on February 7, 2006
This three-and-a-half-star hotel is about 4 or 5 city blocks from the train station on a street that terminates at the plaza in front of the station, so it is very easy to find. It is also very near to the City Center, Guttenberg Square, and La Petite France. As you can see from the picture, the exterior is not that appealing, but the interior is great. When we checked in, we were asked if we wanted breakfast. We said yes and only later discovered that it cost an additional 10 Euros. I’m not sure it was worth that, but it was okay and obviously convenient. I find that while most three- and four-star hotels in Europe include breakfast in their room rate, Best Western-affiliated hotels do not. In other matters, the desk clerk was very helpful. We had dozens of questions because we were planning on making day trips to Trier and Bastogne. She took all the time necessary to show us on maps how to get to where we wanted to go and also showed us that visiting Trier and Bastogne was a bad idea because of the distances involved. We ended up taking her advice and spent the next 2 days exploring Strasbourg. She also helped us with restaurant recommendations and other tips.Although the hotel was built in 1919, it contains all the modern necessities, including an elevator, a convenience many European hotels in older buildings lack. The lobby and the rooms contain many antiques and paintings. Breakfast is served in a high-ceilinged Alsatian-style dining room. I don’t think they serve lunch or dinner. There is a small comfy bar off the lobby we never had the opportunity to use. Our room was a little small because of the two double beds, but it was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was adequate, with a bathtub and shower. Even though we really didn’t need it, air-conditioning was available. The hotel has all the amenities you could want, including wi-fi, dataports, Internet access, office services, etc. Limited parking is available at an extra cost. According to the brochure, the same family has owned the hotel since it was built. They have obviously taken good care of it. I would certainly return here again.
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