My family of 5 stayed for 9 nights in end December/early January. We had 2 interconnecting rooms. Our rate was really reasonable and included buffet breakfast. We loved the hotel. The location is fantastic with the train station right outside the front door. We hit a little bit of wet weather and so when we wanted to get to the shopping centre which was close by used the underground walkway from the train station to the shops. One night we felt like a movie and across the road was a cinema that showed all movies in English. It was only about a 5 minute walk to the Brandenburg Gate and other really interesting sights. We basically walked everywhere and at the end of the day after lots of walking caught the train back to the hotel. We arrived just before New Years Eve, across the road were Christmas Markets where we went most nights after dinner for a pretzel or other treats.
Our rooms were extremely comfortable. We had a room with a king bed and then the second room had two double beds. The bathroom is massive with lovely shampoos and soaps etc. The rooms have DVD players and if you visit Concierge they have a selection of DVDs that you can take up to your room to watch (there is no fee for this). Not a huge amount of English speaking movies to choose from though. The rooms are quite spacious with everything you would need. There was plenty of room for us all, our children were 18, 16, 13. We were always warmly greeted by staff as we either left the hotel for the day or upon our return. In the mornings near the lift there were a selection of biscuits/treats that you could take with you. My youngest son loved the main restaurant for breakfast because behind the front counter were jars and jars of sweets. If you asked the staff member behind the counter they would fill up a bag of sweets (of your choice) for you to take...there was no fee for this. So my son had a bag of sweets to munch on as we toured around Berlin. It was a nice touch.
The buffet breakfast was nice, it had basically everything you could ask for with cheeses, sliced meats, salmon, hot food, crepes, breads, fruits, pastries etc. My only minor gripe is the fruit juices, at most buffets that we have been to, you can go up and pour a fruit juice whenever you liked. At the restaurant you had to ask staff for one, if the restaurant was busy it could sometimes take a while to get a juice. The main bar area was nice with a piano play and singer most nights. It is not a huge bar so a lot of the time we had trouble getting a seat and had to sit in the foyer area. The bar prices, like most hotels, were pretty pricey. We only ate at the hotel for breakfast so I can't give any comments on their lunch or dinners.
There is a small indoor pool which we used after a long day of walking. The hotel doesn't offer free wifi but around the corner from the hotel is a Starbucks which we would frequent daily to get emails etc. If you are going to Berlin for New Years Eve this is a great hotel as it is so close to the Brandenburg Gate where all the action is.
Highly recommend the hotel for a really comfortable stay, where you feel welcomed. Will definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Berlin, on prestigious Potsdamer Platz, within walking distance to the Sony Center, renowned shopping galleries, the Brandenburg Gate, the Diplomatic and Government District and the heart of cultural Berlin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Ritz Berlin
- Ritz-Carlton Berlin
- Berlin Ritz Carlton