I have to admit that I booked the Hotel Blu because of it's great rate. When you arrive into the lobby you have to take a step back - the focal point of the lobby is a giant blue fish tank full of tropical fish and sharks. It's a very interesting centerpiece for any hotel, but you sure don't expect to find a fish tank like this in the center of Berlin.
The lobby was really busy. I checked in at the front desk. Check-in was a little like a factory and not overly friendly. I was told the hotel was full and all they had left was a handicapped room. This was actually a blessing as the room was larger and it was on the first floor with a great view of the lobby and this crazy fish tank. The bathroom had a walk in handicapped shower with railings. It wasn't very pretty, but it worked.
My room was huge. I had a fun view of the lobby, overlooking the bar. Although you need to keep your curtains drawn as the whole lobby is also looking into your room! I found the whole room very comfortable in a kind of sparse German way.
The first night I was worried because the bar below was very loud. A loud and late going group kept laughing and shouting. I was really worried I might have to change rooms, but luckily the other three nights were quiet and this loud group was the exception. If you are up or away from the bar I doubt this will be a concern.
The area around the hotel is good, you are in the old East Berlin near the landmark TV tower and walkable to the Brandenberg Tor. There are a lot of good restaurants and shops nearby.
I found the feel of this place to be a little busy. The staff was professional, however not overly friendly. I found the concierge to be business like, but was not helpful with information like finding a quick place to eat.
My one other small complaint was that although I liked my lobby view, I could not see outside. I found this a little disconcerting as I could never tell what the weather was like outside - but I did trade that for a fun view of the fish tank!
Overall I found the location to be good, my room large and comfortable and the price was fantastic for what I was given, I would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the most exciting hotels in Berlin-Mitte. It is located in the historic centre directly on the bank of the river Spree and opposite to the Berlin Cathedral. Just a strolls away are restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries and famous sights, such as Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, Boulevard Unter den Linden and the exclusive shops along Friedrichstrasse. Public transport, Berlin airport and the Messe Berlin fairground are within easy reach. A unique attraction is the AquaDom at the hotel lobby. It is the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium with a fascinating underwater world in one million litres of salt-water. 427 non-smoking guest rooms and suites combine timeless elegance with cutting edge comfort. The clear design in the puristic style reflects urban trends. The dark wood and warm tones of the high-class furniture create a homely atmosphere. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TV, trouser press, laptop-size safe, air-conditioning, minibar, tea and coffee provisions. Wireless-LAN and high-speed Internet access is included in the room rate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Radisson Berlin
- Berlin Radisson