Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
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Berlin was a real mixed bag. It is impossible to ignore it's history which dominated European and World affairs for a century. There is so much see and do regarding the events that occurred and reminders are everywhere. One of the most interesting vists we made was to a 'ghost subway station' called Norbahnhof. This station sat East of the Berlin …
... back to Berlin and I spent the time napping, reading and watching the Polish countryside roll by. I am missing my friends, but looking forward to being able to relax at the hotel tonight. One of the other girls Kim from Calgary and I are staying at the hotel together so once we got dropped of and said our goodbyes to those left on the bus, we went exploring around the area and found a Chinese food place. It was a bit of a comedy trying to order when we ...
... in 1960-61 to stop the population drain that was happening in East Berlin. Over 1.5 million people left from the end of the war until 1961 when the communists shut the gates. In 1989 this wall came down. It stood dividing family and friends from each other for 28 years. In the 24 years since its demise, there is very little left except a copper and stone line showing where the wall stood. Streets now go to both sides of the city, the no man's land that was ...
... the party area. There were already lots of people here, possibly hundreds of thousands, and the first part of the evening’s entertainment had begun.
Not having had much to eat at all, Julie was properly hungry by now so we made our way through the hordes to the 'pea soup’ shop where we had some pea soup. They actually had loads of choice and it’s not fair to call them a pea soup shop, but that’s what they were to us. We’d picked up another gluhwein ...
... excellent. Wide street with plenty to stop at and investigate along the way. The Brandenburg Gate itself is an impressive structure, straddling the wide street forming an
entrance to the city. When the wall went up in Berlin, these Gates were
actually in East Berlin.
Tomorrow we might try the metro underground and investigate the "West Berlin" part of the city.
More exploring today. Decided to decipher the train ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
Great location and design at a reasonable price
Hard to beat the location -- both for dining options and proximity to the key sites. Room: beautiful and comfortable (though we did have an upgraded room so size was reasonable). Fitness and wellness area: gorgeous. Room service: provided by Restaurant Aigner (one of the best in Berlin) and delicious.
Only complaint -- lack of high-speed Internet access in the rooms. Yes, maybe if you have a European cell phone you can figure out how to sign up for the Vodafone service, but for this American it was too much of a challenge.
My wife and I stayed for 5 nights in this excellent hotel. First off the location couldn't be better you are within walking distance of many of the best attractions Berlin has to offer - Museum Island , The Reichstag , Checkpoint Charlie etc and on your doorstep are some of the city's best restaurants Vau , Borchardts and even the hotel's own Aigner is good.
A great choice
This is a fantastic hotel. My family stayed here for 3 nights in February 06 to celebrate my birthday and we all loved it. The rooms are spotless (with bed linen changed every day) and spacious. Breakfast is excellent (order one of their fruit juices) and keeps you going for most of the day. With its location just a few minutes from Unter den Linden, you have most of the sights within walking distance. And the staff is nice and friendly. If we visit Berlin again, we will definitely choose the same hotel.
I read the raving reviews about the Sofitel, so I booked a one-night-stay at this hotel. Knowing the superb Sofitel in Munich, I had high expectations. I booked a Deluxe Romm (King bed) at a reasonable rate via sofitel(-), but was quite dissapointed, once they showed me the room (6th floor). Very small, no working area and no bath-tub (although nice shower).
A very nice hotel
i spent 4 days at dorint and i enjoyed my vacation. the staff is so friendly,the rooms are not so big, but lighting system is so cool and also the bath is well furnished. the location is perfect to visit all the major berlin attractions, and the luxury shopping area of freidrichstrasse with la fayette and other fashion department stores is just around the corner. A very good choice!
Looking forward to a return trip
The décor in the rooms has to be seen to be believed. A ridiculous number of textures and colours vie for your attention but do work wonderfully together to create a sense of decadence. Make sure you get breakfast included in your deal - it's just great. An added bonus is the Dorint's proximity to the best bar in Berlin, Newton, and its sister restaurant, Lutter und Wegner.
Unique and Fun
I just went to Berlin for the first time and am delighted I chose this hotel. It is intimate yet full-service and in a great Mitte location. The rooms are quite stylish - try to stay on the fifth floor where you have a terrace. Breakfast is fabulous - certainly worth the money. Don't forget to check out the wellness room on the top level - talk about ultra cool! The only reason why I didn't give it the highest rating is because the service was a bit odd at times - not bad, just different. Nonetheless, I would certainly stay there again.
Great location and design! Minimalistic understatement that reflects intelligent luxury. Helpful and friendly stuff.
The views are spectacular. We were lucky to be upgraded to the room on the 5th floor where one of the solists of the Pet Shop Boys had stayed, as we learned later on from one of the linked articles on Berlin.
All the best shopping and restaurant options are just around the corner.
Nothing to complain about, which happens very rarely!
Nice rooms. Excellent bathrooms. Breakfast buffet is very expensive (€23), but worth it if you have a lot of time to spend on breakfast. Otherwise it is better to have breakfast delivered to your room. Nice fitnessroom and sauna.
Excellent hotel opposite the most beautiful square in Berlin. Rooms are fairly spacious, and very clean. Excellent breakfast and cool fitness center.