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“Bijou!!”
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Berlin Plaza Hotel
Ranked #270 of 635 Hotels in Berlin
Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
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“Bijou!!”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

Having taken a taxi from the airport, we arrived here late at night. A cheery welcome from the receptionist (who seemed to know our names before we actually said anything......I know the Germans have the reputation for being efficient but this was spooky!) and then into the main lift.....room for us two and two suitcases...just!

The rooms are small, just space to walk round the side by side twin beds. We had to ask for second pillows and I was worried the duvet wouldn't be warm enough....but the radiator gave us enough heat, so cosy! Sadly no tea, coffee making facilities....makes a difference when coming in from sightseeing all day and waking first thing in morning....maybe they could think about this (space below the tv shelf maybe...kettle, cups, coffee and tea sachets...don't forget the milk and sugar/sweeteners!)

The bathroom......you could sit on the loo, brush your teeth in the sink and have one leg soaking in the bath at the same time if you so desired, and were flexible enough.....lol!! It is small.....BUT......adequate, plenty of HOT water, excellent.....clean.....bath towels are on the small side but do the job. One thing I loved was the loo paper...quilted and not paper thin......well done!!

Breakfast was enough...not Michelin Star but a reasonable start to the day...once you'd sorted out where you could sit etc....no one to meet and greet and tell you the ropes....but it isn't rocket science!

The location of this hotel is excellent.......30 seconds walk onto the "Bond Street" equivalent. We booked a two day ticket for the City Circle Sightseeing bus....hop on, hop off.....well worth it. Plenty of Xmas markets to see and of course the local history sights.....fascinating.

All in all......I would come back to this little gem of an hotel......may even try the bar tonight as it's our last night here (after all, they have supplied me with ice every evening to help a swollen knee injury....very helpful!)

Room Tip: We stayed in 210......provides a balcony overlooking the Main Street...not too noisy and good for sm...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights recently and thought it was an excellent base to explore Berlin.

The hotel's straightforward to reach from the airport, only about 30 mins on a train, and nearby transport links make it really easy to get around the city. Several attractions such as the zoo/Kaiser Wilhelm Xmas market are within about 10/15 mins walk.

There's a fair few restaurants in the area, and with the room booking was a 10% discount at the restaurant Knese next door along with a free beer each.

Some may say the rooms are a little on the small side but at €180 for 4 nights it offered much better value than many other hotels, and in such a great city we spent very little time there anyway.

Reception staff were friendly and spoke quite good English, checkout is 11am and there's a €1/bag fee to have them stored at the hotel if travelling later in the day. Free wifi is available by requesting a code at reception; however only 1 device was allowed to register at a time.

Never had the breakfast so can't comment, but would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We had pre-booked with Avios Airmiles, for 5 nights B&B, so don’t know what it would have cost to book normally, and if it was good value or not.
Small Reception area with one man at Reception desk. Very pleasant, and happy to speak English.

Small lift to second of 6 floors. (Not as small as some reviewers suggested, but definitely only just big enough for 4 people with no luggage.)

Room 205 was a reasonable size (again, from other reviews, I was expecting to have to complain!), with 2 twin beds - side-by-side, but made up separately with 2 fitted sheets and 2 single duvets. No spare pillows or covers, but what we had was perfect, and comfortable. A bedside table with drawer on each side, and a wall light on each side. A long desk-height shelf along the window-wall, with a stool and a chair. Nice poster of Berlin architectural styles on wall opposite bed, and a full-length wall mirror. Double wardrobe with safe (free key available from Reception), 4 shelves and 8 hangers. Flat-screen TV (all in German, except for BBC World Service) on one shelf, and a second shelf below it. No tea-making (we are told it is uncommon in Germany), or complimentary water or anything of the kind. Door (with no lock) onto a balcony, but with only a car park and the back of a building to look at.
Very small bathroom, but clean and adequate. In-bath shower with 3/4 curtain (which, of course, billows against you when you shower!) 2 full-size dispensers, both of hair/hand/body wash (no body lotion or conditioner). Towels a good size, and soft, but not very thick.

