My boyfriend and I went to Trier to visit the nearby Weingut Deutschherrenhof for their new season wine tasting and decided to stay at the Weinhaus Becker for the convenience of being able to stagger back to it. Arriving at the hotel early afternoon we were surprised to find the doors to the hotel locked. We managed to track down a member of staff in the old restaurant who showed us into the stark lobby and then left us to find a colleague that could attend to us. Eventually we were told that our room was not ready and that hotel was not open until 1500! We left our bags with the lady and said that we would nip into town for some lunch and would be back after 1500. We returned to the hotel after 1600 and were shown to our room. Only it wasn’t our room and it was clearly inhabited by someone else! Again, we were told that our room was not ready. This wasn’t too much of a problem as we had an appointment with some nice wine across the road, so said that we would be back around 1900 as we had a table booked in the restaurant at 1930. We were promised that the room would be ready and that our luggage would be there for our return. Having received genuine hospitality at the winery, we went back to the hotel and were finally shown to our room – only our luggage was missing! Three members of staff and five coat-hangers later, our luggage was brought to our room.
The ‘suite’ was clean enough, but had clearly not been thought about. The double bed was in fact two single mattresses, so there was the inevitable falling-in-the-gap. The pillows are unbelievably hard large square pillows that are not remotely comfortable to sleep on. The full-length central window between the room and the bathroom does not have a blind, so it was very public to the neighbouring houses (perhaps they should have robes in the bathroom) and meant that the sunlight woke us up at 0530. Although not normally ones for watching TV when away, we couldn’t have sat in bed and watched CNN as the large desk in the middle of the room blocked the view.
My boyfriend thought that he would treat us to dinner in the new restaurant, which we had been told was Michelin starred (I don’t think it is). The décor is rather depressing with grey breeze-block walls and grey tablecloths. Only once we had sat down did we discover that the ‘choice’ was a tasting menu of either 5 (75 Euros) or 8 courses (95 Euros). The food is utterly pretentious and very average and the wine list was extensive but expensive. It was all most disappointing considering the price and we would have had a much better meal eating steak and salad with the tasters in the winery across the road.
The only saving grace was the buffet spread at breakfast, although it depended on when they got around to replenishing the dishes. Needless to say, our good mood was ruined when it then took an utter age to check-out!
I’m sure that there are much better places to stay in the local area and there are some very good restaurants in the town, so save your sanity and stay elsewhere!
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