Grand Hotel Esplanade Berlin

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

15 Lutzowufer Strasse, Tiergarten, Berlin, 10785, Germany

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    Good Hotel

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    The service was great - our room was always tidied (and they leave chocolate on your pillow) and vacuumed every day. I'm allergic to feathers, and they were able to change the pillows without any fuss. The hotel has a pool (which we didn't try out), as well as two bars, a restaurant and a shop.

    It's a 15 minute walk from the hotel, towards the Potzdamer Platz, although you can wander through the Tiergarten and get to the Brandenburg Tor within 25 minutes. The Reichstag is also very close. The Bauhaus Archiv is just over the canal - literally 5 minutes away.

    I would recommend this hotel, however, try and make sure you don't get a room which faces the front of the hotel - although we had dark curtains, the spotlight from the front of the building shone right into our room.

    Keep an eye out for good deals with this hotel - we got a decent price, and I'd definitely stay there again.

    Unique Quality: The breakfast was great - plenty of choice (including vegetarian option), views not so great, as you're looking out on more buildings. The beds were very comfy. You also have the option to access the internet via your laptop in your room.

    The hotel is connected well with the bus services - number 100 bus, which goes around most of the sights of Berlin, stops 100m from the hotel, and some of the Tour buses stop in Lützowplatz, which is again around 100m from the hotel. The 100 bus starts from Zoologischer Garten, which is a 15-20m walk otherwise.

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Kaisersaal Cafe

by trvlrtom

Amongst all the new architecture in Potsdamer Platz there is one corner that looks oddly out of place. On the Sony site you will find one piece that survived World War II and the rebuilding of the area: the Kaisersaal Cafe from the former Grand Hotel Esplanade. The cafe was fixed up and is used today for special events, and you can see it behind glass walls. There is a informational marker that tells more about it, so you can read up a little on the history. It is interesting to know that they cared enough to save this structure that they moved it about 75 meters from its original location, which conflicted with the new construction plans.

Visit The Sony Centre At Night

by AnnS

Postdamer Platz and The Sony Centre is a great place to visit if you like modern architecture. I visited in the evening when the huge glass buildings were all illuminated and it was wonderful.

Just inside the entrance to the Sony Centre is the Kaisersaal, which was once part of the nearby Grand Hotel Esplanade, a luxury hotel which was almost destroyed in World War II. What remained was carefully moved to its current position and is now preserved behind a glass screen.

Once inside the central Piazza, the most stunning part is the ornate glass roof which is lit with colours and looks truly spectacular. The Piazza is lined with restaurants, shops, Sony offices and a multiplex cinema and in the centre is a pool and fountain. Walk through to the back of the centre to see more impressive glass buildings.

Outside the Centre, and just across the road is the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, which is a large shopping mall.

1. Autres quartiers
Grand Slam...

by khalid_2

1. Autres quartiers
Grand Slam Note Karavel:
A Grünewald, dans un club de tennis. Le restaurant, 1 étoile, est merveilleusement bien placé. D’énormes baies vitrées donnent sur un charmant petit lac dans lequel les clients peuvent se baigner. La terrasse est prolongée par un ponton en bois. A l’intérieur règne le classicisme le plus absolu : murs lambrissés et atmosphère ultra-chic.






Blockhaus Nikolskoe Note Karavel:
Escale idyllique au bord de la Havel. “Datcha russe” en rondins de bois noir datant de 1819. Le Roi Frédéric-Guillaume III en fit cadeau à sa fille Charlotte, qui épousa le Tsar Nicolas Ier. Le lieu est désormais transformé en restaurant. Les deux maisons, l’une plus haute que l’autre, font penser à des chalets de montagne. L’endroit, situé en hauteur, bénéficie d’une terrasse offrant une vue panoramique sur le lac. Au chant des oiseaux se mêle le carillon de l’église voisine.






Fortshaus Paulsborn Note Karavel:
Hôtel-restaurant-café situé dans une sorte de pavillon de chasse perdu dans la forêt de Grünewald. La grande salle de restaurant de style 'néolithique' est encadrée par des colonnes. D’étonnants luminaires constitués de cornes entrelacées pendent au plafond. La terrasse, aménagée dans le jardin, à côté d’un petit lac est encerclée de toute part par la forêt. Bonne soupe aux asperges et gibiers de la forêt noire.




2. Kreuzberg


Altes Zollhaus Note Karavel:
Ancien bureau de douane aménagé en restaurant. Grande maison posée sur la verdure, merveilleusement bien située, en bordure du canal, dans l’un des coins les plus beaux de Kreuzberg. La carte change toutes les quinzaines, mais le client a toujours le choix entre quatre différents «gang menu». Les plats sont tous du même ordre de prix, seul leur nombre change. Cuisine du pays et de la région dans un cadre presque champêtre.




