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Hotel Castle Liebenstein
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Kamp-Bornhofen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 October 2013

Our family of 6 had an excellent experience at Burg Liebenstein. We reserved 2 doubles, with a 3rd bed added to each - and were given the entire top floor of the 'tower'! Rooms were good sized, even when overloaded we had room to move around comfortably. Mattress a bit hard for our tastes, but overall bedding was clean and comfortable. Plenty of towels too. Kids loved all the peaked doors, bright colors, and "medieval style" furniture - not authentic of course, but fun.

Dinner was delicious, ordered from a truly extensive menu given the size of this place - local favorites, some international dishes, and some "kid friendly" items too. Great wine and beer selection. Breakfast was also great, so many choices of bread items, plus meat, cheese, yogurt, tea and coffee.

Staff was friendly for Germany - not constantly smiling, but happy to help, quick to get anything requested, and very accomodating of the children.

We'd definitely stay again!

Room Tip: Top of the tower - great view, if you can stand the stairs
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We wanted to enjoy a different experience and researched castles along the Rhein River. We chose Burg Leibenstein for its warmth and charm. And did they deliver! This castle is privately owned by a couple with several staff to assist. They helped us with making reservations to attend the Reisling Wine Festival in St. Goar to assisting in making plans for enjoying the relaxed pace of Kamp Bornhofen. This town is very traditional to Germany. Most of the folks are well versed in both German and English. You will find a warm welcome when they learn you are visiting from the good 'ol USA. They love the Americans!! We ate the restaurant located in the restaurant and enjoyed candle light dining from our window view of the Rhein River. It was so surreal. Across the river; you can see the trains passing through and the boats sailing by along the Rhein and above are the twinkling stars dotting the skyline. Every request was taken care with attention to detail and ALWAYS on time....

Room Tip: If arriving to Kamp Bornhofen by train; contact the propreitor on advance for transportation arrange...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

A great view of the Rhine and of the 'castle next door' ... and the decor (paintings, armor, and other appointments) gives you the feel of being in an old castle.

It is family owned and is a lodge built into the ruins of an authentic castle.

The rooms were consistent with the castle experience and we had one of the best meals of our visit to Germany with the candlelight dinner ... a well prepared sampler of local foods.

Was it the "Ritz"? ... not so much ... but was it a fun experience spending the night in a castle with great views overlooking the Rhine? ... absolutely!

Room Tip: ask for a review view room ... both the sunsets and the sunrises were scenic from our two rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

This is a hard place to rate, as you really have to balance to "staying in a castle" with the price, the food, the accommodation, breakfast, and the overall experience, so...
Staying in a castle - full 5 dots. You really stay in a old run down castle, everything about this place says it is a real castle, so the experience is exactly what you get. Tight little stairs, low doors - its great.
Price - its quite pricey for what you get. We asked for the accommodation and half board, but it just didn't work. The restaurant staff were insistent on paying for dinner at the time in cash, so it cost us a bit more than we expected.
Food - difficult one. We had dinner in the garden as the sun went down and it was quite beautiful. The food was tasty, but there were a few items that looked suspiciously like frozen supermarket food. We chose a dish which said it came with rosti potato, but what arrived was a couple of circular hash browns. The meat was well cooked, but nothing special compared to other places we stopped on our journey. Breakfast was also unique, with table service of a huge amount of food, tasty breads and cold meat. I have to comment on the cereal portion - I have never been served a muesli bar for breakfast, and I have been at a few breakfasts. It was a good breakfast and served in the main dining room (allocated seats) made it that bit more special (see photo).
Accommodation. Its basic but functional. Beds very comfortable, but as noted in other reviews, the owners get out of there as soon as 8.30 or 9pm arrives, and then it is all locked up. While it was quite nice to sit and read in the twilight (I started reading Game of Thrones that night, good choice), I would have been bored without the book. No guest lounge, no TV, no bar really detracts from what would be a great night. It was also a bit noisy, with the trains in the valley echoing up to the castle.

Overall Experience? We enjoyed it, but there was something that was missing. This clearly was a labor of love back in the 70-80's when the owners clearly were building the business. The neighboring castle is clearly having money poured into it and will undoubtedly be giving this place a run for its money in the near future. The owners really need to do some work to stop the weeds and the growth taking over the castle grounds and judging by the photo's - get back to the glory days. There is no interpretative history, so its hard to say what has been here in the past. There are signs of a bit of desperation, the 50 euro cents they charge to non-guests to climb the tumble-down tower is weird. There is a great walk down to the village via the other castle (about .9km of zig-zag steep paths). The village has got to be the only place in Germany that just closes, with only a couple of hotels, no shops so you need to drive if you want alternative food options. On arrival we were a bit surprised to see a Australian flag flying beside a USA flag, and I hope they do this as a welcome gesture (we tried to get the story but it needed German a bit more technical than mine). In any case, it worked and was really nice.

