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by Paul Sullivan, The Daily Telegraph, August 11, 2016
This plush five-star set on Berlin’s striking Gendarmenmarkt offers a central location and 600 comfortable, contemporary rooms. There's a health club with pool, and service is, on the whole, excellent.
The historic Gendarmenmarkt, host to two domed cathedrals and an 18th century concert house, is one of Berlin’s most elegant squares. It’s also conveniently central: Friedrichstrasse’s array of expensive shops and smart cafes are right around the corner, and sights like Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, the Reichstag and Brandenburger Tor are all within 20 minutes on foot. U-Bahn Stadtmitte is just a minute away.
Style & character 8/100
The building that houses the Hilton was constructed in 1989 as part of the luxury East German Interhotels chain. It has been the Hilton since 1992, and the interior now presents a tasteful balance of spacious, light-filled public areas dotted with columns and modern gold, brown and cream colour schemes.
Service & facilities 9/100
The hotel has very good service from beginning to end, with multilingual reception staff and concierge desk happy to handle anything from car and bicycle rentals to concert and dinner reservations. The health club encompasses a 14-metre indoor pool that hosts Aqua-Fit classes, a beauty salon with Kerstin Florian body treatments and other services (including hair), plus a steam room and 24-hour fitness room decked out with Precor equipment. Business guests can utilise the hotel’s 15 function rooms, a grand ballroom and a dedicated business centre.
Rooms are warm and reasonably stylish without being over-the-top in terms of design. The king-size beds are comfortable, the TVs have free satellite channels and work desks come with ergonomic chairs. Most have views across the square or the rear garden, although the Executive rooms and Suites offer superior vistas of the city, as well as separate living areas and access to the daily snacks and treats of the Executive Lounge.
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Food & drink 9/100
Upscale currywurst and other grilled snacks can be enjoyed on the pleasant outdoor terrace at Domcurry, while the Listo Lobby Lounge’s casual menu of burgers, salads and club sandwich (as well as cocktails and live music at weekends) is convenient for quick and sociable bites. Mark Brandenburg, named after the rural area that surrounds Berlin, offers an aptly regional menu and lovely views of the German Cathedral, and guests can also find a weekly changing Business Lunch menu and popular Sunday Lunch. The hotel breakfast is lavish, with made-to-order eggs, champagne and artisan breads.
Value for money 8/100
Double rooms from €139 (£116) in low season; and from €300 (£250) in high. Breakfast included. Wi-Fi €25 (£21) per day.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Several adapted rooms and most of the hotel is wheelchair friendly.
Connecting rooms are available for families, and a babysitting service, children's menus and family packages are available.
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