3. Schöneberg


Bamberger Reiter Note Karavel:
Le restaurant est constitué de trois petites salles. Le plafond et le mobilier en bois sombre donnent au lieu un caractère intime et chaleureux. De grandes étagères remplies de verres transparents courent le long des murs, ponctuées par d’énormes bouquets de fleurs. La maison propose des spécialités du pays et d’Alsace. Vous pourrez aussi y déguster des plats français. Le restaurant est doté d'une étoile.




4. Spandau


Zitadellen Sschänke Note Karavel:
Restaurant situé dans la vieille citadelle de Spandau. L’endroit est étonnant. Ambiance de taverne moyenâgeuse. Des tables serrées sont éclairées par des bougies, sous d’imposantes voûtes en brique rouge. Le service est cordial et l’ambiance enjouée. Faites attention en vous levant de table, si vous ne vous appelez pas Gargantua...



5. Tiergarten


Paris-Moskau Note Karavel:
Maison à colombages, un peu perdue dans les chantiers adjacents à la Postdamer Platz. Vous serez surpris de constater qu’à l’intérieur règne un classicisme des plus rigoureux. La salle de ce restaurant est fort agréable, très spacieuse et lumineuse, la cuisine, comme le lieu, est assez réputée.




6. Wedding


Rockendorf Note Karavel:
Restaurant 1 étoile installé à l’étage d’une villa Jugendstill, construite en 1902 dans un coin vert et tranquille d’une ancienne banlieue berlinoise. Le restaurant porte le nom du chef cuisinier, Siegfried Rockendorf. Celui-ci fait preuve d’une grande créativité. A cela s’ajoutent des produits d’une excellente qualité. Deux sortes de cuisine, l'une populaire et l’autre plus gourmande, vous sont proposées. Vous composez vous-même votre menu parmi les huit plats proposés. 4 plats vous coûtent 125 DM, 5 plats 145 DM, 6 plats 165 DM et 8 plats 195 DM.




7. Tiergarten


Harlekin Note Karavel:
Restaurant gourmet, 5 étoiles, faisant partie du Grand hôtel Esplanade. Une sculpture de Markus Lüpertz, dite «Harlekin», a donné son nom au restaurant. Le lieu, tout comme la cuisine et le chef, est bien évidemment réputé. Vous avez le choix entre trois menus dégustation à 115, 131 ou 146 DM.

1. Charlottenburg


Shell Note Karavel:
Restaurant aménagé dans une ancienne station-service. Les insignes «Shell» trônent encore au-dessus d’une immense vitrine. L’intérieur est très clair, la décoration très épurée. La salle assez vaste accueille une clientèle plutôt chic. Les petits déjeuners sont servis jusqu’à midi.




2. Kreuzberg


Abendmahl Note Karavel:
Un joli lustre en cristal pend au-dessus de petites tables recouvertes de nappes blanches. Une statuette de Jésus trône derrière le bar et trois tableaux de scènes religieuses ornent les murs patinés de la salle. La forme des desserts, beaucoup de glaces et quelques plats figurant au menu évoquent avec poésie et humour une certaine religiosité. Cuisine principalement végétarienne ou plats à base de poissons. Au cours de l’année sont organisés des dîners où l’on mange à l’aveuglette : dans le noir le plus complet.





3. Mitte


Kellerrestaurant im Brecht Haus Note Karavel:
Restaurant établi dans la maison où vécurent Bertolt Brecht et sa femme Hélène Weigel. La direction s’efforce de perpétuer les recettes de cuisine de cette dernière. La salle, située dans une cave, plutôt petite, est pleine de charme et chaleureuse. Le restaurant comprend également deux autres petites pièces étroites et voûtées. Des photos de famille de Brecht et des maquettes des décors de théâtre de ses mises en scène ornent les murs. Bons prix et convivialité assurés!




4. Prenzlauer Berg


Pasternak Note Karavel:
Restaurant russe situé sur une petite place, la terrasse donnant directement sur la Wasser Turm (le château d’eau). L’intérieur est bercé de musique russe. Alcôves, piano et miroirs ovales de part et d’autre du bar en bois sculpté. Ambiance feutrée et intimiste derrière des rideaux de velours bordeaux.






Offenbach-Stuben Note Karavel:
Une enfilade de petits salons très cosy, dans un style opérette début de siècle. Des photographies de Jacques Offenbach décorent les murs ainsi que celles de célébrités comme François Mitterrand ou Richard Von Weizsäcker. La cuisine est typiquement allemande. Si quelques plats nouvellement interprétés ont subi quelques influences méditerranéennes, le Popolanis Zauberei et le demi-canard «Berliner Art » restent des classiques inchangés. Vous serez charmé par la boîte à musique à l’entrée. Mettez-y dix pfennigs.




