I spent 3 nights at the Maritim Hotel attending a conference that was held in the hotel and I really wanted to like it more than I did but small irritants accumulated. Firstly, it was off putting to arrive and find that the lobby was completely taken over with preparation for a reception - possibly for a conference - but not the one that I was attending. There were no seats left just lots of tables and the whole area was roped off. I had trouble finding the elevators which were completely obscured.
My room when I finally got to it, was a pretty standard, modern hotel room. Very clean, nice bedding, marble bathroom, minibar and a well placed power outlet set into the desk area. It was only a single power outlet but so many hotels forget that the gadgets need plugging in and it is good to see a place that has given it some thought. I was almost ready to forgive the crowded lobby but....
I then went to lunch in the lobby restaurant along with what seemed like half of Berlin. It was absolute chaos when 2 conferences converged on the restaurant at the same time. So much so that people were actually shoving each other out of the way in an effort to get to the very cramped buffet area. Breakfast the next morning was a similar scene and in that case there were no free tables either so I left without bothering to try getting near the food. Surely they knew how many guests there would be and could reconfigure the buffet and the timings to make it less disordered.
I have left the truly irritating items until last. Firstly the gym is a disgrace for a modern hotel. A room hardly larger than my bathroom with 2 (count them!) machines, 1 treadmill and 1 elliptical. When I grumbled to one of the staff he suggested that I use the pool instead but I had packed gym gear not a bathing suit assuming that a hotel costing US$190/night would have a gym to match its prices. They also nickel and dime you with small extra charges which is even more irritating than the absurd gym. There are a few free TV channels and others that have an extra charge - a first for me in any hotel for non-porn offerings. If I didn't want to watch the news on 1 of 3 English language channels (CNN, Sky, Bloomberg) then I would have to pay for additional English channels. And to cap it off the internet was also charged. It wasn't expensive at $6-7/day, but there is no justification for having an additional cost with a tariff that high.
Overall, it seems that they are aiming at being a business hotel of choice but with practices ana amenities that are likely to discourage business clientele. Not good enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the middle of Berlin, between the Brandenburg Gate and the Gendarmenmarkt, is a 4-star superior design hotel that is waiting to welcome you in Friedrichstrasse. Its modern architecture, harmonious design and expressive art create a unique environment. The splendid avenue "Unter den Linden" with its elegant shops is just a stone's throw away. Explore the "genuine" Berlin on foot, with its traditional pubs, fashionable restaurants and cultural highlights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritim Proarte Berlin
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