Hotel Review: Hilton Berlin
The Hilton Berlin is a very well located hotel in the center of the German capital. In this review, I’ll explain why the hotel offers an alright comfort without being overly exciting.
Over the years, I’ve stayed at dozens of different hotels in Berlin. Those are including very luxurious options like the Adlon Kempinski or the Hotel de Rome and also several other luxury hotels like the Hotel Palace, the Waldorf Astoria or the InterContinental. Other hotels in the four stay area include the Indigo Berlin Ku’damm and the Crowne Plaza Berlin Potsdamer Platz.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Dome View Room
- Month of Stay: December & March
In my opinion, the Hilton Berlin is in-between the level of real five star hotels and the named four star options. What’s superior is the amazing location right in the central ‘Mitte’ district, one of the best locations in town.
Dome View Room at the Hilton Berlin
For both my stays at the Hilton Berlin, I just booked a Standard Room and was upgraded to a Dome View Room with lounge access on both occasions. Those rooms are the same size and layout, but offer a superior view than other rooms. While renovated, I don’t find the rooms to be overly charming.
There’s a large King Bed with two bedside tables and then, right next to the bed in the corner a turning chair. Opposite of the chair, you can find a large glass working desk with another decent enough office chair. Right next to it, there’s a typical flat-screen television.
Otherwise there are not too many noteworthy things in the room, there is quite some wardrobe space and a kettle. Way more exciting is the view and the little French balcony. With this kind of room, you can immediately see the Deutsche Oper and the Gendarmenmarkt. Very beautiful!
The bathroom is one of the weaker spots at the Hilton Berlin. There’s a toilet, a sink and a bathtub-shower combo with an average shower head. Nothing to get excited about.
All in all, I wouldn’t say that the rooms at the Hilton Berlin are any bad, but they aren’t great either.
Breakfast at the Hilton Berlin
One of the areas, where the Hilton Berlin really shines is breakfast. It’s served in the hotel’s restaurant and comes with an extensive buffet. As it’s the norm for Germany, there’s a great selection of bread and bread rolls. Then there are cold cuts, cheeses, veggies, lots of fruits, muesli, yogurts and more.
In addition, you can help yourself at a large buffet of hot items, including the typical scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes and much more.
The selection of drinks is very nice with freshly squeezed orange juice, water, smoothies etc. Coffee specialties are offered right at the table. You may also order egg dishes freshly prepared to your liking at a live cooking station or with your waiter. Pancakes and waffles are also available.
All in all, the breakfast at the Hilton Berlin is real five star level and makes the property really shine!
Executive Lounge at the Hilton Berlin
Hilton Executive Lounges in Germany are hardly groundbreaking, this is true for the Hilton Munich Park, the Hilton Dresden, the Hilton Frankfurt Airport and many more. The lounge in Berlin isn’t great either. While physically it’s a nice space with several areas, including a business center, the food spread isn’t terribly exciting.
For breakfast, the selection is alright, but only half good as in the restaurant. At least, you can also order freshly prepared eggs, waffles, etc. in the lounge, too.
The afternoon selection consists of small cakes, which were okay, but often gone quite quickly.
The evening buffet is a little big bitter with veggies, salads, a few canapes and very basic hot options like spring rolls.
All in all, I’d say that the Hilton Berlin offers the typical Executive Lounge most Hiltons in Europe offer. The best thing might be that you can rent a private meeting room for a few hours.
Pool & Gym at the Hilton Berlin
It’s worth noting that the Hilton Berlin offers quite nice facilities, including a gym, a spa and a pool. The gym is relatively big and well equipped with the typical machines for strength and cardio training, plus several free weights.
The pool is on the rather small side, but allows you to go for a little swim. I found it to be very crowded in the afternoon and early evening, but at other times it’s a good place to relax.
There are also a few loungers and a pool bar around. You may also enjoy the sauna and the steam bath, which are located in the same area.
Overall impressions of the Hilton Berlin
Personally, I don’t think that the Hilton Berlin is a really good hotel. Service is hit or miss, the rooms are just average for a five star hotel and the lounge isn’t exciting either. At the same time, everything was alright at both my stays and there weren’t any major hick-ups. That said, I wouldn’t mind returning to the Hilton Berlin if the rate is right, but I would also not go out of my way to stay here. Other hotels in Berlin are definitely a better option if you can stretch your budget.