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Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin 5.0

Berlin, Germany

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Pros

  • The AquaDom, the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium, is in the lobby
  • Central location allows easy access to sights throughout city 
  • Elegant rooms have Nespresso coffeemakers, minibars, and flat-screen TVs
  • Rooms have either Spree canal, Berlin Cathedral, or AquaDom views
  • Indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, sauna, and steam bath
  • On-site bar, restaurant, 24-hour room service, and free Grab & Run breakfast
  • 15 meeting rooms and two computers and printer in lobby for guests
  • Concierge service offers babysitting services, car rental, and attraction reservations
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Pet-friendly (dogs only)
  • Free electric-car charging service in parking garage

Cons

  • Fee for parking
  • Breakfast buffet is pricey
  • Elevator ride through the AquaDom is an extra fee for most guests 
  • AquaDom brings outside tourists to the lobby
  • Complaints about the concierge service, luggage storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity

Bottom Line

The luxury Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin is sleek and modern in design with a lot of attractions -- most notably, the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium in the lobby, the AquaDom. Beyond that, the hotel has a pool, sauna, 24-hour fitness center, and a restaurant and bar. It provides Apple AirPlay technology in its 15 meeting rooms including a huge meeting room on the top two floors with panoramic city views. With a central location, the hotel is a short walk to Museum Island and other major attractions. While selection varies, the 427 rooms and suites have great views of the Spree Canal or the AquaDom and comfort amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Nespresso machines. Travelers could also consider the nearby Pullman Berlin Schweizerhoff, which has Berlin’s largest hotel pool and similar amenities, though moderately higher rates. 

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Scene

Atrium-style lobby is dominated by the large AquaDom aquarium

Berlin's Radisson Blu Hotel makes a dazzling first impression. The hotel's entryway leads through an area with armchairs and a few seating options, and then opens up into a soaring atrium-style lobby where the large blue AquaDom is mounted in the center. A spectacular focal point, the AquaDom is the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world and has a glass elevator running up the center of the tank, offering interior views of the fish inside, for a fee. Other glass elevators operate on either side of the lobby -- these are available to guests at no charge. The front desk is to the right side of the lobby and the Atrium Bar curves around the bottom of the aquarium. Numerous white tables and chairs are set around the lobby, with wavy charcoal rugs and a large glass wall rounding out the contemporary style. The HEat Restaurant, featuring wood-burning fireplaces and chic wooden accents, and the meeting rooms on the first floor can be reached from the lobby. Couples are frequent guests at this hotel, and many can be seen using the wellness amenities or hanging by the bar. However, business travelers are second to couples due to the immense variety of meeting rooms and business services. Outside visitors also come to see the AquaDom, which makes the lobby an active, but spacious place.

Location

Convenient riverfront location near Berlin's top sights

The Radisson Blu is centrally located on the Spreekanal (Spree River), across a short bridge from the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). It sits on the bank of the river in the Mitte neighborhood, and is surrounded by restaurants, shops, and a large, covered pedestrian-only thoroughfare with cafe tables. The hotel is about an eight-minute walk to Museum Island (and its many museums), and a 25-minute walk to attractions along Unter den Linden boulevard, like Brandenburg Gate. To explore the rest of the city by U-Bahn or S-Bahn trains (Berlin's metro), guests can walk nine minutes to the Hackescher Markt station or 11 minutes to the Alexanderplatz station. There's also a tram and bus stop about two minutes away. 

Rooms

Flat-screen TVs, minibars, and views of the Spree Canal or AquaDom

There are four types of rooms at the Radisson Blu Berlin hotel. Standard Rooms have a warm color scheme with brown headboards, white desks and bedding, and reddish-orange chairs. In keeping with the lobby's main attraction, water-themed art pieces adorn the walls. Other rooms have a similar style, and the Junior Suites have separate lounge areas with orange couches, while the Nikolai Suite has a table that seats up to eight with orange chairs, a kitchenette, and a living room with a built-in aquarium. The amenities are plentiful in each room: a Nespresso coffeemaker, tea kettle, stocked minibar, and an iron and ironing board. All rooms come with flat-screen TVs, though the Junior Suites have two each. The Business Class Rooms each come with free breakfast buffet, turndown service, a free bottle of water, and bathrobes and slippers.

The bathrooms are quite spacious with large vessel sinks, though Standard Room bathrooms have little counter space. Toilets are in separate closets from the shower/tub combos. Suite bathrooms all have two sinks and separate showers and tubs, while the Nikolai Suite has a jetted bath and two bathrooms.

One of the best features of the rooms are the view options. Guests can request views of the Spree Canal and the Berlin Cathedral Church or interior views of the AquaDom. Some rooms even have balconies. 

Features

Pool and sauna, 15 meeting rooms with great views, and multiple dining options

The Radisson Blu Berlin hotel has a variety of on-site amenities. The hotel's wellness area includes a pool which has a few lounge chairs surrounding it. There's also a 24-hour fitness center with exercise machines, free weights, and a couple of flat-screen TVs, though it is quite small for a hotel of this size. There's also an on-site Bio or Finnish Sauna which has foot baths, steam baths, and showers.

The hotel caters to its business travelers with 15 meeting rooms that have great views of the city. DomLounge is the most striking meeting room, split between two levels and offering panoramic views of Berlin. Some of the meeting rooms have Apple AirPlay technology that allows guests control of lighting, sound, window shades, TV, and presentations with an iPad. Additionally, the hotel has an business center with a couple of computers and a printer available for guests' use. 

There are a variety of on-site dining options at the hotel beyond 24-hour room service. There’s a breakfast buffet that has a wide selection of food, though it is quite costly. For early risers, there's a free Grab & Run breakfast bag served early in the lobby that includes coffee, tea, water, milk, seasonal fruits, and muesli bars. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, HEat, which has indoor and outdoor dining by the canal and serves a variety of meals beyond German cuisine. The Atrium Bar, located next to the AquaDom in the lobby, serves alcohol, coffee, and tea and has pastries during the day.

Parking is available for a fee, and dogs are allowed at the hotel, for an additional fee. 

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Address

Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3, Berlin 10178, Germany

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