Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm
Stunning modern hotel fabulous room every area superb design.
We have just returned from a four day holiday in Berlin at this amazing luxury hotel right in the heart of the smart shopping area Kurfurstendamm and within quick walking distance to the beautifully designed metro system which runs at the speed of light to all the major sights of Berlin. This hotel has every comfort - lovely friendly faces greeting you at the door ready to do everything to make your stay impeccable to the friendly and helpful front desk reception staff assigning you to the magnificently designed modern quiet soundproofed room with its spacious comfortable bed, plasma television screen, beautiful bathroom and lovely decor. The breakfast is unbelievable - a true banquet and best enjoyed and treated as brunch because it has beautiful fruits of every kind, a selection of authentic muesli (which I usually have to provide myself) dried fruits, selection of milks and yoghurts, breads, pastries, selection of cold fish, cold meats, any type of egg dish you require, selection of teas, coffee and a glass of champagne which goes very well with your scrambled egg and smoked salmon. What can I say? No complaints here and a smart modern breakfast restaurant. Added to that the hotel restaurant Le Faubourg is also totally glamorous and superb and the piano bar lovely for a relaxing drink. And that's before you get out the door! Nearby is a wonderful place in Fasanenstrasse called Literature House with a garden and unbrellas over tables and chairs for coffee and cake, but the conservatory area in the building itself has the most wonderful breakfasts overlooking the garden and as this is a close walking distance to the hotel, its a must. The nearby Kempinski Hotel pavement Cafe which all the books rave about is currently under renovation so we were unable to enjoy that on this trip.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the charming Hotel Adlon near the Unter der Linden metro and the Brandenburg Gate. The very beautiful garden woodlands of Tiergarten is nearby full of ponds, grottos, sculptures and canals with again a lovely garden cafe and we spent several hours walking there on a beautiful sunny day.
This was our first trip to Berlin and it is totally amazing. A thriving, vibrant and exciting city, new and modern a great deal of it under construction but that in itself is exciting as the new buildings are of the best 21st century architecture by the best architects in Germany and Europe. The hotel itself was totally completed last year and as you will see in the Expedia photo selection rises into the air as a great modern structure opposite the Swiss Hotel. Beautiful new buildings are constructed to match old original historical buildings still standing. The shopping areas are stunning and everywhere the architecture is wayout and a masterpiece. The Quartier 206 is an extraordinary arcade full of the world's top designer shops but again the architecture is incredible - an elevator rising up to roof level of marble mosaics and lounging areas below of comfortable black leather chairs with champagne and coffee bars. Its just wonderful and obviously a popular meeting place. There are chic cafe restaurants on the pavements where you can sit on a sunny day as it was on this trip enjoying lunch and people gazing Parisien style. The whole experience was such a wonderful surprise. Beer gardens here mean gardens in villa residences or in woodland gardens under umbrellas, and a truly lovely experience. Everyone is courteous and well mannered. There is a lovely cafe area opposite the Opera House and University called OpernPalais which is a cross between a Parisien brasserie and a Viennese coffee house and part of a glamorous complex which has cabaret in several beautiful rooms at night and again you can sit outside and have drinks or coffee or salads under umbrellas. There is the most marvellous department store called KaWaDe near the hotel which has floors of gourmet sections, champagne bars, food bars of every description but all of the most fantastic way out architectural designs - the biggest gourmet store in Europe with a garden restaurant area above again with food of every description which you bring to your table. The Gallerie Lafayette store is also stunning with extraordinary design and fashion display figures. There are gardens and canals everywhere and a boat trip would be delightful. Berlin has many wonderful museums of which we could only tap the surface and enjoyed the Alte Nationalgalerie and the unforgettable achievement of the Film Museum housing the Marlene Dietrich exhibition with its extraordinary mirrored corridors and ceilings in the equally amazing Sony Centre. We also spent most of a day at the beautiful castle of Schloss Charlottenburg but as you can see to see Berlin would take weeks. We have booked immediately for the August long weekend for another five days and are certainly returning through Expedia to the beautiful Hotel Concorde. I hope others will enjoy this trip as much as we did.
