We had a comfortable stay at the Gästehaus Alpenkranz, at a very reasonable price. We stayed three nights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in September 2007, the first in a series of Alpine mountains towns we visited in Germany and Austria. We found this gästehaus after arriving by train, through the helpful staff at the tourist information centre.
The Gästehaus Alpenkranz is the on the Partenkirchen side of town, just off a main street about midway between the train station and the tourist office at the Rathaus (city hall). It's ideally located for anyone who, like us, arrives on the train and doesn't rent a car. The Partnach River runs just behind the house - you can hear it burbling from the balcony, or, I would imagine, with the bedroom window open. However, it was cold and rainy while we were in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, so we had the window shut and the radiator on! It's an older house in a very pleasant neighbourhood; actually, the entire town and area is very beautiful - when we weren't hiking in the mountains above town, we were walking all around the town.
Frau Scheuber-Neff and her family/staff were friendly and helpful. The gästehaus was very clean, and the breakfast buffet was a good start to the day. We were in a double room with WC on the first floor, near the breakfast room. Our room, although not small, was somewhat crowded in terms of lay-out, but certainly adequate for the two of us. We were there mostly only to sleep, and felt the room was very good value for the price, especially with breakfast included.
The room had a comfortable queen-size bed, night-tables on either side, a large-ish cupboard for clothes and "stuff" (but close to one side of the bed, so not ideal for stowing suitcases - and the sliding doors didn't open wide enough for us to be able to put our suitcases inside), a small table and chairs at the foot of the bed, and a small sofa across from that. The sofa had to hold our suitcases as there was no floor space to put them where we would not have been always having to step over them. The doors to the bathroom and to the hallway were quite close to the sofa and both of them opened into the room, as did the balcony door. There was also a stand with a small TV.
As to "facilities", the sink/basin, mirror and towel racks were in the bedroom, and the tiniest bathroom I have ever seen had been built into one corner of the room. It is a true water *closet* (maybe 4.5 feet by 2 feet) with a toilet and shower stall. Perfectly functional and very clean, but I wouldn't recommend this room for larger people or anyone who is claustrophobic.
As I mentioned earlier, our room had a balcony overlooking a pretty garden that is quite nicely screened from the street by large trees. The garden had a patio area and lounge chairs, however, it wasn't outdoor lounging weather while we were in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
I would definitely recommend the Gästehaus Alpenkranz to anyone looking for a reasonably priced, clean and comfortable accommodation.