Rated 4 out of 5 by Albert37 October 2012 Stay
Nice hotel and good location. The staff did not have our room ready upon our late arrival which was irritating given the long international flight, but they did their best to correct the situation. Otherwise, it was a nice stay.
1. November 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by DrRubin Good but not Great
Our stay at Westin Berlin Grand was hardly grand. The staff was very accommodating and the breakfasts were good, but the room was tiny and we got no upgrade. Huge charges for internet, which you get for free, hardly improved my impression, since I stayed at better hotels on this trip where it was free. We used points for one night and got no breakfast. There is no turndown service at night. The hotel was completely confused when three nights were under Tauck Tours and one with points. I was locked out of my room and it was not made up by 5 PM.
23. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hriso27 Excellent Staff
From Check in to Check out, the staff were polite, efficient and attentive.
The sole disappointment is the internet connection and the inability print a document from your computer in the business center. It should be at least free in the lobby for guests. I went to another hotel and they gave me 6 day connection.
There is construction going on, which was a slight nuisance in driving there.
11. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Berlintravel Recent Stay
The hotel and staff are wonderful, but the current construction activity immediately next door to the Westin Grand is a major issue and will affect your stay. This should have been disclosed at the time of booking as the noise was so loud that it is impossible to sleep during the construction hours. Access is also affected, but not as big an issue.
I know the Westin has no control over this construction activity, but as a guest, we should be advised so we can decide if this is an appropriate hotel to stay.
11. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Somedude Berlin
Hotel Gym is too small and lacks professional workout equipment, but Fitness First next door offers a good alternative. I was upgraded to a suite as a Platinum member, but it only had a small window with a garden view. In the bedroom I thought I had a bigger window but it was only a curtain covered wall. The room itself was quite big but the furniture nor the décor filled the room to make it feel like home.
11. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by justjacko Construction & Road Closure should = special condition
staff friendly and polite, however construction and multiple road closures made it a difficult task to get within a block of the front door of the hotel. This is normal since most of berlin is under construction - would have preferred some notification of the cluster prior to arrival. Would stay at hotel again but be sure to verify roads and traffic. (it took 3 hours to get into the city and to hotel with traffic and multiple road closures)
1. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by AmyK A smart hotel with a central location
The rooms lived up to the high standard I always expect from a Westin and the location in the city is very close to all the major sights. The gym and pool are also great for fitness and relaxing.
21. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by stevearino Need heavenly shower
The shower here was a handheld and not up to the quality one expects at a Westin. The water pressure was not good and the shower spray was cheap.
20. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by gita Great location
The location is great. You are close to all the attractions, shopping and train. You can pretty much walk to everything. The lobby and the hotel is very nice. What i did not like was the lack of upgrade we got as a Gold member.
17. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by rvs1 good location
great location, can walk to everywhere (including shopping, sight seeing, restaraunts, etc)
only pool was a bit small, was expecting a bigger pool
14. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by jjb94941 Excellent hotel except for...
It's strange how one small interaction can impact one's overall impression of a hotel. We had enjoyed our few days immensely and were very happy with all aspects of the hotel. Until, shortly before checkout I asked at reception (the concierge desk was vacant) how long we should allow to get to Tegel Airport on a Sunday morning. The front-desk representative (I think her name is Lilianna or something similar) simply refused to provide an answer. All we could get was "I can't tell you... you have to make your own decisions!"). When I called to speak to a supervisor(I think her name is Connie), I finally received a sensible answer, namely that the drive to the airport should take no longer than 30 minutes on a Sunday morning!
31. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jayasri This hotel is at an excellent location
A great location for visiting Berlin. Very convenient for touring around. Room was large.
30. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by BillN Solid Westin Style
Family visits have taken me to Berlin frequently, so I've stayed at the WGB twenty or more times. This is a well run property, and no other hotel has a better location when all factors such as convenience to transit, cultural sites, restaurants, etc, are considered. One of the few negatives is a renovation several years ago that replaced several fine atmospheric restaurants with a more generic although good lobby facility.
29. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Serenissima Very well located
We enjoyed the hotel because it was so conveniently located for our needs and it offered all the features we enjoy in a hotel.
28. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Marco63 A very convenient hotel
This hotel is quite well located and very comfortable, although no room upgrade for SPG Gold
The only issue I have is that the day I made my reservation on the SPG internet site breakfast was advertised as free, but ... it was not and was charged to me at the rate of 30 euro per day
3. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Smartfoneaddict Great location & Ambiance
Great location, great lobby decor/ambiance and pretty good room comfort. A bit disappointed though: No coffee/tea in room; heavinly bed not as heavinly as elsewhere (particularly pillows); no Platinum room upgrade nor were we asked about our preferred Platinum guest amenity! :(.