Breakfast buffet – you seat yourself (if you can find a free table), and no-one welcomes you, offers you coffee, or tells you what to do. There are coffee thermos jugs on some of the tables, but if you don’t have one, or if it is empty, you are best to go down to the kitchen door to ask for some (the coffee is OK, as hotel breakfast coffee goes).
There is usually some kind of juice in a jug, but Orange Juice is usually only from a machine, and is thin and unpleasant. Up to 4 bowls with cereals (when there is muesli, it seems to be half made up of rice krispies, and half of oats, with not much else!). Some days, there were sultanas and dried apricots or prunes to add, other days, only sultanas. Only one kind of milk, from an unlabelled urn.
2 to 4 bowls of yogurt, fruit yogurt, quark and fruit quark, bowl of fruit salad (mostly apple and watermelon, so not very sweet) and bowl of canned fruit.
Up to 9 kinds of cold cuts (usually including smoked ham, but not always), and on 2 of our 5 mornings there was smoked salmon with horseradish (delicious). Up to 3 kinds of cheese. Crispbread (sometimes brown as well as white), up to 4 kinds of bread rolls, and sliced breads. 4 kinds of jam as well as honey, marmalade, low fat quark, and sometimes full quark (delicious with red jam).
Also some covered hot food : boiled eggs, scramble, bacon and sausage of some kind -none of which looked appetising.
Sometimes the staff take ages to replace empty dishes on the buffet.
The restaurant decor is understated, but with beautiful art nouveau ceiling lights and lamp fittngs.

Hotel location is excellent, round the corner from the Ku'damm shopping street, and a short walk to train and bus stops, including the City Circle Sightseeing bus stop 1.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This hotel is fine. Rooms are clean, beds comfortable and the water hot. The breakfast was good though nothing out of the ordinary. There are three main positives: the free wifi (though annoyingly this drops out at busy times) which is very handy, the location (just at the end of the U1 -Ubahn) which has loads of shops and restaurants and feels safe. Best of all was the attached bar/restaurant called Knese. Very friendly and good food.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Telford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

The location of the hotel is very ideal being in the middle of the West Berlin shopping district, about a ten minute walk away from Berlin Zoo. Staff were very helpful both on arrival and for the entirety of our stay.

The room was decent enough but the bathroom was way too small, especially the shower in which I was constantly getting attached to the shower curtains due to the lack of room! The beds are comfortable enough and the room is cleaned to a good standard every morning. Walls are a little thin and baths/showers can be heard in the rooms next door. Breakfast was nice with plenty to choose from and the catering staff were very helpful.

As mentioned in the title definitely worth staying in for a day or two but not enough room or facilities for a week long stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Winchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Front desk staff were rude and abrupt on arrival.
Elevator is a squeeze for 1 person, luggage almost impossible.
Room was small, utilitarian and the bathroom was almost as small as the wardrobe.
OK for 1 night, but I had booked in for a week...........it seemed like a VERY long week.
They charge to look after left luggage, and then grudgingly unlock the luggage room when you want to retrieve it.
Not a great experience, and very untypical of most German hotels.

Room Tip: Go to a different hotel
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

It was close to both Uban (subway/underground) and Sban (commuter train). The people in the reception were ok, but they did not inform us that their parking would cost anything when we came. When we left we had to pay a lot of money for the parking.
The quality of the hotel was ok and the price for the room was quite cheap. But the price of the breakfast was too high (so we did not have our breakfast there).
There was quite a lot of noise from the traffic, but that is to be expected as it is in a big city.
The room was ok and clean, but it would have been nice to have air condition. The bathroom was nice and clean.
We stayed there for two nights.
If you were a guest at the hotel you got a discount in the restaurant that had a nice outdoor dining.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Berlin Plaza Hotel
Address: Knesebeckstr. 63 | Kurfuerstendamm, 10719 Berlin, Germany
Location: Germany > Berlin > Charlottenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #270 of 635 Hotels in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Berlin Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 131
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Welcome to the Berlin Plaza Hotel. Just a stone's throw from the famous Kurfuerstendamm in one of the nicest areas of Berlin with its unique city flair, is the Berlin Plaza Hotel. Close by you will find boutiques, various shops, theatres, cafes and restaurants. ... more   less 
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