We have stayed at the Westin Grand Berlin several times in the last 10 years due to the location but also because they always had the most phenomenal New Years Eve gala party with fantastic entertainment (like a Las Vegas, aerialist and Broadway review). So after several years absence, we were excited to go there again because this time we had our extended family joining us for the festivities, which we had excitedly told them to anticipate a party above all others. Very disappointing. First of all, there had been a renovation of the lobby and rooms. While the rooms sorely needed this, the lobby did not. What used to have old-world charm (think Vienna/baroque decor), looked boringly like it was decorated by whoever decorates the Westins in places like No-wheresville, New Jersey. Color of the carpeting on the grand staircase and throughout was brown and beige. It used to be red oriental design...very regal. The old world charm of the lobby looked like it was now the business lounge at the airport. Very sad. The architecture SCREAMS for old world. How could this have been overlooked? In addition, without the gala events of years prior, this was a substandard New Years Eve bash. The band was mediocre at best. They were better when they stopped playing and put a CD on. Did not play what you might expect on New Years Eve for the more mature crowd. No Frank Sinatra. No big band. Played FAST Viennese waltzes that frustrated the couples with only modest dance ability, and then played disco. The crowd was mostly 50+. Also, the band was at the bottom of the staircase and the tables all upstairs. Had to struggle down that staircase in heels (and mine were very high) if you wanted to dance. My daughter fell trying to get down in her shoes. Not a great idea. In years past, the tables were at the foot of the staircase and once on both levels, but then they used the staircase as the "stage", performers moving up and down it so they could be seen by all. Food was good. Actually, the next morning, there was a buffet brunch with a different band (a quintet with sax, trombone, bass and piano and guitar) and they were excellent. They should have been the New Years Eve band. We sat there the entire 3 hours just for them.
Also, as someone else wrote, there is no free water in the room! I don't call this a 5 star hotel any longer. It's a 4 star. Used to be 5, but falls short now. If you only care about the location, then it's great, but we will not stay again for Christmas and New Years. Also they really have no restaurant. There is a room for breakfast buffet, but there is no upscale restaurant. Definitely this place needs a bit of an upgrade to compare with the likes of the Ritz (with a wonderful New Years Eve party, by the way) located at Potsdamer Platz. Internet was not free either and rather expensive!
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- Famous location in the historic city centre, trendy district "Berlin-Mitte", on the corner "Unter den Linden"/ "Friedrichstrasse" and very well connected to all public transportation.Sights like Brandenburger Tor, Checkpoint Charlie, Museumsinsel and Gendarmenmarkt within walking distance. 400 Elegant rooms and suites, lavish lobby with grand staircase, restaurant, bar, summer terrace, spacious hotel garden, spa with indoor pool, fitness area, business center, 10 function rooms. Have a little relaxation and stay well! ... more less
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- Westin Hotel Berlin
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