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Hotel Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Hotel 4 star
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Mere mention of the word "Sofitel" is a guarantee of French luxury and know-how all over the world. The Berlin Gendarmenmarkt outpost is no exception to the rule and even brings some of its own additional touches, notably in the decor. The attractive combination of its ultra-modern design and the Communist-era architecture is impressive. It is a moderate-sized establishment looked after in a superlative manner by an efficient, friendly team, and is well worth a stay if you can afford the rates!

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    Location 6.61 /10

    The Sofitel has set up shop under the arches of Gendarmenmarkt, a stone's throw from the majestic avenue of Unter den Linden ("Under the lime trees" in English) and Friedrichstraße, and within a short distance of nearly all of the capital's sophisticated hangouts. In the immediate vicinity you will find the famous Deutscher Dom and Französischer Dom churches and other luxury hotels like the Regent. Many other tourist attractions are nearby (Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Alexanderplatz, etc.), but the Sofitel is also in a good strategic position close to the Friedrichstraße metro station, which provides access to the other districts worth exploring in Berlin.

    Accommodation 8.90 /10

    It is best to book in advance if you want to be sure to have a room in the Sofitel, as it only has 70 guests rooms and 22 suites. These are each divided into 3 categories: classic, superior, and luxury; and junior, premium, or opera. As you might expect in an older building, all of the rooms are slightly different in size and layout. However, the style does not vary, remaining elegant and contemporary throughout the establishment. We really liked the use of different luxury materials, which hints at both the classic (marble) and the modern (wood). They come together with surprising success both in the bedroom and the bathroom. Everything here bears the hallmarks of the Sofitel chain, from the famous MyBed (with its top-mattress) to the luxury Hermes hospitality products as well as other illustrious items. The introduction of a pillow menu is also currently under consideration. As for the facilities, nothing is missing (individual air conditioning, a radio alarm clock, a minibar, safe, etc.) apart from a plasma screen television. Indeed, the existing television, which is concealed in a glass cube, has not aged well... Something to keep in mind: 12 of the rooms have a balcony, which is a real luxury in the German capital.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The building now housing the hotel used to be an East German youth academy. Over the years, it has gradually been improved and now holds a prestigious position in the Sofitel chain. Hidden away under old arches, the Sofitel's futuristic entrance sets the tone for what is to come further inside. Admittedly, there are a few lingering features from the past, like the general design of the building, but the decor in this Sofitel is firmly on the side of modernity. The lobby is housed in a small lounge area with a carpeted floor, a waiting area with velvet sofas, and designer features (light fittings, vases, pictures, etc.). You can walk up the period stairs to the floors or take the modern glass lift! The 7th floor spa at the top of the building is definitely worth a visit, if only to admire the way it has been laid out: the gym with an old leather sofa and the latest generation Technogym machines, a treatment room, a relaxation room under the roof with white sofas, recliner chairs, a CD player, a solarium, a terrace, a sauna, and a hammam. The cherry on the cake are the skylights offering views of the Französischer Dom church on Gendarmenmarkt.

    Food and drink 7.80 /10

    With a French name and French origins, you would really expect this hotel to pull out all the stops when it comes to its cuisine, but unfortunately, the breakfast room is the only restaurant in the Sofitel. All the same, a "made in Sofitel" breakfast is considered one of the best in the capital by the local media. The spread consists of fresh fruit juices, hot dishes served à la carte or from the self service counter (sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms), fresh French bread, etc. The neighbouring 'Aigner' restaurant is only a partner of the hotel, although most guests here are unaware of this, as any meals taken there are added directly to the room bill. Room service also obtains its food from this restaurant. The history of this place is as interesting as the Austrian and German-influenced food is delicious. Indeed, the Aigner has taken its name and furniture from a famous old Viennese cafe, resulting in a very successful tribute.

    To know

    Although this is not, strictly speaking, a boutique hotel, its size and designer appearance may persuade you to consider it as such. It opened in 1999 and has changed its name and group every few years, starting as Dorint Sofitel before becoming the Dorint Hotel and, in 2007, Sofitel. It has also been the subject of many renovations over the years, but for the time being, no major changes are in the pipeline.

    Equipment

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

      hammam, sauna, massage, keep fit, beauty salon, Turkish bath, spa, wellness

    • Sports equipment

      sports, fitness, gym, mountain bike

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

    advantage

    • The spa under the roof
    • The moderate size
    • There are lots of shops nearby

    disadvantages

    • The rates
    • There is no bar

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