We visited the Savoy Berlin in the last week of November primarily for the Christmas Markets. On the plus side this hotel is centrally located and about 5-10 minutes walk to the metro, bus station and high end department stores. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful when approached. My bed and mattress did wonders for my 15 year backache, truly! Even though freezing outside the hotel, bedroom and bathroom were very warm. Less than positive was the smell of cigar smoke from the attached cigar bar, the cost of the continental breakfast which at around £15 a day was very pricey. I recommend Cafe Swartz about 2 blocks away (turn right at theTchibo store and cross over) where we had a hearty and beautifully presented breakfast at half the price. The interior corridors of the hotel were reminiscent of the hotel in 'The Shining' and quite scary at night! My single room was at the end of a hallway adjacent to the staff stairwell. It had beautiful oriental tapestry artwork on the walls to cheer up an otherwise dark 1930's style room, an art deco floored shower room, a safe, TV, desk, chair etc and complementary mineral water each day. The curtains didn't hide the cracked plasterwork and the windows were quite drafty and for non-city dwellers the noise from a nearby metro bridge as well as the bar/restaurant across the way would be distruptive to a good night's sleep - I found it quite comforting in an otherwise too quiet hotel. Most annoying for a modern city was the lack of free WiFi with the exception of Starbucks. The hotel only offers a computer in Reception and charged daily for WiFi. The posh McDonald's showed off their iPads but did not offer WiFi to customers. As this was my first visit to Berlin I was initally disappointed by the greyness around me but the people were lovely and very helpful. I preferred East Berlin for its pre and post war history, what little remains of its jewish past, the architecture and its overall timelessness especially around Alexanderplatz, the Berlin Cathedral and Museum Island where there are magical Christmas Markets nearby. Checkout the huge circular aquarium at the Radisson Blu Hotel!
For the first time ever, I did not take one photo of my room or the hotel and I had my new Panasonic Lumix to hand at all times! I think that this hotel trades on its name and should like its older sister on the Strand in London have its interior gutted and refurbished for the 21st century traveller and include breakfast and WiFi as standard.
The higher floors had slightly larger modern style rooms and lighter decor. Also further away from...
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