Overall, Saks Urban Design Hotel turned out to be a good choice for me. There are small annoyances to be aware of but many more plusses than minuses. First, the small annoyances - no towel rack, no wash rag (usual for a European hotel I've found), very few wall plug-ins, no hair dryer, no iron / ironing board (and, once again these last two items are usual in Europe). The elevator was a little challenging at times - turns out you have to hold your room card flat on the reader as you press the floor selection button. All other points in the hotel require a simple quick scan to get the "click". The last annoying thing is the access to the parking garage; if you're coming towards the hotel and need to turn right off of B37 you will have to go around the block and turn around to approach from the other end so you can turn left to enter the garage.
Plusses - well, the parking garage - very convenient, spacious parking spots, and a flat rate for your stay rather than pay as you go which can be very pricey around here. The internet (wi-fi) was excellent, no problems with signal strength or access at all. The staff was very helpful and made sure to ask at check-in whether or not I needed it. Other plusses include the bed - very comfortable; the shower - big, good water pressure and an abundance of warm water; the TV choices - more than 1 English-language channel! Finally, room service was excellent last night and this afternoon I had the chance to check out the guest lounge on the floor and found that free coffee and water is available 24 hours.
Final comments - the hallways are dark and the room decor is brownish so if you want something more colorful you need to go somewhere else. that said, the rooms are very well lighted and relatively spacious. The hotel is located in a central location within walking distance of the downtown attractions. This hotel is a good choice for a short stay in the Kaiserslautern area - I recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SAKS Urban Design Hotels dedicate themselves to the life-style and spirit of urban culture, extending from design, through architecture to interior design. Urban Design is simultaneously a style and philosophy; it's a way of life: inspirational, relaxed and yet sophisticated in its details. Travellers can experience a pleasant, discreet atmosphere and find the ideal infrastructure for both business and private stays.92 double rooms and suites from 22 m2 to 58 m2, an extravagant lobby with a fireside lounge, concierge service, guest lounge, a rooftop spa and a gym. ... more less
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