5. Tiergarten


Bovril Note Karavel:
La salle du restaurant est un peu surélevée. On y entre après avoir franchi le perron couvert d’un long tapis rouge. A l’intérieur, chic classique : nappes blanches et bar étincelant. Ce lieu est aussi bien fréquenté par les artistes et les gens des médias que par ceux du quartier. Le personnel est très cordial et la cuisine très fine. Un plus : la carte change plusieurs fois par semaine.




6. Autres quartiers


Hakuin Note Karavel:
Restaurant tenu par des bouddhistes, exclusivement réservé aux non-fumeurs. La décoration y est très dépouillée, l’atmosphère sereine. Espace très clair grâce aux grandes fenêtres à la japonaise. Au milieu nagent des poissons dans un bassin agrémenté d’une fontaine. La cuisine, 100 % végétarienne, à tendance parfois orientale, mélange savamment céréales, épices et légumes. Loin d’être ennuyeuse !




7. Charlottenburg


Arche Noah Note Karavel:
Restaurant situé au premier étage d’un lieu de rassemblement de la communauté juive. L’entrée est très surveillée. L’espace n’est pas bien grand, mais très lumineux. Les murs sont blancs et la décoration est simple. Alignement de quelques portraits peints à l’huile. La cuisine proposée est totalement kascher.




8. Prenzlauer Berg


Gugelhof Note Karavel:
Restaurant faisant l’angle de la Kollwitzstrasse et de la Knaackstrasse. D’immenses baies vitrées offrent une très belle vue sur la place. Le bar trône au milieu de la salle, assez vaste. Spécialités culinaires de Suisse et d’Alsace. La carte des vins français est assez complète. Le personnel est très accueillant et la clientèle mi-touristique, mi-locale.



Harlekin
Grand Hotel Esplanade, Lützowufer, 15
10785 Berlin

Tel : 25 47 80
Fax : 25 4 78 82 22
Site internet : http://www.esplanande.de

Catégorie : Divers

Horaires et informations pratiques : Ouvert ma-sa 18h-23h. Fermé les dimanche et lundi. Service jusqu'à 22h30.

Tarifs : Menu à 131 DM : saumon sauvage tiède mariné avec du caviar impérial. Filets de sandre au concombre et mousse de homard. Poitrine de canard truffée aux champignons sauvages avec une sauce au miel et au coriandre servie avec des beignets de pommes. Crême brûlée parfumée à la lavande avec yaourt à la framboise.

Services: Visa Mastercard Amex Diners

Comment y aller ? Métro : Nollendorfplatz. Pour manger à très bon prix, choisissez les Kneipe. Le Kneipe est vraiment le bistrot du coin. Les habitants du quartier s'y retrouvent autour d'une bière. Ici, le décor compte moins que l'ambiance. Les amateurs d'authentique seront séduits. L'esprit 'bonne franquette' caractérise plusieurs restaurants de Berlin. La Grossbeerenkeller, par exemple, ressemble à une auberge de village. Vous pouvez y déguster des spécialités allemandes dans un cadre intime.

Excellent value in excellent location

by TripAdvisor Member Cla73

We arrived at the Grand Hotel Esplanade at 10:30, following an early flight from Luton. We were very pleased to be told that we could check in and that our room was ready! We were able to grab a quick shower and freshen up before going out to explore the city. The hotel lobby was very impressive and very big. The room was a bit of a contrast in décor. It was very 70s in design, but everything was relatively new. The bedroom was comfortable, with thick curtains and a comfortable bed. The bathroom was adequate, no special touches, but perfectly adequate. The room was very clean and spacious.

We ate in the traditional German pub attached to the hotel – Eck Kniepe – on both evenings. This bar was popular with residents and locals and we found the food to be delicious and the service excellent.

We had a drink in Harry’s Cocktail bar on the one night. It is not huge and got crowded very quickly. It is very popular with people from outside the hotel and there were some very well-dressed people in there. You can also get food and drinks in the hotel lobby, but we did not try the food in this area so I do not know what the menu was like.

Breakfast, served in yet another area, was excellent. It is all self service but the choice is excellent, from fresh fruit, cold meats, cheese, cereals, breads and pastries, pickled herrings. Plus a hot buffet section with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon, sausages and fried potatoes. It looked like you could ask for eggs to be freshly cooked too, but there was no one on the counter to ask!

We found the hotel to be in a very good location since it is almost right in between the traditional East and the more modern West of the city. We easily walked to Kurfurstendamm (15 minutes) and Potsdamer Platz (20 minutes).

