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The Mandala Hotel
Ranked #9 of 634 Hotels in Berlin
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“no reason not to stay there”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Mandala is an excellent hotel including one of the best restaurants (Focil) I've ever been. Superb location (Potsdamer Platz), best service, extremely friendly staff. Service at reception is perfect. Absolutely no reason not to stay at the Mandala.

Room Tip: the room at the rear of the building are the best. superb view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

When this was built, it may have been high design. It is getting a bit tired now, though. Little is bad, but little is great.

Desk and door people were dour, if not a little hostile. Unhelpful, to say the least. The bedding was quite austere - a single pillow, and quilt too small for the bed. Everything was quite uncomfortable, though seemingly well designed. Original historical photos on the walls (of the US by a German photographer) were quite good.

Room service breakfast adequate, but not outstanding. The meal I had at the Qui Lounge on the 2nd floor was excellent. Room service dinner, though, was not.

The hotel has a stripped down quality to it - if you like your boutique hotels to be sober (as another reviewer put it), then this one is for you. I prefer my boutique hotels to a have a little whimsy, cheer, or comfort - which the Mandala lacked.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

This unassuming hotel is located right next to Potsdammer Platz, in a very central location and only minutes away from the Brandenburg Gate. The simple facade and reception belie the level of luxury and comfort in the rooms. And it is great value for money too! This is one of those hotels where I have enjoyed very restful nights - the beds are amazingly comfortable! It boasts an amazing spa on the top floor with truly luxurious treatments. The 2 hour Thai massage comes highly recommended! But the true star quality of this hotel is without a shadow of a doubt its Michelin rated restaurant called Facil. This restaurant is an experience in itself and I would highly recommend it to anyone who cares to visit Berlin.

Room Tip: High floor, inner courtyard room. The Executive Superior Suite comes highly recommended!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Where should I start?! This is one of the best hotels I've been to. The location, the service, the thought of details in the rooms were incredible! Music CDs, spacious, quiet rooms, organic shower gel and shampoo, no plastic bags in bins, delicious breakfast and cocktails in the bar! I recommend the basil smash and the vodka, apple juice with cinnamon...
Breakfast choice was excellent, the only downturn of the hotel restaurant is that it's not open on weekends and it's fully booked for nights ahead! My travel agent should have told me to book in advance..
Wonderful design and execution. A true success story for design meeting comfort up to all tiny details!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

The hotel is very sober, with the rooms extremely clean, bathroom impeccable, fantastic breakfast and extremely well located. It is literally steps from the subway station, there is a mall in the same block of the hotel where you can do some shopping and also a few bars and restaurants for a late and quick beer + wurst.
If you don't want any headache, I would recommend the Mandala.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Great location close to all transportation. Beautiful room with a balcony. Very Clean hotel.

Negatives - Hotel staff not very friendly. Paid more attention to guests that were wearing suits and ties. Everytime my wife and I walked through the front doors wearing jeans and running shoes we were quickly approached by Hotel staff. It was as if they were were thinking "what are you doing here".
- Ice has to be ordered through Room Service
- Breakfast is a rediculous price.
- Front Desk gives poor advice on restaurants, walked out of the one they recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a superb hotel. Great location to explore Berlin from. Beautiful suites. Really friendly and professional staff and one of the most impressive dining experiences of my life in their restaurant - all under one roof! I'll have no hesitation booking in here again. Exceptional value for money.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Property: The Mandala Hotel
Address: Potsdamer Strasse 3, 10785 Berlin, Germany (Formerly Madison Potsdamer Platz)
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Location: Germany > Berlin > Charlottenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 634 Hotels in Berlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Mandala Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 158
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to THE MANDALA HOTEL - the only privately managed 5 Star superior hotel in the heart of the city. This is where your perfect Berlin stay begins. In the centre of the city only a few walking minutes away from famous sights like the Brandenburg Gate or Reichstag, situated at Potsdamer Platz, this design hotel provides harmonic experiences for the senses. THE MANDALA HOTEL features the most spacious rooms in Berlin, the 2 Michelin star restaurant FACIL, premium ONO Spa as well as the QIU Restaurant & Bar and modern meeting rooms. All 158 studios and suites are equipped with highest quality materials and offer a perfect home away from home combined with individual service. The FACIL restaurant provides a refreshing combination of light, elegant fare in an avant-garde atmosphere of pure luxury, located on the inner courtyard of THE MANDALA HOTEL. The architectural design is as exceptional as the cuisine itself: a green oasis surrounded by bamboo and water fountains provides a year-round view of the stars for gourmet dining under an unclouded sky. Chef de cuisine is Michael Kempf - his style of cooking is modern and creative using exclusively fresh and mostly local products. A word of holistic well-being and inner peace high above Berlin can be found at the premium ONO Spa. In a 600m² space overlooking the city of Berlin, the ONO Spa is geared towards individuals with busy and active lifestyles who place a premium on individualism and privacy and want to attain the maximum relaxation and fitness in the shortest amount of time possible. Choose from numerous massages and treatments and enjoy long-lasting relaxation and energy. A stay at THE MANDALA HOTEL offers numerous harmonic experiences for the senses to provide you with the energy you need during your Berlin stay. ... more   less 
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