Booked these rooms on advice from Rick Steves.
Two couples. Two rooms. There in late May 2011. View of the Rhine. Train tracks 30 feet from room window.
Even though there were many things that were negative, there was a sense that the owners really wanted you to be comfortable. And they could accommodate you on most things.
But not that train noise.
I read the reviews. Some talked of train noise, some talked of sound proof windows, and others commented that the train noise was not an issue. Our group is a "roll with the punches" type, so we booked this place.
The train noise was a large issue for us. Huge.
It was warm. We had to have the windows open. Trains would fly by almost every 40 minutes. The freight trains were extremely loud. I could not hear my wife from 8 feet away as she yelled a sentence. We were on SKYPE with our house sitter when a train whizzed by. She asked, "what the hell was that?" She could not believe it was a train. We held the camera out the window for the next one, which came shortly. The passenger trains were not as loud, but are still totally unacceptable. They are loud, just not as loud as the freight trains. We did close the windows for part of the night and the noise was cut back by maybe 50%. Still wakes you up, like every 40 minutes or so. To be clear, the trains run all day and all night, 24/7.
Breakfast was pretty good. And the woman there, Fatima, seemed helpful. We all felt that she was friendly but a bit in your business and over the top at times. We didn't really consider this a problem. She was OK. Maybe if we had slept better we would not have noticed this so much.
The place is old and not updated. Older decor and fast-fixed plumbing and electrical was consistent in both rooms. The bed was old.
One upside. You could walk out the restaurant door towards the train tracks, turn left and walk to the Rhein Hotel where Steuber's Restaurant is located. What a great meal we had there!
Even though we complained about the train noise during our stay, we howl about it now. It was quite ridiculous, and now quite laughable. And in fairness, there are several hotels on the same tracks, the Rhein Hotel, for example. Not sure how the noise is at the other places.
Couldn't pay us to stay there again.
Ask to be as far from the train tracks as possible.
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