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“Convenient, funky 60s decor, and great breakfasts”

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Advena Europa Hotel Mainz
Ranked #17 of 41 Hotels in Mainz
Eugene, Oregon
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“Convenient, funky 60s decor, and great breakfasts”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

Very nice hotel with spacious rooms, great beds and linens, good bathroom with bathtube. There are few parking spaces just in front which was easy to park but it was Christmas, I couldn´t tell about common days. It´s in a walking distance from the center and main attractions such as the Dom. The staff was very polite and attencious and provided us with helpful information. Christmas breakfast was very nice although in a small space where sometimes guests had to wait to be seated. Free internet is provided although it does not work quite well.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Danbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

I have stayed here several times while on business in the area. I agree with many reviewers that this is not a luxury place. The rooms are small, functional and clean, the staff is very friendly and the breakfast is very good. I would not recommend this hotel if you want to hang out in your room. Another bonus is the free, reliable internet service. And the value for the money is outstanding!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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North Ryde, Australia
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We have stayed in a number of hotels in Mainz and found the Advena offered the best value for money. The counter staff and restaurant waiters were all very friendly and helpful.
The location near the main station and the centre of the old town made walking around the town very easy.
We travelled around northern Europe for 4 weeks and this hotel was the best we encountered.
The only downside was no free WiFi but the rate was not as expensive as some others.
Highly recommended

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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København, Danmark
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

OK hotel, very cheap, nice breakfast. location ok, close to central station in Mainz and in walking distance to old mainz
fine place

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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357 reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

I stayed in this hotel few times this year and (almost) always came back. This is not a luxurious hotel, rather quite basic but all the basics working well. Great value for money if you are not looking for luxury.

Location: very centrally located few minutes walking distance from everything - the old town, new town, Rhein and the main train station.

Ambience: the hotel is small enough with friendly service so it feels like home

Room: I stayed in different rooms. Some (like 308, 508) are very large, actually these are suites consisting of two rooms. Rooms are relatively basic but again, everything functioning. Some rooms may be quite noisy as they face the main street, although we had this issue only once when some drunken guys were singing serenades at 3am.

Service: overall quite good although not without exceptions. One restaurant staff was quite rude when the breakfast time ended and we were still sitting there.

Reception: friendly and flexible. Most times when I asked for late check out, they gave it without any problem.

Concierge: none.

Cleanness: reasonable. No complaints, but some of the rooms are a bit oldish.

Breakfast: typical German breakfast with more meat and sausages than you would find in other places, eggs of different types, bakery products etc. good choice considering it is only 3 stars. Quality of food is reasonable, certainly not bad but also not upscale.

Restaurant: there are two restaurants both on ground floor. One serves also as a bar, open till late hours. Healthy choice, solid quality.

Parking: if you need one, it can be an issue. There is a small parking around the corner and I was almost always lucky to get a place. A couple of times I did not find place and it was very difficult to find parking.

Children activities: none, but we did not feel disadvantages because of having the kids with us.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

This hotel was our first stay after arriving in Germany and we were not disappointed. We arrived by train and we were happy that it was a short walk. We were greeted with pleasant staff, and since we were pre-booked, we were checked right in. Our room was on the first floor and looked out over the street. Windows were large as was the room. It was a bit noisy, but we slept with our window open! Bathroom was updated and very spotless. Beds were comfortable. A dinner was included with our stay and we thought the food was very good. There is a nice bar and friendly wait staff. The breakfast included turned out to be the best we had during our three week trip.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Advena Europa Hotel Mainz
Address: Kaiserstr. 7, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Region: Germany > Rhineland-Palatinate > Mainz
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #17 of 41 Hotels in Mainz
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Hotel Class:3 star — Advena Europa Hotel Mainz 3*
Number of rooms: 98
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