We spent 4 nights in the hotel's junior suite, the largest room. Lots of space, a TV that could be swiveled to face the sofa or the very comfortable bed. Good working desk space, lots of room in the closets, a large bathroom with both a tub and a separate shower stall. My husbands' complaint was that the room faced a courtyard and wall, which meant lots of privacy but no view of any kind. Very quiet for sleeping. I never saw into any of the other rooms, but I know they were all smaller.
Our only complaint with the room was with all the steps inside the room. There was a step up to the area with the bed, another step up in the bathroom to the tub and shower area, and still another step up to the toilet. We kept forgetting about them and nearly tripping, particularly at night. I don't see how anyone with problems with stairs could stay in this hotel because there are 6 stairs up to the lobby, 3 steps down to the elevator, also steps up from the parking lot to the back door. Stairs and steps everywhere!
Breakfast was OK, but not at the 5-star level for Germany or the 4-star level in the German part of Switzerland. Coffee is good, but there's not a lot of choice of either fruit or breads. We bought fresh figs at the supermarket just down on the corner and brought them to breakfast. What I really like was the skinless sausages which tasted like bratwurst and the crisp bacon without any fat.
We had two dinners at the hotel but none in the small Michelin-starred room. The main restaurant is a grill featuring American beef and a typical grill menu, rather short. The first night we had salad, my husband Schnitzel and me lamb chops. The Schnitzel was great, prepared in The Viennese fashion, not the German, but the lamb chops were slightly greasy and not as tender as I had hoped. On our last night we shared a Schnitzel, a salad, beans with bacon, and a delicious pear dessert. With water and wine the total for the second meal was just over 50 euros. We aren't young so we couldn't manage the large portions but the restaurant was very nice about letting us share and even divided the food in the kitchen and gave us both the condiments. We enjoyed our evening meals, but because of the limited menu and almost all the food grilled, we wouldn't have wanted to eat there on consecutive nights.
I had laundry done. You take it to Reception and pick it up from there in the evening. Cheaper than in large cities and very well done. Reception staff was helpful, and surprisingly a young woman who has lived in the UK greeted us on arrival and gave us directions about "popping" up to the spa area. We hadn't had lunch and the hotel doesn't do teas, but we were told to go to a boulangerie just inside the old gate to the town and had lovely tea and cakes. If you don't speak a word of German, you will have no trouble at this hotel.
My husband visited the spa area and enjoyed both the wet and dry saunas. But they weren't in operation on our last day.
I really enjoyed this hotel and would love to stay there again. Coburg was definitely worth a 4-night stay and this hotel was in an excellent location between the medieval center and the Victorian area near the station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Romantik Hotel Goldene Traube has been fully devoted to hospitality since 1585 and is only a few minutes walk from the historic Market Square. Ehrenburg Castle and the Coburg State Theater are within a short walking distance. Also the city's landmark, the Veste Coburg, is one of the largest burial sites in Germany. Discover Coburg, the former Duchy of Coburg and Gotha in the Franconian North of Bavaria and at the foot of the Thuringian Forest. The Beer Country, Oberfranken, also invites you to Franconia with more than 2000 private house breweries. This 4 star hotel has 68 comfortable and individual guest rooms. Two restaurants, haute cuisine in the star restaurant, ESSZIMMER, the honorary President of the Sommelier Union in Germany is responsible for the wine selection. Steaks, grilled seafood as well as sushi in the trendy VICTORIAL GRILL. A bar with a wine shop. The new wellness area on almost 300 square meters and various saunas invite you to relax and be pampered. With sports facilities. This hotel is the ideal starting point for a cultural spa trip in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. ... more less
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