Palacina Berlin

Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany Book from

Reviewed by Jenny Piening
Luxurious, spacious, and spotlessly clean apartments in Berlin’s attractive Schöneberg district (sleeping 2-5)
These elegant apartments in a renovated 19thC building offer the best of both worlds: a home from home in a vibrant, residential neighbourhood, combined with the feel of a luxury hotel. As well as space and comfort in abundance, the 16 apartments ooze opulence with marble-clad bathrooms, heavy silver chandeliers and plush soft furnishings. The huge 2- and 3-bedroom versions have lots of communal space as well as spacious double/twin bedrooms, while the 1-bedroom apartments are cosy and compact without scrimping on the comforts of their bigger neighbours. There is also a shared BBQ, and a small communal roof terrace that's perfect for aperitifs before a night out on the town.

The Schöneberg district has had its fair share of famous residents, from Albert Einstein and Christopher Isherwood to David Bowie. Nowadays it's home to many well-heeled young families and continues to be the centre of Berlin’s gay scene. Situated in the centre of west Berlin, it's just a couple of U-Bahn stops from the famous shopping boulevard Kurfürstendamm, and an easy link from the airport.

Highs

  • Convenient location in the heart of Schöneberg, close to shops, restaurants, bars, cafés and public transport
  • The 2- and 3-bedroom apartments are very spacious and ideal for families or groups of friends
  • Great value and just a 2 or 3-night minimum stay
  • Ideal for longer trips, too, with well-equipped kitchens, a washing machine/dryer, and plenty of storage space
  • A stone’s throw from Winterfeldtplatz, where one of Berlin’s best food markets takes place twice a week

Lows

  • You have to provide all consumable basics yourself (washing-up liquid, salt, sugar etc)
  • Maid service is only every 8th day (unless you pay extra) but you can request fresh towels and sheets whenever you need them
  • The views from the apartments are a little drab, but you're literally a 2-minute walk from pretty Winterfeldtplatz
  • The Baroque interiors won’t be to everyone’s taste
  • Though the friendly, helpful management have an office in the building, it is closed on weekends (you can pick up keys though)

Best time to go

Berlin is a year-round destination. Summers are similar to the UK, perhaps a little warmer and more humid. Winters can be bitingly cold, but as long as you're wrapped up well, a crisp January day would be perfect for exploring without the crowds. The city can get busy during fairs (such as ITB in March) and the Christmas markets (late November to late December).

Our top tips

Chocolate lovers should head to Winterfeldt Schokoladen, a beautiful old-fashioned chocolate shop and café, 10 minutes' walk from the apartments. This Schöneberg institution sells a wide range of its own and luxury-brand chocolates, and the café is a great place to start the day with a hearty breakfast, which includes homemade chocolate spread and jams.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5
  • Self catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Roof terrace
Room:

Rooms

The apartments vary in shape and size, but are identically decorated in muted beige, black and brown tones with Baroque detail: marble fittings in the bathrooms, ornate silver mirrors, and mosaic flooring in the hallways. We thought it a shame the décor didn’t accentuate the original features of the 19thC building, but we also found plenty to love in our huge 2-bedroom apartment: the abundance of comfy seating and mood lighting, walk-in closets, a free-standing bathtub, monsoon shower and spacious, well-equipped kitchens.

One-bedroom apartments are cosy and well-designed, with an open-plan kitchen/living room, while the 3-bedroom apartments have very high ceilings (some with original stucco), accentuating the already generous amount of space. With the exception of the small one-bedrooms (Type B), all beds can be set up as twins or doubles.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toaster
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The kitchens are well equipped, with an electric hob, microwave and fridge-freezer, kettle and coffee machine. As well as plenty of crockery and pots and pans, you’ll also find thoughtful items such as a peeler, sieve, lemon-squeezer and a teapot, though you'll need to buy all groceries including washing up liquid and bin bags. In summer you can barbecue outside on the small communal terrace at the back of the building.

The Wednesday and Saturday market on Winterfeldtplatz, a 2-minute walk away, is a foodie’s dream: lots of organic and local produce, dizzying arrays of cheese, bread and freshly made pasta, and lots of stalls selling cooked food ranging from Bratwurst to gozleme (filled Turkish flatbread). The area around the market is also choc-a-block with restaurants and cafés, and there are supermarkets within a 5-minute walk of the apartments.

Features include:

  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The area around the apartments is fun to explore on foot or by bike (there's a rental place around the corner). Apart from the lovely local produce market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, there are many bars and cafés, independent clothing stores, and antique and antiquarian bookshops
  • The nearby U-Bahn stations Bülowstraße and Nollendorfplatz are on the U2 line, which takes you directly to many of Berlin’s top attractions. Heading west, you can stop off at Wittenbergplatz for the famous KaDeWe department store, the zoo and nearby shopping mecca Kurfürstendamm
  • At the end of the line you’ll find the architecturally fascinating Olympic Stadium, built in 1939 and still used for sporting events
  • Heading east, the U2 stops at Potsdamer Platz, pretty Gendarmenmarkt, and Alexanderplatz, from where you can walk to the Museum Island or the boutique-shopping and gallery district around Hackescher Markt

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wildlife

Kids

The apartments are perfect for families: spacious, with full kitchens with dishwashers and washer-dryer machines, and 1-3 bedrooms in each, plus free baby cots and rollaway beds. The local infrastructure is very family-friendly, with playgrounds and restaurants that welcome kids. The nearby Gleisdreieck park has a skate park and table-tennis tables.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

All bedrooms in the 2- and 3-bedroom apartments can be set up as doubles or twins. The one-bedroom Type A apartments are also big enough for a small family; there's plenty of room in the bedroom for a cot, and an extra bed can be set up in the living room.

Kids Activities on site:

DVD player

Kids Activities nearby:

Playgrounds and a skate park

Families Should Know:

The quiet backyard is separated from the street by a gate

Distances:

  • Airport: 12km (Berlin Tegel)
  • Shops: 1-minute walk
  • Hospital: 15 minutes' drive (Charité)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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