Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
What We Love
- Central location on historic Gendarmenmarkt square and a block from designer shop–packed Friedrichstrasse
- Sauna, steam room, massage services, an outdoor terrace and a state-of-the-art gym
- Never-ending breakfast buffet of regional specialties and more than 20 varieties of tea
What To Know
- Coffee addicts should upgrade: Only luxury rooms and suites have Nepresso machines
- Some rooms have balconies, some don’t; if you want some outdoor space, be sure to ask
- During the week, the area teems with people and traffic; weekends are calmer and more relaxing
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt’s modern cozy entrance is a fitting welcome for this intimate boutique property. The small lobby is overstuffed with cream sofas and chairs, and there’s fresh cranberry juice to welcome guests. It’s big enough for several small groups to sit and chat but small enough to feel personal. Beyond, the sleek glass and black marble reception and elevator area are a mere 10 feet apart.
Bed and Bath
All rooms feature Bose sound systems, flat-screen TVs and a delightful music box to lull you to sleep. Beds are plush and modern, with coal- and cream-colored marble panels, beige walls and thick curtains with lovely touches of color, such as delicate orange lamps. Luxury Rooms and suites also have Nepresso machines. Bathrooms pair polished marble with simple white sinks and rain showers; some have deep soaking tubs. Rooms overlook either the square or the quieter courtyard.
The top-end Aigner restaurant serves German-Austrian cuisine in the style of a Viennese café — think classy and unpretentious, with a touch of refinement. The wellness area on the top floor boasts a small but satisfying sauna and steam room, a parade of indoor loungers with views of the square, an outdoor terrace facing the serene courtyard and a fully equipped gym.
In the Area
Sofitel Berlin sits right on the Gendarmenmarkt, one of Berlin’s most elegant squares and home to the pentagonal German Cathedral, the domed French Cathedral and Berlin’s symphony orchestra. And a cluster of major sights are less than a 15-minute walk away: It’s a short jaunt to the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Just opposite the gate is the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, which is topped by a modern glass dome designed by Norman Foster. And of course there’s the Holocaust Memorial, a surreal maze of somber slate-colored plinths and a small museum documenting the atrocities.
How to Get There
Loved my stay at this Sofitel. The hotel is beautiful. We had a deluxe double and it was absolutely amazing. We had a beautiful view of the Church across the street and a lot of extra room. The hotel reception couldn't be more helpful and the hotel itself is in a fabulous location so convenient to touring and getting around. Loved the Hermes creams and shampoos and the cozy robes. The Nespresso machine, the comfy bedding. The only complaint I have is that the fitness room, which was absolutely exquisite, was incredibly hot. I couldn't find any way to turn on the airconditioning and had to suffice with opening the windows!! That didn't make any sense at all!
Stayed for 3 nights in May, hotel is centrally located right on the historic square it was our anniversary and were upgraded to a room with balcony and some treats on arrival to the room. Check in was smooth. Rooms were well appointed slightly on the small side to some I am used to but didn’t effect our stay, balcony overlooking the square was delightful. We didn’t eat in the hotel but did enjoy a drink in the restaurant terrace. Overall wonderful stay in a fantastic city!
I had the pleasure of staying at The Sofitel Gendarmenmarkt for two nights in December last year. I had booked this hotel as a personal gift to myself for celebrating my PhD defense.
The hotel I located on the Gendarmenmarkt and was optimal placed for visiting the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas marked.
At check in there was no recognition of Accor gold, and I had to explicitly ask to get the drink voucher, which turned out to be valid only for either a small beer or a small glass of their cheapest wine. Neither could or would they give me and upgrade.
The standard double room I was given was on the highest floor and had a small balcony. The room was small (aprox 20 sqm), but effectively designed. The bathroom was again small but seemed quite new and had a rain shower, but no tube. The bed was of classic Sofitel quality, bathrooms amenities was Lanvin (which I believe is the standard for the basic rooms at some Sofitel hotels) instead of Hermes.
I had opted for breakfast, which was nice fair, but not exceptional, If I had the choice again I would probably save the 30E and eat better outside. The breakfast had a small egg station, where you could order omelet and eggs benedict. The rest of the buffet was with limited selections but all of high quality, except for the German sparkling wine who was not good, nor replenished when empty.
I also tried their in-house restaurant (seperatly reviewed), which I do recommend.
All in all I’m uncertain if I would stay here again, the location and high quality of the bed is pro, but the lack of member recognition, small rooms and expensive breakfast is cons. I will give this hotel a 4 minus.
A lovely stay of 6 days. The hotel is conveniently situated quite near to U bahn stations and across the road from a large but pleasant square - Gandarmenmarkt -with outside cafes and bars. The service in the hotel was impeccable - friendly and efficient, and the breakfasts were superb.
Nearby are is a range of restaurants serving traditional german fare.
We will definately be back, not just to Berlin but also to this hotel.
This was our second visit to this Hotel. Reception efficient and friendly. Room clean and comfortable, although rather cosy when you have 2 large suitcases. If you require extra space would recommend paying extra for a suite. The restaurant serves delicious food. Would recommend.