Tübingen is a delightful small town; but no-one warns you that it is very hilly indeed and all the hills are cobbled.
The hotel (the map provided on their website is nearly useless when you have never been there before and are driving a hired car from Stuttgart airport) is located up a very steep hill, very narrow, and cobbled. Some people staying at this hotel, I later learned, simply cannot believe that they have to drive up this hill and they phone the hotel from the bottom to ask where they should park......... when we reached the top with burning smells from the clutch on the hired car, all the cars were parked aslant with gear sticks in reverse and some people had even put stones under their car wheels to keep them rolling down the hill in the night.
No one warns you that parking here is 6.50 Euros/day - you find this out on check-out.
Inside, there is a tiny reception area but no bar nor lounge. Luggage is hauled up steep flights of stairs as the building is too old to incorporate a new lift.
The room (one of our best, according to the pre-arrival emails) was ok. Not as big as I'd expected and filled up with rather clumsy dark furniture. The wardrobe (tilted at an angle to the wall) wasn't big enough for two peoples' clothes for a 5-night stay. We had to hang dresses and shirts on door-knobs around the room. The settee was rock-hard but the beds were comfortable. Extra pillows (German hotels only provide one flat pillow per person) were asked for, and provided after the first night.
The biggest problem, however, was the bathroom. It was so small that only one person at a time could use it. Most of the space was occupied by the bath with stand-in-the-bath-shower and folding glass shower screen. I like showers and use them whenever provided, but I didn't use this one because the water pressure was so ferocious that it would have been like showering under a water gun. The very sensitive tap mechanism offered only water-gun or tiny trickle, so, bath it was then.
I often wonder if hotel proprietors ever use their own rooms, pretending to be guests. One of the things which drives me mad in hotel bathrooms is nowhere to place your toiletry bag except for the floor. In the case of this hotel, even the windowsill in the bathroom couldn't be used to put a toiletry bag down, as it contained the lavatory flushing mechanism. There was space for a shelf, next to the wash-hand basin, but they hadn't fitted one.
Other than that - one can survive for five days with these minor irritations, the restaurant was fine. Other people have written saying that the food's not that good but we had two delicious meals there with fast, friendly, service. Unfortunately we were too late in the year to eat on the terrace which has splendid views over the surrounding hills and the town below. Breakfast and evening meal are in the same room but I'd advise getting down earlier than 0930 hours - they didn't refill the buffet after that. The barrel-vaulted cellar restaurant on their website wasn't "open". We think it's probably used for large parties only - another minor disappointment as I had expected a choice of two places to eat in.
Having said all that, yes, I'd stay there again. (One lunch out in Tübingen was at the higher-rated Kronen Hotel which is on a very busy traffic junction, a much worse location. The food there was terrible, probably the worst meal i've ever had in 20 years of visiting Germany.) The Am Schloss is better located if you don't mind lots of steep steps and cobbled hills; and the Forelle restaurant is only five minutes away - a must-do.
ps. Smoking is now banned in bars and restaurants in Baden-Württemberg. No one mentioned this between booking and arriving, which came as a surprise.
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