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“Sleep with the fishes” 4 of 5 stars
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany   |  
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“Sleep with the fishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Stayed for recent business trip. Hotel is typical Euro-Biz hotel: anonymous modern architecture, small but well appointed room with Ikea-esque furniture, basically comfortable. Even has free internet, which is nice. The difference is the crazy lobby -- a 6-story atrium with a huge aquarium extending from the floor to the ceiling in an enormous column (with a glass elevator inside). The view from my 5th floor room was of fish going by! Neat!

Location is nice, a (not very picturesque) 10-min walk to Alexanderplatz, the public transpo center of the Berlin Universe, and a (much nicer) 10-min walk to Hackerschermarkt and it's endless shopping, restaurant, and nightlife options.

No complaints, overall very nice hotel for business trip, would also work well for tourist trips due to its great location.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We stayed at the Blu for x-mas 2012- the hotel was nicely decorated and of course the fish tank is cool. The location of the hotel was convenient to the museums and the x-mas market. The rooms themselves were normal commercial fair-nothing special. In general I probably would have stayed at a different hotel in the same area and taken the ride through the fish tank and saved a few bucks.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Very nice hotel with a perfect location for sight seeing. We were able to walk to most of the sights which is always handy. The aquarium is amazing to look at and is great to sit under when you are at the bar, which has really nice cocktails!
The spa is ideal to go to after a day of walking around Berlin, however there were quite a lot of naked people floating around which was a little uncomfortable. All the brits were in swimsuits though!
After much deliberation we went for a room with an outside view instead of one facing the aquarium. This was better as you woke up to natural light and we spent most evenings in the bar anyway so we got to see the aquarium then. All personal preference I suppose!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

...although I had a weird internal room that faced the amazing fish tank. Depressingly little natural light in the winter months as the atrium room did not let much light in. Check out the photos to see what I mean.

My colleague had a room that faced the cathedral and his experience was much better. Ask for one of these rooms.

The beds were comfortable, the pillows that flat, German style. The bathroom was serviceable and clean - there was a bath that you had to step up into.

The staff were really good as was the quality of the food for breakfast.

All in all, get the right room and you will love its location and unusual lobby.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the main entrance or the cathedral.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Radisson Blue in Berlin is well located and has an exceptional staff. The to unique element of this hotel is its seven story aquarium which is built around an elevator! Adults and kids alike will find this hotel's aqua elevator stunning and fascinating. I've never ridden inside an aquarium and it is not to be missed.

Our room was spacious and clean and had a nice view of the city. The restaurant and lobby bar are both excellent. It is close to shopping and to site seeing. All in all a great experience.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Martin Wolf, one of the hotel's concierges, is the most helpful person we've ever encountered. He made our stay delightful, along with the lovely room and the delicious breakfasts. The huge aquarium in the hotel's center is a plus, as is the location next to many, many restaurants and a city tour bus stop.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room not overlooking the central aquarium, although some people prefer this.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The hotel location is great, right in front of the Museum Insel and the Dom, and walking distance to Alexanderplatz, and Unter Der Linden street. We have used public transportation in Berlin at all times and the SBahn, Ubahn, and buses, specially the 100 and 200 buses, were easily reachable from the Radisson. The property is big, with a modern feel to it, and we have got a room with a wonderful view to the Dom and the canal, after mentioning by email it was a special trip after our anniversary. The room was spacious, very clean, with a nice decor, good bathroom and amenities. Only thing I would say needs improvement is the pillows and towels.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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Location: Germany > Berlin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Berlin
#13 Family Hotel in Berlin
#14 Spa Hotel in Berlin
#15 Business Hotel in Berlin
#23 Luxury Hotel in Berlin
#24 Romantic Hotel in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin 5*
Number of rooms: 427
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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