A recent quick two day trip to Berlin landed me in the Hilton Berlin. The American Express Fine Resorts and Hotels were all pricing out around $270-350 a night. American Express also has their Hotels collection which includes less prestigious 5 star hotels but with less perks. You are entitled to the room upgrade and monetary credit. The only thing you miss is the free breakfast.
The Hilton was pricing out at $193 a night. Since I also have gold status at Hilton, I knew I would also get concierge access which would cover breakfast as well. So I thought it was a pretty good deal.
The Hilton is located in the Mitte district nearby all the main tourist hit spots. The hotel is 15 minutes to Brandenburg gate, checkpoint Charlie, and the museums. Really a great central location. Also next to the Stadmitte U2 subway exit. I took a half hour cab ride from TXL airport for 25 euro. Not bad. It’s also very safe. I felt fine walking around alone. (Just FYI, I thought the area by the zoo felt very unsafe).
Although this hotel is ranked as a five star, it’s really a nice four star hotel as far as rooms go. It’s a little more run down and not as luxurious as a true five star hotel. But it was still nice.
Check in was an issue. I booked via the American Express website which now goes through the Expedia website. So when I got to my hotel, the staff told me I booked through Expedia and was not entitled to any American Express benefits. After pulling up proof of benefits on my email, I finally was able to get everything settled.
I got to go straight up to my room which was great since it was 8am. The room was simple. Two beds. Average bathroom with no water pressure. But it was clean and liveable.
The highlight of this hotel was the concierge lounge. A huge breakfast spread. And also for dinner they had quite a selection with wine and alcohol with plenty of food/small bites. You could really eat all your meals here. It was that nice.
Because I had the credit, I did go the the Mark Brandenburg restaurant as well as the Listo Lounge. Both were pretty good.
The Mark Brandenburg was the high end restaurant. Service was slow but the food was good but stick with the German fare. My mozzarella salad was just ok but my schnitzel was fantastic. And generous potion size.
The Listo Lounge is located in the main central bar area at the center of the hotel. Quick bites to eat and a full bar. I had the bratwurst which was ok.
Both restaurants seem a little pricey for Berlin. There’s just so many better options. If I had to do it again, I think I would use the credit for the spa.
I would definitely stay here again if I ever happen to end up back in Berlin. The central location is ideal for first time travelers and completely safe. I highly recommend!