"Overall Great Stay in a Great Location"
Overall great stay in a great location. Room is/was not as well kept or immaculate as other reviews suggested but it wasn't awful either. Location is superb with easy access to transit.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Var på miniferie med venner. Veldig hyggelig sted med kafeer og shoppinggate like i nærheten. Fin og ren leilighet og gode senger. Eneste jeg har å utsette er at de ikke har et rom å sette bagasje i før innsjekk/etter utsjekk. Dette medførte at vi brukte mye tid på å finne ledige oppbevaringsskap (fullt alle steder unntatt Hauptbahof) og vi mistet mye […] tid på dette siste dagen. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Lejligheden var i god stand og havde alle de nødvendige bekvemmeligheder. Ligger i en normal beboelsesejendom der er i meget pæn stand. Lejligheden ligger i et godt område tæt på indkøb, shopping mv.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A genuine home away from home."
01/19/15 Laonie Brisbane
We spent 2 nights of a 5 night stay in Berlin at Homage Apartments and we ended up wishing we had booked for the entire 5 days. I was a little surprised to see a few people commenting on the lack of amenities in this building. This is not a hotel; it is not advertised as a hotel and it offers none of the services provided by a hotel. The accommodation is simply a gracious space in an old apartment building, in an equally old residential district, and your money buys you the simple right to open one of front doors and enjoy the (priceless) opportunity to ‘live like a local’. If you want landline phones, assistance on-call, modern lifts and ‘Dial 9 for a porter’, you should probably stay at the Marriot. Whatever part of the building you stay in, there will be a certain number of stairs. If this is genuinely going to be an issue for you and your luggage, then you should certainly take that into consideration. We stayed in the orange apartment and enjoyed every minute. We loved the feeling of spaciousness, the graceful old windows, the super-wide floor boards, the retro styled furniture and the general feel of being in a home, not in a hotel room. The master bedroom was absolutely massive. I appreciated the apartment’s clean Scandinavian styling but the designer in me longed to add just one beautiful neutral canvas or a mirror to the utterly bare walls. It was lovely to have a proper kitchen with a fridge, stove and laundry facilities, too. Personally, I found many of the inside spaces in Europe grossly over-heated. My travelling companion likes it that way, so it was utter bliss to have a bedroom to myself so I could open a window and allow some fresh winter air to counteract the oppressive mugginess they called central heating. The bed, linens and pillows were all very comfortable and I enjoyed the best sleep of our entire trip. There are some very good restaurants and cafes on Choriner, all within very easy walking distance. There is also a decent supermarket less than 5 mins away. If you leave the apartment building and turn left, the supermarket is about half way down the second (or maybe the third…) street on your left. The trams run one street over from Choriner. Cross the road as soon as you exit the building, turn left and then almost immediately right onto Kirsch, you’ll see the tram lines at the end. Again, it’s only 5 minutes’ walk at the absolute most. There was a lovely-looking little bakery on Kirsch, too. Of course, you could spend hours just walking around Mitte District without the need for a tram and once you’re on the tram you are mere moments away from enough sites and shopping to last you for days. It’s a fabulous location. One thing that made me laugh during our stay was a polite message stuck in the lift asking guests to respect that this is a predominantly residential building with young children and to therefore keep quiet and ensure music was turned down/off by 8pm etc. Having duly noted this, our first evening was punctuated by an irregular series of violent explosions, courtesy of one of the peace-seeking families living on the same level as us. The source of the Battle of Gallipoli sound effects turned out to be a boy of about 10 years old amusing himself by hurling a seemingly endless supply of fireworks out of a third storey window into the central courtyard below. After about a hour I opened a window and made a bit of noise of my own. See? Who needs a concierge?! Our only fleeting spot of bother came on the morning we left, when the taxi we had booked on-line failed to show up. We waited 20 minutes past its due arrival time and then threw ourselves on the mercy of a passing local (and his phone) and he kindly ordered another one for us. Naturally, both cabs then turned up simultaneously. If I had my time again I would spend at least a week in Berlin, and all of that week staying at the Homage Apartments. They’re really very special.
