Delusions of grandeur -- that's what this place has. Not to say that it's a bad hotel -- it really isn't -- but don't be deceived. It is not a 5-star hotel by even the greatest stretch of one's imagination. It is nice, to be sure, but that's about all that can be said for it.
We had a junior suite on the second floor overlooking the harbor, and its loooong balcony (more of tiled, covered terrace, actually) was quite pleasant, as was the great view. It was a very large two-room affair, though the separation of the rooms was via a nice curtain rather than a wall with some French doors. Bathroom fixtures were just ok -- a little freshening up here would be appreciated.
It is just across the street from the train station, which is a plus in an odd way -- if you're in need of a cold drink late at night, there's a little shop there that stays open late. There's also a nice coffee and pastry shop right on the street, so you can pick up a cup of good coffee and stroll along the waterfront in the morning. Alas, the pastries don't live up to their beauty.
Parking was in a little alley behind the hotel, where there's both an underground garage and a very tight parking deck.
Lindau itself is just ok, too. Far nicer is Meersburg, just a few kilometers away to the west. It has the added advantage of having a beautiful old castle one can tour in its entirety, right in town. I'd highly recommend it. Plus the town of Meersburg has far more old quaint charm -- Lindau's primary pedestrian walkway is high on commercial shops and short on charm by comparison.
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- Welcome to our 5-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof on the Isle of Lindau. Since 1854 travelers from all over the world have come to enjoy this unmatched view of Lake Constance to the Swiss and Austrian Alps. With 97 elegantly and individually furnished rooms and suites, Bayerischer Hof offers all conveniences of a modern first-class-hotel. ... more less
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