Like most of Dresden, this hotel is new but designed to look old. Rooms are okay in size; a little cramped with the cot they provided for our 15-yr old daughter. Overall, hotel is a little on the pretentious side; you could spend more money here very easily if you wanted to. Didn't try the restaurant as it seemed over-the-top--you'd probably want to dress up. However, breakfast buffet was nice, if a bit crowded, and dressing up was definitely not required for this. Lots of good stuff to choose from the buffet, and the freshly made omelets were quickly made and tasty. The pool area was nice but not really big enough to swim laps. There were limited cardio machines available in the small, pool-adjoining exercise room--only 1 exercycle. Walk to old town was about 10 min across the bridge, and walk to new town in opposite direction was similar. Make sure to have dinner at SophienKellar in old town but make a reservation before you go so you can sit in the main part of the restaurant; their boneless duck is very good, but is not on the English menu--ask for it! Rent a bike from the hotel (15 E a day) and bike up river on the opposite bank to Pillnitz Palace--that's a good day trip (but you will need to ferry across the Elbe at the end--3.60 E roundtrip). Big downside: wireless Internet at almost 15 E a day is ridiculously expensive. I don't know that I would bring young kids here--the hotel did not seem to be all that kid friendly. Better for families with well-behaved teens. Finally, Westin "Heavenly" bed? I don't think so, at least not in our room, although the beds were not uncomfortable. We took the train from Berlin--2 hours each way, and cab fare from the main train station to the hotel is about 10 E. Next time we go to Dresden, we'll probably rent a car to be able to also explore Liepzig, Meissen, and Saxony Switzerland (supposedly very scenic and great for hiking).