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Hotel Elephant
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Weimar
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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62 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Old school hotel that can be a benefit or deterrent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed in a suite on Christmas eve night at the Hotel Elephant. As advertised, the hotel is wonderfully situated in the town square and is positioned well for a nice evening stroll around the town. Overall, we found the hotel very stuffy. The lobby has a cigar lounge attached and the lobby was consistently smoke-filled. At the time we were there, it seemed like we were the only non-Germans and non-grey haired guests in the hotel. As it was Christmas eve, we ordered room service which was not bad including homemade taglitelle. The downer was that the person who took our order did not speak much English and did not fulfill our entire order. We were impressed by our breakfast spread but also ran into the same problem where there was little to no English being understood. The hotel seemingly caters to the more “grey haired” generation and we certainly felt like we stuck out like a sore thumb. As previous posts indicate that the hotel has a lot of wear and tear and needs updating, we found that the furniture was just fine and fit well into the motif and character the hotel was trying to accomplish. The Ahner suite we stayed in was like a mini-apartment and was charming in its old world splendor.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Terps37
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andreadietrich, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Elephant, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear Guest,
I would like to say thank you for your honest and friendly feedback while staying with us at Christmas in Weimar, at the Hotel Elephant, A Luxury Collection Hotel! We are very happy, that you’ve enjoyed your time here. Thanks for your positive comments. But also your suggestions have reached us. In addition there have been conversations which will show results. Many thanks for the remarks. By the way – since 1st of January 2014 our Elephant Bar is a non-smoker Bar – by request of a lot of our guests…
We would be very glad to welcome you again at our Hotel and remain
with best regards from Weimar,
Andrea Dietrich
Assistant to the General Manager / PR Manager
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Good hotel with history dating back to 16th century refurbished to a modern standard.

Located on the very main square of the city of Weimar.

Hotel was clean and rooms were fairly nice. From memory, internet was chargeable.

The reason I cannot give it more than 4 stars:

- parking was difficult to find and staff unable to explain how to get there
- printer problems at the checkout causing a slight delay
- the hotel overall is a bit dark
- breakfast was so-so, I expected better from a Starwood hotel
- no room card but a clunky elephant style key made of brass instead (matter of taste whether you like that)

Moreover, the fact that Hitler stayed there leaves a bitter aftertaste, especially if you visit Buchenwald as part of your trip to Weimar. Although I think it is fair enough that the hotel talks about it and does not try to hide its history.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John_Evans1951
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andreadietrich, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Elephant, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Dear John Evan, dear Guest,
Thanks a lot for your stay in our Hotel Elephant Weimar, A Luxury Collection Hotel!
I also want to thank you for taking time to give this feedback - for your compliments also for the hints. We do take all comments seriously and appreciate all the feedback we can get.
I will forward your notions to the departments and would be very happy to see you again at The Hotel Elephant! Happy New Year!
With best regards from Weimar
Andrea Dietrich
Assistant to the General Manager / PR Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is one very special hotel. It has beautiful rooms, very light and airy and no matter where the rooms are located you would not be disappointed with the layout. Staff are very attentive without being over the top. The food is superb. We had some wine when we there but by the time we got home to Australia had forgotten the name etc. I emailed them and they went to a lot of trouble to track it down with the Somalier and then get back to us with the details. This is where it shows how their service and attention to detail is 5 star.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ross C
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andreadietrich, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Elephant, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Dear Ross, dear Guest,
I would like to say thank you for your wonderful feedback while staying with us in Weimar, at the Hotel Elephant, A Luxury Collection Hotel! We are very happy, that you’ve enjoyed your time here. Thanks for your friendly comments. And I wish you much pleasure with the wine…
We would be very glad to welcome you again at our Hotel and remain
with best regards from Weimar,
Andrea Dietrich
Assistant to the General Manager / PR Manager
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

