I stayed at this hotel on a (dare I say it?) cheap 'Just Go' Christmas markets coach trip with my four sisters-in-law and mother-in-law in early December 2013.
We arrived very late and tired, (through no fault of the driver), but were immediately served with a reasonable three-course dinner at 10.30 pm, for which the hotel deserves full marks. We were then quickly issued with our room keys and directions.
Our rooms, although mainly at the back of the hotel without good views, were very large, well fitted and warm, with adjustable radiators. The beds were comfortable, too. We didn't have time to appreciate better views - it was dark, mid-winter, and we spent little time in our rooms anyway. The shower rooms were not too cramped, and there was plenty of hot water. Having read Tripadvisor before we went, we knew there were no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, as there often isn't in continental hotels, so we'd taken travel kettles etc and were self-sufficient.
Breakfast was fairly typical for continental tourist hotels - cornflakes, fruit, juice, eggs, cheese, ham, rolls and jam. Basic, but fine. We needed room for the Christmas market goodies later!
On our second evening, our driver got us lost and we arrived late for dinner again, but once more the hotel was ready with our meal, despite the delay, so that we could go back out again afterwards. Full marks to the catering staff for their efficiency. We were one of three or four coach parties staying that weekend, and yet the staff coped very effectively with all of us.
On our third day two of us tried out the swimming pool, which was a nice treat, although we didn't find the sauna. Maybe I should warn you that the men's and women's changing rooms are communal, with a lack of chairs - but I'm not complaining, we just went back to our rooms!
To sum up, I'd say this is a great hotel for coach parties - it has evolved a good basic system to cope with groups of 50 or so tired, cold and grumpy passengers, and is to be congratulated for its efficiency in difficult circumstances. The rooms and facilities are good, and the food is simple, well cooked and perfectly adequate. Just bear in mind that you get what you pay for on these coach trips, and I really think Hotel Anker does a great job looking after its guests. This cannot be expected to be a 4* hotel at the price, but it's absolutely fine for a few nights!
- Also Known As:
- Anker Hotel Brodenbach