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Friday, 26 June 2015

The Mandala Suites, Berlin

The Mandala Suites

Great place to stay!
As it's a shared building part office accommodation and part hotel, there's only a discrete sign outside.



Once inside there's a large atrium with the lobby at the far side.


Price
Not cheap, but good value when you consider its location and the fact that it’s more of a hybrid of an apartment hotel and hotel. There’s no 24 hour front desk. I arrived 10pm on Sunday and it was the building’s security guard who gave me my information and room key. (Sunday the front desk closed at 5pm, weekdays at 10pm) There’s a minibar (with minibar prices, but no room service), breakfast which is an extra charge. Here I would be critical, it was 18euros, as much as the setting was lovely and service good, the price was a bit steep!


Top floor walk way to breakfast room.

View across the city from the breakfast room.

Location
The location was fabulous, it’s on Friedrichstrasse, the main shopping street. There’s a U-bahn stop 2 minutes away, Checkpoint Charlie is 5 minutes away by foot, Brandenberg Gate 10 to 15 minutes walking distance, the Reichstag too. There’s a supermarket 5 minutes away on a side street, and even a Starbucks across the road! Be warned though it doesn’t open early! Unter den Linden is 5 minutes the opposite direction to Checkpoint Charlie and the museum area. A taxi to the Main train station cost 6 euros.

Facilities
It’s called ‘suites’ so there’s a separate kitchen and a small balcony with chairs and table to eat at. The bathroom has a bathtub perfect for soaking in after walking around all day! Most hotels now seem to have just a shower. There’s a gym and a business centre on the top floor. Free wifi in the room.

The door on the right was to a walk-in wardrobe which was fantastic to keep your luggage in.

There was also this wardrobe to hang your clothes in, magazines under the TV was a nice touch. 

A well equipped kitchen.

The balcony.






Optional extras
Nothing stands out.


I was very happy with this choice of hotel and would certainly stay here again. The location is what made it for me, perfect! 

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