When one decides to visit Berlin whether on business or pleasure one thing is for certain, visitors to Berlin want to see the sights and learn some of the jaw-dropping and often turbulent histories of this unique city. Of course, at Go! Running Tours we believe the best way to get a good overview of Berlin is on the go with one of our amazing run or jog tours! Seeing the sights is one thing, but to truly have an unrivalled experience in the German capital, where one stays is of the utmost importance. That is why when I’m asked before guests arrive in Berlin where they can find an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city, my answer is always The Mandala Hotel and Suites.
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz was an open wasteland. A risk was taken to open a hotel here and now twenty years later, hotel managing directors Lutz Hesse and Christian Andresen and their dedicated staff have created something special – the only privately managed 5-star superior hotel in Berlin!
The minimalistic style 5-star hotel provides a high level of comfort and luxury combined with an unparalleled level of service. The 159 rooms/suites each convey an air of timelessness and elegance that will amaze even the strictest of guests, a combination of beauty and ample space that is unrivaled in Berlin.
Being a 5-star hotel requires a certain level of excellence and expertise which is why the Mandala Hotel is a member of Design Hotels, a collection of over 200 hotels from around the Globe which must adhere to the highest standards while maintaining a uniqueness that sets them apart from all other hotels. All rooms whether it be a hotel or a suite are incredibly spacious and a joy to stay in while in Berlin. And one of the major advantages for guests is the location. The hotel on Potsdamer Strasse 3 and the suites on Friedrichstrasse 185-190 are both incredibly central and only a stone’s throw from the major historic sites such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall among others. Naturally, this is perfect for a run or jog tour which is now provided by the Mandala Hotel and Suites in partnership with Go! Running Tours Berlin!
When staying in the Mandala hotel, one must admire the level of services on offer. Whether it’s a Michelin star fine dining, being pampered in a Spa or simply enjoying an evening meal with a drink, the Mandala Hotel will have you covered.
FACIL 2 star Michelin Restaurant
The Philosophy that encapsulates FACIL restaurant is “ease of being” and one feels this philosophy when entering. When entering the spacious restaurant, the bamboo shrubs and water features transport the guests into another world of tranquillity. This philosophy of “ease of being” extends to the sublime food created here. The 2-Michelin-Star earned by FACIL at The Mandala Hotel in Berlin has been hard won so that you can enjoy culinary masterpieces. Combining exotic spices and fresh ingredients create brand new aromas and sensations of flavor on the tongue. Here at Restaurant FACIL Head chef Michael Kempf and his team take classic dishes and ingeniously interpret anew. Enjoy unpretentious compositions of taste with an apparent air of plain-ness that are nevertheless comprised of unexpected elegance. Dining in a 2-Michelin-Star restaurant FACIL is a once in a lifetime experience on the senses and on the palette.
The ONO Spa
The ONO Spa overlooks the grand Potsdamer Platz on the 11th floor of the 5-star Mandala hotel. One can relax with an unbelievable view of Berlin while relaxing with one of the many massages, or treat yourself with a luxurious cosmetic treatment. Tasteful tones of pure white, selected art pieces and of course, the view of the surrounding cityscape of Berlin create an inspiring atmosphere. This in my opinion is the ideal activity after a Go! Running Tour of Berlin! The ONO spa will be sure to revitalize your energy in a tranquil private setting after seeing Berlin on the run (or jog!).
The QIU bar in the Mandala hotel provides a relaxing informal setting in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Berlin’s city center. It’s secluded alcoves with atmospheric lighting provide the perfect setting for an evening meal with a classic cocktail in hand and an unmatched view over Potsdamer Platz. During breakfast, guests can enjoy a healthy breakfast before taking on an exciting day in Berlin. And a table will be waiting for you for a leisurely long lunch.
My final thoughts
In summary, The Mandala Hotel and Suites must be my recommendation for a visitor to beautiful Berlin. What other hotels can offer 5-star rooms and services and a 2-Michelin-Star? And with round the clock services combined with real value for money, the Mandala Hotel and Suites is hard to beat. We at Go! Running Tours Berlin look forward to partnering this special hotel in the heart of Berlin and providing quality tours to their loyal guests.
If you want to learn more about running in Berlin, check out my complete guide and list of races 2019.
City Manager at Go! Running Tours Berlin