It's been years now, but Nuremberg was the first European city I ever visited....and today I still love it. The city walls with arrow slits, the footbridges over the river, the churches, the food, the beer....there's just something special about it. Unfortunately, there aren't many hotels inside the city walls (although there are quite a few chain hotels in the surrounding area), so your accommodation options are somewhat limited if you want the proper "walk outside into history" experience.
I've stayed twice now at the Holiday Inn Nuremberg....once in a standard hotel room in the front building, and once in an apartment in the rear building. If you can score an apartment (pretty easy if you're a Priority Club member), then do it. Not only do you get more space, but most of the apartments face a quiet inner courtyard instead of the street out front (which can get noisy, what with the strip club and brothels next door). The standard rooms are clean, efficient, and punctuated with orange trim here and there....but this review is for the apartments.
The layouts differ somewhat, but most of the apartments are basically large L-shaped rooms, with a sleeping area, a living area with a couch, and a desk area opposite a small kitchenette. A nifty TV cabinet housing a small LCD rotates on a floor-to-ceiling pole to face any of those three locations, which is very convenient. Many of the apartments also feature outdoor decks with a table and chairs....a unique feature that I would have appreciated more if it hadn't been below freezing outside. :)
Everything in our little apartment was shipshape...a scuff here or there, but in general the room was in excellent condition. Wood floors added to the residential feel, and the bed was typically firm with dual (!) twin-size duvets....one for each person in the bed. Are you reading this, hotel room designers? Make. This. Happen.
The bathrooms are largely identical to the standard hotel rooms up front (which is to say, pretty small) and disappointingly feature the all-too-common-in-Europe tub/shower combo with the glass wall that only covers half the length of the tub. The end result of this design is that you end up huddled in the corner of the tub while showering so you don't end up with a lake on the bathroom floor. Other than the tub, the bathroom is typical modern mid-range European, including the obligatory recessed lights that give off immense amounts of heat.
Speaking of heat....our room proved very difficult to keep cool, even though the temperatures outside were frigid. If you find yourself in this situation, it's important to note that the heater and the air conditioner are in completely separate locations....heat comes from the radiator (with a dial to turn off or on), and the A/C is controlled separately from a control panel on the opposite wall. However, even after we discovered that the radiator was on and switched it off, the room still wouldn't get cool. Eventually we just started opening the door to the deck for a few minutes at a time....it does the trick very quickly. However, I wonder what we would have done if it had been warm out...
We didn't try the hotel's restaurant or breakfast buffet, but numerous little cafes are within walking distance if you need breakfast. And yes, the hotel *is* located directly adjacent to the red light district, but it's easily avoided....just don't turn right out of the hotel. You shouldn't need to anyway, since getting into the heart of the walled city means going straight ahead or turning left.
It's a solid property in a beautiful city, and definitely worth a visit.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Nurnberg City Centre Hotel
- Holiday Inn Nurnberg City Centre Hotel Nuremberg
- Holiday Inn Nuremberg
- Nuremberg Holiday Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located on a charming cobbled street, our Nurnberg hotel blends contemporary style with Bavarian warmth. Sip coffee on our pavement terrace and plan your day with complimentary wireless Internet in the bright Lobby. Holiday Inn Nurnberg City Centre is 2 minutes' walk from Weisser Turm U-Bahn station, from where trains serve Nurnberg. ... more less
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