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Ringhotel Loew's Merkur
Ranked #56 of 126 Hotels in Nuremberg
Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

I ended up here while a major trade show was in town and was charged 260 euros a night for a place that shouldve been half the price at most. First of all, this is an old hotel. While clean, it's very dated. My room had a moldy smell, along with the rest of the wing I was staying in. Wifi is not free, which automatically biases me against the place, and the reception is spotty to boot--and downright lousy in the hotel room itself.

Location is right behind the train station--very nondescript. But if you need easy access to the station, you can walk there in the rain and barely get wet.

Overall, the place is just meh...way better options in Nuremberg.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Christel D, Manager at Ringhotel Loew's Merkur, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2013
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Lieber Gast,

schade, dass Ihnen Ihr Aufenthalt in unserem Hause nicht gefallen hat. Vor der weltmännischen Kenntnis, die Sie als Geschäftsreisender haben, kann ich nur den Hut ziehen. Deshalb möchte ich die Wahrnehmungen und Erwartungen, die Sie an unser Haus gestellt haben, nicht weiter einordnen, sondern lass dies gerne als Ihre subjektive Einschätzung stehen. Nur in einem Punkt möchte ich Ihre Aussagen korrigieren: Der von Ihnen als zu hoch empfundene Zimmerpreis ist eine Messerate, die Sie in jedem anderen Hotel Nürnbergs dieser Kategorie für die gleiche Leistung bezahlt hätten. Als erfahrenem Reisenden sollte Ihnen dieser marktübliche Preisbewegung der Stadthotellerie zu Messezeiten eigentlich keine unbekannte Größe sein - und Nürnberg ist da vergleichsweise noch preiswert im Gegensatz zu Städten wie Köln, Frankfurt, Hamburg oder München.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Peter Löw, Ihr Gastgeber

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Firstly despite some other reviews, the hallways are not as bad as they make out. I have stayed in worse. The hotel seems to have grown taking over adjoining buildings. My room was the second from the end of the hallway and from my door to the lift took 58 seconds. Yes you have to go through a doorway (fire door) and up 2 steps, but if you have no walking disabilities then this hotel is fine.
Reception and check-in was effortless. There were always several women behind reception and the few I talked with all spoke good English and gave good advice.
The room was small to medium, but very clean and new. It reminded me of an Ibis room with the light veneer wood furniture and yellow, orange and red curtains. Internet is extra, but only 4.95 Euro per day which is good value and it worked well.
The location is ideal, right across from the train station, providing you come out of the right exit! My room faced the inside courtroom so very quiet. It’s also only 10 mins walk max to the town centre.
Breakfast was a typical European selection of pastries, cold meats/cheeses, fruit and a selection of a few cooked items. If you don’t fancy paying for breakfast then the station is full of low cost eating places.
The only down side was the restaurant in the evening. The menu was un-inspiring and I was hoping to see a more German selection than English. Starters were okay, but the filet of chicken was so tasteless, if you closed your eyes you would be hard push to know what you were eating. There were 5 guests in the night I went and 3 waitresses. However during my main they did not come to ask if everything was alright and despite my empty glass, they never once asked if I wanted another drink – lost revenue!
The bar is small, quaint but a nice relaxing place. Here the one barmaid made sure your glass stayed filled.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing inwards to avoid facing the train station.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Christel D, Manager at Ringhotel Loew's Merkur, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2013
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Lieber Gast,

vielen Dank für Ihre ausführliche Beschreibung Ihres Aufenthaltes. Ich freue mich, dass es Ihnen bei uns so gut gefallen hat und Sie viele Bereiche unseres Hauses so schön und korrekt darstellen. Dass wir im Restaurant an diesem Abend bei Ihnen durchgefallen sind, tut mir sehr Leid. Ich hätte mir gewünscht, dass es Ihnen bei uns besser geschmeckt hätte und der Service gezeigt hätte, was in ihm steckt. Beim nächstern Mal sind wir sicherlich auch im Restaurant besser aufgestellt. Das können wir auch. Versprochen!

Auf ein Wiedersehen freut sich

Peter Löw, Ihr Gastgeber und die Mitarbeiter des Ringhotel Loew's Merkur

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Whether you want to or not. This place is a maze of hallways leading in every direction. Pretty standard business hotel otherwise. Decent rooms, mediocre wifi, relatively average restaurant. Small cozy bar with some nice locals, though. Pleasant staff. Located right across from the train station and a short walk into the old center. Good inexpensive hotel for a weekend with family, and has a small pool.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Christel D, Inhaber at Ringhotel Loew's Merkur, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013
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Lieber Gast,

erlauben Sie mir, dass ich Ihnen auf Deutsch anworte. Vielen Dank für Ihre Bewertung Ihres Aufenthaltes. Da Sie offensichtlich schon viele Hotels bewertet haben, nehme ich Ihre Darstellung ein Einschätztung sehr ernst und freue mich, dass es Ihnen bei uns gefallen hat und Sie viele Aspekte Ihres Aufenthaltes mit gut oder sehr gut bewerten.

