The XII century Schloss Waldeck is set spectacularly on the hill towering 220 metres above the Edersee lake. From outside it looks truly impressive.
However, once inside you feel it’s like any other standard, bland hotel chain and the magic disappears. I cannot understand the logic that leads owners to so completely convert a splendid castle into a Novotel-look-alike: it is cheap, plain and unimaginative in most areas of the hotel.
The Schloss Waldeck does not have a separate bar which one would normally expect to find close to the reception. Instead, it has an area of the Altane restaurant separated off from the restaurant by a row of empty bottles (classy!...ehem).
The rooms are functional and spacious enough, the huge beds are comfortable. Bathrooms are fitted with those annoying shampoo/soap dispensers, a favourite arrangement of two star establishments. Basic toiletries were not replenished during our two night stay. The rooms are equipped with safety boxes, bathrobes and slippers are also provided.
We dined at the Altane restaurant (the Alte Turmuhr is closed off-season) and the food was absolutely awesome: delicious pumpkin soup, delicately prepared pork, very tasty beef in original sauce. The place also boasts and excellent selection of wines. It would help, though, if they had a menu in English particularly as it supposed to be a four star establishment.
Breakfast was very interesting and plentiful with a good selection of local dishes, cheeses, meats and salads. It is also served until 11am which is very civilised.
Staff are very helpful and friendly and were able to recommend interesting itineraries outside of the castle.
Overall, Schloss Waldeck does not provide good value for money and I would not recommend it for a romantic getaway.
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