Overall, we found the Grand Hotel Esplanade to be in a great location, excellent value and excellent facilities, eating and drinking opportunities. We would definitely recommend the hotel and go back there if we ever found ourselves in Berlin again.

great hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Jay-lon

The hotel is nice, the location appears out of the way but is within walking or bus service. The hotel has gtreat acces to the 24 hour bus service and the touris areas are not far.
The hotel is nice but can be exspensive for things like cup of tea how ever come out of the hotel and there is another hotel with a sports bar which is good in terms of food and drink. Around the corner from the hotel is a corner shop so don't use the mini bar. For a five star hotle it does not have tea making facilities or ironing facilities.
Breakfast is great, the hotel is cleaning just like Berlin; don't forget your bathing suit as there is a swimming pool and sauna.

stay away, dont waste your money!

by TripAdvisor Member allegraluna

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Esplanade for a long weekend and were throroughly disappointed with the hotel as a modern concept. The rooms are very modern but that is where it ends. Staff have no idea of the meaning of customer service and often stare at you wondering why you are distracting them from their "real" job. Breakfast is served in the "orangery" which is a room decorated with tens of orange plastic trees which belong in a cheap french cafe rather than in an avant garde German hotel. The hotel courtyard seems to have grown to become the place to be seen (mostly by non guests with aspirations) and therefore, a walk to your taxi is more like a catwalk stroll amongst the middle aged german crowd seeking "style". The leisure facilities are ridiculously small and not very inspiring. What's the best thing about this hotel?: Checking out. Hopefully, due to their inefficiency you should be able to get away without having been charged for something or another.

Average

by TripAdvisor Member jeninbrighton

This hotel is straight out of the 80's... lots of white leather and neon lights, it's like a mix between 80's wall street and Miami Vice. I think they're going for a retro look though, it doesn't look like it's been decorated this way *since* the 80's. Everything is pretty average. The location is average, the staff are average, the rooms are average. I was a bit disappointed that the "double bed" in this five star hotel was actually two singles pushed together.... There are some great cocktails in the lounge, but quite pricey. Overall it was okay, but I probably wouldn't return. (Probably wouldn't bother returning to Berlin anyway, but that's another story).

Very impressed

by TripAdvisor Member PeterYork

I am surprised at some of the negative comments about this hotel. For the price, it is the best hotel I have stayed in. The rooms are spacious and modern and the whole hotel feels bright and clean. Leisure facilities are good (even if the pool is a little small). Breakfast is excellent. Only a few minutes walk from the nearest U-bahn. I really don't think you'll beat this hotel in Berlin at this price.

Wonderful, family-friendly, value-for-money, almost-central hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Heidi99

Husband and I plus three-year-old daughter spent 6 days here in August 2006. This is low season in Germany as many Germans are on their own holidays, so we got an excellent rate (they call it their "Sommer-Special") which besides the room included free cocktails in the hotel's Harry's Bar, a river cruise, and discounts on various Berlin attractions including the famous Zoo. On arrival we were very impressed with the stylish exterior and entrance. We were even more impressed with the room - a spacious corner room with ample room for extra bed and running-around for daughter! However I'm sure we only got this because of low season, from the floor plan we could see that other rooms are smaller.
Breakfast in the Orangerie was always lovely, an extensive buffet, coffee served to table, hot chocolate for daughter. Viva restaurant was closed while we were there due to low season so can't comment on that. Their "Eck-Kneipe" is fantastic - delicious, authentic Berlin food, reasonable prices, really "gemütlich" atmosphere. We are there on our first and last nights. Enormous portions, even for children.
If you're not a walker, location might not be ideal - it's a 20-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate. But this is a lovely walk through the Tiergarten patk and diplomatic district. If you want to explore the former East side, this is an even longer walk. The nearest U-Bahn (underground) station is Nollendorfplatz, about 5 mins' walk away and the network is excellent, though from this location you'll almost always have to change trains at least once.
The service in the hotel was always excellent. We requested a screen be put up between our bed and daughter's to help her sleep, and this was done quickly. Hotel has a pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and spa. The pool is very small, but was fine for us and daughter loved it.
Another plus is that the hotel is just around the corner from Cafe EInstein, a lovely Viennese-style coffee house/restaurant that is recommended in most guide-books.
The reception staff were happy to make a restaurant reservation for us and suggest routes for trips we made. There's also an excellent babysitting service (through an agency) which we availed of once, we couldn't have been happier with the lady who came. It's expensive at EUR 11.00/hour but worth it!
Berlin itself is great and we found plenty to do for the little one. I'm not sure how ideal this hotel would be for larger families, so that might be one point to watch.
Overall I would say, especially if you can get the summer special, this hotel is a definite winner.

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 Grand Hotel Esplanade Berlin

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Address: 15 Lutzowufer Strasse, Tiergarten, Berlin, 10785, Germany