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“Conference hotel close to lake” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of avendi Hotel am Griebnitzsee

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avendi Hotel am Griebnitzsee
Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Potsdam
London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Conference hotel close to lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the Hotel Griebnitzsee and can only agree with the other viewers - very good hotel in a very nice neighborhood. If you like to go for a run in the morning, its perfect. In 50 min you can run around the lake, mostly through the forest and along amazing historic villas. The hotel is very clean, staff friendly and great value for money. It is also a good alternative when visiting Berlin. The train station is just across the road and you get to Berlin Central n 40 min.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Magdeburg, Germany
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83 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Hotel is beautifully situated on the Griebnitz lake in the area of Potsdam. An S-Bahn (regional train) station is right across from the entrance and is well connected to Potsdam and Berlin (Berlin Central Station is 35 minutes away). The hotel staff are very helpful and friendly.

Rooms are nicely furnished and are quite large.

My room was in the other wing on the other side of the street, a lake view would have been amazing.

The breakfast was quite varied and very good.

Overall a very highly recommended hotel. Ideal to relax by the lake or to stay outside of berlin and easily commute.

Room Tip: Definitely go for the lake view!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol
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178 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

The hotel is just across the road from the Griebnitzsee station S-Bahn (and indeed many rooms have a view of the platform). The reception, bar and dining room and conference rooms are on one side of the road, the majority of bedrooms are on the other. You can either cross the road or use the underground tunnel that joins the two. The views from the bar and dining room are of the Griebnitzsee itself; when we stayed in November 2012, the trees were changing colour and the views were lovely.

The bedrooms are a good size with desk/chair and lots of storage, and a reasonable sized bathroom with bath and over-bath shower. The bed was very comfortable and there were plenty of lights. There is wired internet access in the room, not wifi, although free wifi is available in the bar area.

Breakfast was very plentiful, with a range of fresh fruits, mueslis, yoghurts, breads, pastries and cheeses and meats, plus different types of egg (veggies watch out for the scrambled, it has ham in it!).

Service was unobtrusive but very friendly. We ate and had a drink at the bar at the station (Albers) which is very good value and despite the unprepossessing exterior, a really nice place for good value food and beer.

From the hotel, it's around half an hour's walk to the local castle and, of course, Potsdam itself is only two stops on the subway, where you can then get the local bus out to the Neues Palais and Sans Souci palace, both of which are 18th century at their most opulent, with lovely parkland too.

It's also fairly easy to get into central Berlin by S-Bahn, and to Tegel airport (S-Bahn then a bus). There's also a regional train that goes to Schonefeld airport (at least, that's what it looked like).

There's an italian restaurant nearby called Piazza Toscana (I think) which is also very pleasant. Although I was here for work at the nearby University, I would certainly consider using this as a base for a holiday in the area.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here when visiting the hasso plattner institute for a meeting. Really nice place. I had a great view out of my hotel right out over the water. Doors are stupidly difficult to open. I needed the receptionist to show me how to do it the first time. More complicated that necessary!

Wifi is free and available across the hotel. Breakfast is fine. Nothing special but good enough. Really easy to get to from the train station, it is about 2 mins walk. There is a direct train from Schonefeld airport via the s bahn. Takes about 50 mins.

Would definitely stay there again.

Stayed April 2012
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London
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162 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2010

A modern hotel set on the shore of a charming lake – Griebnitzsee. It’s well connected to Potsdam (10 mins) and central Berlin (40 mins) from the station across the road. There’s even an hourly boat that leaves from just outside the hotel that will take you on tour of the lakes – delightful on a sunny day. Nevertheless, it is really a business hotel since there aren’t tourist attractions nearby. If you want to visit Potsdam or Berlin it makes more sense to stay there. It would be useful if you are visiting the Griebnitzsee campus of Potsdam university or the Filmpark and Babelberg media city nearby.
The hotel rooms are modernistic but nice. Comfortable beds, shower with very good water pressure, but no bath. Everything was immaculate. I was lucky to have a lakeside room. Get one if you can. They advertise an expensive price for internet connection via ethernet – no wifi, sorry iPad users – but they actually only charge €5 for your whole stay.
Very good breakfast buffet in an elegant room overlooking lake, and on terrace in warm weather. There is a film theme in the décor – big old Arriflex cameras instead of sculptures, and large stills from films made by DEFA – the DDR film company – and perhaps from UFA its predecessor. The bar has an excellent selection of Scotch whiskies, helpful for sealing that all-important business deal.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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cork ireland
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141 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2007

Was attending a conference in the nearby University so was placed in this very interesting hotel.It is directly beside the train station so access is cheap and easy. There is no carry over noise nor the usual asociations of a train side hotel. Very comfortable with good quality rooms and very good breakfast. Friendly and efficient staff combined with a very good view over a lake made this a pleasant stay. At €99 per night including breakfast this was excellent value. The breakfast was very good with a wide choice of hot and cold foods.

The location however is unlikley to attract many visitors as it is about 15 minutes from Potsdam centre so unless you had business in the area it is unlikley to be of use. There is however a very active local film industry so that may be a reason to go.

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  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Miami, Florida
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2006

The Hotel am Griebnitzsee is right across the street from a train station where you can catch a train that will take you into the heart of Berlin in about 30 minutes. The trains are quiet, and will not keep you awake at night. The hotel is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood, on the beautiful lake, Griebnitzsee. It is an easy drive or train ride into the major sites of Potsdam, such as Cecilienhof Schloss and Sansouci. There is a large terrace restaurant overlooking the lake, where the very good restaurant serves its meals, weather permitting. The breakfast is excellent, and has a good variety of hot and cold foods, and fruits and vegetables.

On hot days in the summer, the rooms on the top floor are very hot, as there is no air conditioning. I recommend that if you visit in the summer, you request a room on a lower floor. The balcony on the upper floor wraps around the building, and is not private. The view from the balcony and terrace restaurant is very nice.

Parking is included, and is conveniently located a block away. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean but too small for three people.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: avendi Hotel am Griebnitzsee
Address: Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 190-192, 14482 Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Location: Germany > Brandenburg > Potsdam
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Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Potsdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — avendi Hotel am Griebnitzsee 4*
Number of rooms: 87
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