Dass Sie unser Haus als unübersichtlich empfunden haben, tut mir Leid. Ich habe in den letzten Monaten einige Energie in ein verbessertes Beschilderungssystem investiert, um die Orientierung für meine Gäste zu erleichtern. Leider habe ich damit bei Ihnen mein Ziel offenbar noch nicht erreicht. Vielen Dank deshalb für das offene und klare Feedback. An diesem Punkt werde ich noch weiterarbeiten.

Ich wünsche Ihnen eine gesundes und erfolgreiches 2013. Auf ein Wiedersehen in Nürnberg - mit einer noch besseren Orientierungshilfe - freut sich

Peter Löw, Ihr Gastgeber und die Mitarbeiter des Ringhotel Loew's Merkur

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for a couple of nights to visit the Christkindlmarkt. The location is pretty decent, about 10mins walk (through the main station) from the southern end of the old town. The rooms and facilities are well maintained and clean, the swimming pool and sauna have a good size. Overall a nice stay which I can recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Christel D, Inhaber at Ringhotel Loew's Merkur, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013
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Lieber Gast,

vielen Dank für Ihre sehr freundlche Bewertung Ihres Aufenthaltes in unserem Hauses. Meine Mitarbeiter und ich haben uns darüber sehr gefreut. Nur ein Hinweis, den Sie geben, hat mich etwas überrascht: Auch ich brauche 10 Minuten, um zu Fuß von unserem Hotel zur südlichen Altstadt zu gelangen. In dieser Zeit kaufe ich mir jedoch noch eine Zeitung in der Bahnhofsbuchhandlung und gönne mir einen Espresso im Stehen an einer der schnuckligen Cafebars im Bahnhof. Ich stimme Ihnen zu: 10 Minuten Gehzeit kann man schon auch brauchen, wenn man es gemütlich Richtung Altstadt angeht. aber etwas zügiger geht es zur Not auch.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen und flottem Schritt wünscht ein gesundes und erfolgreiches Neues Jahr

Peter Löw, Ihr Gastgeber und das Team des Ringhotel Loew's Merkur

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

My wife and I stayed here one night during Oktoberfest tour with Bayern Trips. Very comfortable, quiet and convenient location. Excellent breakfast. One block from Train Station. We had dinner first evening in restaurant. Good salad bar - I was getting tired of dumplings and gravy.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Christel D, Geschäftsführer at Ringhotel Loew's Merkur, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2012

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your kind answer. My staff and me are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in Nuremberg at our hotel. I hope you had a pleasant return flight back to Canada.

We would be pleased to welcome you the next time when you are visiting Germany.

Yours sincerely

Peter Loew, your host

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Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

Great location right across from central train station and in walking distance from old downtown with lots of restaurants and bars.
Good meeting room facilities with average equipment and ok catering. Hotel rooms quite large but rooms facing the train station fairly noisy. Breakfast buffet ok (mix of continental and american buffet style).

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Things you will never hear in this hotel:

"I'm just running up to my room to fetch something."

Running up to your room could mean a half-marathon, snaking through winding passages, and a journey through a myriad of different decor styles that will leave you bewildered.

During my one-night stay I often thought what a good idea it would be to take a pack of candy with you, dropping ones as you make your way to your room in order to find your way back.

The staff were very friendly and helpful and I guess the location is convenient.

One last thing: in a hotel that size, a gym is essential. Why they only have a solarium, a sauna and a pool is beyond me.

Room Tip: Ask for a room close to reception
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Address: Pillenreuther Str. 1, 90459 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
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Location: Germany > Bavaria > Franconia > Middle Franconia > Nuremberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Luxury Hotel in Nuremberg
#23 Romantic Hotel in Nuremberg
#24 Family Hotel in Nuremberg
Price Range: $92 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ringhotel Loew's Merkur 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four star Ringhotel Loew’s Merkur is located in the heart of Nuremberg, a former medieval imperial town and now a bustling, young metropolis. We offer hotel-own parking and are only a few steps away from the main train station. The subway lines to the exhibition center and the airport (direct lines, no transfers) and the tram station to the zoo Tiergarten are just around the corner. The historic district with it´s famous "Christkindlesmarkt" in december, the Staatstheater theatre and the Germanische National Museum is located within a short and easy 5-minute walk from Ringhotel Loew’s Merkur. The Meistersingerhalle, the NS-Dokumentationszentrum and the Industriekultur Museum are easily reached by tram. In addition to our 200 Comfort Rooms, all equipped with minibar and free Wi-Fi access, we offer a restaurant, a hotel bar with generous lounge, a pool area with sauna, our fitness area "Mercurialis Gym" as well as various rooms for festive events, conferences and seminars. Our guests include not only business travelers and conference participants, but also art and culture lovers, sightseeing visitors to the city and many international tourists. Over the summer we also welcome many cyclists. Families are always welcome. Children under the age of 15 stay for free in their parents’ room and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. We have one room which is wheelchair accessible and many allergy-friendly and non-smoker rooms. ... more   less 
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