Posted Apr 30, 2015
Where to start. Not having a reception is a big minus, especially when it means having to make a phone call from your non-German phone and get charged alot. I originally told them I would arrive at 8pm, but once I got to Berlin I had some trouble with the buses and trains, and realized I would be late. I phoned again to say it would be more like 8:45. The man on the phone said he would have to "check with his colleague" and call me back. So he did, saying that they would meet me there at 8:45. That is now 3 very expensive phone calls I have to pay for. I arrived at 8:40 to find no one there. I waited for 20 minutes until 9pm and finally call yet again, only for them to tell me that actually no one would be meeting me, and my key was in the lockbox and I could show myself into the apartment. He also informed me I would need to phone his colleague tomorrow and "make arrangements for a meeting". That is now alot of money for overseas phone calls, plus 20 minutes of wasted time.
The door handle was broken and didn't work, so you have to just unlock the door and push it open. However the lock is very hard to turn as well so it took me quite some time to actually get into the apartment. The apartment has a sleeping loft with a ladder to get into bed and tiny spiral stairs to get upstairs to the bathroom. I managed, but anyone who is older or in not so good shape would have a really difficult time. As it was, I slipped a couple times trying to get up or down them and hit my head.