Stayed at the Radisson Blu Berlin for 6 nights with some family and friends.
I'm sure much of this was covered in previous reviews, but hope you will find this review useful nonetheless:
The Lobby, with its hanging 5-floor-high giant aquarium is absolutely amazing!!!
The location is great, two steps from the Berlin Dom, in between Alexander Plaz and the Brandenburg gate. You have easy access to public transportation: two minutes walk to tram and bus lines, 5 minutes walk to the nearest S-bahn station (Hackescher Markt) and 10-15 minutes walk to Alexander Plaz (U/S-bahn station).
The rooms are spacious, very modern, clean design, and very comfortable.
Breakfast is a feast, with literally too many choices, including a cook to order eggs/omelets and waffles station and everything you can possibly want in the buffet. We had 2 years old in our party, and were pleasantly surprised when the waitresses brought us some toys to keep him busy during breakfast, and even put us in the "VIP room" (where it was easier to keep him out of harms way) on some mornings. Tip: be sure to let the waiter know a day in advance if anyone in your party will be celebrating a special occasion during your stay, and you might get to surprise your loved one during breakfast. Very nice touch :-)
The SPA is very nice too: it has a small but not very crowded swimming pool (don't miss the water jets at the deep end of the pool - the most powerful Jacuzzi jets you've ever experienced!), two saunas and a steam bath (wet sauna), and a small but perfectly usable gym with several cardio machines, a multi-trainer, one chest machine and some free weights.
All amenities, by the way, are available to standard room guests. "Business class" rooms cost a bit more, and also offer a Nespresso coffee machine in the room, and closer to the elevator location.
The reception staff were always very courteous and helpful. The Concierge desk was quite popular (sometimes causing long wait times), but again very friendly and helpful. Be sure to get your public transport pass, or the Berlin Welcome card here (they charge no commission!). You can also get tickets to the Aquadom and Sea Life Berlin neighboring attraction at a discount here, which will allow you to bypass the ticket box line. In addition to all the fascinating marine life in the display tanks, you can then take the elevator that runs INSIDE the giant aquarium you see in the Lobby. An awesome experience!
There was one unpleasant incident with one member of the concierge staff, but I would regard that as a fluke. In general they were fantastic, Martin in particular :-)
There is no shortage of great places to eat in Berlin. If you want to grab a quick bite near the hotel, I would recommend the NordSea just across the tram station. There are also several restaurants adjacent to the hotel, but I would recommend you take the 5 minutes walk to Hackescher Markt, where you'll find lots of great places for a meal and some very good beer. If you chose to sit outside, street entertainers will make sure you are kept amused while waiting for your order...
Berlin is great fun, with lots to see and do, and relatively inexpensive for a major Western European city. This hotel, though, being top class, is expensive, so suggest you try to find a deal, even if it means paying in advance. We managed to book our rooms for 1/3 the regular reservations desk price (and much lower than most internet rates too), which made it a real steal!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the most exciting hotels in Berlin-Mitte. It is located in the historic centre directly on the bank of the river Spree and opposite to the Berlin Cathedral. Just a strolls away are restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries and famous sights, such as Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, Boulevard Unter den Linden and the exclusive shops along Friedrichstrasse. Public transport, Berlin airport and the Messe Berlin fairground are within easy reach. A unique attraction is the AquaDom at the hotel lobby. It is the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium with a fascinating underwater world in one million litres of salt-water. 427 non-smoking guest rooms and suites combine timeless elegance with cutting edge comfort. The clear design in the puristic style reflects urban trends. The dark wood and warm tones of the high-class furniture create a homely atmosphere. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TV, trouser press, laptop-size safe, air-conditioning, minibar, tea and coffee provisions. Wireless-LAN and high-speed Internet access is included in the room rate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Radisson Berlin
- Berlin Radisson