I much enjoyed my stay in the Westin Grand. I'm a bit of a movie enthusiast, so it was intriguing for me to follow in the footsteps of Jason Bourne and to experience the hotel environment in which he tracks down Pamela Landy (the CIA agent) in one of the Bourne films. I also agree with many of my fellow posters as regards the variety and high calibre of the buffet breakfast. Even more so given my competitive room rate of Euro 120 a night inclusive of the alluring breakfast.
The only problem I suppose is that if you pay bottom dollar for a room, you don't always get exactly what you order. So I ended up in a twin bedded room even though I had signed up for a double deluxe. I arrived after midnight the first night and didn't really have the energy to ask for a transfer to a double (if it had been available) at that time. After that, my old friend "inertia" kicked in and I stayed - relatively happily - in the double bedded room during my sojourn in the Westin Grand.
In some Westin hotels (such as the one in Dublin), use of the business lounge is free. In Berlin, however, they charge you Euro 5 for just fifteen minutes on the internet. To my mind, this is extortionate by any standards. In the end, I paid in excess of Euro 100 to use the internet for five and a half hours hours during the six days of my stay.
There is a very pleasant bistro-style restaurant in the foyer of the hotel. One of the dishes, the pasta with lobster, is comfort food of the highest order. There's also a great range of local dishes, beers and a zingy selection of cocktails.
The staff could not have been kinder to me. All of them are dedicated to making sure that everyone has a good time. One of the women in the hospitality area reminds me of a younger version of Annabel Siegfried, the actress: full of warmth and joie de vivre. All in all, the Westin Grand can be very proud of its staff.
The hotel is conveniently located just around the corner from Unter den Linden, a seven or eight minute walk away from the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. For those of you interested in fashion, Galleries Lafayette (the French clothing store) is within about three minutes walk of the hotel. Another venue worth checking out is the Sony Centre, just around the corner from the Berlin Philharmonic. If you're homesick for films in the English language, this cinema specialises almost exclusively in films of that ilk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Famous location in the historic city centre, trendy district "Berlin-Mitte", on the corner "Unter den Linden"/ "Friedrichstrasse" and very well connected to all public transportation.Sights like Brandenburger Tor, Checkpoint Charlie, Museumsinsel and Gendarmenmarkt within walking distance. 400 Elegant rooms and suites, lavish lobby with grand staircase, restaurant, bar, summer terrace, spacious hotel garden, spa with indoor pool, fitness area, business center, 10 function rooms. Have a little relaxation and stay well! ... more less
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- The Westin Grand Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Westin Hotel Berlin
- Westin Berlin
- Berlin Westin