Glad I stayed - yes. Was it romantic - not as much as I hoped.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The Burg Liebenstien is a real castle set up on the hill above the Rhine River. Of all the castles in the area, it is not the most imposing to view from the outside, but what we loved about staying here is that they have not tried to change it too much. They have made efforts to increase your comfortability but it does not seem like they have messed too much with the original structure of the castle which, for us, increased the fun of the experience. That said, you will not find luxury here. The door frames are small, the stairs narrow and uneven, and the rooms are fairly small. But the views are amazing and they have preserved some very interesting articles from days of olde that you can see and touch. We enjoyed our hosts, one of whom served us a lovely breakfast with a view (this was included with the room). We also had dinner at the restaurant and it was very good. Yes, there was no wi-fi in the room, but the walls are made of stone...we weren't expecting it. All in all, a really fun experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

My wife, 2 kids (20yr & 16 yr), and I stayed 2 nights at Castle Liebenstein in early June. Like the other reviews here have menetioned - it's a great castle experience . . . for a couple of nights. You are staying in a converted castle way up on a hill overlooking the Rhine River. The rooms are furnished a kind-of classic 1970's medieval - but it's really cool not tacky. There are only about 10 or so rooms - and it seemed they were all filled with other Americans. The views from every room of the Rhine - particularly at night - are breathaking. And there is another castle next door that's beautiful at night - and has an outdoor lunch cafe during the day. The owners are VERY German and speak good (not great) english - and are very hospitable. We had dinner at the castle both nights (there's nothing else within walking distance) - the food was very German (lots of fried pork) and was delicious (especially the potato salad and desserts). Breakfast is included in the room price and is a typical European continental breakfast - cold cuts, croissants, jams, juice, etc. - but served at your reserved table on china (added a little class rather than a self serve buffet). There are also tons of hiking trails around the castle. There were some minor inconveniences - no a/c so it was a little warm at night even with the windows open (which let a few bugs in) - wifi was spotty - no TV - you have to pay your entire bill in cash - and the owners leave the hotel around 8:30pm - so after that unless you have booze in your room, have a book to read, or a downloaded movie on you ipad - it's pretty much lights out. So if you want a great castle experience - this place is great . . . .but I'd suggest just a night or two unless you really like getting away from it all.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Katsandcards_8
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

If you want to experience staying in an old castle in Germany, Burg Liebenstein can be a choice. However, be aware that you should not expect a luxurious experience. Still, I would say it is a unique experience.
There are some charming aspects in staying here. First, they try to maintain the castle structure with minimal changes to bring some comfort for modern day traveling. Second, the views are really fantastic -- you can see River Rhine and the neighboring castle. The decorations in the castle is unique and beautiful. Third, according to my husband's view, the old couple that serve as host and hostess brings the charm to the castle.
However, there are some drawbacks. For modern day travels, yes, we will need the internet. But, we could not get any internet signal in our room. Thus, we could only stay in the restaurant area for checking emails and using skype to call family. Even in the restaurant, the internet signal was not stable. Though the wifi is free, there are still passwords and login name required and they are expired every 24 hours, which means we needed to get another new set of login information. Second, there is no house phone in the room. So, my husband has to make a couple of trips up and down from our room to the reception area to request some room service. Third, even though I understand this is an old castle, I still expect some modern equipments. I believe an ironing board is not requesting too much. However, after requesting an ironing board and an iron, what I got was an old iron and a piece of sheet-- It means I had to spread the sheet on the table that will serve as an iron board. I just felt this had gone too far. Lastly, after reviewing the hotel's dinner menu, we could not find the item of seasonal white asparagus on the menu. As a result, we told the old lady who was our host that we would go out for dinner. She indeed just ignored our question when we asked her where we could find a restaurant serving white asparagus. I am really disappointed with this.
There is no elevator in this castle. So, my husband had to carry our heavy luggage from the outside car part up to our room.
Overall, if you don't expect too much, you should still have a unique experience staying here.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Burgenstr. 1, 56341 Kamp-Bornhofen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Region: Germany > Rhineland-Palatinate > Kamp-Bornhofen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Kamp-Bornhofen
Price Range: £53 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9

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