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Where We Stayed: Berlin

SANA Berlin Residence

Finding accommodations for this trip was trickier than for any previous one that I can remember. I had 3 key features I was looking for:

1. AC: we experienced a Paris heat wave on our last trip to Europe, and I was very grateful for the AC in that apartment. Europe is only getting hotter, so AC made sense for this trip as well.
2. Fridge in room to store snacks and breakfast.
3. Separate beds for the kids so that I don’t have to hear squabbles over who is kicking or stealing the covers.

Of these, 3 seemed the easiest to fulfill. I saw several family-style rooms with 4 twin beds. The hardest was 1: it was really disheartening to do a search, filter results for air conditioning, and watch the number of available properties plummet. Fortunately, we eventually found places that had most or all of what we were looking for.

The SANA Hotel Residence in Berlin ticked all of our boxes. In fact, I’m slightly disappointed that it won’t be an option if the 4 of us ever return to Berlin.

Why? It’s because of the age limit on the sofa bed.

We were in their biggest apartment. It has 2 bedrooms with the following beds:
Bedroom 1: 1 king bed
Bedroom 2: 1 twin
Living room: sofa bed (age limit 10)

When I booked this, I was a bit confused by the age limit. Once we arrived and saw the sofa bed, though, it made sense. The sofa pulls out, but not very far. Therefore, you sleep with your head by the armrest. The couch itself is not super long. DD2 is fairly tall for 9 years old, and she fit, just barely. Kids who are a little taller can fit going diagonally in the bed. I now understand the age limit, but I think it’s a shame because the layout of the apartment would work great for families of 4 with older kids as well. Maybe they could change their couches or put bunk beds in the smaller bedroom to help with that.

One reason why the 2-bedroom apartment is so great for families is that is has 2 bathrooms: one with a shower/tub combo, and one with just a shower. We were able to get ready faster than we otherwise would while traveling.

There is also a small kitchen with a washing machine. Although we never cooked, we purchased snacks and breakfast items: the latter was way cheaper than the 20 Euro per-person hotel breakfast. The washing machine was definitely a plus because we didn’t have to look for a laundromat or wash items in the sink.

The only aspect of the room that didn’t fully fulfill our expectations was the AC. There was air conditioning, but there was no in-room control of it. Much of the time we were comfortable in the apartment. However, DH and I felt like our room was a bit stuffy at night: we opened our window and were fine. That was our experience on pretty pleasant days in Berlin: most of the time we were there, temps were in the 70s. It remains an open question whether the A/C would have kicked out more cold air on hotter days.

The hotel has an indoor pool and sauna on the top floor, as well as a fitness center. DD2 and I checked it out briefly. The water was a bit too deep for DD2 to feel comfortable, so we were only there a few minutes: I’m guessing it was about 1.5 meters deep. It is more of a narrow pool for people to do laps rather than splash around. Note: the wall between the pool and sauna is glass and a couple of guys were there in the nude, so be aware of the cultural difference and tell your kids not to stare!

The location of the hotel was good. It is about a 5-minute walk to a Metro stop, and you can get to the Brandenburg Gate area within a half hour. There were some supermarkets and restaurants in the neighborhood as well.


Posted by amikulski 01:21 Archived in Germany

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