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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Gabelbach
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Am Gabelbach 1, 98693 Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany (Formerly Romantik Berg-und Jagdhotel Gabelbach)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ilmenau
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

We arrived at the hotel on a busy Saturday evening and we were very disappointed. The location is indeed beautiful, right in the middle of the woods of Thuringen. The hotel is however not the romantic and stylish place that we had expected according to the the reviews we had read and to the hotel website. Our room was acceptable, but the rest of the hotel was overcrowded and overdecorated, with loud music in the hallways and plastic decorations all over. We had booked a special "half pension"deal, but we quickly switched to "a la carte" since the set menu was just not good. Service was friendly, but it looked like they had just recruited some extra staff (nice but poorly trained) to help out on a busy week-end. Things got a bit better after the week-end, but we still do not think that this hotel deserves the "4 star superior" rating that it proudly displays on its website.
Please also be aware that the "Gourmet" restaurant (displayed on the site) only has a few tables and is not the place where most guests end up eating).

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2008

The hotel is attractively set at the end of a private road a few kilometres south of Ilmenau. Surrounded by forest and mountains it makes for a quiet and pleasant location. There are ample walking tracks including the Goethe Weg from your door step. We walked to Kickelhahn Hill which was a short climb away through forest with a light covering of snow to an observation tower.
The hotel has a nice ambience. The room number 105 was comfortable with a view across the lawn to the mountains beyond. Furnishings were nice but the pillow was a bit lumpy. The bathroom was small with no bath and limited amenities. There were several restaurants offering a range of meals. Unfortunately we arrived too late and could only get a light lunch. The breakfast room was beautifully set out with full wall paintings of the surrounding sights such as Goethe House and Kickelhahn tower. The buffet was extensive including a good hot breakfast with DIY omelettes and orange juice freshly squeezed if you wanted it. The wait staff were efficient but uncomfortably silent. More than once we were surprised when they popped up next to us and whisked away our empty plates without a word. The hotel has ample parking and an internet terminal in the foyer.

  • Liked — Lovely natural setting and easy access to walking tracks. Extensive breakfast
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Am Gabelbach 1, 98693 Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany (Formerly Romantik Berg-und Jagdhotel Gabelbach)
Location: Germany > Thuringia > Ilmenau
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ilmenau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Gabelbach 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel on the mountain Kickelhahn (777m) close to City Ilmenau / Thuringia. 90 Rooms/suites are available. Non smoking Hotel & Restaurants daily open noon - 10pm. Hotelbar daily open 6pm - 1am. Gabelbach SPA: indoor pool & fitness-area daily open 7am -10pm Sauna daily open 2pm-10 pm. Free secured wifi & parking ... more   less 
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