Booking this hotel was a no-brainer, based on the excellent Tripadvisor reviews and the overall reputation of the Swissotel chain. I booked a room through the website and got the 30% Berlin City Break deal, which includes a free upgrade for a min 2-night stay. Upon check-in, I asked what the free upgrade was and they told me that instead of a courtyard-facing room, I was given a room facing the street.
The location is ideal for my purpose, which is to be close to the main shopping area, and it is only a 20-min taxi ride from Tegel airport. It costs about 16 euros from Tegel to the hotel. As for the main shopping area, it is about a 10-minute leisurely walk to KaDeWe and to many other stores and shops.
The reception staff are friendly and helpful. Our requests were met with a smile and were promptly attended to.
The hotel itself is modern and the rooms are of good size. I like that there's a separate shower and tub. Kudos to housekeeping since the rooms and bathrooms are very clean. I love the bed but only because I like firm beds. I think the mattress may be a Tempur mattress since it didn't have any springs/coils.
Wi-fi access to the Internet is free in the lobby/lounge area but it costs over 10 euros per day if you get wi-fi access in your room. However, if you include wi-fi in advance when you reserve a room through the website, it is only about 6.50 euros per day. Still a good deal, although free would have been better. Internet access is fast though and there is no limit that I know of to the number of devices you can use on any given day.
I also booked the breakfast buffet in advance and paid 14 euros per person per day. Not a bad deal, considering it was a good spread with both hot and cold options. As is usual with any hotel breakfast, it's best to be at the breakfast room before 9am since there's usually a queue otherwise.
Should I ever find myself in Berlin again, I wouldn't hesitate going back to Swissotel Berlin. Definitely and highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swissotel Berlin is located at legendary Kurfurstendamm in the heart of city center west! Upon entering the modern, light-flooded lobby you will immediately sense the tranquility. The contemporary design, as unobtrusive as the friendly service promises a pleasant and relaxing visit. Guests appreciate the convenience of free wireless LAN, DSL Internet connection, as well as the Nespresso coffee maker in all of the hotel's 316 rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swissotel Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Swissotel Hotel Berlin
- Berlin Swissotel Hotel