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“Special hotel in a beautiful location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of RIVA - Das Hotel am Bodensee

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RIVA - Das Hotel am Bodensee
Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels in Konstanz
Certificate of Excellence
Switzerland
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Special hotel in a beautiful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

Stayed at the Riva for one night as part of a business conference. In a nutshell, it is a fabulous place with a special feel to it, in a stunning location on the north bank of the lake. One or two niggles stopped me from awarding this the full five stars, but it was close!

Checkin was efficient and welcoming. Sadly, it took them three attempts to give me a room key that worked, but once I could get in to my room it was worth the wait. Beautiful, stylish, subtle and classy - lots of wood and natural materials, plenty of space, top quality furnishings. My room was at the back of the hotel on the ground floor, so no view except of the apartment block to the rear, but I had my own little garden, complete with garden furniture. I am told the rooms on the upper floors are even nicer.

Breakfast was excellent, staff were friendly, service was professional and discreet. The place must have incredible soundproofing as I have never had such a quiet and peaceful night sleep in my life. What made it even nicer is that it is a small hotel, or at least has that feel to it, so you really feel you have this privilege all to yourself...

The biggest drawback was the lousy internet (I was here for a business conference, so this was pretty important). Service was unreliable and cut out every few minutes. Other reviewers have made similar comments. Get this one fixed, Hotel Riva, and you really have the perfect package!

Room Tip: The ones on the upper floors are said to be incredible
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Southern California
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

Great location, excellent breakfast (included) very nice rooms and outstanding service. The flaw was the Internet service. It simply did not work with my iPad or iPhone. It was a known problem but no one seemed to want to do anything about it. I will stay there again but only if they fix the Internet connection issue

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MichaelHaik
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London, UK/Detroit, MI, USA
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71 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

I stayed in the Riva for three nights whilst in Konstanz for business. It was about a 45 min taxi journey from Zurich airport and is located right on the lake, within walking distance of the city centre.

As for the accommodation itself, the property is top in its class – a true five star hotel. The rooms are large, modern, clean and comfortable. Mine came complete with a large deck, separate seating area (with a sofa and chair), separate bathroom, shower and tub (though this depends on the type of room you get). And I can’t forget to mention the rooftop pool! There are also other nice touches, such as free shoe shining at night, free breakfast (very good), free broadband, a free mini bar and over 200 TV channels...just to name a few.

The service is impeccable. There isn’t much more to say about that!

I would definitely stay at the Riva again...book with confidence.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dfisch891
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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111 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2011

Normally a hotel that has an avant-garde design is not cosy. It is squared shapes, modernistic, and big open spaces. Not so with Riva Hotel Konstanz. There is a cosy and friendly atmosphere, great rooms, good location and excellent food.

Check in was hassle free, all prepared in advance, just a signature and a credit card imprint, and off you go. The rooms are spacious (see my photos) with great bed, desk with internet (wifi and cable, both free of charge), flat TV embedded in the wall but can pivot out, so be seen from the bed (plenty of channels), spacious bathroom and roomy shower (beware of the strange tap) and separate WC behind the bathroom.
A balcony along the room with ample space for 10 people, and a stunning view of the Bodensee. The balcony is open, so you may come in touch with neighbours that also use their balcony (not a bad thing). See photos.

The location alongside the Bodensee is 5 minutes walk from a bridge leading into Konstanz city centre. Once over the bridge, turn left down the stairs, and use the tunnel to get under the bridge and again under the heavily trafficked street. This brings you safely to the old part of town. From there you select streets going upwards and end up at the cathedral, very much the centre of the old town. Observe the magnificent houses on your way.

We never had lunch or dinner at Riva Hotel Konstanz, but breakfast was a gourmet treat with incredible selection of ... everything. Homemade yoghurt and jams are great, so is their bread. Good selection of real tea (!), made in a pot (!) indicates the quality. No tea bags here.

All in all a very positive experience, that could get a seasoned traveller like myself to write so many words. Sorry to keep you reading!

Room Tip: Ask for rooms on 3rd or 4th floor - best view!
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Jacob57
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Derbyshire England
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2010

Hotel Riva had excellent staff, beautiful rooms, great breakfast and dining and was quiet, unfortunately it is also fairly expensive but you do get what you pay for here. We used the hotel as a base to tour by bicycle (we hired our bikes in Konstanz), ferry and train the Lake Konstannz region and it worked out brilliantly. In the evenings we either dined at the hotel or walked into Konstanz for the evening (10 mins) to one of the many restaurants there. Would thoroughly recommend the hotel for its decor, rooms - both public and bedrooms and its staff. PS if you like casinos, the Riva is in a very quiet area next door to the Konstanz casino which also had good food.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GordonDerbyshire
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Switzerland
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2010

From the moment we arrived at the hotel until we left we were spoiled. The artchitecture, design and amenities in this hotel are first class. The rooms are beautifully decorated. We had a room with a balcony and together with the beautiful roof-top pool/lounge area we felt that we didn’t even want to leave the hotel. The free minibar with water/beer and the fruits in the room are a very nice touch, as is the turn-down service. We ate dinner at the restaurant and were satisfied with the food. The breakfast spread is amazing, especially if the weather is nice enough (as it was when we were there) to eat it outside on the patio with view of the lake. The only thing I was missing was a bar/drink service at the pool. They had a system where you could call down to order anything, however, it felt awkward without any menus and having to make the call from a lonely phone. Especially during nice weather weekends, this would have been a nice service to have. Thank you Hotel Riva for a wonderful get-away!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank americaninswiss
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Munich, Germany
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2010

We spent 3 nights there in one if the corner rooms. These rooms are very big and due to large windows sun flooded.
The hotel has a beautiful pool on the roof top. Most of the time we have been there on our own. However the pool area needs more looking after as we found a glass filled with an old drink and cigarettes right in front of our sun beds under the bushes which grow there.
The restaurant and the bar are spacious and the food and drinks are great. People are friendly and you have a beautiful few of the lake.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank eddala2004
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Property: RIVA - Das Hotel am Bodensee
Address: Seestrasse 25 | 78464 Konstanz, 78464 Konstanz, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Region: Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Konstanz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels in Konstanz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — RIVA - Das Hotel am Bodensee 4.5*
Number of rooms: 51
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