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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Pension Columbus is one of our favorite Charlottenburg "discoveries." (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) Located on the third floor of a grand 19th-century apartment building (with elevator!) near Kurfürstendamm, the sunny spot owes its warmth to lots of yellow paint and its charming owners, Chris and Klaus König.
Pros: Fabulous location. Friendly and homey. Great breakfast. Historic building (charm).
Cons: Historic building (can mean thin walls and other quirks).
The nineteen guest rooms at the Hotel Pension Columbus vary considerably in style, shape and size. Some are kitted out with antiques and traces of original stucco on the ceiling, while others feature modern wooden beds and wicker chairs with print fabric cushions.
The family room we saw is huge, with an antique wooden bed, sleeper couch, desk, small table and chairs and an adjoining room with two single beds. In contrast, a narrow twin room, with two single beds pushed up against the wall, had just enough wiggle room for a shiny wooden armoire, a table and chairs, and two guests.
All rooms are outfitted with a TV, phone and little else.
Some rooms at the Columbus have a private bathroom. Others come with a private shower and share toilets, while the cheapest share all facilities. Regardless, all bathrooms are functional and clean, and a hair dryer is provided.
Décor throughout the Columbus, including drawings by the Königs' two sons, reflects the family’s sunny demeanor. Particularly cute is the red “shingle” roof above the doorway to one of the spotlessly clean shared bathrooms. And a selection of apples from the Königs' garden is a tasteful touch in the guest rooms.
The comfortably cluttered breakfast room is a great place to mix and mingle before embarking on a Berlin adventure, and the building itself is quite a sight, with richly frescoed and stuccoed hallways and black-and-white checked floors that recall Charlottenburg’s regal past.
An impressive breakfast spread (meats, breads, yogurt and more) is included in the room rate, and Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Pension Columbus neighborhood
The Kufürstendamm, or Ku'Damm, is Berlin's major shopping boulevard, the commercial heart of the former West Berlin. It features the utterly massive KaDeWe department store and about three million other retail experiences. Ok, we exaggerate, but not by much. For our purposes here, we claim hotels within a block or two of the Ku'Damm as "near." To the north is Charlottenburg and to the south is Wilmersdorf.