spent six days here in a suite; expensive for Berlin but well worth the money; only two complaints in an otherwise flawless hotel experience.
every detail has been carefully considered throughout the hotel- there was not a corner that had not been attended too as one so often finds in hotels
Immaculate housekeeping: efficient and invisible; I never once saw or heard housekeeping staff as one so often does in other hotels; the rooms were spotless and well maintained.
Bathrooms: in the suites (of which i believe there are only three and they are more adjoined two single rooms) - there is a large fantastic tub for soaking after a long day walking; and possibly one of the best rain-showers i have experienced in a hotel. as many other reviews have pointed out: all the rooms are lit naturally from the front facade where the bathrooms are located. This may seem imprudent to some travelers however there are both opaque privacy curtains as well as metal electric shutters on the outside that one controls from the bathroom - these shutters also function as blackout curtains for long summer days.
The sleeping and bathroom areas are separated by a mere floor to ceiling canvas curtain: this may be off putting to some as well as there may be a lack of privacy issue for the bathroom; the toilet however one should note is in a separate enclosure for full privacy.
In the suite there is a mini bar (though items seemed only slightly above room temperature); as well as an espresso machine. Each day i returned to find the room immaculate and a fresh carafe of creme and place with sugar and bottled water for me. Also fresh fruit upon my arrival; however as i was there six days and it was summer, the fruit a failed to eat was never thrown away and what i did eat was never replenished. Not really an issue but a noticeable detail.
The seventh floor common area: as so many people have commented: it lives up to the accolades. Each morning a menu is at the counter: place your order and it is brought to your table fresh and wonderful; quite exceptional for hotel food. Also a wide variety of self serve items: fresh fruits, breads, croissants, etc etc etc. No lack of choice. Also: in the evenings as i my body was still on NYC time- as so often i fined myself waking up at 3 am starving: merely take the elevator up to the 7th floor and there is a rotating selection of sandwiches and smoothies etc. This brings me to my one of two complaints: the bread of the sandwiches were stale as they were obviously made that day but stored in eco-friendly cardboard boxes: great for the environment but tends to allow bread to dry instantly. That said: factor the extra cost of snacks etc into the cost of a hotel- while CC is more expensive than many other hotels in Berlin (and there are so many to chose from) it is well worth the extra money to have this convenience for a weary traveler.
Neighborhood: is it well situated in one of three "Mitte" districts. Centrally located enough to feel connected but also far enough away from other hotel neighborhoods: i.e. i felt i was staying in a 'real' Berlin neighborhood as opposed to a tourist district. The area had a nice mix of tourists, young Berliners; pensioners etc.
aside from the petty stale bread complaint: the one problem that could have spoiled my stay: the AC unit located in the ceiling of the bathroom area (i.e. directly next to the bed) rattled constantly: and not the the 'white noise' variety but an altering constant rattle that was calm shattering. I complained three times about this upon my arrival; the second time i complained the offered me another suite on the sixth floor: i checked this out and as it was on exactly the same access as my suite it had the identical problem. I declined the room change and they assured me they would have maintenance fix the issue during work hours. Nothing was done; no follow up and after my third complaint i decided to drop this issue as the evenings were cool enough that i could sleep with the AC unit off; however: Berlin gets hot in the summer and considering the cost and the otherwise flawless accommodations this seems a shame.
To address other reviewers complaints of the smell of sewage in some of the rooms: there was a slight odor i noticed upon arrival; however it was minor and either dissipated or i acclimated to it quickly: but keep this in mind: Berlin is built on a swamp; people will tell you that at some point you will encounter this smell at some point. I found it to be a non issue.
The "gym" and sauna area are small: the gym is just a tiny room with not much equipment; the sauna is large enough but as it is not often used it the CC requires you ask the front desk to turn on the sauna 20 minutes prior to usage for it to adequately heat up.
Lastly: this has probably been one of my most favorable hotel stays whatsoever. It exceeded my expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Berlin boutique design hotel is situated in the vibrant and historical heart of the city, Mitte. Casa Camper Berlin provides unique city accommodation.Creative design and attention to detail can be seen in Casa Camper Berlin hotel's 51 rooms and suites. Tentempié offers fresh snacks and drinks 24 hours a day on the top ﬂoor of Casa Camper with incredible views over the city. No timetables, no bills, all free for guests of Casa Camper.Dos Palillos restaurant provides an innovative menu in unique surroundings. ... more less
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