A touch of the old DDR
FIrst of all I'd like to say that I really appreciated the Concorde Berlin despite the headline/title of my review. Very nice and service minded staff. Fantastic breakfast. Well situated. I both liked and disliked the room. I liked it becauce of its space. The room was really huge. Great bed, nice bathroom, flat tv etc. What I didn't like about the room, and this critisism include all other spaces of the hotel, was the DDR-feeling. I mean this is a brand new big lavish hotel, but it feels empty in a way I can't put my finger on. A certain lack of warmth I guess. Everything was very brown and beige. Sterile. Some colours might have done it. Red perhaps...
Great rooms but falling short in other areas
i have stayed in this hotel 2 times this year and would go back again. particularly if were on business. The rooms are very large with modern high quality decoration (some standard rooms are as much as 60m2 (which is 2x the size of the raddisson in berlin) and are by far and away the hotels best feature.
I would not recommend drinking or dining in this hotel. it is way too expensive (a gin and tonic and vodka and soda cost me an eyewatering 20 euro at the lobby bar) whereas in contrast a huge array of good cheap restruarants and bars are at hand a few minutes outside the door. Any wonder the restuarant is always empty (i never saw anyone in it on any of my 2 visits).
The hotel however has a great location at the foot of the Ku, dam. This is a great hotel to stay in for room only, especially as there are there are great deals to be had from time to time. The staff are also very courteous and attentive. The hotel overall has an immaculate clinical feel to it which in itself is not a bad thing, but i found a certain lack of soul or character. Very much like an upmarket business hotel. If you have kids with you here you will feel a little out of place.
In all i would certainly be happy to return despite any shortcommings.
A Wonderful Hotel
We have just returned from a few days in Berlin and can't wait to return to this hotel. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in, with great, top quality, duvets and pillows. I particularly liked the way the very spacious room was designed; with a cleverly-designed storage unit separating the sleeping area from the superb (and huge) bathroom. I was able to plug straight into a high-speed internet connection in my room and there is a fitness suite with steam room and sauna on the second floor. The staff are friendly and helpful and all speak perfect English. The location is just right - on the K-Damm with good shops and restaurants close by and Berlin's public transport makes it easy to get anywhere else you need to go.
Following Tripadvisor members reccomendations, just stayed there in a very short business trip to Berlin. Booked a room at Executive level, very good service, both at the central lobby and at the exec. level lobby, friendly and warm. Held a business meeting at the 11th floor lounge, complimentary food and soft drinks and a very nice view. The hotel was not crowded so even that helped. I would definitely return and reccommend this hotel.
Stayed there twice for several days on a business trip, moving there after staying only one night in the Swissotel which I disliked. The Concorde Hotel is brand-new. Beautifully appointed, large rooms which have a very pleasant division between the hallway and the bed creating a lot of coziness often lacking in traditionally laid out rooms. This gives a great feeling of privacy. Bathrooms are large and luxurious. On the executive levels the rooms have large plasma screens and the lounge is great with friendly professional staff, although the choice of food during the day is somewhat limited.
Another plus: the rooms are very quiet, you can not hear anything that is going on in the hotel or in the hallway.
Service overall is good but could still be improved upon (i.e. room-service).
For people looking for excellent quality and quiet rooms and a fantastic location, this is definitely the place.
5-Star hotel next to Kudamm
Nice hotel, large rooms, next to Kudamm, very friendly staff
Very good but not perfect!
My husband and i have just returned from a 5 day visit to Berlin. When we arrived we were informed that our reservation was not found (which was actually our fault too, but that's another story) and we decided to stay the first night at another, very good actually, 4* hotel acros the Kudamm. Any way they found us a room for the next day and they checked us in early in the morning with no problem.
