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Alfa Hotel Karlsruhe
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Alfa Hotel Karlsruhe
Ranked #49 of 61 Hotels in Karlsruhe
Reviewed 31 May 2013

The ALFA Hotel is located one block off a small downtown plaza popular with the locals to gather for a drink or a meal and two blocks from a streetcar stop, giving it a very convenient location. You don't have to walk more than a few blocks to sample a variety of cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Greek, Thai, and traditional German, as well as many others. The hotel is situated on a corner, and the lobby is inviting, nicely furnished, and clean, if rather small. The lobby desk is staffed 24 hours, and the staff were always attentive and helpful, although none were fluent in English--not surprising given that Karlsruhe is not really a tourist destination.

The hotel is small, only three floors, and the rooms are also compact. However creative furniture choices and use of built-ins kept the room from feeling cramped. My window opened to an interior court, with a view of the skylight. Even while the windows were open, street noise was not noticeable, and with the windows closed, the room was very quiet. The bed was comfortable, with spotless white duvet and linens. Four pillows were provided, and the pillow filling seemed to be small cubes of foam rubber. They were comfortable when you first went to bed, but they quickly morphed into lumpy, uncomfortable shapes. The bath was small, but efficiently laid out; linens were clean and in ample supply. Heat was supplied by radiators, which you can adjust or turn off. There is no minibar or supplies to make coffee.

The TV had a good selection of German channels, but CNN World was the only English language channel. Wi-Fi was free, with a strong signal. The front desk will give you as many passwords as you need for all your devices, and the password lasts the length of your stay. I didn't try streaming a video, so I can't express an opinion on connection speed.

The hotel provides a breakfast buffet, and depending on how you made your reservation, it may be included in your room fee or cost €10. The buffet is fairly typical, with an assortment of breads, cold cuts, and other sandwich-making supplies. Also available are a small assortment of dry cereals, yogurt, and fresh fruit. As for hot foods, there were 1 or 2 kinds of sausage, crepes, bacon (undercooked every day), and scrambled eggs. Overall, selection and quantity of food was adequate, but it is more modest than other buffets I've encountered. Coffee was prepared on demand, and it was very weak. I suggest bringing Starbucks Via packets if you like strong coffee--Karlsruhe has at least three Starbucks if you need to replenish your supply. If you plan to use the buffet, and you're an early riser, check with with the desk staff if a German holiday will coincide with your visit. On holidays, the buffet opens an hour late. This happened during my stay, and no advance notice was given--another indication that the hotel caters to German guests who would be familiar with the holiday calendar.

Except for one glitch--the maid skipped my room one day--the 4-night stay went without a hitch.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

I am writing this at 1:30am, having tried to sleep since 11:30pm, because I am here for a course and have to get up at 7:30am. The hotel is in the middle of town, surrounded by bars, restaurants etc and you can hear it. My room is opposite the 'city casino', which is a bar with snooker tables and game machines but this is one of the quieter venues. I think there's a club/disco nearby too, as I can hear the bass. Although the windows are very good and double glazed, the level of noise is unbelievable. There is no special festival, it is just spring with only 8 degrees Celsius at night, so not that inviting to sit outside. It is Friday but I arrived a midnight on Thursday, and the level of noise was similar. It seems Karlsruhe people just celebrate every day of the year. The hotel itself is ok and clean and has very friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed 1 night in this very nice hotel , the room was confortable and very clean, the bathroom was fully equipped,but unfortunately during the weekend some noise from the street ,altough we were on the higher floor, breakfast super, staff very helpfully

Room Tip: I dont' know if there are rooms not street side,if yes ,they are quieter
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

Hotel alfa is located in a small pub precinct in Karlsruhe downtown. Its a charming and quite small establishment. The rooms are quite small as well so don't plan on spending any time inside.

The breakfast is enough and well portioned with a variety of selections. The breakfast room is quite small so don't plan on spending much time there either.

Be sure to ask for a room towards the back where the noise level from the streets is less. The elevator is small and slow the staircase is the way to get downstairs most often.

Alfa is quite central to most locations and nightlife. Small restaurants dot the side streets as well along with various services and product shops. There is a fitness centre nearby called Jonny M.

Alfa front desk is quite helpful although they do not have luggage storage once you check out. They seemed quite hassled to provide this service to me.

They will charge for any and all office uses including printouts of boarding passes etc.

Alfa is a good establishment for a quick & fun visit to Karlsruhe!

Room Tip: Get a room in the back to be away from the pub noise. Wifi is not so good though...Tradeoffs...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

An unusually large triple room. Very clean with modern decor.
The mattress was too firm which meant a terrible nights sleep for me.
A great location in the pedestrian area with many restaurants to choose from.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. The room was quite spacious with an extra couch and area for your luggage and clothes (room 206). The room was very clean and the cleaning lady made up the room very well the next day. A number of reviews mentioned that it could be a bit loud in the evenings because of the bars around the hotel. This is because it is very central so if you really want to explore the city by foot for shopping, sightseeing, night out, it's the best location. The noise is really tolerable at least from my side of the hotel. Otherwise you can close the windows. There is an electric fan in the room as well. Service at the front desk was friendly and helpful for any requests. The lady at the breakfast room should be taught a bit on friendliness and courteousness especially she is the first person the guests see in the morning. Breakfast has a wide selection of breads, cereals, cheese,ham, eggs etc.

Room Tip: Room 206 , spacious and on the othe side with less bars in front of it
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

We stayed at Hotel Alfa for 3 nights, in October 2010.
We chose it because of its location, it is in the center of Karlsruhe.
The room was large and tidy, but that is about everything positive I can say about it. During the day till evening there is a constant noise coming from the outside. Everything about that hotel looks used and outdated. We stayed in a room at the end of the corridor and the internet did not work at all, because it was too far from the router. We were able to use it during the morning, when having breakfast.
Breakfast was ok, lot of choices, but nothing good in particular.
I would recommend this hotel for those who want to stay in the center of the city, but I am sure there are better options.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Buergerstr. 4, 76133, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Region: Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Karlsruhe > Innenstadt-West
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Ranked #49 of 61 Hotels in Karlsruhe
Price Range: £71 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Alfa Hotel Karlsruhe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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