We have just returned from a very pleasant trip to Xanten, staying for three nights at the Hotel van Bebber.
Like most of the other reviewers, we were impressed by the building, its location and its history.
Our room overlooked the pedestrianised Klever Strasse and was both spacious and comfortable. The high ceilings and almost full-length windows added to the room's charm.All the furnishings were tasteful and of good quality, and the bathroom large and bright.
We, too, were surprised to find no restaurant, and although not specifically mentioned on the hotel's website, their picture gallery shows a dining room set for dinner, with wine glasses and lighted candles. Slightly misleading.
As the hotel is so close to the town square, with its many cafes and restaurants, the lack of a restaurant in-house did not pose us any problems. It must however represent a major loss of revenue for the owners, and appears to have been out-of-commission for some time. A bit odd.
Breakfast arrangements were fine for us, with a good selection cold meats, fruit, cereals, bread, rolls, coffee and a large selection of teas and infusions.
On the downside, our room lacked any tea- and coffee-making facilities. Also (as noted by another visitor), it was necessary to ask at reception for a hair-dryer. A room safe was another item we expected to find, but did not.
Parking was easy and convenient (outside the side door from reception) and in general we found the staff pleasant and helpful - their English was certainly vastly superior to our almost non-existent German.
Overall, a lovely town, a basically good hotel, and an excellent holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel van Bebber is a well known Name in the Center of the Roman town of Xanten with ober 230 years of Tradition located near the Xanten Dome. Ideal for Business travelleres and weekenders spending a short holday feel quickly at home. 35 well appointed hotel rooms - some with balcony, corner bathtub and antique furniture - you will experience the famous hospitality of the Lower Rhine area. In our traditional house, where already Napoleon and Winston Churchill spent some nights, you will immediately get the feeling of having come home. ... more less
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