faboulous value for money …. park plaza berlin kudamm

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When I was searching for hotel … for my Jonas Kaufmann adventure in July, I knew what area of Berlin I wanted to stay, Kurfürstendamm. Probably the most famous street in Berlin together with Unter den Linden. It was only to find a hotel that was great value for money with breakfast included. After all my visits to Berlin by now, I know my way around Berlin pretty well.

Most of my hotel bookings I do through Booking.com – brilliant site and there is no hidden agendas. What you see is what you get.

I didn’t want to stay foo fare from the Berlin Zoologischer Garten railway station, because it has direct connection more or less to the whole of Berlin: S-ban, U-ban and busses. I’s also the finale destination for the airport buses #109 and #9  from Berlin Tegel Airport (the only airport I use).

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Tegel Airport is probably one of the worst airports in Europe when it comes to services, layout, signage and attitudes. But perfect when it comes to transport from and to. It’s quite a rude airport, most staff should need to attend  a charm course. But it’s so convenient to use, so I can live it.

Park Plaza Berlin Kudamm was a new acquaintance to me, there is so many hotel along Kurfürstendamm and on the side-streets.

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Park Plaza Berlin Kudamm 3 *
Joachimsthaler Str. 28-29,
10719 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 884470
133 hotel rooms

A very friendly hotel with a fabulous location and a fantastic breakfast buffet. I paid €260/£245/$301/2600SEK for 4 nights with breakfast included.  A really pleasant bargain for a location like it has.
Was allocated room 504 (superior double) .. against the busy Joachimsthaler Str. but I didn’t hear any traffic noise at all … and even when I slept with open window it didn’t bother me.
A normal sized bedroom (18 sq meters) with a very comfortable double bed and the bathroom had an excellent shower and good space around the hand basin.
I hate those designer hand basins that is just a bowl. Nowhere to to put my toothpaste and cotton buds. Plus it have my favorite plastic chairs , the transparent Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck. I don’t know if it was the original or a copy. Love them!!!
When it comes to wardrobe and storage space, perfect! The safe big enough to hold a laptop. No robe or slippers, but I’m not fuzzy about that – they never fit me anyhow.  Lovely toiletry by Elemis.
They offer room service, even if they don’t have a restaurant as such. A small menu, but something for most tastes and not overpriced. The hotels has also a gym and a bar. Plus excellent free WiFi!

The only negative I had to say about the room is that I couldn’t find one news channel in the English language. A bit strange in a metropolitan city like Berlin, but it’s not the first time. Same was in Japan. Even the big international news channels were Japanese????!!!
The Breakfast room is very spacious room in the back of the hotel on the entrance level. Loads of seating, didn’t have to look for a free table, the hotel was very busy.
And what I loved most was the little garden patio to enjoy the breakfast in. Perfect start of my days. Surprisingly not many people took the opportunity to enjoy breakfast outdoors.
The buffet had everything you want for a good start of the day. Choices of freshly baked Germany rolls and bread, nobody do bread like the Germans, cakes, cold meat and cheeses … fresh fruit salad and warm choices that I never had. A rich buffet, nothing missing and replenished constantly by a chef. The coffee is excellent. I chose to have  cappuccino  from the bean to brew WMF machine.
I have stayed in 4 different hotels in Berlin now … and I must say that this hotel is the winner so far. With TripAdvisor it’s #261 of 636 hotels in Berlin and I will return, if the price is right!!! It has a good rating on Bookings.com too 8.1.
The hotel have everything I need for a comfortable stay. Nothing fancy or posh about the hotel, but a nice interior. It’s very welcoming and with a fantastic location and a great breakfast. One of the big fancy luxury hotel on the same street is closing down, Swissôtel Berlin in November this year .

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Meliá Berlin 4* located in the Mitte area on the bank of River Spree provided me with my first pillows in Berlin in 2011. What a fantastic hotel. One of my best hotel stay experiences when it comes to customer service and cleanness (a story that has been told: to walk some extra miles) but the prices is a bit higher than I’m willing to pay toady and I also prefer to stay around Kurfürstendamm.  #28 of 636 Hotels in Berlin with TripAdvisor.
Mitte is the most trendy area of Berlin. THE PLACE to live, shop, dine, drink and dance – and the Museum Island next door together with a rich culture life. Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts has also a hotel in Mitte, Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte 4*.  A quirky hotel close to Alexanderplatz.
I really hope I will be able to be a guest at Park Plaza Berlin Kudamm again ! I’m dreaming about returning to Berlin in February for a new date with Jonas, but with the Dubai-Hong Kong-Macau trip coming up in early March I think I have to keep on dreaming.
I just LOVE Berlin …. and Jonas!!!
“Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe.”
Tom Stoppard

 

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