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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Mainz Hotel Mainz
- Mainz Novotel