Advice on Belgium, Germany itinery

Aug 1st, 2006, 07:52 AM
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Point well taken Traveller, however compared to Berlin,Amsterdam, Brugge, Brussels, Cologne is the least impressive. To each is own I suppose, but I've seen one too many museums and churches in my life, so I look for more beyond.
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Aug 1st, 2006, 10:40 AM
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Thanks again,
One of the days in Cologne we are going to rent a car to drive the Rhine to see some castles.Would slso time willing stop off in Bonn. As far as the Comfort inn I might be getting my three nights free using points.
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Aug 1st, 2006, 01:03 PM
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Dax, If I may ask where would you suggest staying in Berlin?
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Aug 1st, 2006, 06:41 PM
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If you have to stay with the Comfort chain, I have dropped off a colleague who had moved from another Comfort Inn to the Comfort Auberge close to Kadewe. I would describe it as a mom & pop old hotel with no elevator (5 stories). She liked the Auberge location a lot better but the room was only slightly better, nothing like the room picture on their website. She told me that all the Comfort Inns are very old.

Can you tell me what other hotel chains in Berlin do you have access to? In general, I would recommend staying in the Mitte (part of former East Berlin) because the area has undergone extensive renovations and practically all the major sights are within walking distance. You get a different feel of Berlin when you stay in West Berlin which was mostly built during the cold war period, not as interesting.

I remember you inquired about the Marriott Courtyard before and I happened to be in the area to view a highrise apartment across the street from it last spring. It's a nice brand new hotel and the staff was incredibly eager to show the rooms & facilities. I think I posted the fact that the normal rooms have larger/nicer windows than the corner suites. The hotel restaurant looks like an attractive hotel restaurant with reasonable prices and good variety of dishes including Australian kangaroo steak. If you decide to stay there, request for a room that faces Krausenstrasse to avoid the other sides which face a somewhat depressing unrenovated area. Just a short block north of the hotel is Leipzigerstrasse where you can hop on the double decker public bus. There's not much in the immediate area because the tourist attractions are all north of Leipzigerstrasse except for Little Istanbul which is to the south.

I stayed with my kid at the Marriott in Potsdamerplatz for 110 euro last April. You probably can get a better rate. It's a bit sterile (lacks character) but I was surprised how their room quality & service are comparable to the Hyatt which costs 3-4 times, I think it's a bargain. I prefer to stay in the more avant garde/modern Potsdamerplatz for the conveniences in the immediate area plus I can walk to the Reichstag, Brandenburg gate, Holocaust Memorial, New National Gallery, Theatre & Concert Hall. It also has major S & U bahn stations just below ground. I'll be staying at my favorite hotel (Hotel Mandala) in Potsdamerplatz on my next visit though I may consider the Swissotel which I also like in West Berlin for the sake of variety.
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Aug 1st, 2006, 09:22 PM
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DAX,
The Courtyard was booked up if using points.
The Comfort inn AM Zoo or Comfort inn Oper seem to be my final choices if I am to use my points.
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