We came to Gengenbach at the height of the Advent to see the beautiful town hall. If it is Christmas time, it is truly THE perfect place to stay (see photos). It's a quaint, no frills family run hotel with a restaurant on the main floor.
Location: Hotel Restaurant Sonne is in the heart of Gengenbach and you feel like you are part of the city. In the morning when you wake, there is a small market in the square below you. At night, there an occasional chatter heard, but it is very peaceful. It is easy enough to find from the train station, no more than 10 minutes walk (even with luggage).
Rooms: There is a certain charm to the hotel, but there is nothing fancy about it. Beds and blankets were comfortable and done up in classic Bavarian style! The bathrooms are clean and functional (but small and dated). The rooms are exactly as shown in the photos and incredibly spacious. There are a few long flights of stairs in this 3 story home/hotel. The halls are dark and creaky at night, so make note of where the light switches are in the daytime!
Service: The included breakfast was the typical continental spread + boiled eggs, and restaurant was bustling at both breakfast and dinner! I enjoyed the inn, but found the service a bit lacking. I had no troubles booking by email. On arrival, the doors were locked but there was a clear sign to ring the doorbell if you are a hotel guest. The lady was courteous but a bit gruff. It seemed like her family was in the restaurant most of the day and when I went to pay or ask questions, I felt like I was intruding. Our stay was not as warm and cozy as other places. But then again, we speak no German, so perhaps it is more an issue with our communication.
Nevertheless, I would not hesitate to book it again if I were to spend a longer time in the future. With the cleanliness and spaciousness, it would make a nice home base for exploring the Black Forest.
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