Grand Hotel Esplanade

, Berlin, Germany
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Grand Hotel Esplanade

, Berlin
4 star

Rooms: 386

15 Lutzowufer Strasse - Berlin - 10785 - Germany 30 254 78-0
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3/10
Not so grand at the esplanade
Submitted by: mr s Mahon in 23/08/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Gay
We chose this hotel because it boasts a central location true but teirgarten was certainly outshone for us by the more tourist friendly areas of berlin Staff at this hotel were sneeringly standoffish and had more time for the middle-aged Berliners that frequented the foyet of this concrete posers palace. Berlin was fantastic but never again in this hotel only saving grace nice pool! expensive and empty restaurant breakfast 30euro come on!! you could get a fantastic breakfast for 5 euro just 10 mins from hotel overall more of a business hotel than a nice weekend stay.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Grand Hotel Esplanade

Fantastic hotel

from Raymonderllo
I found this hotel to be excellent. Modern, clean with excellent fitness and pool facilities. The staff were great and I am surprised by some of the other reviews. Breakfast was superb. The only negative might be the location, but once you learn to use to 200 bus, all problems are solved. In fact, if you want to job through the Tiergarden, this location couldn't be better.

I absolutely loved this hotel.

Service

from schaeferrolf
No complaints at all, nice and clean room, professional service both at the reception, concierge and breakfast. Would stay here again. 5 min walk to the nearest subway (Nollendorfplatz) but only 2 min walk to bus 100 which brings you almost everywhere.

ok for the money

from mariusbaa
I stayed at the Esplanade during a business trip to Berlin for 1 night in May because my regular Berlin Hotel had a meeting and prices went up 200%.

The location is not too good, if you have to do business in Mitte. It is probably a 15min taxi ride from Brandenburger Tor.

The lobby looks like 1990s, a bit outdated but still ok.

The front desk personell was absolutely professional, nothing to complain about.

The room was located on the 5th floor, a regular room with an enormous window, 2 separate small beds, a desk and a small bathroom. No extra shower, which is a minus in my eyes.

The furniture was alright, pretty bright colors, all in ggod conditions.

The wellness area looks a bit like a 1980s YMCA, but it has all the spa amenities you need for a relaxing hour after work.

The bed waas too soft for my taste.

The breakfast was not too good for a 5star hotel, the buffet was small and the choice of food limited.

Overall, I probably would not stay there again, but it is clean, comfortable and for the rate I got still a bargain.

Absolutely fantastic

from TravellingM
What an amazing hotel, not to be missed!! i got a bargin price as well, service was fantastic, friendly and polite, the drinks may be expensive but you just have to try one of the cocktails, worth every penny!

Good for the Money

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in the Marriott Berlin before i moved to the Grand Hotel Esplanade for my last night so in comparison to that this hotel didn't fare well. The location was very quiet and seemed much more isolated compared to Potsdamer Platz. It isn't very far away from other locations by taxi though (taxis are quite reasonable). There was a big difference between the two hotels which were both supposed to be five star, but judged on it's own merits, the price is much cheaper than other five star hotels and the rooms are spacious and clean. The double beds, which I had read about in another review before i stayed here, are a bit dissapointing in that it is not only two single beds pushed together, but two single duvets too! The bar also seemed quite lively and popular with the guests. All in all, it's a good bargain if you are with other people and are going out and about. If you are only there for a night or two, somewhere with a bit more atmosphere like Potsdamer Platz or Hackescher Markt would be more fun.

comfortable stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stay in this five-star hotel in April 2006. It is spacious and comfortable. It is located in the affluent centre of modern Berlin, within walking distance to both East (45min) and West Berlin (30min). But some distance to the Mitte where the historical centre is. There is no S- or U-Bahn close by. Taxis are always available. Service within the hotel is excellent but the decoration is somewhat dated. There is no coffee making facility or safe in the room. Two internet connection points available. Breakfast is standard with the same menus everyday. All in all, the stay is comfortable but not luxurious.

