Average Germans hate average German things, and the Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim is a byword for fake, "Disneyfied" tourism, a Potemkin-village lane for the worst of busloads of international visitors who think that the pseudo-gemütliche stage decorations of the restaurants, overpriced alc and convenience food, and Polish musicians playing oompah polkas have anything to do with being German. (It actually does, but never mind.) In the very middle of this tiny, narrow lane that attracts 3,000,000+ visitors a year (!), this hotel however is an extremely service-oriented, stylish hotel with overly modern, even artsy rooms and all kinds of great features. I am not sure who the target customers are (who wants to sleep in a steel-welded bed literally three meters from the Drosselgasse?!), but there it is.
But our experience may not be representative: In February, Rüdesheim is absolutely dead (except for Valentine's), and the Drosselgasse is literally shuttered up; not one place was open there when we were there, and only a few restaurants etc. in town generally (recommended: The Altdeutsche Weinstube, which had French Week and served outstanding bistro food, including fantastic pork cheeks and a happy-making île flottante.) We had booked it because of some business in the immediate neighborhood, and all other good places in this category in the Rheingau being booked out, after Schloß Reinhartshausen having declined to a level where one really doesn't want to stay there anymore (for triple the price of the Breuer's). What a lucky move!
The house is classic **** with no pool or even sauna or gym. But our suite, which again was very modern and designed as a project by a Romanian artist in Industrial Design, was very nice; one giant window went right to the Drosselgasse. The Glockenspiel, in the same tower as our bathroom, hourly played the "Loreley" and "Leb Wohl, mein kleiner Gardeoffizier", and we could hear the mechanism on a WWI gun sound level - but only from 9 am to 10 pm, and that was actually charming. Except a too dusty parquet floor that did required slippers (not supplied) and large windows that made the suite look-through from the outside and the courtyard (and the curtains provided blocked out any light, so they were not usable in daytime), this was a fun place.
And really cheap, even including a discount for the season we hadn't even asked for! And that brings us to the prime feature of this place: Service personnel that was genuinely friendly, very professional and hospitable in a really enjoyable way. Compliments especially to the bellboy/waiter/breakfast cook (Achmed) and the main Reception lady, but all staff was great. A second outstanding feature was a free, easily accessible parking space just on the other side of the back alley (Steingasse) of the hotel, which is a side lane right from the Rhine levee street - free, safe, easily accessed close-by parking in the Rheingau is literally unheard of. (Free garages too for those who want them.) The breakfast in the winter garden was, as they say, limited in spread but the ingredients really great, incl. coffee/tea and egg dishes made to order and a bottle of the Breuer estate Sekt which makes for a happy start of the day. :-) Really great classic German grey bread, too!
I would definitely recommend this place, but again, I cannot say how loud and weird and strange it might be during Drosselgassenseason. Otherwise, "darum ist es am Rhein so schön." :-)
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