This hotel has goods...and bads...
We'll start with the pros:
I booked last minute and still got an awesome deal. I booked Tuesday and stayed Friday, and the rate was €66 for a double room with breakfast. (There was €5/6 city tax added at the end, and for the record, this is no guarantee that you'll get the same rate.)
They also provided me (and my family) with free passes to the waterfall! (We were expecting to pay admission to the falls, so this was a pleasant surprise!)
The location is well within walking distance to everything, although Triberg is on a hill, so there is some uphill walking. Entrance to the falls is about 200 meters up the road, and there are plenty of shops and restaurants also. (Be advised, most of the shops close at 6, so do your shopping early.)
There was a balcony with small table and two chairs, and views from the balcony (room to the front of the hotel) were spectacular.
Breakfast was good. Typical German breads, meats, cheeses, jams, spreads, with some cereal and fruit.
And now the cons:
The noises from the street below were amplified with the narrow street and tall buildings, so you heard everything! The traffic was quite loud at night (I finally fell asleep at about 10:30, but it was still going), and you heard the church bells (stopped at 10:00), and drunk people from the club across the street in the wee hours of the morning. The noises picked up again sometime before 7:00 when construction workers where banging scaffolding poles together. Also, at 7:30 Saturday morning, the church bells rang for about three straight minutes. If you weren't awake before, you would be now. (Not sure if that's an everyday thing, or just a Saturday thing.)
The room was small, but welcome to Europe.
There weren't any amenities in the room. There was a tv, and en suite bathroom, but no coffee/tea maker, fridge, extra pillow, anything like that.
Also, as others have said, the towels were a tad scratchy, compared to the normally fluffy towels at hotels. Perhaps an upgrade is needed in the towel department.
Additional information that may be useful: the hotel is on the third floor, above the Sparkasse bank and two floors of doctors offices (German third floor, American fourth floor). The entrance to the hotel is near the entrance to the bank on the front of the building (parking behind, see below). There is a small (as in, about 12 sq. ft.) elevator near the bank entrance. When driving in, look for the Sparkasse sign and turn down the street, there's a parking lot behind the building. The kasse said it was €5 for 24 hours, however we were informed by the hotel that on the weekends, this wasn't controlled, so we shouldn't pay. (Probably different during the week, I'd ask the hotel staff directly.)
I'd rate this an average (three circles), but the free admission to the falls really put it into the four circle category for me. However, if you're staying for too much longer than one night, I may try to stay elsewhere. For a cheap overnight, reserved on short notice, it was tolerable; for a longer-term stay, I'd probably search elsewhere.
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