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Date registered: Jun 2005
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Hotel Review with MB ED Package
I stayed at 3 different Hotels as part of the Black Forest Rally Package: Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin, Villino and Brenner Park. My review of them from the perspective of going on a vacation with you new car follows:
Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin:
Hotel is a well-done, upscale, Euro-class business hotel. (I stay in a lot of these.) Hotel has all the facilities one expects (e.g. bar, restaurant, 24hr staff, Wi-Fi for a fee, Euro-breakfast etc.). Parking is indoors, extra and inconvenient.
Got a Jr. suite, which is quite spacious by European Standards. Well equipped. Everything worked.
Location is great for access to train station and central Stuttgart (including walking streets).
If you arrive by train the day before picking up the car, this is an easy place to stay. Once you have the car, I would not recommend this place as there are better spots to use a "night"--unless you have some reason to be
in central Stuttgart. If you are picking up the car late in the day and
just want a place to crash before going on the road the next day, chain hotels in Sindelfingen are a better option.
Hotel is a boutique resort in the suburbs of Lindau (Thank God for NAV) and is R&C listed for both hotel and restaurant.
Got a Jr. suite with lots of room and lovely balcony. Parking is private, free and outdoors. Has a spa, which we did not use.
Has 21 rooms and a dedicated staff who treat all guests with a very personal touch.
Food is top quality. Restaurant is Michelin 1-star and so is an adventure.
Downside is that if you don't want that level for dinner, you must drive into Lindau. Breakfast is semi-buffet and semi-menu--and is included and very good.
Location is quiet and pretty next to an apple orchard; local walks are rural.
Feel is very Mediterranean. Rooms are custom decorated.
Does not have A/C. Cell phone and Wi-Fi are quite difficult.
Cannot always rely on someone being at reception (e.g. to answer phone), because they are helping other guests, but someone is always nearby if you need assistance; it is more like a family than a business.
There are all sorts of reasons you might NOT want to stop here: if being electronically connected is critical, if A/C is critical, if impersonality is critical, if quick, cheap food on-site (or walking distance) is critical. On the other hand if you are a foodie or you want to experience Mediterranean villa living (in Germany), this is definitely worth the stop.
Brenner Park Hotel:
Old-world Luxury Hotel. Impeccable service, great food, classic building, fantastic location. Every service one would want.
Location is the pretty part of Baden-Baden, which is a spa town and northern gateway to black forest.
Had a regular sized room, with balcony over-looking the park; 5-10 minute walk into center.
Breakfast and internet included; parking was extra.
World-class spa, which was well, world class.
Has both cafÃ© and 2-star Michelin restaurant that was both (relatively) inexpensive and worth the rating.
Too many details to list, but this is the standard against which I shall hold all luxury hotels. (e.g. When we left, "Scotty" had washed the car, and put in bottles of water and candies for our drive).
Simply put--STAY HERE. Unless you are a devout minimalist or committed to techno modern, there is no reason not to use a "night" (or 12) here.
Incidentals are expensive. (e.g. breakfast is 39 euros if you had to pay for it; massage is 150, etc.), but there are alternatives in town if that is an issue.