I stayed in this hotel -- for one night. I was supposed to be there for 7, but one was all I could take.
I am traveling through Europe, on tour with a large-scale musical production. We number just over 70 when you tot up performers, musicians, crew and sundry other staff. I "get" that it can be a bit of a benumbing experience to have us all at once, pouring off of our bus and up to the desk of the unsuspecting hotel clerks.
But that doesn't and shouldn't matter, ultimately. Far more often than not, the hotels where we've booked over the last year have more than adequately risen to the challenges of "en masse occupancy". At the absolute worst establishments where we've stayed, and the Hotel Messmer ranks right up (down?) there with them, it's not just that there facility is out of date, or they don't have services that they claim to have in their advertising (more on that in sentence or two) -- it's that management and staff react to these inadequacies by embracing them; they have a passion for saying "no", and "that is not possible".
"Free wifi". This is what they advertise. It is 1/2 correct, for as there really IS no wifi, you do not have to pay for it. We were told, with a very chilly attitude by management, that the system does not support more than 50 people at one time. With a straight face, they just told that to the roughly 72 people who just checked into their hotel. Other hotels more have internet infrastructures in place that can more than capably handle all customers in the hotel, even if all customers are online at the same time. Imagine checking into a hotel in the late 1950's or early 1960's (where this hotel, by the way, seems stuck in terms of decor and furnishings), having selected your hotel largely on the basis of their advertising "free television", only to be told when you inquire as to the absence of a tv in your room, "oh, not in EVERY room".
But at least my room was cold. Gotta love a nice, freezing room when traveling through Austria in the dead of winter. And that charming "ashtray funk" that permeates every nook and cranny of this fine establishment only adds to the hotel's "retro" charm.
If that's not enough to entice you to drop everything and book a suite immediately, at no extra charge one receives a very thoughtful jackhammer wake-up call at 8 a.m. That advertised sauna in which you were so looking forward shvitzing away the stresses of life on the road? Well, that's undergoing repairs, and can't possibly be ready for use during your stay. But enjoy the noise!
I left the hotel the next morning. Checked into the newish Ibis in town, where the wifi works, the rooms are clean and odor-free, and while they don't offer a sauna, one is left with the impression that if they did, you could trust that it would work. Avoid the Messmer at all costs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Messmer - your courteous, hospitable hotel in Bregenz. It is just a short walk from our house mountain "pledges", from Lake Constance and the city of Bregenz. The hotel Messmer offers modern and comfortable rooms in Bregenz. Our four-star hotel is ideal for your business stay with leisure program for your cultural holiday at the Bregenz Festival as well as a hotel for groups. A special expertise we have built as a seminar hotel in Vorarlberg. In addition to a perfect infrastructure, several seminar rooms you will dine our kitchen. If you want to tackle the evening quietly recommend our "Molo Bar" or our "wine bar" something for everyone, the downtown Bregenz. In our restaurant you will find in Bregenz from the lunch menu up to seasonal and regional specialties all bodily for your comfort. And if you want to bring guests - from birthday party on a small scale to the pompous wedding - we are your reliable partner. Discover the benefits of our hotels in Bregenz in the quadrangle Austria-Germany-Switzerland-Liechtenstein, experience tours, cycling tours, long hikes or leisurely walks. Visit us in Bregenz. ... more less
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