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Fjord Hotel Berlin 3.0

Berlin, Germany

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Pros

  • Pleasant mid-range hotel with minimalistic Scandinavian decor
  • On quiet street, but accessible to sights via public transit
  • Located a 15-minute walk to Potsdamer Platz
  • Bright, modern guest rooms with soft carpets and flat-screen TVs
  • Some guest rooms have seventh story terraces
  • Daily breakfast buffet with hot and cold dishes (extra fee)
  • Small lobby bar staffed by reception
  • Bike rentals and on-site parking (both for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout property

Cons

  • Short on common spaces (no full restaurant or gym)
  • Rooms lack perks like AC, mini-fridges, and electric kettles
  • Outside of Mitte (though still near restaurants and some sites)
  • Reception is not open 24 hours
  • Breakfast costs an extra fee

Bottom Line

Clean, well-maintained, with streamlined minimalistic modern decor, Fjord Hotel is a solid mid-range property. Though it's not in Berlin's central Mitte district, it's fairly well-located, just a 15-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz with convenient access to major attractions via public transit. The hotel's 64 gray-and-white guest rooms are clean and fresh, ranging from cozy (read: small) entry-level rooms to roomy doubles to compact rooms for up to four guests. In-room amenities are limited: There are flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but no air-conditioning, mini-fridges, or electric kettles. Extra features are likewise limited, though there's a nice breakfast buffet, a small bar, on-site parking, and bike rentals. Reception closes in the evening, but guests can coordinate late check-ins. Those who want to be in Mitte might consider Fjord's sister hotel, CALMA Berlin Mitte, which has similar amenities.

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Scene

Clean, comfortable mid-range hotel with Scandinavian-inspired decor 

The privately owned Fjord Hotel occupies a seven-story white stucco building that dates back to 1994. Inside, its decor reflects a minimalistic modern Scandinavian vibe with white and pearl-gray furnishings throughout. Bright framed photos of Norway give a nod to the hotel's name. Infused water, apples, and friendly staff welcome guests to the small property. While there's not much space in the reception area to hangout, the breakfast room provides decent daytime seating on velvety gray benches and chairs, plus guest can linger at a small bar staffed by the reception desk. It's a popular spot in the morning, as guests sit here checking their itineraries and getting ready for the day, but this hotel is more for sleeping than for lounging on site. Still, Fjord makes a nice home base -- the hotel is well-maintained and makes updates regularly to stay fresh. It's location is a big draw for business people and tourists alike, including plenty of international guests, some from the party-ready younger set.

Location

Near public transit, a 15-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz

Situated in a residential area slightly beyond Berlin's central Mitte district, the hotel is still fairly well-positioned. It's a five-minute walk from international restaurants on Potsdamer Street, a 15-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz, and about a 10-minute walk from several U-Bahn stations -- though bus stops, which are closer, can be more convenient. Limited onsite parking is available for an extra fee, though it should be reserved in advance.

  • 15 minutes to the Brandenburg Gate via public transit
  • 15 minutes to Kurfürstendamm shopping street via public transit
  • 15 minutes to Checkpoint Charlie via public transit
  • 17 minutes to Berlin Central Station via public transit
  • 22 minutes to Alexanderplatz via public transit
  • 22 minutes to Museum Island via public transit
  • 50 minutes to Berlin Tegal Airport via public transit
  • One hour to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport via public transit

Rooms

Streamlined, modern guest rooms, but amenities are limited

Decorated in a palette of soft gray and white, Fjord's guest rooms have a clean, modern feel that jibes with the hotel's gentle Scandinavian theme. White-washed wood laminate furnishings, stucco walls, velvety gray upholstered chairs, and gray shag carpets all feel fairly fresh. Since our room photos were taken, the hotel has added a little flare to rooms: bright photographs of fjords and green Norwegian landscapes, plus stylish rustic white-washed wood-plank accents and blue accent pillows. Bathrooms are contemporary with white tiled walls and, usually, shower stalls with glass partitions.

Rooms have open wardrobes, desks, flat-screen TVs, and in-room snacks and drinks for purchase, but no coffee/tea service or mini-fridges. Bathrooms have hairdryers and toiletry dispensers, while some upgraded rooms add extra individual toiletries. Like many mid-range hotels in Berlin, there is no air-conditioning. Rooms have views of the street or courtyard. The hotel has a few tiny rooms called "Small and Fine," which are about 180 square feet, but jump up a category, and "Our Fine Rooms" add almost 100 square feet of space and sitting areas. Cosy Rooms are the same size but add space for up to four with a sleeper couch. Favorite rooms among guests are those situated on the seventh floor, which add rooftop terraces with sitting areas.

Features

Breakfast buffet and lobby bar, but few other extras

The hotel offers amenities on par with other mid-range hotels in central Berlin. There's no full-service restaurant, but a breakfast buffet is offered daily, usually for an extra fee. There's a nice spread of mostly cold fare, like bread, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt, and cereal, plus some hot dishes, like scrambled eggs and German meatballs. Breakfast changes slightly every few days, so guests staying longer won't feel like it's running on repeat. The breakfast area doubles as lounge space during the day, and there's a small bar there run by reception desk staff serving drinks like coffee, beer, and soda. Reception is open from the morning into the late evening, so guests checking in late or checking out early must arrange to pick up or drop off their keys in a special lock box. (There's also a phone number for late-night needs.) Bike rentals are offered for an extra fee. The hotel offers limited on-site parking, also for an extra fee, but it should be reserved in advance. Wi-Fi is free.

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Bissingzeile 13, Berlin 10785, Germany

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