“The Rhine was lovely, the hotel .................. Mmmm, well !!!”
Just returned from a Newmarket 5 day holiday to the Rhine which was absolutely stunning. The Newmarket drivers, Colin and Tony were brilliant and the tour guide Norman Bryant was absolutely fantastic and probably the most interesting person i have ever met. We had trips to Koblenz, Cochem, Rhumenstein, and Boppard, and although it was a shame that there was not a lot open, the towns themselves were stunning.
One downside to the holiday was the hotel. Although the room we had was spacious (for three people), the decor was very tatty and probably had not been touched since the 1980's. The hotel i understand is quite old and had some nice features such as the cobwebs that were in our bedroom and stretching from the walls to the central light was very authentic and probably had a preservation order on it as it obviously had not been touched since the mid 1600's. The bathroom was very cold and did not have a shower curtain which made things a bit difficult as the water was not hot enough to run a bath.
There was serious need for someone to re-tile this bathroom as we counted around 12 that were cracked and had been hurriedly repaired and the tiles not cleaned up. The heating was turned off around 9pm which made the room cold and there was enough dust on the top of the headboard and wardrobe to make a couple of sandbags in case the Rhine flooded, so again, i guess that's why this wasn't cleaned. There are no tea or coffee facilities in the room or microwave, so i suggest that if you go here you take a travel kettle.
The thing that disgusted us most was that all the time that we were there the sheets were not changed once (not that we are dirty people) just turned back in the day and the carpet hoovered.
Downstairs, the two restaurants were in good order. The food for the 5 days was sparse and very salty and there was no choice, you had to have what you were given otherwise go hungry as there was nothing on that side of the river and the ferry stopped at 9pm. We had a German Christmas dinner on the 24th which was a buffet and passable but our traditional English Christmas dinner (as it was advertised) consisted of a salty minestrone soup, two small bits of cold turkey, 5 chestnuts, half a dozen brussel sprouts and three small piped bits of mashed potato that were roasted so i presume this was there idea of roast potatoes ?
The hotel was run by Kommandant Margaret who had the face that could sour lemons, her husband who worked the bar and just seemed to appear when you wanted a drink and then just disappeared again ! There was a young girl who was quite pleasant but obviously time had taken its toll and when she wasn't collecting the empty dishes she looked as miserable as her mother, but to top the show was the waiter or Manuel as we called him. He hurriedly ran around the tables serving and collecting and it seemed that he was just waiting for a slap around the head. When a lady on my table asked him for some tap water to have with her meal he said in a very broken English '' NO, the tap water is no good, you must buy bottled'', and the only English he appeared to know was about the footballer Nobby Stiles (circa 1966) for anyone not old enough to know !!
At no time did the hosts come around to the tables to make conversation (and they both spoke good English), as they probably knew we were all hungry. The breakfast was very repetitive, Boiled eggs, ham, cheese and toast with the odd bowl of fruit and a bowl of yogurt, which was probably milk but Margaret scowled at it and curdled it !!!
All in all (apart from the hotel) a lovely trip, and very picturesque and hope to return one day to explore more, but alas not to Stalag Pohl Rheinhotel Adler !!!
Find another hotel on the other side of the Rhine !!
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