This hotel was, hands down, the most welcome and biggest surprise of our 3 week trip to Europe (mostly Germany). I booked this hotel after reading reviews on Tripadvisor and I must say, most of the reviews & pictures do not do this Hotel any justice! I will admit, I wasn't expecting much from this hotel but boy was I wrong!
This is a gorgeous little boutique hotel located in Füssen (meaning "feet" or foothills) and it is only minutes (drive) away from the castles that you are most likely planning on visiting while in the area.
After a 2 1/2 hour drive, we arrived in the area around Noon & we were greeted with rain. Lots and lots of rain. As we pulled up into the Füssen city center, we spotted our hotel almost instantly.
Unfortunately, there is no place to park directly at the hotel when checking in (you need a key to pass through the gate) so I had to find somewhere to park so I could check us all in. After a 4 block (or so) walk in the rain, I located the front desk.
The staff was absolutely friendly and very happy to see me as well. They all spoke English (to accommodate my limited German) and they had our information ready to go so they checked us in instantly.
The rooms were not quite ready yet at Noon and I also neglected to book "UNDERGROUND" parking specifically. I inquired about said underground parking and they found me a spot in their garage right away (it costs a little bit extra - plus, the standard parking lot is many blocks away as well so aside from the pouring rain, the underground parking is well worth the extra 2 euro or whatever it costs).
Even though the room wasn't ready, the front desk gave me a key to enter the parking garage (they're usually not allowed to do that) and we really appreciated them "overlooking" the rules considering the intense and steady rain outside.
As soon as we pulled into the garage, they had our name up on our specific parking space. And I have to say, even their underground garage is cool! Apparently they had local high school students design the modern art/spray paint/graffiti that you'll find down there. Good stuff.
We decided to grab a coffee & dessert at their little cafe next to the lobby while we waited for our rooms to free up. By the time we finished at the cafe, they located us in the lobby and we were free to go to our rooms.
My wife & I booked the Claudia Classic Doppelzimmer and we booked the Claudia Classic Einzelzimmer for my Mom. Both rooms had a "Fantasia" theme and they were absolutely gorgeous!
The entire hotel had a Ludwig II of Bavaria theme and their art, costumes & such that lined the hallways, lobby, etc were absolutely stunning.
The beds are stereotypical german style beds meaning that two double beds are pushed together to make a King. They were very comfortable! The room itself was a perfect size for German accommodations and the shower and bathroom were very nice too. As mentioned above, we really enjoyed the themed room and we were happy to find fans in the room as well (most German Hotels do not provide air conditioning so you have to leave the windows open. Plus the high was in the lower 60's F near the end of June).
Thanks to the non-stop pouring rain all day and part of the evening, it put a damper on our "castle day". After we checked into the room, we tried to see the two famous castles, Schloss Neuschwanstein & Schloss Hohenschwangau but we gave up after two hours.
We returned to the hotel around 3:30pm and decided to explore the floors. As I mentioned, it is gorgeous. We ended up at the downstairs cafe for coffee and eventually that turned into beer & dinner plus a World Cup match.
Since it was raining incessantly, we really enjoyed the downtime at the cafe not to mention, we had up until this point, been "going going going" for almost two weeks straight so it was a welcome reprieve.
Overall the food and the service at the cafe was really good. We didn't dine at their official restaurant but breakfast was included in our rate.
We all agreed that his was absolutely the BEST breakfast that we all enjoyed on our entire trip. It was fantastic!
Overall, this was a great hotel, reasonably priced and I would recommend it to anyone planning on staying in the area. I used tripadvisor as my motivation so I hope my review helps with your decision as well. You will be pleasantly surprised at this gem hidden in Füssen.
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