Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm
(formerly known as Concorde Berlin), Ku’Damm, Berlin, Germany ****

Q: What is it? A: Hardly an exciting place to stay but consistently voted for as one of the best hotels in Berlin. Among the most important reasons: They know how to treat a guest!

* * * UPDATE: The Concorde Berlin is since February 2014 part of the Sofitel chain, hence the name change. How this is affecting service and atmosphere is too soon to say. It may be on the list for next trip to one of Europe’s most exciting cities. * * *

Hotel Concorde at night. The photographer, (that would be me, then), is risking his life while taking this picture standing halfway into Ku'Damm.

Hotel Concorde by architect Jan Kleihues. The photographer, (that would be me, then), is risking his life while taking this picture standing halfway into Ku’Damm.

Visible in this image: The bedroom, which makes up about one third of the rather spacious junior suites.

There’s more to this suite than meets the eye. Visible in the photo: The bed area, which makes up about one third of this rather spacious junior suite.

A tub, (barely visible to the right). Double sinks. A WC. And a shower. I've been staying in places where the entire space has been the size of this bathroom.

A tub, (barely visible to the right). Double sinks. A WC. And a shower. I’ve been staying in places where the entire space has been the size of this bathroom.

May somebody please explain to me why this Asian warrior and his horse are guarding the conference room?

May somebody please explain to me why this Asian warrior
and his horse are guarding the conference room?

Big hotel. Popular big hotel.
Fact: This is a big hotel. 311 rooms. Some of them are large. Very large. This hotel was on the list TripAdvisors’ Traveler’s Choice 2010. At the time of writing, the Concorde is in 4th place of 635 hotels in Berlin according to TripAdvisor. About 95% of the reviewers recommend it. Out of 246 travelers, 193 rate it as ‘Excellent’. I knew this before arriving to the Hotel Concorde Berlin. I think that it normally means that expectations would be a tad higher than usual, (of course I will always do my best to be completely unbiased while reviewing any hotel, but…). I think it’s safe to say that I expected quite a lot. I think it’s equally safe to say that the hotel exceeded my expectations.

Rooms are gianormous. Especially Junior Suites.
Says Wikipedia: ”A suite in a hotel or other public accommodation, denotes a class of luxury accommodations, the key feature of which is multiple rooms.” There’s nothing Junior about a Junior Suite at Concorde. It could be one of the larger rooms I’ve ever stayed in. My guess is that it was about 85 to 95 square meters, (914 to 1022 square feet). Actually, I’ve stayed in rooms the same size as the bathroom. There’s nothing quirky or silly over the interior design, (it would probably be labeled as boring by some). But you don’t check in at the Concorde because of its good looks. You check in here because you will be treated very well.

Main reason to choose the Concorde: The staff.
“It was a pleasure to have you stay with us.” That’s the message in an e-mail that I recently received from the Concorde Berlin. In the picture: The doormen at the Concorde. That can not be a coincidence. And that also shows that the folks in charge at the Concorde are very aware of the value of their doormen. They are amazing, helpful and always a few steps ahead of you, willing to help. The friendly concierge, Sam, had a great Asian restaurant up his sleeve and I never saw anything else than a smile on his face. Und so weiter. This hotel has been mentioned in the press for its design, (by Berlin architect Jan Kleihues), but if you ask me it could look like a Stasi bunker as long as it’s manned with the same people as today. The Concorde is a big and rather brash hotel on the outside but there’s nothing large-scale about the inside, (with the exception of room sizes). It’s quite an accomplishment to make such a huge place feel small, unpretentious and intimate. Well done!

Hotel Concorde Berlin
Augsburger Strasse 41
10789 Berlin
Germany

+49-30-800999-0

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