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My family is from Germany and collectively I’ve probably spent a year of my life in Germany. That being said, I haven’t visited Berlin in nearly two decades, so it’s one of the major German cities I’m least familiar with. I was excited to finally visit it, so we planned a three night stay there.
For our visit we decided to stay at the Grand Hyatt Berlin, where we paid a rate of ~200EUR per night. I’ve heard generally good things about the Grand Hyatt, and given that they have a club lounge, it seemed like quite a good value.
The Grand Hyatt is about a 20 minute drive from Tegel Airport, near Potsdamer Platz.
The entrance to the hotel is on a tree-covered side street.
As soon as I walked into the lobby I felt like we had entered a Park Hyatt and not a Grand Hyatt. The lobby was chic and minimalist, though I realize that probably isn’t everyone’s taste.
The lobby had plenty of natural light thanks to windows on the ceiling.
The reception desk was located past the entrance on the left, where we were quickly helped my a friendly associate. It was a perfect check-in experience, in the sense that he covered everything that needed to be covered (basics of club lounge, offering Diamond amenity and late check-out, explaining basics about facilities, etc.), without being annoyingly chatty.
We took the elevator up to the seventh floor, where our room was located (along with the Grand Club).
The hallways were quite sleek, and again, gave me more of a Park Hyatt vibe than Grand Hyatt one.
We were originally assigned room 722, a Club King room.
Grand Hyatt Berlin Club King Room entrance
The room featured an entryway with the bathroom on the left side and a mirror on the right side.
The room featured a king bed, and then across from that was a table with chair and a TV.
Across from the bathroom was part of the minibar setup, which included a kettle.
The bathroom was spacious and could be accessed from both the entryway and from the side of the bed.
It featured a partitioned off shower & bathtub “complex,” which again, felt very much like what you’d get at a Park Hyatt.
The one thing which didn’t at all feel Park Hyatt were the June Jacobs toiletries, which are among my least favorite.
Then there was also a toilet with a sliding door.
The room had nice views, even if they were a bit obstructed.
So there was only one slight problem with the room. We requested a twin room and were assigned a room with a king bed. We went to the Grand Club reception to ask about that, as apparently that room showed as being a twin room in their system. After the associate made a few phone calls we were assigned room 704 instead, which was located right across from the Grand Club.
The room was almost identical, except it featured “twin” beds… in the European sense.
I won’t dig too deep into that again, but I do find it frustrating how twin beds in Europe often seem to have about two inches of separation between them. Puzzling!
This room was on the other side of the hotel, so had nice views of the surrounding neighborhood.
As I said above, the Grand Club was located right across from our room.
The Grand Club was gorgeously appointed, and was never really full. There were a variety of seating options, from more traditional dining tables to a couch in the back to comfortable leather chairs.
The food and drink setup was on the left side upon entering, just past the reception desk.
The lounge faced the interior courtyard of the hotel.
Soft drinks and coffee were available all day.
Then in the afternoons there were a handful of sweet options.
Every day there were two types of cookies and then some sort of sweet granola clusters.
Then there was some rotating “sweet” item every day, ranging from chocolate cake…
…to berry tarts…
…to some sort of peanut butter cake.
The breakfast spread was quite good as well, and featured several types of pastries, muffins, croissants, etc.
Then there was a nice selection of cold cuts, including excellent smoked salmon.
Then there was cereal, fresh fruit, and fresh juice.
Eggs were also available upon request. I thought the breakfast spread was perfect, though I’m someone who just wants coffee and granola in the morning anyway.
Then the evening spread was available from 6PM until 8PM. There was a good selection of self serve beer and wine.
Then there were three types of snack mix (the one on the right was especially addictive).
And then there were rotating options. While the spread wasn’t huge, the quality of what was on offer was fantastic.
The options were always served in little jars, and you could help yourself to as many as you wanted.
All-in-all it was a great club lounge with excellent service. While the Sheraton Stockholm was a good base from which to explore the city, the club was consistently crowded. That wasn’t a problem at this hotel.
It also reminded me of what my favorite thing about club lounges really is, as someone who lives in hotels. They’re a great place to get work done, so being able to sit in a soothing environment other than your room for hours on end is sort of invaluable.
In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, there was Club Olympus, the hotel’s spa and gym. It’s open daily from 6AM until 11PM, and features a gym, pool, and a full service spa.
The gym was a decent size with modern equipment, even if it wasn’t huge.
The pool was quite impressive for a city hotel in Europe, and also featured a hot tub.
Service throughout the Grand Hyatt was excellent, and all the staff seemed eager to please. Berlin is a sprawling city, so I don’t really think there’s one “best” place to stay, though all things considered I thought the Grand Hyatt had a great location.
My expectations were exceeded by the Grand Hyatt Berlin. As Matt recently wrote about, hotel branding is sometimes a mystery, and this is an example of that. In many ways this felt more to me like a Park Hyatt than a Grand Hyatt. While the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong remains my favorite Grand Hyatt in the system, this definitely ranks up there as one of my other favorite properties.
I’d definitely return to this property if in Berlin.
Do you have a favorite hotel in Berlin?