The hotel interior and exterior was super modern just as i like it (no florals or classical furnishing), so was the room at the 9th floor that they gave us. The first disappointment was that the room was one of their small ones, well not exactly small but average, but i think that's because we had the standard room, but we had a beautiful view of the Kaiser Wilhelm Church and with all that snow falling it was magnificent!
They had a modern flat screen tv, seperate toilet and shower cubicle, bathtub and two sinks, just like you see it at the expedia photos! They had turndown service each night but no chocolate to leave by the bed... The breakfast was very nice but for 21 euros each i'd expect more variety at the cooked meals and the pastries (they do have a chef preparing eggs for you) and some fresh orange juice!
I also tried the wellness area and it was good and spotlessly clean but a pool would have made it perfect!
The staff at the reception was very nice, but what made a big difference was Martin (i think) at the concierge who was a big help to us, arranging sightsseing tours and reserving restaurants for us, he is the best!
I liked this hotel a lot, but for some reason i didn't feel it was perfect,anyway i recommend it to anyone who wants to stay at West Berlin epecially with the early opening rates, it has the best location rigt at the Kudamm, but next time i'll try to stay at a hotel in East Berlin to be closest to the famous sights!
Beautiful slick new hotel
The hotel is very well situated, and is beautiful inside and outside, in modern tones. The rooms are very big, the beds very comfortable and the bathrooms very well done (in our standard room, we had a bath and a separate shower).
The service was friendly, and from outside, the hotel looks like an American retro building. We have not tested the breakfasts or the restaurants, but overall we had an excellent impression, especially as they offer now opening rates, which are unbeatable.
We then stayed one night at the Westin Grand, which was much more classical, but the room was more comfortable at the Concorde.
Stayed in this wonderful new hotel for 6 nights in early November, 5 days after it officially opened. Managed to book a junior suite for 200 Euros a night on the internet - which was a fantastic rate.
- centrally located off Ku'dam, near U-bahn, S-bahn and Zoo station with easy access to Tegel and Berlin's premier retail strip. 100 and 100 buses (which gives a good introduction to Berlin) stops close to the hotel in Ku'dam.
- large rooms (larger than closest competitor - Swissotel) with normal rooms 40sqm and enormous suites.
- rooms tastefully decorated in minimalist style with king sized bed, LCD TV and huge bathrooms with separate WC and shower cubicles, bath, and separate his/her vanity sinks.
- Junior suite is also equipped with separate lounge room
- Excellent service throughout the hotel. Very young, friendly and enthusiastic staff. Bouquets to the Concierge (Martin) and doorman/boys who were very helpful. Booked restaurants, opera tickets and bought public transportation tickets directly from the Concierge.
- Service was prompt. Had a slight problem with a light fitting in the room and TV channels and assistance was provided without much delay. Checkout was a breeze.
- Had a meal in the restaurant/brasserie on the first night. The food and service was good. However, main course/entree was 17 Euros, wine 34 Euros - better value food can be eaten outside.
- Fitness centre was not completed yet and hotel failed to warn customers of this prior to booking. A big drawback to me as I was looking forward to some gym work during my holidays. Would have rated the stay as 5* except for this minor issue. Fitness centre is due to be completed in early 2006.
- Good Annick Goutal toileteries in the bathroom, but short in quantity and variety. Only provided with soap, shampoo, bath gel and body lotion in micro containers. Very poor selection compared to other 5 star hotels that I have stayed in.
Overall, this hotel would give the Swissotel Berlin (which is just across the road) stiff competition in terms of value for money and service but would win hands down in terms of room size.
Would stay here again. Ideal for people who loves big hotel rooms, central location, modern minimalist decor and proximity to shops and public transportation.
If I were to have a shorter stay in Berlin, might be tempted to stay at the Radisson SAS (very funky but smaller rooms) which is closer to the tourist sites.
For grander and more traditional decor / service 5* hotels the Westin, Regent, Adlon and Ritz Carlton might be better options. But thats not my preference.
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