Markt, a short walk from the clothing stores from heaven, and extremely close to galleries in Scheunenviertel and the wonderful Museum Island.
- Other: Okay. Prepare yourself. The Circus Hotel has a lobby run by “Commonground”, which is a unique environment that seems to have been handcrafted right from the vinyl room, where you can relax to records of your choice, to the well-stocked bookshelves, and giant multi-coloured giraffe watching over the space. They serve speciality coffee, tapas style food, outstanding cocktails, and it’s just such an amazing place to chill out away from the bustle of the streets. Another thing the The Circus Hotel offers is their roof terrace, complete with an honesty bar and views across the cityscape. They also do morning yoga up there, which sounds pretty cool.
To conclude, this is fucking awesome. I’m genuinely sad to leave. Stop what you’re doing, quit your job, sell your house, do something, anything, to stay here. Please note I am not personally responsible for any personal loss as a result of that advice.
We’re giving it a 5*/5*.
MY BERLIN PHOTOS – HERE
MY BERLIN TRAVEL BLOG – HERE