it seems regensburg in summer has a limited room availability, and relatively high prices. the apollo scored well on the booking engines, and looked the best available under 55e per room.
the location is in a very quiet residential suburb between university and clinics. however bus #6 stops at the end of the street, and takes you into the old city via the rail station in 15 - 20 minutes.
reception was small, but staff friendly and helpful. the bar is really just drinks service to the hotel restaurant, and so lights go out at 11pm. ( good local beer very fairly priced ).
i had a very nice double room for sole occupancy, and it seemed very recently refurbished.
the bathroom likewise, but very compact. everything was very comfortable, and kept spotlessly clean.
the hotel has really excellent leisure facilities, and again impeccably clean. the indoor pool was about 10 metres long, and had its own dedicated changing cabins, lockers and towels. there was also a sauna loctaed off the pool, and a fenced garden area to relax on lounge chairs ,weather permitting.
breakfast was mainly cold, but with an excellent and imaginative selection including smoked salmon, trout and mackerel.
however the management seemed to run the hotel for their benefit, rather than the guests. the tiny old lift only went to the second of 3 floors, and was closed from 11pm to 6am ( 3pm to 6am on sunday/monday ....). all service stopped at 11pm, and guests have to carry their keys, and gain access from the rear door. sounds of heavy tread or ladies' heels on marble floors were much noisier, if that was the reason. understandably the sauna was only fired up late afternoon, but making sunday on request seems churlish.
my main beef was on pricing. when i requested an extension, i was told there was no problem for the room, but the rate would be about 25% higher, due to a mistake in seting up the rate i had via booking.com. this was confirmed after receptionist checked with owner, even though i could see on computer screen that several rooms were still available. so on principle i went to the aggravation of finding another hotel, and wasted time and effort that could have been spent
exploring more of this beautiful city.
with a more guest-orientated administration and the right price, this would be a very good choice despite distance from old city.
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