I’ve got this issue with chains. Be that bars, restaurants or hotels, and will always choose an independent establishment over some giant corporation. There’s something about charming individuality that’s quite simply irresistible. However, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin isn’t exactly famed for its independently owned accommodation, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel seemed like the kind of place to stay that hopefully had a personal approach and a little bit of character. I must say, I was impressed.
A grand, vast lobby housing enormous velvet furniture beneath an expansive high ceiling, sets a precedent for the rest of the experience, and the front desk staff are efficient, in a typically German way, making the check-in process happen smoothly.
The rooms are unexpectedly boutique in feel, with an air of a bijou studio apartment. The open plan space incorporates into bathroom within the bedroom, liberating it from the confines of walls. Sliding doors allow for privacy if needed, but for couples, the well thought out spaces are ideal. Crisp white sheets sit against a modern greyscale colour scheme, which is neither garish nor too plain. A well stocked mini bar, fruit bowl of apples and complementary snacks of nuts are available, alongside essential coffee and tea making facilities. The rooms come complete with an easy-to-work MP3 sound system, which also plays in the bathroom. Ideal for using Spotify whilst you’re away as the wifi is actually really strong. A fun little feature too are the bedside switches that remotely dim the lights and raise the blinds, for when those lazy mornings need a (very) gradual awakening.
The piece-de-resistance of this hotel though simply has to be the rooftop. Whereas many a hotel might opt for a bar, the Grand Hyatt Berlin keeps the pace calm in this busy part of the city with a luxurious pool, spa and relaxation area. Glass fronted down two sides, the pool offers unparalleled views of the city all from the comfort of a lounger or jacuzzi.
Am I converted to chains? Perhaps not quite yet. However the Hyatt are showing that they can rival their boutique counterparts in terms of character and charm – and let’s be honest, that pool is unrivalled!