Nice hotel, terrrible stay...

from Helga88
I'm usually very positive while on holiday, but this hotel let me down. The rooms were great and it all started out fine (except a bit dissapointing location...).

The problems started on the second day when we were accused of breaking the bathroom-door. This made the rest of our trip unpleasant as some of the staff were very rude and kept coming to the room asking questions in a very accusatory tone. It made me feel very uneasy.
The day of departure, we were refused to leave unless we left our home address and credit card number.

We have since received a letter of apology, as their further investigations revealed that we had nothing to do with the damaged door, but our stay in Berlin was ruined. I only remember how unwelcome this all made me feel and how I could'nt enjoy myself because og the staff's behaviour.

Hotel with the best cocktail bar in the world!

from Ruthie01
We were a couple staying here for 3 nights in a standard room. We checked in early and were shown to a very clean, ultra modern and comfortable room.
We took a mid afternoon snack at Harry's cocktail bar (not cheap)but a very large and well presented club sandwich by a cheery waiter.
We were very impressed with the spa and used the facility every night, to ease the aching limbs! Be prepared to go naked in the sauna though ; 0 )
Harry's cocktail bar on Friday and Saturday nights is an unforgettable experience! Get there early to reserve a prime seat (be prepared to spend a little cash though!). The cocktail staff are all fantastic! They have a singer from Nottingham and he loves requests and sings a mean ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, so when your there make sure your request it and say ‘Hi’ from Rob and Ruth!
The concierge is worth consulting before a night out, but you have to press him to get you on VIP listings for clubs, the best bet is to consult him in the afternoon, whilst he still has time to make a few calls.
We requested a late check out on the Monday and the hotel allowed us to stay FOC till 3PM, which rounded off our holiday perfectly.
Enjoy Berlin it’s a wonderful city!

Excellent Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
A large, trendy and comfortable hotel in a great location. We enjoyed our three night stay in the Esplanade, Harry's cocktail bar not to be missed. Only draw back was air conditioning in rooms meant hot, stuffy environment to sleep in. Staff are not friendly but efficient and helpful in an impersonal manner. Good price.

Average

from advisordr
Stayed here in august for 5 nights, check inn staff were friendly, the man serving the “information” counter seemed fed up with I guess the usual questions of where to find places.

had a standard comfort zimmer, decent size, bed was disappointing. don't know if this is custom in germany, we booked a double bed, turned out to be two regular single beds placed together, with two SINGLE duvets.

Reception informed me all double rooms are like this and they do not have any double-bed duvets. Unbelievable for a so called 5 star hotel.

Rooms have no in room safe, which I find useful. the bathroom looked cheap, the toiletries provided was disappointing.

Breakfast was OK nothing special, and incredibly oily. pool facilities are ok, there is only one whirlpool for the whole hotel.

Location is OK, It’s beside a river, but you can't see it due to the trees, you can only see the construction site across the river. at least 20 minutes walk to anywhere, would have been nice to be close to some shops. Various buses stop near the hotel but the 100 bus is nearly always full at this stop and the U-bahn is a bit of a walk.

Overall despite what I have written I think this hotel was good value for us at 63 pounds inc breakfast from lastminute. But I wouldn't be willing to pay much more.

Top Local Tips for Berlin

Taxi fares to city centre from Berlin Schonefeld Our taxi fare cost around 30 Euros from Berlin Schonefeld out Tiergarten hotel.

U/S Bahn, busses. Get to know the public transport before you go, buy tickets for the complete holiday, they are good on the underground and the busses.

great little Italian at wonderful price The restaurant 12 Apostles off Savigny Platz is a little hard to find but worth the trip. We had a wonderful table overlooking a little side street filled with hustle and bustle . The food and wine were wonderful as was the service

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  • grand hotel berlin
  • Address: 15 Lutzowufer Strasse - Berlin - 10785 - Germany
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