Good hotel experience from Berlin

(Updated in June 2019)

When I first visited in Berlin in 2015, I stayed in a Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz.

A big moose was guarding the main entrance, bringing the Scandinavian feel for the guest right from the beginning.

The room I got was ok size for a short visit and it was having big windows, from the floor to the ceiling. The window offered a nice view outside, though there was not much to see except buildings.

Hotel Berlin Scandic Potsdamer Platz room and beds
Hotel Berlin Scandic Potsdamer Platz room and beds

In-between the bathroom and the bedroom there was an exceptional glass window decorated with Scandinavian birch leaves. The window was right next to your bathtub, but you could not see outside clearly.

Scandic Hotel room bathroom window
Scandic Hotel room bathroom window
Berlin Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz restaurant
Berlin Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz restaurant

What I loved the most about this hotel, in addition to its central location in Berlin, near the public transport, were the mornings. The morning buffet was one the best I’ve ever had – There were plenty of options for people eating gluten-free and organic food.

Nice detail in the restaurant interior was the clock in the restaurant, which was actually a tv showing videoart of time passing by. What a lovely idea to have art in the morning together with your lovely breakfast.

The restaurants in Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz were neat and clean and simply elegant in a Scandinavian way. Coming from Finland, it all felt familiar to me. Over all I had nothing to complain during my stay in this hotel, so if you’re after a nice hotel experience in Berlin, this is one option.

Find more images of Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz in the tiled gallery below and read more trip tips and travel experiences from Berlin here.

You might also be interested in the street life and people in Berlin.

Check also the Berlin Zoo.

And here’s Berlin in Finnish.

SECOND TIME IN HOTEL SCANDIC POTSDAMER PLATZ IN BERLIN

In June 2019 I made another visit to the Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The big moose I mentioned earlier, was no more there waiting outside the hotel, but otherwise this Scandic hotel had stayed the same.

Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in 2019

This time I had booked a superior room. It did not differ much from the previous standard room, except that it was on the second top floor of the hotel and the view from the window was a lot better and more spacious.

Superior room in Hotel Scandic


The room was neat and clean and in a good condition with a bathroom looking almost like new.

The bathroom of Hotel Scandic

However, when I was making the bath, an unexpected surprise was revealed as the bathtub was filled with greenish water. The matter was investigated and settled for a long time. But even though the interior of Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz was decorated with birch and lime green, all the way from the elevator ceiling to the dining room, no explanation for the tinted greenish water in the bathtub was found.

The hotel offered a gym shower and another free room by the next day. But since the water coming from the shower seemed colorless in a glass, it had to do for a quick shower, after a hot day in Berlin. Showergel was missing though but it was arranged later.

Next day the hotel maintenance technician had not found anything to repair in the bathtub, so in the end nothing was repaired.

There really was more than 30 degrees temperature in Berlin in the beginning of June. Inside the hotel room the temperature was at least +26. The room did not get cooler than that without opening the room window in the night. There was a silent cooling system in the room, but it was operating too gently and modestly compared to the traditional A/C systems, which cool the room very loudly but efficiently.

However, the hotel lobby, restaurants and the terrace were nicely cool all this time.

Vegetarian hamburger

I went to the hotel restaurant once to dine and felt little amused, since the only vegetarian option in the menu was the same burger I had had four years back. But on the other hand – why to change, if the burger and the French fries are as tasty as they were in this restaurant of Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz.

Gluten-free vegetarian hamburger

It was also possible to have the veg hamburger gluten-free. However, that meant that a small bun was brought in a plastic packaging and the wheat-paned vegetable steak was replaced with some grilled vegetables. Still, with the exception of the bread, the meal was tasty. See more in the pictures.

The hotel restaurant’s drink selection was good even with non-alcoholic drinks. I chose Ipanema, which was a drink consisting of lime, lime juice, white cane sugar and Ginger Ale. The drink got full ten points.

Important note to be made was, that buying a bottled drinking water from a shop in Berlin was nine times cheaper than buying it from the hotel kiosk.

Here’s some more photos from Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz, and with a view from the room window, daytime and nighttime –

This article is part of my Travel Opus to Europe. Read it in the link.

And read more about Berlin here.

People and street life of Berlin

Here’s a photocollection of people in Berlin. These photos are unstaged, presenting the genuine street life of Berlin very much the way I saw it one random summer day in July.

Alexanderplatz, Berlin
Alexanderplatz, Berlin
Skydiving in Berlin
Skydiving in Berlin
Art market Berlin
Art market Berlin
Motorcycles in Berlin
Motorcycles
Working men in Berlin
Working men
Feeding the birds in Berlin
Feeding the birds
People on two wheels in Berlin
Twowheelers
Street dance in Berlin
Street dance in Berlin

Check also the travel tips for Berlin

and Travel Opus to Europe.

Berlin triptips and travel experiences

The first time I travelled Berlin was in 2015 and I immediately fancied the Berlin-Tegel airport. The easiness of traveling onwards from there is worth mentioning. Had read a lot of positive reviews about Pergamon museum and because of that I felt a little disappointed after seeing the exhibition inside the museum. I would myself recommend that museum only to people unfamiliar with the East. Otherwise the museum did not have much new or exciting to see, at least in 2015. Especially if you’ve travelled in India

Exhibition in Pergamon Museum in Berlin
Exhibition in Pergamon Museum in Berlin

Whereas the Neues Museum in the Berlin Museum Island offered a very interesting and comprehensive view to the past of the humankind. The exhibition was in a way amazing and inspiring. It would be worth visiting there even without the famous Nefertiti, which you were not allowed to photograph.

Neues Museum in Berlin
Neues Museum in Berlin
Exhibition in Neues Museum, Berlin
Exhibition in Neues Museum

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin was a tiny part of our history commercialized well into a modern day use. It was used as a place to take selfies with the “soldiers” from the past. I think this place is worth seeing if you’re into photography. It is also brilliant advertisement for the Mc Donald’s restaurant right next to it. You might even wanna have a bite of a hamburger with some history alongside.

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie

Branderburg Gate in Berlin did not startle me, but the Holocaust Memorial I would recommend for photographers and those travellers interested in history. That impressive but yet modest looking memorial can make you very serious. Another similar grave sight is the Topography of Terror.

Branderburg Gate Berlin
Branderburg Gate
Holocaust memorial in Berlin
Holocaust memorial
Panorama of Topografie Des Terrors in Berlin
Panorama of Topografie Des Terrors

Berlin Zoo makes it easy to take a taxi to a jungle. All the monkeys, elephants and giraffes are right there in the middle of the city, with a skyscraper in the background. I would recommend this zoo experience to all the families with young kids visiting Berlin. One can get to the zoo easily with the public transport.

Hippopotamuses in Berlin Zoo
Hippopotamuses in Berlin Zoo

In the end, the Berlin TV tower (Fernsehturm) and Panoramapunkt will give you a very nice views above the whole city of Berlin.

See them and a lot more from the video Best of Berlin below –

And last but not least – Do not forget to visit the Art Market, when in Berlin.

Find more travel experiences from Berlin here.

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Berlin view from Panoramapunkt
Berlin view from Panoramapunkt

You can read the Berlin trip tips and travel experiences also in Finnish