The hotel is located right in the middle of Weimar. Everything is within walking distance. I got checked in early by perfectly friendly and helpful staff and was wowed by the beautiful room and view of the market place.
I had a wonderful breakfast with the most attentive staff at their Anna Amalia restaurant. The bread and rolls were heavenly as well as their eggs benedict and a spot on eggwhite omelet.
The hotel has a very small business center (think telephone booth), room had ample storage space, safe, bath tub, well stocked mini bar.
One thing stands out: this is a one-of-a-kind property and has everything soulless business hotels will never have. One very minor downside though: furniture can be deemed slightly dated but not worn at all. I will be back.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gersag
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andreadietrich, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Elephant, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your stay in our Hotel Elephant Weimar, A Luxury Collection Hotel!
I also want to thank you for taking time to give this feedback. Thanks for your friendly words and the hints. I will forward your notions to the departments and would be very happy to see you again at The Hotel Elephant!
With best regards from Weimar
Andrea Dietrich
Assistant to the General Manager / PR Manager
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Portland
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74 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

My dear friend who lives in Freiburg suggested we visit the beautiful and Historic city of Weimar. She made reservation at this beautiful hotel as a surprise for me. I will say I was most impressed with the multilingual staff who were so very helpful to me. My German is very basic, I understand more than I can speak. That said my friend came down with the a digestive virus while we were there (not caused by the hotel- she picked it up prior to our arrival) She required some remedies from a pharmacy after hours- the staff was able to arrange the items and explain to me the directions to find the pharmacy. I would love to also give high praise to the pharmacist who got up and met me at a pick up window in her housecoat! Truly amazing service and well over the top! I know I should write about the rooms and such but the service was the most remarkable. Our rooms were elegant, clean and very comfortable. The location was perfect centrally located to all the tourist sites and shopping, no auto was needed.
We took the train to Weimar- the station is not close but there are plenty of Taxi's to get you to and from the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PortlandBebe
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andreadietrich, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Elephant, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Dear Guest,
I would like to say thank you for your wonderful feedback while staying with us in Weimar, at the Hotel Elephant, A Luxury Collection Hotel! We are very happy, that you’ve enjoyed your time here. Thanks for your friendly comments.
We would be very glad to welcome you again at our Hotel and remain
with best regards from Weimar,
Andrea Dietrich
Assistant to the General Manager / PR Manager
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Potomac, Maryland
Level Contributor
40 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We spent two nights at the Hotel Elephant in September. The hotel sits on Weimar's main square, and thus is a perfect location for walking to most of Weimar's attractions. While there has been a Hotel Elephant at this location for centuries, the current structure was built in the 1930's at Hitler's direction (he used to give speeches from a balcony at the front of the hotel!). This historical fact makes the hotel all the more interesting, and the public areas are wonderful examples of the art deco style of that era. The staff were uniformly friendly and helpful, and the breakfast buffet and service outstanding. The Davidoff Lounge (the bar) just off the main lobby is a wonderful spot to soak up the 30's atmosphere while sipping a local beer. The only small negative is the lack of air conditioning; apparently it is not possible to retrofit the hotel. We were promptly provided with a fan, but I can't imagine what it would have been like if the temperature had been in the upper 80's F. But, overall, a charming hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank oldboomer
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andreadietrich, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Elephant, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thanks a lot for your stay in our Hotel Elephant Weimar, A Luxury Collection Hotel!
I also want to thank you for taking time to give this feedback and for your warm compliments. I will forward your notions to the departments and would be very happy to see you again at The Hotel Elephant!
With best regards from Weimar
Andrea Dietrich
Assistant to the General Manager / PR Manager
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Santa Barbara, California
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Elephant. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The Hotel is in a prime location on the main square (Rathhausplatz) of Weimar. There are several cafés right on that square where you can drink a beer and people watch. Driving to the Hotel was a real challenge. We had no GPS and had to ask directions several times. Weimar has an extensive "walking zone", and the Hotel is located at the edge of it, which is fantastic when you want to visit all of the historical sites in town, but causes difficulties finding the entry to the parking space of the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Chlinimuuseli
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andreadietrich, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Elephant, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear Guest,
I would like to thank you for your good feedback while staying with us in Weimar, at the Hotel Elephant, A Luxury Collection Hotel! We are very happy, that you’ve enjoyed your time here.
Thanks for your friendly comments.
We would be very glad to welcome you again at our Hotel and remain
with best regards from Weimar,
Andrea Dietrich
Assistant to the General Manager / PR Manager
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Property: Hotel Elephant
Address: Markt 19, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
Location: Germany > Thuringia > Weimar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Weimar
#1 Business Hotel in Weimar
#3 Luxury Hotel in Weimar
#4 Romantic Hotel in Weimar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Elephant 5*
Number of rooms: 99
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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