InterContinental Hotels: IHG Rewards Club & InterContinental Ambassador - Duplex or Panoramic suite in Berchtesgaden?
Jul 16, 05, 9:13 am
i have made a reservation for a panoramic suite in Berchtesgaden at a rate of 499,- Eur/night in september. They gave me an ambassador upgr. to a duplex suite. normally i would be happy, but on their homepage the panoramic suite looks nicer than the duplex... has anyone experience with this types of suites there ? How is the view from the duplex suite?
There are (I believe) only four Panoramic suites at IC Berchtesgaden, numbers 200, 250, 300, and 350, and they are all located at the back of the resort building, with views of the local area. The front of the building has views of the Eagle's Nest.
I have placed the following pictures on my www.SeatExpert.com web site:
1. A picture taken from Eagle's Nest toward IC Berchtesgaden:
2. This is the floor plan of the 3rd floor, with the Panoramic suites labeled:
There are 12 or 14 duplex suites, all on the third floor, located on either "wing". Each of the duplex suites are numbered as well as named. The duplex suites are quite nice, with:
- A full bathroom on the entry floor
- Large (probably queen size) day bed under the stairs to the second floor
- Very good size work desk
- Bar area
- Small Balconey
On the second floor:
- Separate living room with fireplace in the loft area looking down to the entry floor
- Bedroom and large bathroom seperated by very good size closet and dressing area
- Sliding glass door to access patio, which is connected to and part of the public terrace area that runs the entire length of each wing. This public terrace area can be access by several stair cases on each wing.
There is a total of three flat screen TVs in the duplex suite, and the ceilings are very high on both floors. We counted 17 steps from the entry floor to the second floor. The total floor space feel more like a one thousand square feet area, rather than the 1400 or 1500 as indicated on the web site. Perhaps this is the perception of having the space divided into two floors, as well as the exterior patio being included in the total square footage.
My family and I spent several days each in the Presidential suite, as well as one of the duplex suites. We actually rather enjoy the duplex suite, since it has a much more intimate feel than the Presidential suite.
The view from the panoramic suite should be fine, and you can easily enjoy the same views as the duplex suites by accessing the public patio.
By the way, we used the attached garage, and was not charged any parking fee. The garage level can be accessed directly by the elevator on the Presidential wing side, so you might want to request rooms located between 350 (the Panoramic suite) and 370 (Presidential suite).
Jul 17, 05, 3:32 am
I fully agree with Jet2K.
You should definitely go for the Duplex Suite. IMHO it is nicer than the presidential suite (where we were lucky to grab two award nights in May).
Although the hotel was opened back in April this year, the Grand Opening was held just last Friday with lots of VIPs incl. IC president Jennifer Fox. The newpaper article said, they are operating presently on a occupancy of only 30-40%.
Jul 17, 05, 5:00 am
We stayed in both a panoramic and a duplex suite in May. Both have plusses and minuses. The plus of the duplex is based on "size matters"! We rattled around in it! The downstairs had a bathroom, seating area with day bed, office area and small balcony. We hadly ever used it, it was rather a waste of space. Upstairs (inaccessible for disabled!)
was lovely, bedroom, lounge, bathroom and dressing room, and the big plus, the roof terrace, ideal for chilling.
The panoramic suite was smaller but still had loads of space. The minus was no balcony, and not being able to sit outside was a bit of a loss.
We were happy in both, but if you've been allocated a duplex overall I think you wwill prefer it. It has the edge on the "entertaining" front.
We used the airport transfer limo service both ways. It costs more than a taxi, but was worth it for the convenience. Unless you have the agility and endurance of a mountain goat the only way to get there is by car. They have a free transfer servive within (I think) 20km, using a VW Phaeton, drop you off in a village, call them when you want collecting. Pity the airport is 25km away!
English language TV channel chice is poor ... we took the laptop and a pile of DVD's, internet access should be E24 a day, but they never billed us.
...The newpaper article said, they are operating presently on a occupancy of only 30-40%.
Maybe that's the reason why the current rates are much lower compared to my first stay in March.
I guess the novelty factor has worn off, now the hotel has to build up its regular occupancy. The good news is that there is still plenty of availability of the panaramic suite for 30K :)
For what its worth, all 80 parking spaces in the garage was occupied during the weekend we stayed in late June. However, the weekdays see only about 25% of the spaces taken.
By the way, we were not charged any parking fee for all six nights we stayed and used the garage.