HOTEL REVIEW: Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin
Just a ten-minute walk from Berlin’s most famous landmark Brandenburg Gate, the swanky Maritim proArte Hotel boasts of a central, trendy location. Situated on Friedrichstrasse, the hotel is in the heart of the legendary cultural and shopping street, just a few minutes walk from the historic station. The glittering street has witnessed history unfold, been destroyed as a victim of the city’s tortured past and reinvented itself in all its glitzy and gritty glory.
To understand the significance of the hotel’s location is important – Friedrichstrasse is now lined with cafes, upscale and designer shops, fashionable restaurants and is a great place for people watching. After reunification, money was poured into refurbishment projects in the 1990s but this was also once the city’s pleasure palace, because of the many prostitutes who plied their trade here. This mix of snazzy and spunky is irresistible.
In the busy lobby, the cheerful art lends the four-star hotel its character – the design is modern and stylish, yet not impersonal. We had taken an overnight bus from Munich and arrived earlier than our check-in time, feeling rather rumpled. The reception was kind enough to let us check in early, which was much appreciated in that state! The spacious suite with its marble bathroom was warm, inviting and offered all the amenities you can expect in a luxury hotel.
The suite also offers access to the lounge stocked with complimentary wine, beer and nibbles. It’s a quiet, welcoming space and a good way to start the evening before a long night out in Berlin. There’s an extensive spa area with a pool and the hotel works well for business travellers and families alike.
Attention to Detail
While most luxury hotels deliver on the essentials with efficiency, what makes your stay memorable is the attention to detail. It happened to be my birthday during my stay at Maritim proArte Berlin Hotel and I found chocolates and assorted little nibbles in my room on my return from a day of sightseeing. The staff at the reception wished me and had a little gift ready as well. Sometimes it’s nice to be fussed over a bit!
The service at Maritim proArte was outstanding from check in to check out. They stored our luggage till we returned from our pre-booked walking tour – in a new city, a no-fuss, accommodating attitude makes all the difference in your perception of the destination as a whole.
Food and Drink: Berlin Tapas
For my husband, the food experience at any hotel really counts – the breakfast buffet had a terrific variety with a range of organic and vegetarian options. A live counter had chefs dishing up hot food and the service was quick and friendly. I’m quite easy-going about food, but he is a fussy foodie and the sumptuous breakfast met with his enthusiastic approval.
The highlight was our meal at Berlin Tapas – where typical Berlin food is the centre of attention. The options include mini meatballs with braised onions, Berlin Currywurst, potato pancakes with smoked salmon or young herring tartare and there are several vegan and vegetarian options as well. We sampled a delicious mix of hot and cold tapas from the day’s specials in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere.
At Ecophiles, we feel that luxury hotels are well placed to advance pioneering sustainable solutions and to make efficient use of energy. Maritim proArte Hotel is heated by environmentally friendly natural gas or district heating, rather than scarce crude oil.
For water efficiency, there are economy buttons in the toilets, and water-saving devices on taps and showers. Strict waste separation is followed, recycling using state-of-the-art technology creates new energy, fuel or fertiliser from waste. Broken crockery, for example, is re-used in road construction. They have also invested heavily in LED lighting that offers huge energy savings in the long run.
Overall, we’d highly recommend the hotel for its fabulous location, friendly service, atmosphere and do try out the tapas!
Good to Know:
Nearby Attractions: Centrally situated between the Brandenburg Gate and the Gendarmenmarkt directly on the Friedrichstrasse. From here, you can reach many of the city’s attractions by foot: the Friedrichstadt-Palast Theatre, the UNESCO Museum Island, the Reichstag building, the famous “Unter den Linden” shopping street, theatres and more.
Getting there: From Berlin main station, S5, S7, S75 to stop Friedrichstraße.
For more information, visit Maritim proArtel Hotel Berlin’s website.