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“Lovely Alpen Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein

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Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Grainau
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Larchmont, New York
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40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Alpen Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

This was a lovely alpen hotel -truly beautiful. It is in the small village of Grainau, a little east of Garmish-Partenkirchen and is very convenient to the Zugspitze and Lake Eibsee. It is very very charming and has spectacular views. The rooms are not super large but are very nicely and charmingly decorated and have beautiful balconies with fresh flowers and a view. (I don't know if all rooms have this.) Basically, gather up the picture perfect idea of an alpen hotel and this is it. The hotel also has a lovely small lobby sitting area and large terrace. We had two adjoining rooms for ourselves and our two young sons, which worked out very well. I had done all the reservations online myself, and the staff was very helpful and responsive in suggesting different room options that would work for our family. The bathrooms are also not super large - you aren't going to get a huge shower, it's a smaller stall, - but are modern and clean. The service is very genial and helpful, although if you are looking for perfect fluent English like in a big hotel in Berlin, you probably won't find it. Personally, I like that it was more traditional and I really don't speak much German at all and got along just fine. If you need English maps and all, you just need to go to the little tourist office down the hill in Grainau, as they only had German ones at the hotel. This hotel is known for it's restaurant - which is indeed excellent. We got the European plan which was a wonderful value and made things easy knowing we could hike all day and come back and eat dinner at the hotel. Our waiter was so accomodating and friendly. They did have the menu printed in English. The food was wonderful and worked out just fine for our kids. There were a couple of choices of each course each night on the european plan menu. Breakfast is a very very nice traditional German breakfast buffet, but they serve you the coffee. Lots of fresh breads, muesli, hams, smoked fish, etc. There is a separate breakfast area. There was a small bar, I will say I never saw anyone it in - I think they might have had a bartender there in the apertif hour (4-6 - but we were never at the hotel at that time) but not after dinner when we looking, but we got our after dinner drinks in the restaurant. The hotel also has a very nice spa and small indoor pool. My son really enjoyed swimming there, and it has enclosed glass walls so you get to swim while viewing the alps. Very cool. THere is also a traditional finnish sauna. All very nice. Basically, a very beautiful hotel, charming and gracious, modern where you want it to be, but with some old fashioned touches. Highly recommend. I would definitely stay here again if returning to the area. We stayed three days, and it wasn't enough.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

Stumbled in, road weary and hungry on a rainy night. They kindly kept the kitchen open in the restaurant to feed us---delicious dinner, beautiful dining room, fine service. We opted for an upgraded room with a view towards the back of the Inn and were so happy we did as the view of the mountains the next morning was outstanding. They loan out hiking poles for the motivated and will direct you to the Grainua community pool and spa down the road for a very pleasant experience. Enjoy!

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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StephanieGoldbrunner, Geschäftsführer at Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein, responded to this review, 13 September 2012
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nice that you felt so comfortable with us. We would appreciate, of course, to welcome you again with us.

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Huntington Beach, California
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54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

Stayed in Grainau many times before at B&B's, but this is by far the best experience I have encountered. Excellent hotel, very well cared for, the facilties are gorgeous, the decor is beautiful very comfortable and very inviting to relax in the lobby/bar area for afternoon tea, with the stunning views of Zugspitze from every window. The rooms are beautifully decorated, every comfort imaginable and they are spacious as is the bathroom and modern amenities. Definitely choose a room with a view of Zugspitze and the forest. The service and staff are very accommodating, the fine dining restaurant is well worth the splurge, the menu is awesome as is the food, and service. No worries about english translations, it works out well as the waiters understand and are able to translate. The location is great, a short stroll into the town center or a short drive into Garmisch-Partenkichen or to the Lake Eibsee. Really the best place to stay in Garmish to experience the natural beauty of the area and the local hospitality. Great breakfast buffett as well. My only suggestion is the pool temperature is way too cold, could not enjoy as it was frigid, should be heated warmer in colder seasons so you can enjoy before a massage. The massage rooms are to light, they could sue some dimmed lighting and soft music to soften the experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

