I stayed at the Maritim with a large group (around 120 people) on a business trip.
The good part: The hotel was clean, the breakfast buffet was wonderful, and the location was convenient to the Philharmonie.
The bad part: The Maritim doesn't have its own internet service; you have to buy it from Telekom. I paid 4.95 euros for an hour of connection time. Out of that, I got about 8 minutes, 30 to 60 seconds at a time. I was constantly cut off and having to reconnect. It was incredibly frustrating.
I complained several times to the staff, and got absolutely no satisfaction; they just told me to complain to Telekom. They also referred me to the "business center," which has one free computer for about 1,000 rooms.
The regular telephone service is also a joke. Wake-up calls didn't go through. One of our group didn't even get a dial tone; someone came and picked up the phone in his room when he went to the front desk to complain about it, but he didn't replace it.
Oh, and as for complaining to Telekom: Good luck with that. I couldn't use my cell phone in Germany, and since I couldn't connect online, there was no way to complain. I've just wasted most of an afternoon trying to get contact information for a refund here in the United States. But T-Mobile won't talk to you if you don't have a phone, and the people on the chat line just tell you to "return to the store where you bought the internet access." (I'll be chatting with Visa about denying the charge instead.)
The place is also spread out. According to my pedometer, I walked exactly one quarter-mile from my room to my breakfast table, after going through the buffet, before I'd been anyplace else. If you do stay at the Maritim, make sure you don't forget anything in your room, because it will cost you a serious hike to walk back and get it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Maritim Hotel Berlin is located in the heart of Germany's capital, between Ku'Damm and Brandenburg Gate. From here you can easily go for sightseeing or shopping. Many sights and shopping malls are within walking distance. The nearby Tiergarten offers best conditions for sportsmen. Whether for jogging, cycling or just walking - on approximately 2.1 hectares pure nature awaits you in the middle of the city. Only a few meters away is the Kulturforum with the world-famous Philharmonic Berlin, the New National Gallery, the Gemäldegalerie and the Kupferstichkabinett. Potsdamer Platz or about 8 minutes walk. Highlights include: Sony Center, Leogoland, Stage Musical Theater, Mall of Berlin, Potsdamer Platz Arcades, Espionage Museum, Museum of Film and Television, Martin Gropius Building and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Berlin Maritim Hotel