Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Tel: 49 30 23 8280
Tel: 800 333 3333 (toll-free)
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The Radisson's calling carda spectacular 220,000-gallon cylindrical aquarium containing 2,500 tropical fishis actually the least compelling reason to like it. Superbly located at the end of Unter den Linden, just across the Spree River from Museum Island in the trendy Mitte district, the hotel boasts 427 unusually comfortable rooms done in a cutting-edge Scandinavian style, two excellent restaurants, a swell health club with a big swim-against-the-current pool, and a friendly (even at odd hours) staff. Overall, it's an impressive surprise for an international chainand a good buy to boot.2005 Hot List
When to go: Mayor Christmas, which Berlin does with real zeal.
Which room to book: Nos. 5201, 5203, 5205, 6201, 6203, and 6205 all have small balconies that look onto the Berlin Cathedral
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessible