On a previous visit to Stuttgart, we stayed in the very classy
Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin Hotel. We would have loved to stay there again
but it was too expensive this time round and although it oozed class and had a
fantastic bathroom, we recalled that the standard room was rather small and
would struggle to comfortably accommodate the four of us.
Across the road from the Graf Zeppelin, inside the Hauptbahnhof, is the
InterCity Hotel. It is managed by the Steigenberger group but significantly
lighter on the wallet. Not surprisingly, at € 77 a night it is less classy than
the more than €50 per night more expensive Graf Zeppelin.
Check in was a breeze and the personnel clearly has the same training as
those working across the road. Some of the carpets and furnishings in the lobby
reminded me of Steigenberger hotels but unfortunately, things go downhill the
further you wander from the main lobby. The carpets became more worn and
somewhat stained. We stayed quite a long walk from the main lobby and the walk
included an interesting view of the main station lobby.
The bedroom itself was pleasantly large with the bathroom huge for a European
hotel of this price class. Everything worked fine and the large bed was most
comfortable. The requested baby bed was already in the room, although it had
some minor damage to the netting and a few stains. It seemed old rather than
dirty. Ditto for the bathroom – it seemed clean enough but the look is a bit
dated and the grout between the tiles ranged from white to black with spots of
brown and grey in between. The bath itself was huge, which I as a tall person
really appreciated just to be baffled the next morning by the low showerhead
fitting. The mirror was large and well lit and some may have found the double
washbasins useful. The towels were standard European – too few, too small, and
Our room faced a busy road but double-glazing took care of most noise.
Although it never bothered me, some light sleepers may be bothered by the road
noise especially when emergency vehicles pass by.
The InterCity has a very convenient location right inside the main station.
It is also convenient for drivers with reasonably priced overnight parking (€10)
available in the parking garage of the main station. It is a convenient stroll
from the hotel to the main sights of downtown Stuttgart. Sights further away can
easily be reached by public transportation, which is free for guests staying in
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September 30, 2005
From journal Blooming Baroque