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“An experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Rosenstrasse 38, 70182 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany (Rathaus)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 153 Hotels in Stuttgart
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“An experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed in the Titanic Room, with waterbed, portholes, two sinks and fancy bath. There were some very nice touches - a praline, candles, slippers, MP3 player connection, a rotating TV, jogging map and dumbbell. The bed was extremely comfortable and a great experience - a bucket list item ticked off - though I was a bit sore the next morning which is probably normal. Definitely worth it! The air con was technically in the bathroom but did the trick, the room was big and very temperate. It was quiet outside, though we could hear other guests' keys and some slight creaky floors.

Downsides are that wi-fi and breakfast aren't free, and it's not an accessible hotel - there are stairs, but also porters who brought up our luggage. And this was yet another place with old-fashioned twisty keys with which we had a bit of trouble. Fortunately it wasn't late at night as there isn't 24 hour reception.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Heemstede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I stayed at the Zauberlehrling with my 13 year-old son en route from the Nurnburgring to Maranello. We just stayed for one night and arrived fairly exhausted having been on the road for 11 hours. The hotel is a little gem in a side street in the centre of Stuttgart. Everything about the place is enchanting and being used to franchised business hotels this was breath of fresh air. It didn't hurt that we were upgraded immediately to the Media Suite in the "annex". Check in was fine and the way it should be. Friendly and polite. The car was parked in the garage.
The Media Suite itself was super. A sizeable living room with a wonderfully quirky interior. The bathroom and shower were huge, modern and wonderfully finished.
The double bedded bedroom had a projector rather than a TV and the overall impression was exactly what you expect from a boutique / design hotel.
Breakfast was literally made to measure for us and was just what we needed.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Great host....perfect food...unique and pretty rooms....cool staff......perfect location.........great great......if you dont like his place there must be something wron with you.........we had an excellent dinner with some friends and we stay overnight because of the great rooms and good food with wine

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kitzbuhel, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

centrally located with affordable parking, free internet and very good breakfast. The small team was very friendly and hospitable. The various rooms are very nicely individually designed. I can truly recommend this hotel without hesitation

Room Tip: recomendation: Room Titanic with waterbed :)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This hotel has amazing rooms. I've never seen hotelrooms like that. I stayed there 4 nights in the Black Box room and had the chance to have a look in the other rooms. Each room is different. I love that.
Staff was friendly, no parkingspots on the street but they have a garage. Breakfast costs extra - if you want more than a croissant and coffee. The buffet was excellent and fresh. Clean room and good facillities.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

The zauberlehrling is located in one of the older parts of the city, but still very near to the heart. (5minutes walk).
The staff is welcoming and the rooms, i have seen 2 of them, vary from smaller "businessman" rooms to large suites. My room was very clean an comfortable with a large shower, coffeemachine, safe, minibar, telephon, musicplayer, hdtv and many small extras like a personal welcoming card or free water and pralines.
The breakfastbuffet give s you for extra money a large sortiment of fruits, juices, yoghurt, bread, cheese, cereals, fresh eggs, pancakes and hot beverages.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We are an international, well-travelled family and recently stayed as a couple in the Chalet Suite in the Zauberlehrling for an extended weekend (3 days). We found the hotel, although original and interesting, unfortunately to be the sort of design hotel that focuses primarily on aesthetics and too little on function, with both furnishings and service not being up to 4-star standards.

Positives:
The hotel has a super location close to the pedestrian zone (within easy walking distance), yet the room was quiet at night (windows closed, air conditioning on). The air conditioning worked well, although the bathroom and bedroom didn’t cool properly since the two vents are only in the living room. The design ideas in the hotel are original and unique. Although the hotel was quite full, we heard no noise from the other guests nor was the breakfast area crowded in the mornings. The breakfast buffet was of good quality and variety and dishes were individually prepared for us on the spot. The woman who tended the breakfast buffet and checked us out was very friendly. We did not have dinner in the restaurant so we cannot rate that.

Negatives:
The Chalet Suite is on the third (or fourth, depending on how you count) floor of the house which has no elevator, so every day we climbed several flights of steps in a stairwell that is dark (walls are partially painted black) with very uneven steps. This could be a big problem for someone who is older or not so stable on their feet. We weren’t informed at booking that the Chalet Suite has steep slanted walls since it’s directly under the roof at the highest floor—this meant for us that the one of us who is over 195 cm tall had difficulties walking through the suite (hitting head on a lamp, ducking through doorways) and could only use one side of the bed. The room looks very spacious and elegant/expensive in the hotel’s website photos, but has in reality a much more closed-in feeling, due to the low walls and ceiling.

The bathroom is a clear example of design over function—the sinks, like another reviewer noted, are small and very shallow and the water splashes out everywhere if you’re not careful. The most impractical aspect, however, was the shower which is simply a drain on the floor with a curtain to pull around it. Once one of us showered, the whole side of the bathroom was drowned in water, making it a mess to use the one sink—either requiring mopping the floor with a towel or just standing in a large puddle of water in the bathroom (that didn’t even completely dry overnight). The shower gel and shampoo are provided in long glass vials which were difficult to use—to get the stuff out and then close the vial again with no where to put it in the shower area without losing the product in your hand was a challenge—and the bathroom supplies were never replaced during our stay once we used them. The bathroom also has no proper door—an animal skin stretched over a wooden frame with gaps serves as an approximate screen—which can be an issue as the bathroom also contains the toilet.

The telephone never worked during our stay—the batteries were replaced after we notified the staff, but we realized it still didn’t work when we wanted to check out, which meant that we carried all of our luggage downstairs ourselves at the end of our stay rather than running up and down the stairs multiple times to first get someone to help. As another reviewer noted, the turn-down service only took place once, on the first night, and state of hygiene in the room was not up to par. The flat and wide bed frame (among other things) was really dusty and sticky from a spilled drink or something of the sort—we requested that it be cleaned, but that wasn’t done.

We were given a bottle of Sekt when we left as an apology for the shortcomings of the hotel and room.

Conclusion:
The house is in need of some improvement and more emphasis on careful service would be to the hotel’s benefit. The Chalet Suite was definitely not worth its price of €320/night. There are design hotels where good balance is struck between aesthetics and function—the Lösch für Freunde hotel in Hornbach (Rheinland-Pfalz) where we have stayed multiple times is a super example of that. The rooms are also individually and very stylishly designed, but with an excellent regard for functionality and quality. We would not choose to stay at the Zauberlehrling again and instead give up a bit of the quirky design for a properly working room.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Zauberlehrling

Address: Rosenstrasse 38, 70182 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Location: Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Stuttgart > Rathaus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 153 Hotels in Stuttgart
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Every lifestyle has a magic all its own. We invite you to take a look around our little hotel “Der Zauberlehring” (“The Magician’s Apprentice”) – a microcosm of cultures and styles. Here you can enjoy a stay in the ambience of your choice. We have composed thirteen rooms and four suites on three levels all with a flair of their own punctuated by loving details. And our services are custom-tailored to meet your every need as well ... more   less 
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