Stayed at the Mandala for five nights in an executive suite, and truly enjoyed our excellent stay. We initially booked a studio, but a few days prior to arrival decided to upgrade to a suite (for only 25€ extra). We were so glad we did.
LOCATION – Very convenient, with UBahn/SBahn/Regional train/key bus line right at the hotel. It is an upscale tourist area so even late at night it feels very safe to walk around in the area (granted, we are two young male…) Being close to Potzdamer Platz means it is always reasonably easy to get home. Finding a grocery or convenience store nearby was however a challenge.
ROOM: We were given room 903. It was a fairly large suite, close to 700 sq ft, with separate bedroom, living/dining area, and kitchen/entrance area, plus a sizable bathroom. The only small complaint was that the bedroom area is fairly small, so the only space to open our suitcases was in the living area. The room was at the northeast corner of the building, so we had views of the Sony Centre and its roof, and could see all the way to the Fernsehturm (TV tower). The living/dining area was great for entertaining (can seat/fit a dozen people comfortably). The décor of the room was quite nice, sleek and modern, though it lacked some of the modern touches that I expected of a top tier hotel (such as USB plugs, electrical outlets at work desk.) The wifi in the room worked well. The king size bed was comfortable. The bathroom was large and functional, with lots of counter space. Overall, the room was comfortable and homey, felt like staying in an upscale apartment.
Service/Facilities – Front-desk staff were professional, friendly and helpful, and the housekeeping staff were efficient and diligent. Check-in and check-out were both very quick. Since we entertained guests, we requested various items numerous times late at night, and they were all provided promptly. We stayed out late so we slept in most days, and the housekeeping staff accommodated and cleaned our room close to dinner time when we were out.