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... to wait in queues (with lots of smoking going on, something our NZ noses and lungs aren't used to) to buy the tickets, and then crammed in to the bus to get into town. Unfortunately no free wifi at our hotel here, so just writing these blogs offline and will get them uploaded when we can. Tried out currywurst for lunch (sausages covered in tomato sauce with curry powder, along with chips), which is rather tasty. Visited the Brandenburg Tor (gate), which is ...
... the Ostbanhof (East Train Station).
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Our hostel is located in a residential neighborhood quite close to the Ostbanhoff station. It is an easy walking distance from the Warschaeurstrasse ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Esplanade Berlin
An excellent all round experience
I selected this hotel through a combination of location, star rating and price....and I really picked a gem this time.
Since Berlin has two centres, I really wanted something in between both - the Grand Esplanade fits the bill perfectly as its a 10 min walk to both Zoo/Kurfuerstendamm and Unter den Linden/Brandenburg Gate.
The hotel is 5 star rated and, unlike what some others have said, I do think it deserves this rating. The very high level of service really impressed me - the staff were efficient, helpful and knowledgeable about the local area - they did their upmost to address my needs and I never got the impression that it was all a chore to them, as I have in too many other supposed 5 star establishments.
Adding in the very competitive room rates made the whole experience a winning one for me. In fact, if I could get a similar deal, I don't think I'd look elsewhere if I were to visit Berlin again.
Good and convenient hotel
We spent 5 days at this hotel during the Easter Holiday. Its location is excellent for visiting Berlin as you can walk to the tube station (10 minutes) or just take one of the two excellent buses that have their stops nearby: the M29 and the 100. Just with this two lines, you can go nearly everywhere. The neighbourhood is perhaps too quiet, but that is also good after an intensive day sightseeing.
The hotel is more a 4* than a 5*, but considering its price, it is excellent. The decoration is very modern with designers' furniture. The rooms have a reasonable size and the service is correct. The breakfast is really good and the same applies to the German restaurant. Also the lobby bar is good and quite popular in Berlin, coming locals and people from other hotels every night.
We did not try the pool and the rest of the leisure facilities, but they looked clean and really busy before breakfast.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone going to Berlin for tourism and certainly, I would go again.
Very good but not amazing
Agree with others this is a good 4* hotel but not really a 5*.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. Reception is pretty glamorous but the hotel rooms don't quite match up particularly the bathrooms which are more travelodge than 5 *. The bedrooms are spacious,light and clean but not luxurious.
On the positive side the hotel is pretty cool, breakfast is plentiful and of a very high standard.
Leisure facilities are good ,nice pool, great hot tub,spacious saunas (remember the germans love their nudity in the single sex saunas !!!), great lounge area.
After a hard day on the tourist trail the hotel has a high quality restaurant,traditional german pub /restaurant and a good cocktail bar .
We found the hotel to be well situated, taxis are always on hand and tube is about 5 mins walk away.
Offers better rates than most hotels in Berlin , would stay there again if the price is right.
There,s better.. but its good
Into says it all, its a compotent lower 5 star very clinical in a teutonic style.. if you want pre war Berlin stay else where. Central but un tousisty location around the corner from the wonderful Bar am Lutzoplatz and Trompet. If white and turquoise are your thing you love the bedrooms, with views of the sigusaule. Nearest metro is a treck, breakfast good if its included in your rate.. if it isnt..30euros!!! Its very German but not very Berlin, Germany's greatest city.
My wife and I stayed at this hotel during August 2004.
It is very nice and in an excellent, quiet, location. It is also close to one of the main bus routes, or taxis which are always waiting at the hotel door.
If you are intending to arrive by rail the closest stop is Zoo Station. Then a five minute taxi ride to the hotel.
Rooms were very nice and breakfast was excellent.
We would certainly stay here again.
A breath of fresh air!
This wonderful hotel located in the heart of Berlin proved to be a great experience during my month and a half tour of Germany. I stayed here in June "04" and was intrigued by the GRAND appearance! Being from the US a lot of hotels in Germany do not meet our standards of quality but this one was an exception. The rooms were great. The service was great. The only thing was this hotel is considered a 5 star in Germany but to me I would definitely rate it a 4 star. In the morning stop by the to-go cafe for a croissant and hot tea and take a cruise walk to see the many great sights of Berlin. The location is wonderful! I would definitely stay there again!
Great hote, great location
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Esplanade from 15-18th June 2004. We found it to be exceptional in all ways.
Our room was a good size, extremely modern and contemporary and the bed was one of the most comfortable I have slept in.
Do try the hot tub in the leisure complex, you won't want to get out, it's heavenly.
The hotel location is also very good. It's about 20 minutes to Potzdamer Platz, Brandenberg Gate etc in one direction and about the same in the other to Ka De We, the zoo and the main shopping area.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this hotel to anyone, who appreciates quality, at a reasonable price.
Fantastic German hotel
The grand in its title is definately deserved. I stayed at the Grand Hotel Esplanade in March and really enjoyed it. The staff were friendly, the food excellent and the rooms very clean. Although we had the cheapest room in the hotel, it was absolutely massive. Would recommend to anyone.
I stayed in the Grand Esplanade in April of 2001. Really loved it, although I'm not usually a fan of ultramodern decor. Every detail was thought through, from the beautiful warm blankets to the unusual colored bath gel in long vials. I had a nice room with a good view and felt at home immediately.
Design, luxury and atmosphere
I have stayed in many of Berlin's luxury Hotels, but the Grand Hotel Esplanade is still my favorite. Nowhere else in the world I have seen a hotel with such an intricate ultra-contemporary design. The hall boasts huge paintings by artists like Christo and Piene, each sofa is designed by Le Corbusier. The hotel has, of course, comfortable rooms, a first class gourmet restaurant, an inn serving beer and regional fare, one of Berlin's most popular bars and a nice swimming pool with health club. If you want to avoid the old-fashioned style and fake antiquities of Berlin's other luxury hotels go to the Esplanade. Doubtlessly Berlin's coolest luxury hotel!