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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Novotel Mainz

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Novotel Mainz
Ranked #6 of 41 Hotels in Mainz
Denton, Texas
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48 reviews
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“I'm one of those darn crew members”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013 via mobile

Won't mention which airline I work for, but we've been staying at this hotel for about 16-17 years on our layovers. Every two years, when the hotel contract is about to expire, we launch a grass-roots campaign to continue to stay here, and so far, it has worked. For us, this trip has the highest seniority of any European destination (translation: we're generally not the hot, cute, young things who party loudly late into the night -- that's a different airline) and we take this layover very seriously for shopping and eating, because it's one of the best.
All the rooms in the hotel were re-done about seven years ago, and it's probably time for another freshening. But the rooms are large and comfortable, and all the windows open. If you wish for a different pillow/duvet, you need only ask or call reception, and housekeeping cheerfully delivers what you need quickly. The contents of the mini-bar are not really significant, and can be set aside on a shelf so that you can refrigerate your own items (thankfully, it's not one of those auto-minibars that charge you when you remove an item.) There are only two European-style electrical plug receptacles located on the desk, so bring a universal adapter or two. There is also a plug in the bathroom, and another adjacent to the light switches next to the door. The shower doors in the bathrooms only reach half-way across the tub, but keep the shower head centered toward the wall, and you won't soak your floors. Bathroom amenities are standard and minimal (shampoo, lotion, soap, shower gel.) The hotel staff is uniformly pleasant, helpful, and friendly. The restaurant is quite good, if you want to stay in, and I believe they have 24 hour room service with a slightly limited menu. In the summer, they have a Biergarten in the courtyard.
One can walk to the center of Mainz in about 10 minutes, where there are a ton of great mom-and-pop restaurants offering authentic German cuisine (most don't accept credit cards -- take Euros.) If you don't want to negotiate stairs on your way back, walk up the hill on Emmerich-Josef Strasse (across from the famous fountain in the Schillerplatz) and walk straight into the tunnel (which closes at 10:00pm). Go to the end, then turn right and walk straight to the elevators. The city center is on level one, the hotel is on level 5. When you reach the top, exit the elevator, walk through the apartment courtyard, and the hotel is on your right. However, after a hearty meal of schnitzel and bratkartoffeln, the 100 steps up to the hotel level is probably a good idea.
From the first day we came here, the management told us they wanted us to feel like it was our "home away from home." They were successful. It is my favorite layover and favorite hotel.

Stayed March 2013
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Hoteldirektion_H5407, Manager at Novotel Mainz, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
Dear Anne,

It is a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us several times and your compliments are greatly appreciated. You can be sure that we will give our best effort "to be your home away from home" of course also in the future.

We would be glad to welcome you back in the future at the Novotel Mainz.

Yours sincerely,

Ruediger Schild
General Manager
Novotel Mainz
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

Arriving in Germany from SFO, my family of four stayed 4 nights at the Novotel Mainz in Dec 2012, on a city breaks deal, which included the breakfast buffet. This was our second time in a Novotel, and the experience was very good, as it was the first time. The room was comfortable and relatively spacious, with a queen bed and fold-out couch bed for the kids (watch out for those metal legs, though!), a desk at the large window, which faced a courtyard, and even a live tree in the room! I liked the in-room waterpot & tea option, although the tea selection was not refilled often. The kids were each given a small toy at check-in, which was a nice gesture.

Breakfast buffet had a grand selection of food, including local offerings such as black forest ham, breads & rolls, numerous kinds of wurst, and organic honey. There was hot food, cold cuts, cheeses, cereal, muesli, yogurt, pretty much something for everyone including picky eaters. The staff were attentive and hard-working, kept things clean and well stocked, and made us tea or espresso drinks upon request. We ate at the restaurant one night for dinner, and the food was good & ample, and the service excellent.

