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
An excellent location to go shopping or to visit. Everything can be reached within a 15’ walk. The hotel has become a bit old but the standing is still very good. We were in a luxury room (thanks for the upgrade) and it was up to the expectations. Excellent bedding as usual, very good breakfast even if a little bit pricey (32€/pers). The bar is very small but in a restaurant that seems nice. Staff very patient and kind.
Would definitely recommend! Lovely hotel, attentive and friendly staff, comfortable beds, great location. Our room over looked the square with lots of extra lovely touches. Breakfast was simply amazing with fantastic range and wonderful service...definitely book it as part of your rate. Thank you for looking after us so well.
First the good... location. Walking distance to all the sites we wanted to see. Plus the beds were comfortable. Breakfast was quite good as well but at €31 per person a day should it not be??
Being the fact that we like to keep our room cooler we were surprised to learn that AC was not an option because “it’s October and German AC Is different than American AC” as I was condescendingly told by the front desk. Well it must be different than any of the dozens of other countries in Europe and dozens of 5 star hotels I’ve stayed in as well... opening a window and a fan was the only solution to our room being warm. Which is not what I’ve come to expect with other 5 star properties.
Great stay and the location was perfect for exploring Berlin. The front desk were very helpful and accommodating. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable as I would expect from a Sofitel, all round great stay.
Gorgeous hotel, the lobby and the rooms were all lovely and immaculate. Funky little bathroom, comfortable bed. The staff were all helpful and accommodating, in particular the concierge who arranged our airport transfers and allocated us rooms with a lovely view of the Square. Cute little pull cord by the bed that plays a lullaby as well which was a really nice unique detail. Lovely toiletries and great location, a short walk to the Brandenburg Gate, restaurants, shops and other attractions.