Over the last 13 years, the Dorint has been my first choice hotel, until I stayed in Mannheim regularly during the summer.
It is still often my first choice in the cooler months, but when the weather warms up I find it uncomfortable, the rooms have some form of air Conditioning – but I have never found it effective and when it is warm unless you are in a quiet room high up where you can open the windows, then it is very difficult to get a good nights sleep. Temperatures often reach the high 20’s and above and the humidty can be very oppressive.
This is a review of a stay 23 / 24 January – it is late to submit this but with the really hot weather this week (April 15th) the temperature hit 27 Degrees and was very humid) I think it matters. I do make notes these days.
The Dorint is fairly central in Mannheim. Not a long way from the Railway station but I catch a taxi if I have a suitcase – which amused the taxi driver since it is almost within sight of the station. It does mean I feel guilty and tip more.
The service and overall impression was great as always, the entrance is large spacious and the staff helpful and welcoming.
The room was at the front and noisy with the windows open – with the windows closed it was stuffy, even in January . There was nothing I would call airconditioning. Overall the room was to a good standard - clean and pleasant. The Bathroom was a bath with a shower over – adequate with some toiletries.
In common with most of the other hotels the English TV choices arent massive CNN and BBC, but I have come to almost enjoy watching hollywood films dubbed into German
In my opinion this is a delight, spacious and inviting with excellent service a vast range of drinks from Averna to hot beverages, with excellent wines by the glass or bottle.It is worth trying the local white wines There are nibbles and it is modern and a good place to sit and pass the evening or rendez-vous with colleagues. There was no pressure to have a drink or to move on. Very relaxing.
Breakfast is in the restaurant – it is a large area and can get quite busy. In most respects this is the best breakfast on offer an enormous range - with a chef available to cook fresh eggs and a massive assortment of breakfast goods.Personally, I would note the hot breakfast could be improved with clearer labeling for special diets –Vegetarian and of course Gluten Free. The range of Teas is absolutely wonderful and the Orange juice is a reminder of why orange juice should be drunk, it is fresh and absolutely delicious. The service is slick and efficient with interested and motivated staff.Overall I liked this the first time and I still love going for breakfast here. At peak times it can be very busy and this is sometimes off putting. So try to eat early (I do) or I assume late.
In such a popular hotel this can be very busy the service is slick and professional - so the wait isnt too bad -I chose the wrong "queue" but overall you will get out as quickly as you got in and if Reception call a Taxi it is quick to arrive and efficient.
Overall, ask any traveler to Manheim and the Dorint Hotel is usually their favourite, the plusses outweigh the minuses and in consequence at peak dates it can be fully booked very early on. On this visit I was a little disappointed my room was at the front and noisy, I didn’t get a great nights sleep, but I know the hotel well enough to take the rough with the smooth. I do love the bar and I do love the location and the breakfast. I will be back - definitely when the weather is cooler if not sooner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dorint Kongresshotel Mannheim is a modern 4-star hotel, centrally located and directly linked to the congress Center Rosengarten.The hotel features 287 rooms and suites, an a la carte restaurant, a bar, a terrace, a fitness area including a sauna and modern fitness equipment and 13 conference and function room for up to 600 people.For guests arriving by car, the basement garage offers adequate parking at all times with up to 1,100 spaces. ... more less
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