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“Mixed feelings” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Edelweiss Lodge and Resort

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Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
90 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2007

The facility is great (except for the food options) - clean, excellent staff, internet cafe, pool, hot tub, fitness center, great atmosphere in the lobby, etc. Our room was nice, though if you weren't out of the room when housekeeping knocked, they may or may not come back. With four people in our room, we needed the daily service. Overall it kind of felt like a Disney property where you are charged quite a bit and for everything

I quickly grew frustrated with the lack of quality food for a reasonable price. Breakfast was the worst - only choices were the $8 buffet or overpriced pastries/bagels/sandwiches at the wellness center snack bar. There seems an intentional lack of information: we happened to ask the cashier at the dinner buffet if there was any alternative to the full price buffet ($14.95) and were told of the soup/salad option for $5.95. In another TA review, I saw there is a similar option at breakfast, but they don't tell you, you have to ask. We went to Pullman place once, the meal was nice (they do great honey mustard mashed potatoes). We did not eat in Zuggy's so no comment there. Thankfully on the tours we had lunch in great restaurants so we weren't really hungry for dinner when we got back to the resort. In town, there is an all-you-can-eat sushi bar (Jasmine, just past the Peugeot dealership) on Zugspitzstrasse going towards Marienplatz for 15 euros per person.

The horse and carriage ride was disappointing as it's a wagon and up to 10 people were sitting along the sides. There was a plastic cover over it, so it you sat in the middle you couldn't see anything. For $19 per person I expected more of an experience. The Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein tours were pricey but worth it. If you can get Andrea as a guide, do it - she's great.

Maybe impressions depend on what kind of travellers people are. If I ever return to Edelweiss, it will only be for a couple of days to use the facilities. We stayed in the Gasthof Fraundorfer for 1 night before checking into Edelweiss where it was cheaper, authentic, AND included breakfast. With no real discernable value for money, I'm not sure what the benefit is supposed to be for the families entitled to stay at Edelweiss - if I wanted American TV and food I wouldn't be travelling to another country! Garmisch-Partenkirchen is beautiful and has a lot to offer. I do plan on going back to the area, but I'll probably stay in town.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — feeling taken advantage of
  • Tips/Secrets — About a 10 euro cab ride from the train station
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
10 Thank ichiban
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Taylors, South Carolina
Level Contributor
111 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2007

Our party of six stayed at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort from 12/21-12/26/06.

We had a very enjoyable time at the resort. The facilities, inside and out, were beautiful and were nicely decorated for the holidays.

The rooms were nice and large and very well appointed. The bathrooms were great. I especially liked the towel warmers.

I had read that the resort can be loud. We found it to be very quiet. Our room 3074, was near the end of a wing so there was probably less traffic. Another room in our party was in 1039, next to an office and all people walking down that hallway went past their room. They didn't find it too noisy.

We enjoyed the trips that were sponsored by the Lodge. Keith, our guide to Neuschwanstein, was friendly and informative. We even learned the five characteristics of Rococo and where to find the bathrooms at our stops (the bus did not have a WC). The other travellers on the bus were on-time for the departures.

The horse carriage ride around Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Christmas evening was nice. We enjoyed talking with two young couples. The guys were MPs stationed in Belgium. Ten people to a carriage makes for a very cozy ride!

The clerks and receptionists were friendly and helpful. We had plenty of questions for them!

Only one person in our party ate one meal at the Lodge. He was very disappointed with the Bavarian buffet. The restaurants we enjoyed the most were the Werdenfelsehof (Ludwigstr.) and Hotel Hausberg (Christmas dinner there was great!).

Unfortunately, we didn't take the time to try our the pool and spa area.

There were two bus stops near the lodge, so if you don't have a car, it is still easy to get into town. We purchased 7-day tickets for 10 euros. The concierge called for taxis to take us back to the train station for our return trip.

It was a great experience and we look forward to going back again.

