I was treated to a night here by my boyfriend on our last night in Berlin. We are both mid 20s with good jobs but this isn't the kind of thing we would be able to afford all the time.
We'd come from an eco hotel in Charlottenberg and I must say we were pretty unimpressed with the hotel in general in comparison to the one we'd just left.
There was a nice blonde lady on the desk, and she gave us some good recommendations for breakfast in the area (the hotel breakfast is 25 euros). However, the service was no better than other places I've been to. We asked the concierge girl about maybe booking a late night trip up the tv tower but she just told us it's too busy right now.
The room was just average, and we said that our 30 euro a night eco hotel actually had the better bed and shower.
What saved this hotel is of course the fish tank in the middle. I could have sat there watching them all night long (so it was perhaps a good thing that they turned off their light at 9pm). There is a lift going up through the middle of the tank but sadly this is not for hotel guests but for people visiting the aquarium. If they'd let guests on the lift as well it would add an extra star for the hotel for me.
Although the hotel is massive, we didn't see many other guests. It's hard to tell who is who in the lobby where some people are guests, some just come in for a photo, and some come in for a coffee. I'm guessing they get a large amount of people like my boyfriend and I who go for a treat. I'd probably say to people like that reading this that you're better off buying an aquarium ticket and staying at another hotel. Sure, the location is good but with all the road works, it's not that pretty outside anyway and the restaurants nearby are mainly tourist trap types anyway. Save your money and go to one a little further out.
- 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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