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  1. jgg630

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    I have Marriott points to burn so I am looking for closest Marriott property to Christmas markets in Berlin. I currently have a reservation at Berlin Marriott and Courtyard CityCenter.
     
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    The Christmas markets in Berlin are scattered all over the place, so either location would work in terms of getting to the larger ones with local transit.

    One of the smallest with a few stalls is near the Marriott at Potsdamerplatz, while one of the larger ones that even has carnival style rides is up in Alexanderplatz on the east side of town, maybe two miles away. Looks like the Courtyard is midway between Potsdamerplatz and Alexanderplatz. I don't really see that one offers an advantage over the other as you have train options and the U-Bahn train from Potsdamerplatz stops near the Courtyard 3 stops later. and then 3 more stops to Alexanderplatz.

    Over at Potsdamerplatz there are two different shopping arcades on either side of the intersection, both with food options and no shortage of shops and even a supermarket in the basement of one and a casino across from it.

    One of the shopping arcades:

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    Cross over to the west side of Berlin, and there's also a small market near the Europa Center and Kaiser Wilhelm church.

    Two other markets that I've been, and these are actually my favorites and I'd try to fit them in besides Alexanderplatz, are at Charlottenburg Palace and Potsdam. Potsdam is in the outer transit zone and about 40 mins out and would be covered on an all-day zone ABC ticket.

    The market in Potsdam runs along one long street versus others being in town squares:

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    Alexanderplatz:

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    Charlottenburg Palace:

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    All my Christmas market photos are here:
    http://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-Europe/Germany
     
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    Thanks, Tom. Do you prefer either of these hotels over the other?
     
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    Marriott is just a backup program for me with the lifetime Gold status I have through UA. I've only used them in Barcelona and Cologne so far when in Europe. In Berlin, I've recently stayed at the Grand Hyatt just off Potsdamerplatz and have prior stays at a Holiday Inn Express which is nearby and the Crowne Plaza on the west side, so really can't comment on anything more than location.

    If you want more amenities in terms of restaurants, cafes and shopping, the Marriott location has much more within a 5 minute walk. There is a Vapianos just across the street, an Italian restaurant franchise that is all over Germany, where you order at the counter and your individual pager goes off when your meal is ready, and they have very reasonable prices (was at the one in Nuremberg in December). Potsdamerplatz is one block away with the Sony Center packed with restaurants and the shopping arcade across the street. The newest multi-story shopping area, also with food options, is across the intersection by the Saturn electronics store (you should be able to see their sign from Potsdamerplatz).

    Go in the opposite direction when you leave the Marriott, and you're 5-10 minutes from the U.S. Embassy and Brandenburg Gate, and if you really like to walk you can continue onto the Reichstag building and the Hauptbahnhof (multistory train station also with a small market, bakeries and food options).

    When you're out, look for the double brick line on the pavement to indicate where The Wall used to be.
     
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    I am also Diamond with Hyatt so should I consider Hyatt over Marriott in Berlin?
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Nice, I was in Berlin at end of April but missed Alexanderplatz.
    I stayed in Senderlingerplatz and found a long street of bars but no many people out Kastianastrasse?



     
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    Stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Berlin last year and was overwhelmed. Wonderful suite - mini-bar? Heck, they had full decanters of liquor at my disposal. Staff could not have been more wonderful - especially the concierge. Wrote a stellar review on Tripadvisor under stevens397 - check it out as I wrote it right after the trip when my recollections were much fresher. So - can't comment on the Marriotts but the Hyatt was to die for!
     
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    Nice snaps..
     
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