I ended up at this newish boutique hotel as part of a business meeting in Berlin, where our local office is a couple of streets away, and we took on the 7th floor dining area/meeting room for about 20 people. It certainly would not do for more, and I only counted about 35 rooms in total. The location is good in the newly refurbished east berlin, near to Stadtmitte subway station. It cost about 20 Euros to get there in a taxi from Tegel airport. There are few staff, and the reception desk seems unmanned some of the time. There is a small lobby and bar, but it is not big enough to make it a focus of the hotel, and I can only imagine that all the drinking happens in the many smart establishments around. It is next to a very famous chocolate shop, and there is an endless bowl of samples.
Rooms are adequately sized by local standard and comfortable. They are limited for working in by size and layout, but there is free wifi, and it is quiet. Beds are comfortable but the duvet could probably be with being bigger, as it is two single covers on two single beds put together. I had a room with a wet-room/shower. The sink was one of the modern kind that you cannot put a plug in. Seems strange for a country that is so obsessed with the environment that (hot)water is allowed to drain away immediately. One thing I could not find was a control for the heating, and as Berlin is somewhat colder than London at the time of the visit, I would have appreciated some control.
We had our breakfast in the 7th floor panorama room. Not really a panorama, more a roof height view. Breakfast was up to standard, but the hot food had been lying around for some time, and the scrambled eggs were so solid, that I did not even bother with them. If I was paying the 23 euros that is normally charged for this privilege, I would have been mightily distressed.
Everything was clean and fresh in the hotel and at the time of writing nothing showed signs of age and wear.
We did have a business finger food lunch, and this was excellent.
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- Welcome to one of the most beautiful places in Europe.To keep Berlin and the Gendarmen Markt in wonderful remembrance,the Gendarm nouveau Team will give its best to create you an awesome time through charming service, little surprises and great comfort during your stay.We are looking forward to welcoming you in our hotel! ... more less
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