Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz Hotel Review
I went to Berlin for a weekend break with my friend and worked with Visit Berlin who choice this hotel for us but it was so good I would actually stay here for my next visit to Berlin and recommend if you are visiting Berlin for leisure or business.
Location of Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
One of the highlights of The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz hotel in Berlin is the location.
It was perfect for sightseeing in the city. There were two metro stops near the hotel one was right next door and the other only a couple of minutes’ walk and the metro line the U2 was the main line we used during our stay in Berlin so this was great from a accessibility point of view as I don’t like having to walk far for public transport.
There were taxis outside and there was also the option to hire bikes, wheelchair and even a mobility scooter. Next door was a Segway hire shop which would be a great way to explore Berlin.
I don’t ride bikes when I am travelling actually I don’t ride bikes full stop but I did the honouree picture of pretending I was going to ride the bike.
Actually if I could ride a bike I think it would be a great way to explore the city of Berlin as we did see lots of people riding bikes.
There was also a coffee shop a few doors down which was reasonably priced and a few minutes walk away were plenty more cafes.
The hotel was walking distance to Potsdamer Platz which was a good transport hub for buses, metro, the hop on bus and the mall of Berlin.
There didn’t seem to be many restaurants or places to eat near the hotel but since it was on a metro line it was easy to get to places that had more eatery options.
Reception and Check in at Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
Reception was light and airy, and we were checked in straight away even though we arrived at the hotel early. All the staff we met either in reception or at breakfast were friendly and helpful.
The Décor of the hotel is very scandanian and actually reminded me of a trip to Sweden.
Accessibility of The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
The hotel does seemed geared up for accessible needs. My needs are different to others but I didn’t have any major problems with my stay. I mention later about the elevators taking a long time and this seemed the only real issue for me.
They have 60 accessible rooms the room I stayed in wasn’t accessible but I didn’t require it on this occasion as I have limited mobility I am not a wheelchair user.
They have taken a lot of time to make sure everyone who needs a little extra support has an enjoyable stay and I am sure if you have concerns if you contact the hotel they will make sure they can meet your requirements.
The corridors are wide and there are braille numbers on the doors. The hotel website states they have the right height counters in the breakfast buffet for wheelchair users.
My Room in The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
We had room 4032 which was a nice spacious twin room. The beds are slimmer than a single that I am used to although they were comfortable.
The pillows were not the best, they felt like feather pillows, but they were synthetic, but they had no firmness to them.
Everyone likes different styles of pillows so they cannot please everyone, but I like something with a bit more firmness that my head doesn’t sink into it I did end up with a stiff neck in the morning.
I asked reception if we could have extra pillows or a different style, but they said that was all they had.
The other thing I didn’t like about the room we had which I want to get out of the way now as I promise I don’t complain through the whole review. Was the bathroom door. Again, something of not a huge problem for some but I was sharing with a friend and the bathroom door is a sliding door that kept coming open.
Only problem was it came open when you were sat on the toilet and there was a mirror opposite the door which meant you were then in full view in the reflection of being sat on the toilet which could have been very embarrassing.
Whilst I am talking about the bathroom, the shower was amazing, is was a decent pressure and heat. Towels were of good quality, shampoo and shower gel was provided in containers attached to the wall so not taking home unused cosmetics but better on the environment.
There was also hand wash by the sink, no other little extras. There was a hairdryer which was not very powerful.
The room had a kettle and tea and coffee. Three teabags were provided one was black tea the other were flavoured but I asked reception if I could have some more black tea and they gave it to me straight away, so this was not a problem.
Also, a bottle of water was provided with drinking glasses and a fridge and safe which was easy to use.
Climate control was on the TV which was a little strange not something I had come across before and we couldn’t actually get the room to cool down, even though we had turned the room setting to 19oc.
It still said the room temperature was 25oc which was making it a little hot and stuffy for us but due to us being so tired from exploring berlin we didn’t bother reception to get it fixed.
We just went to sleep with the window open and a little air coming in but if I was spending more time in the room I would need to get this sorted.
To be fair it was very warm and humid outside as well due to being summer when we visited Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz.
I like a nice cool room again it is my personal preference and not a fault of the hotel room. What I did think was strange though was having the climate control on the TV as if one of the guest wanted to alter the room temperature in the middle of the night instead of just turning a button they would have to turn the TV on therefore waking others up in the room.
The TV was mainly German channels with two English speaking news channels again not a problem as we were there to sightsee and not watch the TV.
I liked the décor of the room like the hotel it was clean and crisp with a Scandinavian influence. It was little bits around the hotel such as deer themed lights that made the hotel special.
There was no room service but a fridge in the reception area selling sandwiches and ice-cream which were delicious so I was happy. They had other snacks such as crisps, nuts and chocolate and they were not too over priced.
You could also purchase toiletries incase you had forgotten something and there was a coffee machine.
The room had a iron and ironing board and a list for laundry service. There was plenty of storage with a hanging wardrobe with hangers and drawers.
Breakfast at The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
The breakfast at Potsdamer Platz was wonderful there were so many choices and it was all really good quality. There were a waffle and pancake maker which was popular with kids and adults.
There was a separate kids breakfast choice area and a separate area for specialist items such as gluten free.
It was very busy at breakfast time; it was quite strange as there didn’t seem to be many guests in the hotel but then at breakfast there were hundreds it showed how popular the hotel was.
There were hot breakfast items such as eggs sausages, bacon, beans and porridge.
Cold meats and cheeses with lots of different types of breads.
Cereals, Yogurts, quark, fruits and fruit purees which were so delicious. I have never had quark before but always wanted to try it and now I will be having it more often as I loved it, especially with the vanilla sauce and strawberry compote that they had.
Tea, coffee, juice and water and they even had chocolate milk.
I think every taste was counted for and the breakfast was a highlight of this hotel and one of the best for choices that I have seen in a hotel for a long-time.
Other facilities at The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
The hotel has a gym, meeting rooms and a nice lobby waiting area. The lobby had information post each day such as the temperature.
There was a bar which was excellent for relaxing in after a day touring around Berlin and an on site restaurant that served Scandinavian style menu options.
You could eat your meal inside or outside. We had breakfast outside and it was really nice to be out of the hustle of the busy breakfast area.
This also had an area for smoking outside, which was covered if it was raining.
Plus when it is a little chilly they had cushions and blankets to keep you warm when sitting outside having a drink from the good selection they had on offer.
There were plenty of tables and seating to have a relaxing drink. the bar area had a nice vibe to it making it a great place to chill.
There was a table football and a kids play area and they have kids’ cinema showing different films twice daily they even had a popcorn machine. I am not sure if there was an extra charge for the cinema.
There were plenty of elevators but at busy periods it took some time to get space in an elevator.
There was a sign to say that the stairs could only be used in an emergency and as we were on the 4th floor and breakfast was on the 3rd floor it was slightly annoying we had to wait over 5 minutes for an elevator when we could have walked down one flight of stairs.
One interesting factor was the birds singing in the elevators and corridors this was lovely and if you closed your eyes you could be somewhere in Scandinavia.
This is a lovely hotel. I slept well and thats the main thing. It is in a really good location and for that reason and the reasonable price I would recommend staying at this hotel. We had two complimentary nights in the hotel and then we paid for one night as it was everything we needed. The price is excellent for the area.
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