I had the pleasure of staying here for a couple of nights with colleagues last week; as I usually end up in faceless chain hotels, this was a rare pleasure.
The hotel is a short walk from the station, and is a 5 minute walk to the city walls, within which are a veritable plethora of places to shop and eat. Rothenburg is firmly on the tourist trail, with most of the sign posts in German and Japanese!
Staff are very friendly, and speak enough english to overcome my woeful German. I was allocated a room at the front of the hotel (#73), on the first floor, at which point I should have asked to change - the road outside is a busy one, and I like it quiet.
Not that it wasn't a nice room - parquet floors, shabby chic furniture - all in distressed white. The bathroom is open plan, with a wet room style shower - no bath. The room is all done out in pinks, reds and whites - including the excess of cushions on the bed. Shame about the pillow, which consisted of disappearing marshmallow.
They like chess at the Mittenmeier - it seems every room has a set, plus the one in reception. The room had a telly (no explanation of which channels were which though) and small fridge with a bottle of water. Also a coffee machine, no tea bags.
I know net curtains are passe, but they are also useful - one can open the curtains and get dressed without the neighbours getting an eyeful. One window looked straight onto the wash basin and shower, another two onto the bed, and yet another opposite the wardrobe. So I had to get washed and dressed before opening the shutters.
And the shutters - the slats are angled downwards, so when the sun comes up, it's straight in your face. Having the room on the road also means opening the windows is a no-no due to the noise.
There are 2 restaraunts - we ate in the posh one on our first night, on the terrace. Food is good, though not cheap. The menu is limited, and not much choice for a vegetarian. Anti-pasti was good - freshly grilled veg, cold meats and olives. I was warned there was only 1 piece of salmon left, and this turned out to be the runt of the litter - it was a rather small steak. The asparagus risotto was rather too frothy for me, with very little asparagus, or any other substance to it. Apparently the restaurant downstairs is the better option.
Breakfast was a better meal, with lots of freshly prepared choices. Though according to my colleague, who stays here regularly, the bread isnt fresh from the bakery, but cooked from frozen.
I shall be back, as it's easier to stay outside the town walls, but I'll be wanting a room facinf away from the road next time. But I'll take my earplugs and eye shades just in case!
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