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Landhotel Moosbeck-Alm
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rottenbuch
Austin, TX, USA
1 review
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“Charming Gay Country Hotel”
Reviewed 14 January 2009

After reading the previous review (or, more precisely, after using Google to translate it), I felt compelled to offer a totally different point of view. I stayed at Moosbeck Alm for four nights in September of 2008, and my impressions could not be more different.

Moosbeck Alm is a charming place that exceeded my expectations. I am an American who felt a bit of trepidation about traveling independently in a country whose language I find confounding, but I was treated very warmly and made to feel right at home at Moosbeck Alm. Hans, the owner, is especially gracious. Most of the staff speak passable if not fluent English.

The hotel is located just outside a quiet village in a pastoral setting with no hints of modern blight anywhere in sight. The building is straight out of a storybook. It's a three-story Bavarian country house that is lovely and very well kept, as are the manicured grounds. I opted for the least expensive room since I was alone. It was a superb value for the price, especially considering that the exchange rate at the time was not great. (It worked out to about US $63 per night.) My room was comfortably furnished and had lots of personality, with a private bathroom that was small but perfectly adequate and a small balcony with a view over the lawn. The room was cleaned daily.

Breakfast is served in a large sunroom. It is a buffet with lots of breads, spreads, cold meats, cheeses, cereals, fruits and juices, and it is among the more extensive "continental" breakfasts I've found in continental Europe. There is a full-service restaurant (with an extensive wine list) just inside the hotel entry that is open in the evenings.

The clientele at Moosbeck appeared to be mainly gay couples, although the restaurant was patronized by the general public. There are a few features gay men in particular will appreciate. First is the pool, where swimsuits are optional. While the pool is just across the lawn from the hotel, it is located at the base of an abrupt slope, so it is completely secluded from view. I visited in mid-September, which is a little past the prime season for poolside sunning in Germany, but a few guests took advantage of the lounge chairs to catch a few rays in the approximately 70-degree (F) weather. No one wore anything. The second feature is the basement "wellness" center, which is a like a little spa with a sauna, a steam room, lounge chairs, showers and a massage room. I'm actually not clear whether it is available to everyone or just to men, but during my stay only men were present and everyone was naked. (Although co-ed nudity would be nothing shocking. Germans are notoriously casual about nudity, even in mixed company.)

To address some of the disappointments of the previous reviewer, I too would have preferred longer operating hours of the restaurant and wellness center. The restaurant did close at 8 pm, and I would have eaten there more had the hours been longer. However, the one evening meal I did have there was quite tasty and the atmosphere cozy. It was hearty and simple fare, but that's what I expect from a country hotel. Yes, the hours of the wellness center are limited. It is only available from 4 pm - 7 pm, and it would have been nice to go for a late-night sauna session. However, those were manageable disappointments.

Moosbeck is a good base for exploring lots of sights in southern Bavaria. Neuschwanstein, Germany's most famous castle, is just half an hour to the south. Wieskirche is even closer. Oberammergau, Castle Linderhof and the Zugspitze are also nearby. Moosbeck is a pleasing combination of low key, quiet, friendly, gay and clothing optional (in areas). I always enjoying staying in relaxed gay places that are not the stereotypical hyper party venues, and for me Moosbeck was ideal.

  • Liked — clothing-optional areas
  • Disliked — limited hours of the restaurant and wellness center
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
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Property: Landhotel Moosbeck-Alm
Address: Moos 38, 82401 Rottenbuch, Bavaria, Germany
Region: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Rottenbuch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rottenbuch
Hotel Class:3 star — Landhotel Moosbeck-Alm 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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