Concierge.com's insider take:
The Potsdamer Platz neighborhood, where this hotel sits, is judged by some to be soulless and overly commercial, and by others to be a hot spot for architecture. The buildings here, which include the corporate headquarters of Sony, Deutsche Bahn, DaimlerChrysler, and Germany's largest casino, are certainly designed to within an inch of their lives. But if you like that sort of thing, the 342-room Grand Hyatt, designed by Pritzker Prize–winner José Rafael Moneo, has quite a wow factor. The dramatic modern lobby has inverted crystalline pyramids descending from the ceiling that cause light and shadow to constantly change the look of the space. Meanwhile, the calming, clean-lined rooms are fitted with dark wood, suede, and gray-blue marble. Throughout the hotel and in the two restaurants—Vox (with the city's largest open kitchen and a selection of more than 230 whiskeys) and Tizian (with a floating fireplace)—Art Deco furnishings and black-and-white Bauhaus-era photographs warm up what could otherwise be a cold modern interior. The best place to take in all the architectural wonders of Potsdamer Platz—and to decide whether or not you like it—is the Grand Hyatt's top-floor fitness center and spa, with an outdoor terrace, an indoor pool, Finnish and steam saunas, and treatment rooms.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 89.0
- Design: 91.5
- Food: 79.2
- Location: 93.2
- Rooms: 94.5
- Service: 86.5
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2007
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