  • Liked — It's a beautiful facility
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank Maelrarny
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Charleston. SC
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2006

The Edelweiss Lodge offered a 13 day Retirees' Vacation Package. This included 9 tours, breakfast every morning, and 3 dinners. The group included mostly retired military and/or their families. What a fabulous vacation!! Our rooms were clean and very quiet......even though there were lots of children at the Lodge. Amenities were top notch i.e. pool, hot tub, laundromat, and the service was stellar. The Pullman Restaurant had first class food, but the Market Station was woefully inadequate for the evening meal. The food there was bland and tepid. Breakfast was fine.

The tours were led by a very knowledgeable and witty woman. We were able to see interesting places in Germany and Austria (on a comfortable bus). Additional tours could easily be booked at the Gift Shop at one's own expense. Since the Lodge is at the base of Zugspitze Mountain, a trip to the top is a "must see", even though it is a bit pricey.

Exploring Garmisch and Partenkirken is well worth the time. Partenkirken is less touristy and has the exquisite St. Anton's Church. Going down side streets took us by old houses with barns attached and restaurants with exquisite food.

Edelweiss Lodge offers a very comfortable base from which to explore this fascinating and gorgeous part of Germany.

  • Liked — The View of the Alps
  • Disliked — The evening buffet.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
13 Thank 2travelers-trip
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Henderson Nv.
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2006

Spent a total of fourteen days there only one place to eat that was better than just OK.They need DVD players in the room because TV sucks also a movie rental store.and no night life.
poplew

  • Liked — The view from the second floor loft
  • Disliked — NO NIGHT LIFE
  • Tips/Secrets — Take half the stuff you think you need
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank poplew
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Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2006

We stayed 10 days and enjoyed the facility. Lots of noise but expected with kids enjoying themselves on vacation with Mom's while Dads were at war . Our only complaint was the food. All of the "restaurants" were badley organized, poorly serviced and overpriced for low quality food. We were very disapointed with the food. Won't go back until new food manager is hired. Tours and facility tour people were great.

  • Liked — tour people
  • Disliked — food
  • Tips/Secrets — bring your lunch
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank edgarlac
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Hanau Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2006

This hotel was reallycool. I enjoyed the view we had. The Zugapitze electric train is soundless and is near the hotel's borderfence and its not a far walk to the main train station. Really beautiful in the sumertime. I highly reccomen it to anyone ever planning to go!!

  • Liked — The people were always very heloful.
  • Disliked — No pets were aloud
  • Tips/Secrets — Book well in advance!!
  • Stayed December 2005, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank devol4
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Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2006

Our family has just returned from a wonderful 10 day vacation in Bavaria. My husband, both sets of grandparents, and I traveled to visit our daughter (who is studying abroad for the year) to celebrate her 21st birthday.

Edelweiss Lodge and Resort met our expectations during our two night stay. While the reservation process was tedious, I received prompt email responses. The lobby décor made a wonderful first impression as you enter the Lodge, you just wanted to sink into one of the comfortable sofas or rocking chairs and enjoy the fireplace. We stayed during the last few days of our trip and were pleased to have TV with programs in English and laundry facilities. The pool and hot tub were extras we never had a chance to use, but loved the designated adult only option. The beautiful mountain ranges surrounding the lodge were impressive. Our room was a standard room, on par with any Holiday Inn. The resort was sold out for the timeframe we were there. There were many families with children and it was quite noisy at times. Our first morning I was awakened at 7am by children yelling in the hall/next room. The majority of restaurants/bar facilities closed by 22:00, so it was a bit noisy until everyone returned to their rooms. I would suggest requesting a room towards the end of the hall.

The staff was always gracious and helpful. The gift shop was the point of contact for assisting with the booking of tours. Due to our short stay we were unable to take advantage of the tours, but a wide variety of tours were offered.

I agree with the other posts regarding the food. The buffet food was mediocre and warm at best. The meal was probably the worst we had during our entire trip. The next morning the line for the breakfast buffet stretched through the lobby. Since the buffet dinner was not to our liking, we chose to eat breakfast in town.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noisy, buffet
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank kjrak
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Property: Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
Address: St.-Martin-Str. 120, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Number of rooms: 330
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Long revered as one of the most desirable destinations in the Bavarian Alps, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area is an idyllic location nestled at the foot of sweeping Alpine vistas and home to the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. Just 56 miles from Munich, 34 miles from Innsbruck, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is located in the heart of Europe. ... more   less 
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