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Hilton Berlin

The Berlin Hilton is located near Gendarmenmarkt in the heart of former East Berlin. It is easy reachable by public transportation from either Berlin Hauptbahnhof or Berlin's airports. The hotel is a huge complex covering a whole block.

The lobby is really big with a stair case in the center to reach the first floor, where one of the restaurants, the entrance to the gym and the most meeting rooms are located. The check-in area is on the right side with six counters to check-in guest. A dedicated check-in area for Hilton HHonors Guests is available. There is also another side entrance to the right side along one of the restaurants and some shops.

The wellness area is in the first floor. You have to sign in to use it. The use of gym and pool is free of charge for all hotels guest being at least HHonors Silver, while the use of sauna and steam bath has to be paid for by all guests, except guest holding HHonors Diamond status.
The area is nice with a locker room and showers. The entrance to the sauna and steam bath area is right behind the locker room. You have to use your entrance key to gain access. Both, steam bath and sauna are huge by hotel standards and this area is styled in a nice Roman / Oriental style combination. Showers (cold / hot) and an ice fountain are also in this area.
The pool is free form with some deck chairs available and a juice bar serving also snacks. This area could become crowded if the hotel is full and many people use this area.

The gym has a separate entrance. While the equipment is modern, the number of treadmills, steppers, bikes etc. is limited and it would be nice to have more of them available. This area is really small in comparison to other hotels of this seize.

The Executive Lounge is located on the sixth floor overlooking Gendarmenmarkt. It's nicely decorated in a contemporary style, not modern or stylish but comfortable and nicely decorated with some chairs, tables and lounge chairs. Newspapers and magazines in German, French and English language are available. Soft drinks are served during the day while alcoholic drinks are served from 11.00 till closing of lounge at 22.30. During the day pastries are available and you can help yourself on the espresso machine which makes also a Latte Macchiato, a café crème or an espresso. Snacks and Hors d'oeuvres are served from 18.00 to 20.00 in the evening. The Lounge is small and often very crowded, esp. in the evening. If you are early or breakfast, you may get a seat, but as guest booked on Executive Lounge or at least Hilton Gold you could also have breakfast in the restaurant on the first floor. The selection in the Lounge is the usual extended continental breakfast with sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, a selection of different cheese, jam and marmalade, bread and rolls. Cereals, yoghurt and fruit are also available but in contrast to the selection in the restaurant the plates are prepared. Tea and coffee are served by a waiter in the lounge supported by the lounge attendant.

stays 19 Mar 06

Arrival Date: 18 March 2006
Departure Date: 16 March 2006
Room type booked: Standard (upgrade to Executive Floor)
Rate Plan: Advanced Booking
Room Number: 6082
Room Rate: 127.20 EUR

Status of Guest Program: Gold

I checked in at 11.30 in the morning. I was greeted and as they found my reservation asked if I would like to check-in in the lounge since this was no that busy at check in were several people were queuing for check-in and check-out and all six counters very busy. I accepted this offer and was given a keycard for the use of the elevator to the club lounge. They must have phoned the Club Lounge since I was expected and greeted by name. Since the lounge attendant was another guest checking in, I had to wait some minutes. I got a room, which I did not expect at this time since the hotel was fully booked the night before and really full during this weekend.
Check in was fast and very friendly.

The standard rooms are not that big.

If you enter the room you are in the small entrance area. Here is the entrance to the bathroom of the room with WC, sink and bath. The bath has an average seize and a big mirror behind the sink. Unfortunately is becomes foggy after you have taken a shower.

The room was facing the courtyard and therefore very quiet but views are limited.

Right at the entrance to the room were the mini bar and the tea and coffee facilities. On the right hand side was the comfortable king bed with two bedside tables with reading lamps. Between bed and window was the working desk. The desk was more of the small side and since telephone was placed there is was big enough to work on but a bit more space would have been nicer. A plug for a laptop was available as a lamp was. On the other side was a lounge chair with a small round table. Opposite the bed was a commode with the television on it.

In the wardrobe in the entrance area were an ironing board and an iron placed. Also in this wardrobe was the safe, which was big enough for a laptop but had no power outlet.

W-LAN and LAN were available for a fee (powered by Swissport). Prices of the mini bar were as following water 3.75 EUR, beer 3.75 EUR, wine 6.25 EUR, peanuts 2.75 EUR and sparkling wine 6.25 EUR.

As amenities I got a bottle of water “with a touch of lemon grass”.

The room was nice but more of the small side. If you are alone this is okay, if you are sharing the room with someone else it might became a bit narrow. The interior (both decoration and furniture) is okay and there were only a few stains and scratches if you search for them.