The hotel is located just 2 blocks from the Mainz central train station and just 4-5 blocks east of the main tourist district and historic areas of the city, so it is very convenient for travelers without a car. The building probably dates from just after the war, but the current decor indicates that is was last redecorated in the 60s or 70s--lots of orange and lime green and bold stripes on carpets and drapes. It's clearly dated, but in good condition and gives the building a sense of humor. Desk staff spoke English, but not fluently, so be ready for a little miscommunication. We didn't consult them for guidance on things to do in Mainz. From the other restaurant patrons observed during breakfast, it appears the hotel is frequented by business travelers.
As others have mentioned, the room was simply furnished, with old, but serviceable furniture. There was a distinct musty smell. The bathroom has a full-sized bathtub, and there was plenty of hot water. Oddly, during a past renovation, the faucet knobs for the removed shower were simply left attached to the wall. Since they are directly above the toilet, they can't be used as hooks, and are just in the way.
The hotel website said the rooms were air conditioned, but there was no evidence in our room--only a radiator, which wasn't needed during our trip. The windows could be opened, in our case, onto a side alley. Because there was no AC, the windows needed to remain open at night, allowing street noise in. Wi-Fi was included in the cost of the room, and the desk will provide you with multiple ID/password combinations, if you are traveling with several mobile devices. The password is good for the entire stay. The room door is locked from the inside with a key, so you must remember to do this when you leave the room.
The outstanding feature of the hotel is the breakfast buffet. First, the dining room is bright, clean, and cheerfully decorated. The tables are a mixture of small ones and very large ones, and if you eat late, you may be sharing your table with others, however the room was very quiet. Wait staff bring a thermos of coffee to your table, and unlike many hotel buffets, the coffee was brewed, not Nescafe. The buffet has an extensive spread of foods--cereals, yogurts, meats, cheeses, breads, fresh fruits and juices, and some pastries. You will find something you like for breakfast. The wait staff move frequently through the room, picking up used plates.
So, by all means, not a fancy place, but a good value, and the breakfasts are superior.
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