We booked the Hilton in the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, for a last minute family city break over five days after our patience with the endless rain of this year's British summer finally expired. We booked the Hilton over other 5* hotels in the city centre because of the location and the low price offered. As another reviewer has pointed out, Berlin has significantly lower rates for luxury hotels than those in other European capital cities. I don't know if it was the fact that everyone seems to be in London for the Olympics, or that all the citizens are away on their holidays, but we got excellent rooms for £129 per night per room. The Gendarmenmarkt is a beautiful square, with twin churches (one now deconsecrated) flanking the imposing Konzerthaus. It has a good range of cafés and restaurants, and is scrupulously clean. Take the time to climb the dome of the French church for great views (€3). Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden (currently being dug up), the Bundestag and the museums are all within easy walking distance. There is a Metro station almost immediately outside the hotel lobby. The hotel was clean, very comfortable and well-equipped (the pool was very welcome). The staff were unfailingly friendly, polite and efficient. My only criticisms would be the extremely expensive wifi (€17 for 24 hours 'economy' speed; €22 for 'business' quality); and the lifts/elevators, which must be the slowest in the northern hemisphere. TIP: don't be gulled into paying the larcenous €20 per head per day for breakfast - there is an excellent baker and coffee shop, no more than 100 metres away on Friedrichstrasse, where you can have a sumptuous breakfast of fruit, yogurt, egg and ham, or whatever, for a very few Euros. TIP: we travelled by taxi from Berlin Tegel airport. This should cost no more than €20-21 but get the taxi driver to state the rate before you set off as one of us (well, me actually) got ripped off when travelling separately. Overall, highly recommended.
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- Hilton Hotel Berlin