A five-night first trip to Berlin from Sunday 7th April Friday 12th. Tourism.
The hotel is pleasant and attractive, combining old-fashioned features with new.
Location. The hotel is on Kurfurstendamm, a well-heeled boulevard stretching westwards out of the centre of West Berlin. The area boast cosmopolitan restaurants, shops and other features. It is a fifteen-minute walk from Zoologischer Garden station, there are subway (Kurfurstendamm) and overground stations nearby (Savignyplatz), and buses run from in front of the hotel into other parts of Berlin at a regular basis (I recommend the all-in travel card which covers all of these and encompasses a wide-radius out of the city too). The hotel is situated close to Berlins’ top jazz clubs: A-Trane and Quasimodo, great for an evening’s entertainment.
Rooms are pleasant, clean and spacious. I had the Classic Double room, which is more than enough space for one person. There is a Nespresso-style coffee machine in rooms, and mini-bar/fridge.
Pool. Not very large, but suitable for gentle swimming and relaxation.
Free sauna and steam room. The steam room was out of order for the duration of my stay, and the sauna was not working for the first two days (I had to constantly remind staff about this before it was fixed). If this is an important feature for you, check with the hotel in advance that these facilities are working. The good thing is that they are provided at no extra cost. Furthermore, I was provided with a gown and slippers for this facility at no extra cost.
The hotel has an attractive bar, although this was shut on the night of my arrival.
Restaurant. I did not eat here, but the menu looked good with its modern take on German cuisine (prices above average).
The cleaning staff get to work very early in comparison to most hotels (8am). My room, 605, was next door to the cleaning staff’s service cupboard for the sixth floor, and I was often woken up by them beginning work in the morning. If you think this will bother you, ask for a room away from there, bring ear plugs, etc.
Whilst a pro of the area is certainly its attractive location, sometimes it was hard to find somewhere to have a quiet drink and relax. To the north of the hotel at a few blocks’ distance is the Union Jack bar (Irish-style decor, impressive range of single-malt whiskeys, UK-pub name!), and within fifty metres of that the Goethe bar (an authentic Berliner bar with local beers, friendly locals and thick with smoke!). Alternatively, head up to the Europa Centre where there are lots of restaurants and bars.
The Mondial is a great hotel for a few nights comfortable stay in a large city that is demanding on the tourist. If your budget allows, then I can but recommend this hotel for its service, facilities and location. After a long day, the sauna and pool was a blessing for the weary tourist who had wandered around the city all day, and the proximity of the Jazz clubs was also a very good think for afforable live music and entertainment.
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