Property Location Located in Berlin (Mitte), Hotel-Pension Sickinger Hof is within a 10-minute drive of Victory Column and Schloss
Property Location Located in Berlin (Mitte), Hotel-Pension Sickinger Hof is within a 10-minute drive of Victory Column and Schloss Charlottenburg. This pension is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Reichstag Building and 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from Brandenburg Gate.
Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 15 individually decorated guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected.
Amenities Make use of convenient amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.
Dining A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include express check-in, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk.
Facilities offered in Hotel-Pension Sickinger Hof :
Check in/out Hotel Check-in Time is 12 PM, Check-out Time is 10 AM.
Cancellation Policy Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the Fare policy associated with your room.
Extra Bed The inclusion of extra bed with a booking is facilitated with a folding cot or a mattress as an extra bed.
Payment Mode You can pay now or you can pay at the hotel if your selected room type has this option.
User rating & reviews
Read about experiences of fellow travellers who have stayed at this hotel.
EXCELLENT 3 reviews
VERY GOOD 11 reviews
AVERAGE 15 reviews
POOR 7 reviews
TERRIBLE 21 reviews
Solo travel Traveller
08 Jun 2018
The Cheap, the Ugly and the Sm....
As much as I enjoy guesting swanky boutique hotels with their thoughtfully decorated rooms and stylish, loungable public spaces, once in a while, I’ll actively choose to stay at a real dump. I do this mostly so I’ll appreciate my humble beginnings – and be reminded of when I spent months on end backpacking around Europe, the US and across Southeast Asia and couldn’t care less about where I slept – as long as the room rate didn’t exceed my frugally planned budget.
If I had to guess, I would wager that I've stayed in 350 different hotels, motels, guest houses and B & Bs around the world. I’ve spent a night in a rat infested dorm room in Penang (Malaysia), at a rundown, dustbin of a motel in the middle of Death Valley(Mojave, California) and, rented rooms with paper thin walls and crusty mattresses in one of Khao San Road's (Bangkok. Thailand) many cheap guesthouses.
On a recent trip to Berlin, my third ever visit to the German capital, I opted to stay at one of the city’s cheapest hotels – a bare bones, bottom of the barrel place called the Sickinger Hof.
Here’s my take.
The Sickinger Hof won’t please most people. The opposite is much more likely. The hotel is located on the corner of a really noisy intersection, just off a highway, a huge bus terminal and a busy train station in one of Berlin’s most boring neighborhoods. Those are some pretty tough environmental issues to counter, I know. But given the circumstances, one would therefore think that a hotel in that location would at least try do something to offset the less-than-pleasant miljeu.
The drab building where the Sickinger Hof is located is so nondescript, that if you didn’t see the hotel sign above the entrance, you would easily think it was a small storage facility, an old laundromat or maybe a 24hr convenience store in a part of town you don’t want to be caught in after nightfall.
The hotel’s interior decor – from the dark, dreary reception and dining area to the stairway's flimsy carpets, red drapes and robust pinewood furniture, made it clear to me that the owner of the Sickinger Hof either has a complete lack of taste. or, even worse, zero interest in creating anything resembling an atmosphere that is pleasing to look at – let alone be a guest in.
I had booked a room with a double bed and was therefore disappointed when I opened my door and saw only two twin beds next to each other.To remedy what I hoped was an honest error, I immediately returned to the reception and asked for the room I had reserved online. Surprisingly, the owner actually went ballistic on me – I mean, clearly visually upset for me bringing this up with him. And when I pointed out the details of my booking, he simply admitted that the hotel didn’t have anything but single beds. To be fair, though, he did offer to come up to my room and push the twin beds together – as of that would of instantly solved my little problem. Realizing there wasn’t much I could do about the situation, I schlepped my bag back up to my room, knowing I would survive and possibly live to write about the ordeal.
Though really small (circa 8 sqm), room 16 was reasonably bright but I’d be generous to claim that the ensuite bathroom was anything but comically tiny. You know those little plastic rectangular soaps packed in clear plastic? Well, at the Sickinger Hof you got two them! It’s probably just me, but each time I opened one the packages with my teeth, I inadvertently bit into a soap.
On a more serious note, what turned out to be an inexcusable issue with my room was the unmistakable stench of old nicotine from the walls, drapes and mattresses. The hotel must of had many years of cigarr and cigarette smoking guests in room 16. Or, maybe the owner just hadn’t bothered to clean the walls properly before painting over them. I didn’t bother to complain about this, though. What would be the point, right?
I stayed at the Sickinger Hof for three balmy days in June (2018) and the only way to keep cool after sunset, was to leave the window ajar all night and just deal with the amount of noise from the passing trains, the exhaust fumes coming from the highway below and the reeking walls inside.
The Sickinger Hof’s signature breakfast is extremely basic, even for German standards; two bread rolls, a thermos of coffee, a tall glass of concentrated. sugary orange juice, a plate with industrial sliced cheese and salami, a cold boiled egg and a bowl filled with small packs of jams, butter and honey. Nothing to write home about there, either. The coffee was pretty good, though.
The staff at this hotel were really friendly and helpful. That said, they seemed tired and not particularly happy with their work. Which is understandable. It’s not like the owners seem to have any ambitions whatsoever of improving their hotel. And the likelihood management would hire an external consultant for an analysis and then make suggestions of how to increase the level of hospitality at the Sickinger Hof is, well, highly unlikely.
Honestly, the only thing Sickinger Hof has going for it is the low room rate. There is just no other reason to stay there. No, I don’t regret my three nights. It was certainly interesting to see what €70/night will get you in a cheap Berlin hotel. Now I know.
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Solo travel Traveller
02 Dec 2016
A suitable place for budget tr....
I spent 7 days in Berlin for holidays on a budget. Hotel Sickinger Hof is a reasonably-priced pension house that really suited my needs in this fantastic city. Although it has no en-suite bathrooms and toilets, it's okay because guests rarely use them at the same time, at least in my experience. Bathrooms have hot water. There is breakfast that consist of hard boiled egg, bread, cheese, butter, jams, salami, coffee and juice. The rooms are heated and sheets are clean. If I need to wash clothes, they offer cleaning services for EUR5.00 but during my stay, the dryer was not working, so, I dried them using the room heater. The staff are friendly. I get to keep the room keys so I did not have to get it from the front desk every time I come back to the hotel. They have good WiFi connection, too. It is 2-minute walking distance from the train and bus stations. It is also 10-minutes away to the TXL airport by bus. My stay there was well worth the price.
15 Mar 2016
this was a very plain hotel in a very average area of the city (maybe even slightly below average) The receptionist couldn't speak any english but was kind and helpful. The breakfast was good and plentiful. The S-bahn metro is very close by. My room was quite loud in the early morning next to a busy road.
Friends getaway Traveller
11 Jul 2015
Real good place for tourists
This hotel has an attraction apart.
it´s called remy. This guy will make you feel at home and wil give you all tips to have a wonderful trip. It´s like having a local friend.
This hotel is located really near of a train station. It´s not the luxury but is more than enough for all young tourists. The breackfast is enough to give you energy to explore the city and the rooms are clean and the hot water is a reality.
The room is a little small, but i was using it only to sleep.
i recomend this place. The cost benefit is good and i would be back.
31 Jul 2013
Cheap, clean, old, small rooms....
It's a cheap hotel with small rooms. I had never seen such a small bathroom, it was 3 square meters. It is not too far from the center of town and the bus connections are good. They serve a decent breakfast. There are a lot of restaurants in the neighbourhood (Arema, Dicker Engel).
All in all it's price worthy.