We stayed here for one night during our drive around this particular area of the former GDR. The hotel fronts the Market square, but we entered into the parking lot which is around the corner on the north side of the hotel. Check in was very quick, the clerk spoke excellent English and was very friendly and pleasant. Due to our SGP platinum status, we were upgraded to a suite at the back of the hotel - # 218 (thank you very much). It was very nice, clean and spacious. The Art Deco or Bauhaus style may appeal to some people more than others. However, upon entry, the room was very stuffy and warm. I asked our accompanying staff member about the A/C. Here was my big surprise - she said that there was no air conditioning, but that she would immediately go get a fan. I was a little shocked, as I had briefly checked out the hotel before booking. Since it is a member of the luxury group and in it's own web site states: " Naturally all rooms incorporate modern technology, such as cable TV, pay-per-view channels, and ISDN connections. Most of the rooms also feature access to our wireless LAN." I assumed it had A/C. I just did not do enough research to find out that there is NO AIR CONDITIONING. We have stayed at Historic boutique hotels (Venice and Istanbul among many others) whose architecture or cost of incorporating central A/C is prohibitive - but they have wonderful, modern, very powerful, self contained units (the likes of which I have never seen in the US) mounted over the doors or in the upper wall corners --- or have a great portable A/C unit (like in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia) that would have been a blessing to have here. Anyhow, we left the windows open and it eventually got down to a tolerable temperature. Other positives - (1) The hotel is in a wonderful location that fronts the market square. From other reviews, it seems that the rooms that face the square have a great view, especially in the Christmas season, but can also be quite noisy. (2) as SPG platinum, we received a complimentary buffet breakfast - thank you again! (3) Very comfortable bed (4) At night, quiet and peaceful in our room (5) Self parking lot very convenient and was 15 euros ( which is below average for what we were charged on our trip for hotel parking). (6) I enjoyed the historic tradition and ambiance of the hotel while some people may think certain aspects are a little outdated. Besides the lack of air conditioning, I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. However, I would not return in the summer or at any other time when there are expected high temperatures until they have some sort of air conditioning available. I remember many years ago, on our trips to Europe, many of the hotels only had A/C available in some rooms, which also were more expensive to book. You had to make certain that you got one of those rooms if you wanted A/C - and sometimes there was even an extra surcharge for the extra electricity used in those rooms with A/C. I would have gladly paid that for a portable A/C unit at the Elephant this time! But I would return at Christmas time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Goethe fittingly wrote in his Faust, "Here I am man, here dare it to be." A quote to perfectly describe the Hotel Elephant, Weimar: with an exclusive location right on the Marktplatz square, the hotel delivers a culture of well-being and refined service, as it has since 1696. All 99 luxurious rooms and suites connect culture and art in a fascinating way, characterized by uniquely designed furniture, attention to detail, and a history of famed visitors to this exclusive luxury hotel in Weimar. ... more less
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- Elephant Hotel Weimar