(Ongoing construction on Friedrichstrasse and Unter Den Linden is a bit of a pain right now)
31. Juli 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Matthias Extra workout ;-)
The rooms and location in this hotel are excellent and it remains one of my favorites. However, beware of the rooms all the way on the off-side facing the construction site on Unter-den-Linden Street. You'll find yourself walking each way for at least 10 minutes to then enjoy the view of a major construction site. Also, do not miss the breakfast time by more than a few minutes, there won't even be a cup of coffee and they will send you to Einstein down the road (actually very nice there).
29. Juli 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Akinyc La grande dame
Extremely pleasurable stay, comfortable room, good service, great amenities ( pool and spa fantastic).
Delicious meal in the restaurant!
One thing that boggles the mind, in this day and age when almost every dump hole of a hotel offers it for free, the Westin Grand charges the Internet access. C'mon guys!
26. Juli 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vincos Actually much grander that the website would lead you to believe
No better location in Berlin - on Unter den Linden with myriad attractions within walking distance and loads of public transport options.
The property was built as the showplace of the old DDR and although newish, it has the feel of a legacy hotel with an enormous atrium lobby and stunning stained glass ceiling. Pictures on the site gave me the impression that rooms were dated and Germanic spartan but, in fact, they have the usual Westin modern flair. In general, the property is very attractive.
An upgrade was not available on check-in but the staff were very helpful and arranged for a move to a Junior Suite on the following morning. This happened flawlessly and the increased space (really a suite with a proper living room), two baths, double vanity and tub were much appreciated. The live orchid plant is a very nice touch!
There was no in-room amenity delivered - although it is certainly not required, it is increasingly more common and I am surprised it was missing here. I did much appreciate the complimentary paper delivered in the morning - this used to be standard but lately is getting more and more rare. As is the complimentary shoe shine which here was done to perfection.
Platinum breakfast is very basic: dinner rolls and croissants served in the main restaurant with an option to upgrade to the very complete buffet.
9. April 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jutiapa Great laundry service
I stay here every year during Fruit Logistica.
The staff is always friendly, efficient and professional. The laundry service, in particular, exceeded expectations by a mile (not just a kilometer, since I'm American). I can't remember a hotel I've stayed at where they pick up the laundry within five minutes of the call to guest services and return it shortly after lunch. I was stunned.
One day, one of the staff got there so quickly that I hadn't had time to fill out the laundry form. "I'll do it for you," she insisted. She took my clothes and, sure enough, each and every item was returned by 2pm.
Thanks for making it easy.
15. Februar 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by crb75 Location the main benefit
First to get the minor negatives out of the way:
This is not a grand five star European Hotel - it is a large scale business/tourist hotel and run accordingly.
Some people may appreciate a sales pitch to upgrade to a spa suite at check in - I just find it tacky. Equally tacky is charging for delivery of a paper such as the Fin. Times - only hotel in Europe I've ever encountered that does this.
Finally - yes it is cold in January - but occassionaly the bell staff/doormen need to be outside - not just hanging around the lobby.
More importantly - the many positives:
The location is indeed ideal. Easy walking to many Government Buildings, big ticket tourist attractions and interesting neighbourhoods. The blocks around the hotel also have a myriad of public transport options making getting anywhere else around (or out of) the city a breeze. Unless you have business in the old heart of "West Berlin" the location is simply superb.
I stayed in a junior suite which, while unimaginatively furnished, was large, modern and in excellent condition. It also had a full King sized Heavenly Bed. Overlooking Unter der Linden on the 2nd floor exterior noise was quite noticeable - however garden/courtyard rooms are available for those who value quiet. I think a little bit of street noise is a small price for the outstanding view of linden.
Except for a possible misunderstanding where housekeeping thought some coins I'd be keeping for public transport was a tip for them, housekeeping was of a very high standard. Evening turndown service was also undertaken.
Interior soundproofing was excellent - maybe there were no other guests - but I didn't hear a single noise from the corridor or another room.
With the sole exception of a grumpy check out agent - all the staff were very friendly and helpful.
16. Januar 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by jana100 Big hotel where does not matter whether you are platinum
I stayed in Westin during my business trip and did not enjoy it.
13. Februar 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by rick05 Great Location / Disappointing Stay
Easy/efficient check in. Great location. No clock in room. Asked for a clock -- "no". Had to go buy a clock. No Platinum upgrade, as the hotel was sold out (funny, at 8:00 pm there were suites available to book online -- hopefully some other Platinum member was given the upgrade, vs. leaving the suite empty). Very disappointing complimentary continental breakfast. I like an egg with my toast -- would have been an additional 14 Euro (ouch).
When we checked out, we were asked about our stay. I said "disappointing", thinking a manager might ask "why?". I was wrong. There was not a follow up question or any concern.
