Schaffhausen has one of the nicest medieval old towns. The Hotel Kronehauf is right on the edge of old town – literally a few steps away to the main street of old town or go across the street and up the hill to the castle.
My husband and I were on a 9 day tour of Switzerland and stayed here for 1 night in July 2012 in room 203.
• Smallish but fine. Wardrobe, place to hang up jackets, shelf which acts as luggage rack, desk, alarm clock. No in room safe or mini bar. Bed was one of the more comfortable ones on this trip.
• Air Conditioning – none but you don’t really need one in Switzerland. Open the window at night but you will hear the church bells. A bit different if you are from a city but you get used to them quickly.
• No mini bar or in room safe.
• Bathroom was a bit of a tight fit – not enough space between the toilet and the wall in front of it. It had a hair dryer.
• There is a meeting area in the middle of the 2nd floor.
STAFF – staff were very friendly and helpful. Reception desk staff was particularly great. They gave us a city map which covered all the main tourist sites.
BREAKFAST Buffet – adequate but a bit sparse compared to other buffets where we stayed. Breads, jams, hard boiled eggs, cold meats and cheeses, cereal, yogurt, juice, coffee, tea.
ATMs – there are several around. The ATM nearest the hotel – take a right out of the hotel and there is one on the corner.
PARKING – No parking with the hotel. The parking in the square outside is limited to 2 hours. There are a couple of parking lots nearby. The covered parking garages run 25 to 30 SFr per day.
GROCERY– there is a health food store (Reformhaus) a full grocery store and mini markets nearby. The Reformhaus has gluten free and vegan options
TV – a few English channels.
INTERNET – Wifi worked in the room. You have to get a password from reception.
RESTAURANTS - The hotel has its own restaurant but there are many restaurants in old town.
• Steps away to old town. The map shows a walking tour.
• Rhinefall – the largest waterfall in Europe (not the tallest) think more smaller Niagra Falls. About 3 to 4 km walk (2.5 to 3 miles) or you can take a shuttle down there. Easy walk – most of it is scenic alongside the river which is nice. If you are up for it walk one way and take the shuttle the other.
• River Boat Tour – there is supposed to be a nice river boat tour but we did not have enough time to take it.
• On Saturdays they have an open air / farmers market in old town. This is common throughout Switzerland
• The castle is doing some open air movies (in German of course) in August.
We had a wonderful time in Schaffhausen and recommend the hotel – no problems and enjoyed old town and Rhinefalls. Enjoy yourself!
A few differences between American and European hotels for those who have not travelled over here before:
1) Class of hotel is different. What is classified as 4 star in Europe would often be classified as 3 star in USA
2) Small room sizes - especially in cities or near old towns. Often just enough room just to get around your bed and put some luggage down etc.
3) Bathrooms – Often have either a bathtub or shower but not both. If you want a particular one check before you book. .
4) Pillows are very different – and very flat. You will have to double them over otherwise your head just ends up on the mattresses.
5) Blankets – each person gets their own duvet / quilt – which is good if you are a couple and one is always hot and the other always cold. My husband is always warm so he would take the duvet out of the cover and just use the cover as a sheet since no flat sheets.
6) Breakfasts – most don’t have foods that Americans are used to (oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, omelettes, peanut butter etc). Eggs are usually scrambled or hard boiled.
7) Not all hotel staff will speak English – if you have communications issue contact reception.
8) Elevators are TINY in small hotels. Often 2 people plus luggage is not possible. Have to do a couple trips.
9) Most do not have Fitness Room. If they do they are tiny with a couple cardio machines, a mat and a few hand weights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of scenic Schaffhausen on the High Rhine, the Hotel Kronenhof offers stylish rooms, free Wi-Fi and seasonal, market-fresh cuisine. Hotel Kronenhof features a cafe restaurant with a sunny patio. A variety of steaks are served in the new Steakhouse Ox. Nearby attractions include the Munot fortress, the Allerheiligen monastery and the impressive Rhine Falls. ... more less
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