We stayed in an apartment with our 4 & 1 year olds for 8 nights. The room was very clean & well-kept with a lovely, almost French, rustic look. The views were amazing, without obstacle with the hotel set on top a hill. We had no trouble finding it. We only ate the complimentary breakfast which was yummy. The restaurant was clearly popular at night though. We didn't eat there because we don't know enough German to translate the menu, & the staff didn't seem to speak that much English or have much interest in helping us out. The staff was mostly friendly, but we felt snubbed a lot by one of the bartenders/waiters. The cleaning staff were the nicest. The village is lovely, very Bavarian, but not much English. We got by, but went to Garmisch-Partenkirchen a lot for meals. The wood carving shop was wunderbar. There is not enough parking for a full hotel. We managed to find a place each night, but a few times it was created by us parking right next to the door. There is a garage that holds about 6 cars, & it didn't help much. They did give us the key to the garage to park a couple of times when the lot was full, at no extra charge when normally there is daily rate for its use. We didn't use them because we didn't ski, but we were given 2 free lift tickets & I thought that was a nice perk.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

My husband and I just spent two nights here in late October 2011. It was low season on a Monday and Tuesday night so the hotel was particularly quiet. Delicious breakfast and nice rooms, but the best part was the view of the mountains from our balcony.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Bern, North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

We stayed here on our tour through Southern Germany. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very friendly front desk staff. She walked us to our room and gave a quick tour of the hotel. The rooms were smallish and pretty outdated, but had a quaint rustic lodge feel. We arrived at dusk, opened our window and had the most amazing view of the Alps and the countryside. We didn't eat at the hotel, but did have a couple drinks in the small bar (which were very pricey). Breakfast was included in our rate and included warm and cold dishes (eggs, cheese, meat, yogurt, etc.). Definitely one of the better breakfasts we had in Germany.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Buda, Texas
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348 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2011

We stayed near the center of Garmisch on a visit ten years ago, and assumed we'd do so again this time, but reviews of the Waxenstein lured us out the 4 or 5 km to Grainau. We are so glad we chose the Waxenstein -- four nights for our party of five, including a two-year-old, went by all too quickly. Ask for a mountain view room, and you'll have a balcony looking out on the Zugspitze and its neighbors. The restaurant is first-rate -- we expected to have just one dinner there and ended up dining in the hotel three out of the four nights. The Toedt family excels in dealing with the public -- the proprietor met us at the door, greeted us by name, and he and his family and staff seemed to anticipate anything we might want. The restaurant can be expensive -- it's worth it -- but also offers simpler dishes. The wine list is good and not too high-priced; service not only was fine but also was very accommodating for our grandson. In the neighborhood are several very pleasant, and generally easy, walking/hiking trails, a really good wood-carving shop, and a useful collection of banks, shops, etc.

The hotel itself is up above the main road just a bit, in a residential neighborhood, and might seem a bit tricky to find, but stay with it -- after the first time it will be obvious how to get there, and it's worth the effort.

We'd give the Waxenstein absolutely top marks, both as a hotel and a restaurant -- and we hope to return.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein
Address: Hoehenrainweg 3, 82491 Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Region: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Grainau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Grainau
#2 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Grainau
#2 Luxury Hotel in Grainau
#2 Spa Hotel in Grainau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein 4.5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hotel with 100 years of tradition and with a fantastic mountain panorama right outside the door! The completely renovated ROMANTIK ALPENHOTEL WAXENSTEIN in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers style and comfort, family atmosphere, a small and lovely wellness area and numerous different recreation activities. We also look forward to spoiling you in our restaurant with our delicious cuisine of regional and international specialties, all in the finest quality. Waxenstein Quite close to the Hotel in Grainau are the crystal clear mountain lakes Eibsee and Badersee; there are numerous hiking trails and mountain bike routes as well as wonderful skiing regions in the German and Austrian Alps. ... more   less 
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