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“Excellent hotel for Christmas market trips” 4 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Moselufer 15, 56332 Brodenbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Brodenbach
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“Excellent hotel for Christmas market trips”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

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!

Room Tip: The rooms at the back annexe are large and quiet, though mostly without good views.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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stoke on trent
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

If you are not of a strong disposition both mentally and physically then do not book this trip. When we initially booked the trip, the itinerary was not available. On nearing our departure date, we received a letter telling us that the pick up time was 2.45 am. It then took 19 hours on a cramped coach, no leg room, no fold up tables and a dirty on board toilet to reach our destination. Only 1 driver so even when we were only 2 hours from our destination we still had to stop for a half hour break. We saw cattle being transported that we're enjoying better conditions than us. Driven mad by tiredness, cramp and monotony, we developed "coach envy" whenever we stopped at services, noting that other coaches had more space, tables, tinsel across the windows etc, Do yourselves a favour, bag a cheap flight with a low cost airline if you are thinking of booking this trip next year.
Now for the hotel. It was absolutely fine for the price we paid. The food was ok, it was clean and the room was lovely and warm. We took our own kettle and beverages, they don't supply any of these things.
It's a very "olde world" hotel, lots of antlers on the walls and dark wood everywhere. We didn't have evening meals as part of the package but what we ordered from the menu was very nice but I don't think the veg was fresh.
The staff were pleasant enough but what we found unusual was the lack of information when asked, about the public transport system. We asked about buses and trains but they just said "no".
We could not find any leaflets about trains etc in the hotel either.
The train station is actually opposite the hotel but over the other side of the river. It's about a 40 minute walk or get a taxi.
There is a post office/shop to the right of the hotel ( as you stand outside facing the hotel) that has all the information that you need regarding trains etc. The trains were on time, clean and cheap, if you want to explore independently and not book the extra tours with Newmarket. They run to Koblenz and in the opposite direction to Rudestein, where you can get further connections to Cologne, I think.
We enjoyed our trip to Germany and the beautiful scenery and would like to go again, but not with Newmarket Travel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Like Rick G. I have just stayed with a friend at the Anker for 3 nights. I agree with most of Rick's comments but my 0.5l beers cost 3.6 euros!!
The service was fast, efficient and friendly, and all the staff spoke excellent English. Everything but complimentary tea and coffee, soap and shampoo was available. Our room was well furnished and spotless as were the en-suite facilities. Services were not 5 star level but it's a family hotel and very good value for money. It doesn't pretend to be the Ritz.
A bus service stops outside the hotel so you can get to Koblenz in 35 minutes on a clean, modern bendy-bus for 11 euros return. The train station is on the other side of the river so you would need to get a taxi to it. There is not much to do in Brodenbach but I would imagine it is quite lively during the summer since many places were closed. The hotel itself is quite large with a swimming pool, terrace bars, dance hall and wine cellar but these were closed during our stay

Room Tip: 3rd floor at front with a balcony overlooking the Mosel
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I stayed here with my wife in December 2013 on a New market holidays short trip to the German markets. It was a good value Holiday over all but the hotel was definitely 2 star. Like all places there was good and bad
Good
All staff were very friendly, the bedrooms were clean and the drink prices were very reasonable 3 euro for a large beer and 12 euro for a bottle of wine. The location of the hotel was excellent looking over the river Moselle.
Bad
Decor of the whole place looks like a flsh back to the late 60s or early 70s. Food we were on the half board option. The breakfasts were plentiful but very basic and repetitive basically being bread rolls, cheese, jam or a boiled egg. Dinner were one choice not made by you but by the hotel. This was 3 course, edible but school canteen standard. If you paid extra then the general quality of food on the main menu looked better.
Bedrooms
As said before clean but thats the high point about it. somewhat small dark and dingy. No bath but a shower and no soap and shampoo provided so make sure you bring your own. The main bedroom block is at the rear overlooking a small street.
From our perspective it was just about ok for what we needed in a short break but i would not use it for a week or longer holiday

Room Tip: Try and get a table at dinner over looking the river. A pool is provided but we did not get around t...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I have been to the Anker Hotel many times, in summer and in December, and of course the scenery is best in the summer! The Anker is a family run hotel, kept warm and with good food. I'm a vegetarian, and get offered an alternative. This year TV included Sky News, before that was German channels, which I found useful for keeping up German.

It's a good base for further down the Moselle in the summer, but is rather far from Cologne and Ruedesheim to be a good Rhine Christmas markets base. You'd need to balance the hours of travelling against the low price by coach.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Studley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

An 18 and a half hour coach with a bully of a coach driver ( just like a school trip though not as good) . Upon arrival the area was rather scenic and the hotel looked nice from the outside, HOWEVER, on entry we were told that we could not freshen up after this long and arduous journey because our meal was ready! We were then herded into the dining room to our table where we were offered veal, chips and tinned green beans or ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! We were then ordered to collect our cases and told to go to our room. On entering our room we found that there was no tea making facilities, no toiletries except for half of a toilet roll. No telephone and no emergency exits or directions. Halfway through unpacking the power went out, leaving us in total darkness, unable to have a shower or use the toilet facilities. The beds had a thin cover and no mattress cover, not a good bed for a cold room. Early next morning we still couldn't shower or shave and there were still no lights, next came a basic breakfast with cold coffee and back on the coach to Cologne with our self opinionated driver.
Overall terrible hotel, sloppy food, shabby rooms and incredibly rude staff.
Just don't go!

Room Tip: Don't go
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Wantage, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Just back from a trip to the German Christmas markets with Newmarket Holidays. We went with another couple and all thought that the Anker was great. It must have changed over the last year or so as it certainly did not deserve some of the previous bad reviews. Our food was not "slapped" on to our plates, nor did we have to queue, the food was brought to our table in dishes and we served ourselves. There were three dining rooms and it was not crowded.The waitresses were busy serving so many people at the same time but still friendly and helpful. There was no choice of menu but the food was good value for what we paid and I did not hear anyone complain. If fine dining is a part of your holiday then you would be disappointed but at £13 for a three course meal it is OK.
Our room was great, with a balcony overlooking the river but not everyone can be lucky enough to get one with a view. It was clean with a good shower and toilet and it had a couple of easy chairs and a TV with a Sky news channel. The bar was cheap, 2.3 euro for 0.5 ltr beer. There were no tea making facilities in the room or soap, shampoo etc.. We would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: One with a view
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Moselufer 15, 56332 Brodenbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Location: Germany > Rhineland-Palatinate > Brodenbach
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Brodenbach
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Anker 3.5*
Number of rooms: 277
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