We spent 3 nights in Weimar on the Markplatz and wanted to spend another few in the countryside. We were very lucky as we were there on 3 lovely fall days and thoroughly enjoyed afternoons sitting on the huge lawn underneath fruit trees with the whole countryside spread out before us. This was the best part of our experience and unfortunately you can't count on such idyllic weather.
We had a suite with two medium-sized rooms and a bathroom with separate shower, jacuzzi bath, and a window. Separate room for the toilet. But this size room is unusual, and most seemed very small from what I could tell. Room was comfortably furnished but no particular decor. There is no lounge except for the few chairs that line the long, narrow entrance with Reception at one end.
The dining room is divided into two: a romantically lit area without windows decorated in red and a room across the hall, light and airy with windows. What was odd was that a waiter would wait on tables in both rooms and so would disappear for long periods of time. We thought the hotel short staffed while we were there. We had to wait until mid-afternoon on one day to have our room made up because there was only one cleaner on duty. There was no offer of help with luggage, but we could borrow a cart from the front entry. Dining room service was slow even by German standards. The only service we thought good was from all of the people who staffed Reception during our 3-day stay. One woman researched how to best send our luggage to our next stop and found a cheap and reliable service for us (Hermes).
I would give the hotel a "very good" were it not for our dissatisfaction with the food. Breakfast buffets were OK with fresh fruit, boiled eggs, lots of meats. But our two lunch and two dinners were all unsatisfactory in one way or another. Meats were not top quality, and veal was sauteed at too low a temperature and so was tough. Local foods were greasy. The salad with chicken strips was just iceberg lettuce with slices of white meat. There was a problem with the stove and so one noon we could only have cold food or soup. I did like the cold cucumber soup, but my husband's tomato soup was way too salty. We never saw a snack menu, and the lunch and dinner menus were the same.
Our third day we gave up and took the local bus into Weimar to eat. The hotel is only a couple of kilometers from the railway station so a cab ride to the hotel isn't expensive. We walked 10 minutes to the local bus stop which takes 20 minutes to the edge of the old town in Weimar. But if you want to really experience Weimar, it's better to stay in town.
Most of the staff spoke no English and the menus were in German. But the various women who staffed Reception spoke from good to excellent English.
We enjoyed our stay, but I can't imagine staying here in the dead of winter or on a day of pouring rain. The hotel has a new conference center and caters to various groups, but the conference rooms are separate from there individual travelers eat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting an idyllic location amid its own park, this charming 4-star hotel on the outskirts of Weimar is conveniently close to numerous cultural attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Dorotheenhof offers tastefully furnished rooms and an elegant restaurant serving a selection of Thuringian specialities. Many dishes are prepared with herbs and vegetables from the hotel’s own gardens. Furthermore, guests can relax in the inviting sauna area, or enjoy a leisurely stroll in the hotel’s beautiful park. Weimar’s historic town centre is just a 12-minute drive away, providing guests with countless sightseeing options. Popular attractions include Weimar Town Castle, the Goethe National Museum and Schiller’s House. Hotel Chain: Romantik Hotels & Restaurants International ® ... more less
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