The hotel is located in a largely residential neighborhood, roughly 1/4 mile straight uphill from the Mainz train station. We found the walk very do-able with kids and carry-on sized suitcases. It was not snowy or icy when we visited, but that is a consideration if you visit in winter (the roads are graveled when icy). There is a park with walking paths just a bit further up the hill from the hotel, and of course the neighborhood has nice sidewalks for strolling.

The hotel has many amenities including a fitness room, spa and pool. The only one we got around to using was the pool. Shower before and after in the Roman-inspired shower room! There is an in-pool jacuzzi-type thing that may or may not be controlled by buttons underwater, at the sides. My son got a little panicked when the jets suddenly came on out of the blue.

Specific areas for improvement, and these are a tad nit-picky, I'll admit: 1) shower doors do not prevent water from leaking onto the slick tile floor, 2) lose the mini-bar so we can actually use the tiny refrigerator, 3) consider free coffee/tea in the lobby for everyone, not just the flight attendants? Just an idea.

Location Tip: The hotel is walking distance down to the center of Mainz, with restaurants, laundromat, shops, museums, the riverfront and historic buildings, but it is not a short walk, probably a mile or more round trip. Mainz is a walkable city; it has public transportation in the form of buses or trams, but we did not use them for getting around the city.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Hoteldirektion_H5407, Manager at Novotel Mainz, responded to this review, 30 January 2013
Dear LibbyGH,

It is a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and your compliments are greatly appreciated.

We would be glad to welcome you back in the future at the Novotel Mainz.

Yours sincerely,

Ruediger Schild
General Manager
Novotel Mainz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

This hotel is a mixed bag- love the fitness center, the wi-fi, the pool, and the on-site restaurant. Some of the employees are excellent, and a couple are only so-so. However, they need to pick up the room cleanliness a bit. There was obvious body hair on the beds/mattresses and the carpets could use a refresh. Also, for some reason, the power will not charge my computer (both times I stayed there, I thought my charger was broken.) I don't know if I am the only one- it's not a big deal, but I didn't have that problem anywhere else in Europe, even in the oldest of buildings. Please, Novotel, this place could be world class, if you put just a tiny bit of effort into human resources!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Brescia, Italy
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48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2013

The place is very easy to get and the position good. The structure is recent, there is a beautiful wellness center for those who have time for it and the restaurant is of high level. The rooms are big and with all the comfort you may expect. The comparison between price and what you get is absolutely positive.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Thank chemmi214
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Buffalo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

My friend and I stayed there in Sept for two nights. We got there late and the overnight help misinformed us that the breakfast was complimentary. When we went to check out they advised us that the breakfast was 100 euros for eating breakfast both mornings. There as no way we ate even close to our money's worth. We are two women who barely eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast. We tried to explain what we were told but the manager apologized and that was it. We also asked for a taxi to take us to the train station. We waited for more than 10 minutes and no taxi arrived. We finally went in to ask and they had to call again. Then when the next taxi arrived we got into an argument because he said he was there for another room. We were already running late for the train to get us to the Frankfort airport so we let the taxi driver go into the hotel and it was verified the taxi was for us. It was very frustrating! The Internet is not free at this hotel. It was not cheap to get it and the connection stunk. Overall, not a good experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Novotel Mainz
Address: Augustusstrasse 6, 55131 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Region: Germany > Rhineland-Palatinate > Mainz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Mainz
#6 Business Hotel in Mainz
#7 Romantic Hotel in Mainz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Mainz 4*
Number of rooms: 217
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Novotel Mainz is located in the central and peaceful historical area "Auf dem Kästrich", just a few minutes' walk from Mainz city center. Modern architecture and a heritage-protected vault dating back to the 17th century create a charming contrast in the hotel's interior, giving the hotel a distinctive edge. The 217 modern rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with flat-screen TV and free WIFI. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and wellness center complete with pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness center. The 12 meeting rooms can accommodate up to 150 people. Chargeable parking is available in the indoor car park. ... more   less 
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