As becomes the leading hotel of this old-world spa, it is quite elegant with spacious, if not in all parts friendly to the disabled, public rooms, including a Viennese Café, a bar, a Lounge, terraces to the street and the well-kept Kurpark with service throughout the day. My room (215) was spacious and provided a beautiful view to a section of the Kurpark but was not always perfectly serviced for which lack the Matron (Hausdame) duly apologised. Reception was staffed by always courteous, competent and helpful people. Breakfast was sumptous with freshly pressed orange juice, egg dishes made to order and a hot and cold buffett which left nothing to desire. The Dining Room consisted of small recesses which were grouped around a small courtyard, which gave the locale a degree of intimacy. The menu offerd a small selection of à-la-carte dishes and a daily bill of fare with no choice for the main dish (such as meat, fish or vegetarian) and mainly tailored to the pensioner type of guest who stays on a full or half board plan. Two times a week a buffett-style dinner is offered. The quality of food is quite good if not imaginative. Compared to other Steigenberger Spa hotels, such as the one in Bad Wörishofen, the cuisine lacks variety. Due to other commitments, I was not able to enjoy the spa facilities. Bad Pyrmont is a government institution ("Staatsbad") and as such owner of the Steigenberger Hotel who in turn are only managers, not even leaseholders. Thus, any needs to make the place more disabled-friendly (such as the removal of the double staircase to reach the breakfast room) fall to the charge of the owners. To my mind that the diminishes its quality from 5 to 4 stars.