This was my first trip to Berlin and I didn't have a good feel for location of things within the city. The hotel is situated within the East just over the line where the Wall used to be (look for the running line on the streets as you walk.) There is still a pretty marked difference in architecture between the East part where everything was sort of stuck in a cement-induced time warp and the West part where culture and enterprise flourished.
Though the hotel is not right in the heart of things, a 10-15 minute walk will put you in the middle of museums, restaurants, tourist attractions, and a bustling shopping district. The staff is friendly and helpful, the breakfast buffet in the mornings is quite extensive with lots of choices (eggs, sausages, mushrooms, cheeses, cereals, yogurts, fruits, breads, and more). The rooms were average in size (based on most U.S. standards) and each day there was something that didn't quite get done with the housekeeping (we ran out of toilet paper one day), but overall it wasn't really a dealbreaker. There was a lot of construction around the hotel when I visited in March, but the hotel itself is new and I suspect the neighborhood will be much more developed in coming years. Be sure to visit Checkpoint Charlie when you go and plan to spend at least 2-3 hours in the museum. It's about a 7 minute walk from the hotel and hosts the entire history of the split between East and West and the Wall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Berlin City Center is in walking distance to many famous Berlin attractions such as Friedrichstrasse, Alexanderplatz, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, Memorial of the Berlin Wall and popular Potsdamer Platz. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Berlin City Hotel Berlin
- Courtyard Berlin
- Berlin Courtyard