Stayed there for three nights in December’08.
Had the König Ludwig II Suite, a large penthouse room with two big balconies. Sadly these balconies are of no use in December, but I could imagine that during summertime they are a great addition. Suite had only a single room but that was a big one, including for example a table for four and another table with sofas for five people. A very large bathroom with a combined shower/bath has a separate “dressing table section”. Whole bathroom was covered with carpet which I though was quite an interesting choice… TV set was actually quite funny, haven’t seen a 14 inch TV in a hotel room for quite some time! Nice touch was the telescope in the room for viewing e.g. the Alps that were visible in the background. Other nice features were the multiple images of König Ludwig II (i.e. the former Bavarian King) and the roof where wooden beams were visible.
Have to say that the breakfast was a disappointment, I was expecting more of Bavarian items such as weisswurst etc but basically the selection included only non hot items such as cheese and cold cuts.
Railway runs very close to the hotel, in fact sometime you could feel the house shaking a bit when train went by. And you certainly could hear it very well.
Location is central, right next to Starnberg S-Bahn railway station. Hotel has a Greek restaurant, next door is bar/kebab place. Pizza Hut & couple of Italian restaurants nearby. Hotel is close to the Starnberger See but there’s still a road and railway between the lake and the hotel, so it’s not a lakeside hotel as such.
From the outside place is looking great, but that’s not quite the case inside. It’s been some years since the last renovation. No major issues as such, but many places could use a lick of paint etc. Though on the positive side it has to be said that the very squeaky floor boards in the room as well as in the corridors surely manage to add a level of historical charm :-)
Is this a bad hotel? No it’s not, you just have to adjust your expectations a bit. I.e. not expecting to have a modern hotel room with up to date equipment, but rather a traditional Bavarian smallish place with a bit of historical character. König Ludwig II Suite was quite a sight on its own! Another fact is that you can get quite a lot of room with a quite a small amount of money (120 Euros for the suite in December’08). This is not a five star experience but on the other hand it is not a dump either. Three stars from me.
Would I return there? Yeah I could do that if I ever will be in Starnberg again, but probably would look for other options too.
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