Subject: West or East Berlin for a hotel
Based on our visit to Berlin of three years ago, I would recommend staying in the eastern part of the city. We stayed in the west on the Ku'Damm at the Hotel California, which was nice enough, but the area is far less attractive than what is available east of the Brandenburg Gate. The level of construction there is little short of amazing. We had visited in 1997 and again in 1999. The changes in that short period of time were striking. The architecture in the east is far more interesting. And the tourist faciities have improved considerably. I will check some hotel ideas for you and pass them on. I just received a new listing from a newsletter that specializes in Germany/Austria/Switzerland. Their recommendations have been quite reliable and the price level tends to be reasonable.

Regards Russell Connecticut