Easily the best hotel experience of this holiday - and possibly several others!
We were ferried from the car park to the castle almost immediately on arrival, and led to the reception desk to be offered cold drinks and a seat whilst we booked in. This set the scene for the excellent service we had during our regrettably short stay. We (husband & self plus a friend) had booked a DBB package combined with a tour of the castle which we had to do on the arrival day rather than the day of departure due to a state visit - fortunately I noticed this on the castle website and we arrived a bit earlier than originally planned, no problems at the hotel with the early arrival. Luggage was carried upstairs for us to our room with a glorious view. The only slight niggles I had with our (double) room were a faint (characterful!) drain aroma and it was very warm (no air-con in the hotel) but my request for a fan to help with both problems was met promptly and cheerfully, and the view meant the windows were open for the whole of our stay!
The dining room was delightful and our four-course set meal (plus additional offerings) excellent including a super cured venison; service throughout was attentive and pleasant. Do eat in the restaurant rather than the courtyard and enjoy the sunset...it's lovely.
There is a charming guest lounge/reading room. All staff were very accommodating and helpful. We didn't get round to using the spa facilities available to us so can't comment except to say do book treatments in advance if you want them.
Breakfast was plentiful and leisurely despite the preparations for two weddings going on unobtrusively in the background. Sekt offered along with the orange juice sets a celebratory tone to the day!
Memorable - watching distant lightning from the dining room terrace and our bedroom, listening to the owls in the silence of the night, and watching from our bed as the early morning mist parted like a sea over the Thuringian forest...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wartburg has retained its friendly hospitality, since the times of the first pilgrims that knocked on its doors. Welcome, service and a good night's lodging have always been - and still are - a well-kept tradition at the Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg. Now, after more than hundred years as the "Gasthof fur frohliche Leut'" (guesthouse for merry people) the Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg presents itself once again as a place of comfort, of calm and merriment. As a guest, to feel comfortable and secure as if at home might have become a rare thing - but it is not impossible. ... more less
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