This is our second check-in while on our recent trip. As a Platinum SPG the rate at this hotel was quite good. On the first visit we had a junior suite in a more traditional style and on this check in we received a suite in a modern style, though quite sparsely furnished given the size of the living room. Furnishings were of basic quality, clean and functional.
The staff here is wonderful. On both visits they have been efficient and very helpful.
While the rooms are clean and functional, the property in my humble opinion doesn't qualify as "grand", but I should qualify that because for the evenings in between our two separate stays here we were staying at the Ritz Carlton.
Given the Hotel Adlon just by the Brandenburg Gate, a short stroll away, it would seem to me that Starwood would want to spend a little to rehab this property and push it to the next level, but obviously they are happy with the current price point. They win the affordable award given the higher end competition in the area, and I'm guessing because of that they keep their occupancy quite high with budget minded Americans.
There are plenty of restaurants in the area and I recommend venturing even a block or two away, where food is better and at a lower price point. Fassbender and Rausch, Berlin's most famous chocolate, is very close and has a gorgeous little second floor cafe and at very reasonable prices.
The breakfast buffet at the Westin seems completely overpriced, but at check in we were offered a two for one prepay to buy in advance which didn't seem like that bad of a deal. We did not buy as a continental breakfast was provided for Platinum SPG. If you don't need a full breakfast to fill up in the morning, there are plenty of coffee houses where you can have muffins and beverages again at a lower price point.
I had no problems with the gym, pool and sauna facilities. Staff again was exceedingly nice. Yes as other guests have noted in reviews this area of the hotel could be refreshed, but again...for the price point the Westin is a very decent value in Berlin. It certainly served our purposes and got me two more check-ins towards Platinum status.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Grand Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Westin Hotel Berlin
- Westin Berlin
- Berlin Westin