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“Stuck in the 1970s” 2 of 5 stars
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Bockshaut Hotel Restaurant
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kirchstrasse 7-9, 64283 Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany   |  
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Ranked #20 of 33 Hotels in Darmstadt
UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Stuck in the 1970s”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This hotel might have been ok in the 1970s but now it just looks tired. The staff are friendly and the room was cleaned well and there is a safe in the room. Good location is just about their best feature. On the other hand, the room was tiny, incredibly hot and noisy. The door leading to the annex requires the muscles of a body builder to open and it closes so sharply that it almost hits you on the butt. Although the cleaners are good, maintenance isn't great. No plug in the basin, the shower drain cover comes off during showers, horrible shower curtain that sticks to you, shower so close to the loo that the loo gets wet every time you shower. Lots of noise late at night and v early in the mornings.

The worst insult of all was the rubber sheet on the bed. I sweated through the first few nights before I realised why. The rooms are stifling and you can't open the window more than 6 inches. This was not a comfortable stay for me and I do not plan to go back.

The wireless was just frustrating. It has no password, which makes it distinctly dodgy. Every time you use it you have to check a box to agree to terms that are displayed only in German. It refused to let me connect to my VPN. Unacceptable in 2014. When I did use it in desperation it would slow down and stop working intermittently. Finally, the key has a huge key ring on it and you are told to take it with you when you go out. Doesn't fit into pockets very easily.

I travel on business and I just don't need to have these kinds of hassles.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tain
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Spotlessly clean but, with high outside temperatures, the room was unbearably hot. Regardless of windows kept open or shut, the room never cooled down and I ended up having cold showers throughout most nights. Outside noise, from diners below, at night made it hard to sleep. This quietened down most night after about 11.30, but much later on weekends. The corridor and stairs leading up to the room smelled strongly of cigarettes smoke. I would not stay in the annex again. Perhaps rooms in the main building were better situated. On the plus side, staff are very efficient and extremely friendly. The food in the restaurant is delicious and I loved the ambience of the terrace, where I dined. Nice hotel, though.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Had an interesting 2 night stay here.
The gentleman on reception/waiter/safe cracker was great to talk and had lots of local knowledge about the town. He answered any questions we had, a funny and charming man.
The food in the restaurant was outstanding with perfectly cooked steaks.
The accommodation was unfortunately abysmal. Rotting furniture and a cockroach in the shower!
Oddly we rather enjoyed our stay and this hotel does have a lot of character and history.
Give it a try, even if only for the restaurant...

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Undoubtably the restaurant has old fashioned character. However the room I was given in the hotel was like stepping back 30 years...... The proverbial " not big enough to swing a cat" - spotlessly clean but shower (accessed by stepping over the wc) was broken and had a horrible old plastic curtain that stuck to you as soon as you turned the water on. WiFi didn't work. Sink plug didn't fit etc.....
Food in restaurant was good and appropriately priced but there are much better eateries close by.
Was over charged on one of my bills and when I pointed it out ithe waiter ( who I had tipped well) was a bit put out... The guy on reception was great and is their best asset!
Very nice garden!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

It's quite basic and absolutely not cheap hotel in the center of Darmstadt, near the market square. Furniture isn't new but it's clean and still ok for having stay there for a couple of nights.
There is also a restaurant downstairs, the oldest in town. As for me not tasty at all.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Stayed in this property while attending a conference. Nice, clean and friendly hotel near the center of Darmstadt. The breakfast is abundant and the restaurant serves decent typical German food. A pitty that the internet connection was not free :/

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

Our group of 4 booked into the Bockshaut because it is a reasonable price and a great
location for visiting the historic sites of Darmstadt. The building itself is several centuries old
and has a lot of character. The location could not be more convenient for a tourist - just
a hop, skip and a jump from the main square and the Schloss. The hotel itself is nothing
fancy, definitely 3 star, but spotlessly clean. Rooms are small and the bed was tiny. Breakfast
(an extra 9 euros) was adequate. We ate dinner 2 nights in the hotel restaurant. They specialize in local cuisine which is mainly pork. Food was good and very filling. All in all,
a good place to stay if you are on holiday in Darmstadt.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bockshaut Hotel Restaurant

Address: Kirchstrasse 7-9, 64283 Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Location: Germany > Hesse > Darmstadt
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 33 Hotels in Darmstadt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bockshaut Hotel Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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