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Hotel Excelsior Hotel 4 star
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Hardenbergstrasse 14 10623 Berlin Berlin, Germany -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This 4 star establishment is part of the German Gran City group and was renovated in 2010. The Excelsior is a very nice place to stay, with several comfortable lounge areas where guests can relax, watch television, or even enjoy a game of chess. The hotel also boasts a nice, well-lit bar overlooking the patio, a good place to relax by day and by night, as well as a well-equipped gym with around a dozen machines, perfect for a good workout after a long day at work or sightseeing. Of the 316 guest rooms at the hotel only the Superior rooms have been renovated and now feature carpeted floors, a leather armchair, and a few pieces of white furniture.

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    Location 7.13 /10

    The Excelsior hotel is around a 5 minute walk from Kufurstendamm Avenue, one of the most famous in Berlin (former West Berlin) and often compared to the Champs Élysées. It takes about a quarter of an hour by car to get to Tegel airport, 5 mi away, and about 20 minutes to get to Schoenenfeld airport, some 16 mi away.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Excelsior has a total of 316 guest rooms including Superior rooms that were fully-renovated in 2010 and Standard rooms that still feature their old decor. All of the rooms are the same in terms of size, and those in the middle category overlook the patio. Some feature light parquet flooring with slightly darker wooden furniture and come with a flat-screen television positioned on the desk. The bathrooms, meanwhile, are done out entirely in blue earthenware tiles, giving them a retro feel. The more modern rooms feature dark carpeted floors, a brown leather armchair, and white furniture, including a TV unit facing the bed, whilst the wall behind the huge cosy bed is adorned with a large Plexiglas-covered photo of some Maasai peoples (a tribe originating from Kenya). The superior rooms come with a minibar, a safe in the entrance, and tea and coffee-making facilities. The renovated bathrooms are done out in light colours and are rather low-key, with room around the wash basin for you to do your hair and make-up comfortably. You'll find the bathrooms in these rooms come with a selection of Ritual hospitality products, a hair-dryer, and a make-up mirror.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    This elegant 4-star establishment was built in 1979 and fully-renovated in 2010. The huge lobby area includes various relaxation areas, the first of these opposite the large reception desk and furnished with beige armchairs and chunky cushions. A hot stone heating system has been installed in the middle of the room, bringing a welcome touch of warmth during the winter months. On the other side of the wall you'll find another relaxation area where you can choose from a selection of board games, including several chess sets, or even watch television. The far end of the room alongside the bar, meanwhile, is furnished with a large Asian-style unit and large wooden trunks. The combination of colours used in the decor here make for both welcoming and low-key surroundings. The gym, which includes around a dozen machines and a television, is also located on this floor, with water and towels provided for guests' convenience. It is open throughout the year and is free for those staying in one of the Deluxe rooms. You can also check you email using the hotel's Wi-Fi or in the room located behind reception and overlooking the street, where you'll find 4 Mac computers and shelves holding a large number of different books.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    A German breakfast consisting of cold cuts, cheeses, various breads, and jam is served every day from 6:30am to 10:30am in the Franke restaurant on the ground floor. If you're visiting during the summer months you might even like to enjoy your breakfast on one of the two little terraces, the first overlooking the street, the second the patio. This is also the only part of the hotel where smoking is permitted. Comfortably seated at one of the little light brown wooden tables in the restaurant, you will have the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes throughout the day, including chicken and grilled meats (which will set you back around £13-20), pasta with spinach and goat's cheese (£15), and various salads.

    To know

    This 4 star establishment belongs to German chain Gran City, which has over 70 hotels throughout the country. For an original way of exploring the city, you might be interested to know that segways and bicycles are available to hire here.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, mountain bike, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The huge and welcoming lobby
    • The location

    disadvantages

    • The size of the standard rooms

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