My wife and I have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the U.S., the Middle East, and northern Africa and stayed in some of the finest hotels, both on business and leisure, but the Deutscher Kaiser remains our absolute favorite place because of the friendly staff who treat us like family and the buidling's understated elegance. We first stayed there in 2002 when we got married in Nuernberg, we've returned just about every year since, and we've never been disappointed. Each time we arrive on their doorstep we feel like we're coming home... one rainy Christmas Eve a few years back we arrived cold, wet and tired after a long flight and train ride to find two hot mugs of "Gluehwein" and some German spice cakes waiting for us, plus a smiling and welcoming face at the desk and a vase of fresh flowers in our room.
The building itself is a wonderful neo-Gothic architectural study inside and out, and one has the feeling of strolling through a more genteel era rather than staying in some impersonal, noisy, generic hotel chain. Some of the older rooms are on the small side and in the process of renovation (every time we come they seem to have improved the place a little), but the "Kaiserhof" rooms are extremely comfortable, tastefully appointed in Biedermeier style, and well worth the extra money. I wish I'd taken a photo of our room, but if you look at their website they have one posted.
A European-style breakfast (cold cuts, eggs, toast & jam, delicious strong coffee, &c.) is served in a sort of gallery that overlooks the medieval square, and the quality of the food is exceptional. All of the staff - from the maids to the manager - were extremely courteous and attentive, and went out of their way to make us feel at home. We would not think of staying anywhere else in Nuernberg - my wife even calls the DK "our" hotel.
Bottom line - if you want a cozy but elegant home base for your stay in Nuernberg that's close to everything important in the city, go for the "Deutscher Kaiser." If you prefer to waste money on nonsense like valet parking, pay-per-view, and bland conference rooms, save yourself the hassle and go to Vegas instead. The Kaiser is for discriminating travelers who appreciate the important things.
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