"Stay Here If You Like Galleries/Bookstores/Cafes..."
12/19/14 stetienne2 Chicago, Illinois
The lay of the land in Berlin is tricky to figure out. This city of 3.5 million people lacks a "center"—and since commercial districts are so spread out from each other (due to the former East and West Berlin divisions), I would imagine it would be difficult for a first-time traveler to this German capital (like me) to decide where to stay. Luckily, I have a couple of sophisticated friends who live right in the heart of Mitte/Prenzlauer berg—which turned out to be the epicenter of hip galleries, bookstores, cafes, etc—and they recommended I should anchor in close proximity to their apartment. Homage turned out to be a fantastic find! Not only was I within 10mins to two major U-Bahn stops, I also ended up spending a good chunk of my trip hanging out in the neighborhood due to the great shopping. As the name implies, Homage is literally an "apartment," so if you're the type who needs assistance from porters and concierges, look elsewhere: this is pretty much DIY. When one of my Berliner friends graciously helped in getting me settled into my "Blue Room" (apparently all apartments are named after certain colors), he explained that the courtyard that my room faced was designed so that the old German fire squads could easily extinguish coal fires back in the days before heating systems. I thought that was pretty cool. My "Blue Room" was very comfortable: a nice kitchen equipped with dishwasher and drawers full of utensils; a large living/sleeping area with full-size closets; a modern bathroom with rain shower and good water pressure. Free wifi worked really well. The only little glitch was that there was no soap for the shower—but that issue was remedied with a quick trip to Kaiser, a supermarket just two blocks away. The takeaway: if you're like me who prefer to blend in with the locals when traveling, Homage in Berlin is an ideal choice.
"Great Location -- but You Are On Your Own"
12/12/14 JamesV79 Los Angeles, CA
We recently spent a week in one of the one-bedroom apartments in the back garden building. Nice spacious apartment, if a bit starkly decorated, in a really terrific neighborhood. My partner and I agreed that we would pass on any future stay in a 4th floor walk-up -- but we would return to one of the lower level units. Any potential visitor should realize, however, that if you rent one of the apartments you will be entirely on your own. We arrived at about 7 PM -- and had to let ourselves in because the office closed at 6 PM -- not sure why someone couldn't have stayed an hour late just this once but there you are. Inside the apartment, there is nothing in the way of welcoming information. Luckily we had our trusty iPad to help us find the local market (just around the corner). We never were able to work the combo microwave/conventional oven. Only directions were in German -- and the woman in the office during business hours, while perfectly pleasant, was unable to decipher the instructions any better than we could. She promised to find English instructions but they never materialized. But the neighborhood and apartment overall are great -- we were just not able to eat in as much as we had hoped.
"Three days in Berlin"
09/29/14 Julia S Cape Town Central, South Africa
My husband and I stayed at Homage Design Apartments for three days towards the end of September and really enjoyed the spacious layout of the apartment. We stayed in the garden apartment building which was set back from the street. The kitchen facilities were excellent and the apartment was very clean and tastefully decorated in a minimalist contemporary style. The location was great for exploring Berlin and there was a great selection of restaurants and cafes nearby as well as a supermarket. There was free wifi and we were also able to hire bikes close by for 10 Euros/day. I would highly recommend these apartments for couples and families.
"A relaxing environment."
09/26/14 simfrank2014 Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.The apartment was spacious and stylish and it had excellent kitchen and laundry facilities. Close to a supermarket,train station and nice restaurants.The manager could not have been more helpful.
"Spacious, comfortable and good location"
09/23/14 Alli R
Helpful staff on arrival, allowed us to book in 3 hours early. Apartment well equipped, contrary to previous comments there WAS washing up liquid, cloths etc. apartment itself was large and comfortable, beds and pillows comfortable, we all slept well. Location fab, lovely restaurants and bars locally, tram and tube also nearby for travel to Berlin's main sights. ONLY downside was no English channels on the tv, not even world news.
