For a business hotel this is an odd choice as a listed establishment for a world wide conference. There is no door man nor porter. Occasionally one of the desk staff might store a suitcase but that's about it. The desk staff excel at their own jobs. Max, the concierge, is very knowledgeable and helpful. After I over did it, he was able to order a skooter/mobility unit the same day. His restaurant recommendations were spot on.
Location, location, location - is the best. it's a very short walk to the main train station, a handy market and short order shopping and a slightly longer jaunt to major luxury stores. The Brandenburg Gates and Checkpoint Charlie and Museum Island are all a short walk.
The WiFi situation, which is well covered for this hotel, is terrible. We bought a package that would have supplied us for a month were we staying there that long, and could not get it to work for two days and there was no one answering the phone at the company the hotel uses. Ugh. The TV reception is fine but there are only 3 free English channels - all news.
We had a handicapped room due to mobility issues and it was quite spacious and accessible with a few short comings which I am sure are not a feature if it being a handicapped room. The huge shower was well equipped but there was no raised toilet or hand rail anywhere near the toilet. Not only that but the lighting at the bathroom mirror and for the closet is poor. There is also a major problem with the lack of closet and drawer space. Two people sharing a closet not more than 18" wide is awful. There is no drawer space but there are bins - also very small and under lit - in the same cupboard as the closet, insufficient hangers and absolutely no where to put things. I got soaked one day had to lay clothes on the floor to dry. No hooks for robes or toiletry bags... no shelves in the bathroom, no door knobs either. I ended up hanging things from the doorstop, wall phone and thermostat!
The power off room key is one of my favorite features. also windows that open!! The rooms are well insulated for sound and the beds are comfy and cozy. Front facing or rear rooms are equally peaceful.
The breakfast buffet is well worth the price, fresh and bountiful and wide of choice, only failing is that no one ever heard of bran. Room service is quick and well presented if lacking in light fare. Mind you the whole of Berlin is a little lacking in light fare. I'm fussy about meat and I found the hamburger stringy, and full of gristle. Couldn't eat it. Really. The deserts are sweet and tasty but overkill and heavy.
All in all an adequate hotel with good and bad points. I'd stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Meliá Berlin! Our rooms and suites are the perfect place to switch off from the world and enjoy the fine detail. All 364 rooms are bright and spacious and offer a seating area as well as bidet and heated bathroom floors. At our Restaurant Café Madrid you can expect fresh products and the best creative international and regional signature cuisine with views to the river Spree. Feel Spanish passion, enjoy culinary delights and let your senses be spoiled by traditional and innovative tapas in the Meliá tapas bar. Located in the heart of the German Capital, directly at Friedrichstraße and next to the River Spree it is just a few minutes walk to monuments and major attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate, Museums Island or Alexanderplatz. The Melia Berlin is the perfect choice to explore the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Berlin Hotel Berlin
- Berlin Melia