Berlin - Info

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  1. euromannn
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    HI
    Arriving in Berlin - APR 28, 2015.
    Thinking of staying at :
    Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West
    Uhlandstr. 188-189 Berlin BE 10623 Germany Expedia Hotel Expert: 1-855-799-6860

    Map shows it's near a "zoo" about 3miles from City center.

    Wondering if anyone knows if this is a good location for nightlife or how much transportation would be from
    main nightlife areas to this hotel?

    Thanks
     
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    I just stayed there last July.

    I can't speak to nightlife, but here's a bit of practical information.
    • Yes, the zoo is only about three blocks away but *more importantly* there's a huge subway/bus station right there at the zoo, so public trans couldn't be easier. There's also a supermarket right there across from the station. Transportation to/from TXL will require public bus -- cheap but not speedy -- so we opted for a taxi.
    • The front desk staff was hit and miss -- some very friendly and helpful -- others not. You can buy multi-day tourist subway passes right there from them at the desk. Very convenient if you get a friendly one.
    • The breakfast was superb (taking into account that this is a Hampton Inn).
    However, if you are renting a car and returning it at the train station nearby, ... GOD HELP YOU. (see attached PDF)
     

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    It could have been worse - they might have fined you every time you slammed the door! (Thinking of Bob Dylan here, "Maggie's Farm")
     
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    THANKS!!!!

    First time to Berlin so will be traveling from Schonefeld(SFX) airport to Hampton IF it's good area to be in Berlin?
    Schonefeld is 11 miles to Hampton.

    Hilton says I can redeem for 20,000 points/night a room(tiny lol) at Hampton.
    I have almost 110,000 Hilton Honor points and will use one night at Dublin Airport also 20,000/night.

    I usually want to be close at night to nightlife areas(pubs) etc......

    So.....all my travel will be bus/train so you recommend to gain access to City center and nightlife areas?

    This was good starter information!
     
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    I can't speak to nightclubs, but there are a couple of popular beer gardens in the area. Schleusenkrug, near the zoo, is pleasant. And Cafe am neuen See is huge. You won't have trouble finding food and drink.

    Make sure it's really worth burning points - are rates low enough that it makes more sense to use cash?
     
  6. I have never been but looks like a fun multicultural city
     
  7. euromannn
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    Going to be many locations in Europe
    Ireland - Dublin, Clare County, Belfast, Ring of Kerry........but only airport was lowest at 20,000/night.

    Hampton(near zoo) is 20,000/night.......is this too much?
    Room rates at this location were supposedly 79e=$85

    Just trying to maximize return as downtown Hilton at Waldorf Hilton (60,000/night) and Hilton Berlin (50,000/night).

    Dublin airport was also 20,000/night.......

    Please give me some ideas where it's cheaper in Germany or Prague? I have 2.5 weeks when I land in Berlin before flying home from Munich.
     
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    I am traveling to Berlin in November and was going to wait to ask but I have a reservation at the Hilton and the Marriott. Anybody familiar with the Marriott Berlin vs Hilton?
     
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    I need HELP..but God is not answering me about Berlin!!!

    Maybe he answered me in Dublin where I just scored a $69.65/weekly car rental!!!!!
     
  10. tom911
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    The Marriott is just off Potsdamerplatz. Although I have not stayed there, that part of town is my preferred location to stay, usually at a Holiday Inn Express just 10 minutes up the road, or even once at the Grand Hyatt around the corner from it (might be back there later this month). Potsdamerplatz itself has some restaurants as well as a three story shopping mall with some food options and a casino. Right next to the Marriott is Vapiano's which is a very popular franchise where you order your food at the counter and they page you when it's ready (at very reasonable prices). It's a pretty vibrant area in what was previously occupied by The Wall. You're within easy walking distance of Brandenburg Gate and you have easy train station access to either U Bahn or S Bahn.

    The Marriott would be right behind the building on the right (the Sony Pavilion with restaurants would be to the left out of the picture):

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    There is a very nice chocolate shop across from the Hilton, and there are quite a few shops along Friedrichstrasse, so I wouldn't rule it out. You can get a day pass covering local transit and make it work for you. There's a lot of older buildings in that area compared to Potsdamerplatz where everything is new.

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    With the strong dollar, both Ireland and Germany have pretty attractive hotel rates and it might not be worthwhile to burn your points when hotels are less than $100 a night. I have not been using my points in that scenario as the value is just not there. I'll save them for when I run into $200 rates.

    I would not stay at the Dublin Airport as a base to visit Dublin. The airport itself is 35 minutes from the city via dedicated 747 express bus, and the hotel is not at the airport. There is a local bus stop on the main road outside the Holiday Inn Express/Crowne Plaza, but I bet it's a good hour to get into the city with the local bus. The airport is quite a ways out. Look at chains such as Maldron Hotels and Jurys Inn with properties in the city. I've stayed at both of them this year for $80-85. Be careful of football/soccer weekend as rates triple.

    As to Prague, no reason you can't get a RT rail ticket from Berlin to Prague. I've done that before and think it was 29 euros each way. Just go over and visit for 3 nights if you've never been there, and then back to Berlin. You can book that on the Deutschebahn site. There are also some cheap German bus companies that are very popular and might be worth a look. Meinfernbus was all over the place when I was there in December.
    http://meinfernbus.at/en

    Berlin has some very attractive hotel rates. Expedia has been running sales on different properties that I recognize as low as $70 a night. Hotel Indigo near Berlin Zoo was featured as well as the Scandic Hotel at Potsdamerplatz. I would not give up 20,000 points when I can get a nice hotel with a good location for $70.
     
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    Agree staying at the Dublin airport is crazy and having a car in Dublin itself doesn't make much sense. The city is quite compact and you can walk just about to everywhere or take
    the new but a bit listed trams service.
    Use a car when outside the capital. During in Ireland is unlike pretty much any other country in Europe there is very little in major highways most of the access to the sights are by two lane roads with
    lots and lots sheep, very slow tractors do deal with constantly.

    No need to worry too much about the cost of gas at the speed you will be travelling (and the size of your car) one tank will go a long way
     
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    Taxies are reasonable and you are close to some of the best nightlife in GmbH. If you are a "walker" you are only a couple of blocks from the Kaiser Wilhelm Cathedral (a stunning site in the early evening) and the square has a lot of varied nightlife. As an extra also close to the hotel are the Brandenburg Gate and Tiergarten.
     
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    I think I may have mis typed my plans as I was thinking only Dublin Airport on last night in Ireland(APR 28) since I fly out at 8am.

    But now I have a car for Ireland.........and hunting for places to visit, hotels, and make a route. Pedro is $6.00/gallon but the car will be either a Toyota Aygo or a free upgrade if available to Toyota Corolla(won't know until pick up).


    Ireland:
    Belfast - 2 days
    Tralee - 1 day
    Dingle - 1 day
    Ring fo Kerry - 1 day
    Dublin - 2 days

    Seen the Blarney Stone(even kissed that dirty tourist trap), Killarney, Cork, Gallway and even Dublin 15+ years ago.
    Anywhere I go except Blarney Stone will be great.

    Berlin - well......if 20,000 puts is too much like Tom says......I need to find a good hotel/cheap in good location.
    Will checkout the ideas posted.

    Thanks for helping...I have 2 more weeks to plan!!!!! Then after Berlin I go East or South...have 2.5 weeks to end up in Munich.!
     
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    The ring of Kerry is a full days drive. Make sure you schedule your trip to go opposite (clock-wise??) of the dozens of tour buses or you might be in for a long day just trying to get by them on the narrow roads.:)
     

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