The hotel is opposite St Thomas's church, on a cobbled street just off the main square of the city. Booking in is a breeze and we were welcomed with a smile and enthusiasm. We arrived at around 1300 by car. You can get a car down there, but best to park at the Markt underground car park and walk. Its a short walk from there to the hotel.
The interior of the lobby is modern and airy and the hotel itself is located behind a restaurant. The room we booked was called 'comfort' and it was. Two rooms, a kitchenette and a bathroom with a walk in shower and a swimming pool for a bath.
The first room had a sofa, and this was converted to a bed for one of our kids, they provided a cot for the littlest one and left child friendly body and hair gel as well (a very nice touch), we all had gummi sweets on our pillows instead of chocolates, but they disappeared quickly when my daughter spotted them.
The rooms were bright (floor to ceiling windows along one side of the rooms), with air con, tvs (one in each room) and electric blinds and normal curtains to try to get the kids to sleep in.
The kitchenette was great, we used it to prepare coffee and heat some quick snacks up.
The location is fantastic, its slightly off the beaten track to serve as a quiet area for sleeping and recharging batteries but you can get to the main part of the city in less than 5 minutes.
The pros were that it was very friendly, the whole lot, the hotel was 'friendly' and so were the staff. It felt like you were borrowing a friends apartment for the weekend and didn't at all feel manufactured cookie cut type hotel which I am used to.
Free wifi, with throttled bandwidth (which makes sense), and to be honest we only used it to quickly check emails since we were out and about.
The cons, well it seemed a bit too much like the business persons hotel, well the high flying type business person I mean. We have two young children and other guests who were booking in regarded them like aliens from another planet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- arcona LIVING BACH14 - The living symphony. A new boarding house is coming into being in a prime Leipzig citycentre location the listed Thomaskirchhof building. The building complex consists of the Renaissance house, one of the oldest dwelling houses in the city, the front building, erected around 1900, with a view of St. Thomas Church and Bach Monument, and the newly constructed rear building on the garden side. There is scarcely an area in the city centre to rival that around the Church for touristic interest. Surrounded by historic buildings such as the Church, the Thomas House and the Bose House, which houses the Bach archive. ... more less
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