If we were not Platinum members who have stayed at numerous SPG hotels in Europe (including other Westin hotels), we probably would not have had such high expectations for the Westin Berlin. However, we have and this hotel does not measure up.
10. Oktober 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Yuth Staffs are not helpfulness
Especially front desk staffs
14. August 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Troikee1 Central Location
Great location. Hotel good, staff ok but nothing special - not very friendly. Hotel décor dark, bedroom décor dull. Stayed in a Junior Suite, Shower fantastic, bathroom lovely with double hand wash basins. Bedroom spacious, bed very comfortable BUT NO window in bedroom. and on a personal note the living area was lovely and large but not much furniture, TV looked small and felt small in the living room.
We didn't use the Spa as we felt it was expensive and we were only there for a weekend so wanted to visit the sights, but the pool was lovely.
Location of hotel really great, near checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate.
11. Juni 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Brooxh Recommended, but not up to Westin standards
I recently completed the second of two stays. The hotel is very nice and the location is great. But the service was substandard.
Problem 1: The first stay was 5 nights and I was told that even though I am Starwood Platinum, the they could not upgrade me to a suite because they did not have one available for the full time. That's fine, but I checked in again for one night -- after a 1-day side trip outside Berlin -- and did not get upgraded to a suite again and was told none were available. But that was not true (see problem 3).
Problem 2: Not only that, but when I requested a garden view room for the 1-night stay (after being told that there were no suites), I was told that would cost 60 Euros extra. I had to complain just to get the nicer room at no extra charge, which should have been a standard policy for Platinums.
Problem 3: I checked in the second time at about 7 PM and then looked on the web site after going to dinner and there were multiple suites available for sale.
Problem 4: When I chose the continental breakfast for the initial stay, the front desk told me it included everything but eggs and the other hot/premium items, and that was fine. But when my wife and I got to the breakfast room, the desk attendant told us it only included coffee, juice, toast and marmalade in a very cut manner, which - if true - is not up to normal Westin standards I am used to from other Westin stays.
There were three other issues of lesser importance, but still annoying:
(1) When we got the marginally nicer room on the second stay, there was a welcome fruit selection in the room (with someone else's name on it) . . . we have often gotten this at other Starwood properties from Sheratons to Luxury Collections (including other Westins) but we didn't get it here for any night of our 5-night stay.
(2) We received small chocolates with the turndown service the first two nights, but not the other four.
(3) The front desk staff was very uneven . . . a few people were nice and helpful, but others gave us the impression that they were unhappy about having to answer questions or do ANYTHING beyond the minimal service of checking us in.
I would recommend this property for its location, but definitely not for the quality of its service.
5. Juni 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Timbo13 Berlin stay
I thought the service, especially from the concierge desk was mediocre at best. We asked for restaurant suggestions and were suggested the same mediocre restaurant by every concierge we asked. It would seem there are kick backs for hotel guest visiting the restaurant?? The other point that was frustrating was the shower set up in the room. It was not nay small but left water all over the bathroom floor.
30. Mai 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by aircon Uncomfortable Rooms
Had sleepless nights since the airconditions does not work. We kept changing rooms but to no avail. Had my thermostat set at 5 degree C, but it felt like 25.
12. Mai 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Modernman Well located
This hotel is a little dated in its style but is very well located not far from all major attractions. The restaurant/bar food is of a good standard and the staff are excellent.
The pool and spa didn't look all that attractive but like everything else it comes down to styling.
The executive room we stayed in was excellent in many ways but was a long haul from the bar, etc.
A grand piano sat quietly in the open plan bar come restaurant all weekend but sadly nobody played it. Ann opportunity missed to create some buzz about the place which sometimes felt like a transit lounge.
I could go on in some detail. However, overall it was very pleasant.
16. April 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by regg87 Mixed feelings about this hotel
I often stay in this hotel, but now he is not in good shape because of the huge construction passing close by. It's surrounded on both sides of the construction site and the hotel is located right in the heart of this construction, you know, how much inconvenience it delivers.
The hotel is great, he's always very calm, because of the level of prices, mostly hotel guests are elderly people.
But most worryingly for us at this stay, it's a single beds in our room. The bed is so small, that my friend fell from bed, turning over in his sleep. This can be dangerous, especially if you are an elderly person and are not used to sleeping in a bed less than a meter wide! Be careful and keep in mind this fact!
I'm hoped, that the hotel managment will pay attention to this problem, with this level of prices, you can change these very narrow and flawed single beds for queen sized bed, as in all others Westin hotels!
Otherwise, the hotel met all the Westin standards (the room has everything you need, including a coffee maker). For 5 euro you can rent a "New Balance" sportswear (including sneakers) for a
Very nice pool at the spa center.
One of the best breakfasts in town, but very expensive, 32 euro.
2. April 2013