The French doors open out onto a terrace that overlooks the park. Our room, in the least expensive category, was on the ground floor. Our view was the garden. The lobby is quite a stunner,
with an open plan that allows you to look straight up for three floors. The elevator is glass.
We had two beds that shared a headboard. Each bed had two pillows, one large and one small, and a featherbed. There was a table, an upholstered chair, and a desk chair. There was a large closet and another large open storage area for our suitcases. With a minibar, remote color TV, telephone, and radio, our room was fully equipped. The bathroom had a tub and a hairdryer. Plenty of towels completed the picture of comfort.
There was an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. For a fee, there was a tanning bed available. Internet access was available, but not free, and it was impossible to figure out the keyboard. I lost my euro and tried for three minutes to figure out how to work the computer. The desk staff was no help in this area, and I was not the only one who had a problem.
The location of this hotel couldn’t have been any better; it is right in the center of Fulda, and we had an easy walk to everything in town.
The breakfast buffet was included in our rate,
and the breakfast room was so beautiful that even if the selection had been terrible, the visit to the room would have been a pleasure. As it was, the selection was extensive: scrambled, fried, and boiled eggs, sausage and bacon, eight varieties of cold cereal, lots of rolls, three types of bread, toast, pastries, yogurt, juices, fresh fruits (cherries, plums, pineapples, oranges, melons), cold meats, fish, and cheese -- a well-presented spread. You can drink champagne, mineral water, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. All the while, you can look out onto the park or up at the beautiful ceiling.
We originally booked the hotel though the Fulda Tourist Board. We were quoted a rate of 148 euros. While cruising the Internet, I found a site that offered the hotel for a rate of 118 euros. I sent off an e-mail and, sure enough, we got the lower rate -- another example of never accepting any rate as the cheapest available. Parking was 8 euros a day. This was also the only hotel I have ever checked into where they didn’t ask for a credit card until we checked out. That level of trust is unusual these days.
January 27, 2004
From journal Fulda Germany ~A Baroque Gem