This Minotel-linked hotel is right across from guidebook recommended but eerie Hotel Emmental, but from the moment our taxi pulled into the motel-like porte cochere we thought "oh no." The building is industrial, dated and old, and while the reception staff was very helpful, once we got into the double room we'd booked that actually had two twin beds, my partner said "I stayed in a hotel like this when I was in Moscow in 1989." He went on: that was when people used to complain about the toilet paper in Russian hotels by writing home on it.
The toilet paper at Elite Hotel is better, but the room we stayed in was otherwise very similar. The small tv was propped on an aging minibar; the twin beds were connected by a plywood veneer headboard; the blue carpet seemed a close cousin to astroturf, and the comforters were about half an inch thick. The view from the window was of a meeting point of other buildings, one undergoing construction, with just a hint of mountain peaks. The pan shower was inches from the toilet and sink, and no toiletries were offered liquid soap.
Had the cost been $90/night we might have shrugged our shoulders and still looked elsewhere for more desireable digs, but at $200US a night we were not only uncomfortable and disappointed, but felt ripped off.
We arrived late at night so were forced to sleep there one night, cancel the rest of our reservation (luckily there was no fee or hassle--they must be used to this) and move the next morning to the lovely, hip, river-front and infinitely better Hotel Freiburg for just $50 more a night.
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