Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Review
- Overall Hotel Review
4 OUT OF 5 FOR SOFITEL HOTEL BERLIN GENDARMENMARKT
I ranked the Sofitel Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, all around, 4 out of 5 stars. This boutique luxury hotel in central Berlin achieves most of my expectations for a 5 star hotel; Great location, excellent service, great food, comfortable and quiet rooms.
With much to rave about, there are a few areas that this hotel could work to rank higher. The Sofitel Berlin is a bit limited when it comes to amenities offered. As a result the hotels interior should be top condition at all times. The Sofitel Berlin may also benefit by offering additional amenities / services for guests; perhaps partner with a tour company or opera house.
Sofitel Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt is a 5 star luxury hotel in central Berlin. The Sofitel Berlin is situated next to Gendarmenmarkt Square; about a ten minute walk to the Brandenburg Gate. It takes about 15 minutes or US$25 taxi ride from Berlin Tegel Airport (regional airport). In terms of restaurants and bars, there is not much in this area, as it seems to be more businesses rather than residential. Luckily the Austrian restaurant at the Sofitel Berlin is amazing.
THE BOUTIQUE SOFITEL HOTEL BERLIN GENDARMENMARKT
The interior of the Sofitel Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt is modern, with clean lines and a mix of metal and leather furniture. There is an amazing glass elevator that leads to all floors. Inside this boutique hotel, you will find 70 rooms, 22 suites, an atrium (where breakfast is served), a great spa, and a gourmet Austrian restaurant.
It was mid April in east Germany; Easter weekend to be exact. I checked into the Sofitel Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt for three nights, at an extremely low rate of US$170 a night. The average cost for a standard room, in July or August, is about US$275 to $300 a night; more during festivals and German Christmas Market seasons.
Upgraded to a suite with a view of Gendarmenmarkt. Room was nice, small and just the right size for a short weekend getaway. At first glance the rooms seem nice, clean and modern. Upon further inspection, the furniture seemed tired and in need of some upkeep.
I like staying at Sofitel hotels because you are guaranteed a quiet and comfortable night sleep. The beds and sheets are always super soft, and I am also not sure what they pump in the air, some white noise to drain other noises. Whatever it is, it allows for peace and quiet. Love!
The best part of our stay was the chocolate bunnies they left us in our room for Easter 🙂
The bathroom is an alley, with the counter on one side and the shower and toilet on the other. The counter is a good size, with ample room to keep your things. The shower has good water pressure, but the position of the shower head leads to lots of water leaking out. The bathroom comes complete with luxurious soaps, shampoos, and super comfortable robes; If you don’t know by now, I love a good robe (thanks Vicki!).
Checking in was delightful. Pleasantly greeted by the front desk staff, we were given some maps, with explanations of Berlin’s top sights and things to do. With it being so late, the Sofitel attendant provided us with some late night options. We also used the front desk to help plan dining and tour options the next 2 days.
The ATRIUM CAFE
The Atrium Cafe at the Sofitel Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt is where you can enjoy breakfast every morning. The Cafe is bright and open, with super friendly staff, making for a great start to your day. Breakfast is about US$25 to $30, and they offer both a cold and hot breakfast buffet, with freshly made omelets by request.
Set up as a Viennese coffee house, the Aigner serves up some of the finest Austrian and International cuisines. The service was friendly and fast; allowing us to dine at 10:30pm when they close at 11pm. The staff also made some amazing wine selections. The food was out of this world amazing. I had a free range chicken, Viennese style, and I couldn’t have been more satisfied. The prices were pretty moderate; for two entrees and 4 drinks the total was under $80.