"Nice modern apartment in north east berlin"
08/16/14 Aviva-Burnstock London England
I stayed with my two gown up children for three nights in August in an apartment called grey, very clean and modern one bedroom facing onto a courtyard. The location is good, with a few nice trendy restaurants and hostels and a handy supermarket a block away. The shower was large and modern and the kitchen well appointed, though they could have provided a tea towel and washing up liquid and a sponge for doing washing up. The courtyard was noisy, we could hear conversations from the flats in the block, hoovering at six am and rubbish collection but it wasn't a real problem. However, there is no lift and the apartment is up several flights of stairs, so if you are old, tired or have lots of luggage it may not be the most convenient place for you. It was an enjoyable place to go back to at the end of the day touring.
"I would probably stay here for a long term stay"
07/16/14 thejlt long beach, california
My stay at Homage Design was at the end of a road trip, where we had visited other hotels. This was probably 3rd favorite on my list of 4 hotels I stayed at. Granted, it was spacious and the kitchen with washer/dryer was a nice surprise. This is not so much a hotel, rather than a place for people who are visiting for a longer stay and require more apartment style amenities, hence the "apartments" in the name of it. When we got to Berlin, we had an emergency, and my phone did not work. We were looking all over the apartment for a telephone, and there was none to my disappointment and dismay. Additionally, since this is more an apartment environment, there was no concierge to help us out with the emergency. We tried to access the wifi to get some help, but the wifi was the poorest out of all of the hotels we had stayed at. Lastly, I was not comfortable with the bed in our room. The mattress was so hard, that I suffered from back pain for 2 days. I also agreed with the person who previously reviewed the point that there is no lining on the curtains. Also, since there is no air conditioning, it gets hot, so you have to open the windows. When I did, an influx of fruit flies invaded our apartment. It was not horrific, but just irritating. I would say that the size of apartment you get is exceptional, and it was comfortable for my family and our two days there. We made use of the washer and dryer, and would have loved to have used the kitchen if we had stayed longer. The apartment was also very quiet, and the location was convenient for us. There is a small market nearby and some nice restaurants.
06/16/14 Charlotte H London, England, United Kingdom
I really have no complaints at all about the apartment. Myself and two female friends stayed in the 'grey' apartment which had twin beds in the bedroom and a large sofa bed in the living room. Found the beds to be very comfy, the facilities to be excellent - tv with plenty of channels, DVD player, hairdryer, HUGE shower, fully kitted out kitchen. Everything was sparkling clean. The location was excellent for bars and nightlife and very close to the trains. The management left us to it - they were available over the phone but we never needed them. It just felt like we had our own flat in the city which was great. No lift so don't go for upper floor apartments if you can't handle too many stairs.
"Weekend in Homage"
03/19/14 Steve K
My wife and I spent last weekend in Berlin and stayed at Homage Apartments. We stayed in the slightly smaller upper ground floor apartment, 'Blue' I think. The apartment was REALLY nicely furnished, no fuss, modern and minimal but excellent quality all over. For the price it was a real high-end treat and is superbly located. The main bedroom was spacious, quality wooden floor, couple of kinda sexy seashell chairs, table nests, big comfy bed, flat screen TV, DVD, stereo, quality wi-fi, big sliding wardrobes, couple of silver candle sticks...all good basically. Bathroom again was modern, minimal and cool, with a really good sunflower-head shower, open in a wet-room stylee, nicely tiled, decent size, very clean. Kitchen was bright, clean and well-equipped...not that we used it much cos the food in Berlin is top. Lovely and bright too with two big windows in the bedroom and another in the kitchen. The kitchen would be slightly improved by a curtain or blinds on the window, especially as the window (which is overlooked by apartments surrounding the nice leafy little courtyard area) looks onto the bathroom door. A minor quibble though. We were left completely to our own devices but Homage were only a phone call away and even let us have a late check out on Sunday at no extra cost. Berlin is a fantastic city, and I'd highly recommend Homage apartments as a well-priced TOP quality base for enjoying everything it has to offer. We will definitely be back...well done Homage, top marks from us :-)
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