Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
December 15, 2004
Located in the most central and elegant part of Berlin's Charlottenburg, Hotel-Pension Kurfurst is less than 20 meters from the nearest bus stop, making it ideal for those coming here by bus. Called Bleibtreustrasse because of its vicinity to the street with the same name, this stop is used by Bus 109, which travels from Tegel Airport northwest of the center to Bahnhof Zoo, and Bus 119, which travels from Tempelhof Airport south of the center to Grunewald. If you arrive by S-bahn, stop at station Savignyplatz, walk south on Bleibtreustrasse, cross busy Kurfurstendamnm and continue straight for less than 20 meters. Hotel-Pension Kurfurst is on your left.
Sober and unpretentious, Hotel-Pension Kurfurst is almost hidden in the midst of other restored or reconstructed old buildings in the south end of Bleibtreustrasse. Look for the number or hotel's name above the big wooden door; otherwise, you may not notice that you have arrived right in front of it. The hotel occupies the third and fourth floors of the block, and since the front door is kept closed, you have to ring the hall porter. Once inside the hallway, take the aged elevator to the third floor where you'll find the reception area. Don't be put off by the gloomy hallway or the agitating tiny elevator. Ask at the reception desk to see one of the rooms and you'll immediately feel otherwise.
The hotel boasts 36 rooms spread on two floors. The rooms are huge enough to accommodate a family, with high ceilings decorated with stucco work and renovated to the last detail. The bathrooms have been recently renewed and everything is spick-and-span. Body soap is in abundance and daily clean towels and a box of tissues are provided. The elegant classic furniture imparts an aura of tidiness and order. Each room is equipped with a minibar, safe, three-band radio with alarm clock, TV with satellite connection, direct-dial telephone, and Internet access. If you don't have your own laptop, you can avail yourself of the opportunity to use the hotel's Internet for free.
This small central hotel in Berlin is truly an oasis of calm and relaxation. Although it's just a stone's throw from busy Kurfurstendamm, Hotel-Pension Kurfurst is quiet and the atmosphere inside is one of cleanliness, order, and space. This sense of pleasant sobriety that pervades in all rooms contrasts sharply with the breakfast buffet, which is a dream of food abundance and plenty of everything. Oven-fresh bread studded with raisins and nuts, coffee cakes, buns, waffles, fresh fruit, cheeses, and pâtés were presented in endless profusion. You can even take your share of ice-cold champagne with your breakfast. It's impossible to taste all, though I tried to taste as much as I could.
The generosity of the competent staff and the priority given to the well-being of the guests make Hotel Kurfurst one of the best places of accommodation in Charlottenburg, and so very highly recommended.
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