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“A Romantic Traditional Fairytale Hotel with modern amenities.”
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Gasthof zum Baren
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We spent 3 nights in the hotel. It was so refreshing to visit a hotel that had been in the same family for so many generations and loved .It was full of atmosphere, up to date in its amenities, NOT corporate like so many hotels are these days. We stayed in Room 13 The Turret which was clean and light.
The Bed was large firm and comfortable and the en suite was roomy.
Service at Breakfast was welcoming and friendly and choices accomodated most tastes.
We did not use the restaurant in the evening, as we chose to sample the other eating places in Meersburg.This was no reflection on the standard of the hotel food.
On our return home to UK I discovered I had left some personal belongings in the room. A simple phonecall,and three days later, those belongings and I were reunited by way of a postal package and a letter wishing us well.
If you want a romantic short stay in a fairytale town leading down to a lake, are fit and can walk up the hill to your Rapunzle Tower at the end of the day....This is a hotel for you.


  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Stayed one night in May in the 'best' room which is a corner room in a 'turret' which is flooded with light, but we found the decor let it down a bit. We viewed another room first (a basic room) and it was decorated in an elaborate and traditional german country style: very pretty. But this room that really ought to be the 'flagship' room had very basic varnished wood furniture in a kind of art-deco style. We would happily have paid double for the room if it was decorated in similar style to the cheap rooms. It was clean with a nice bathroom including a bath tub.

The hotel itself is amazing: it's ancient and has things like a bear skin on the wall, antique furniture in the hallways, a list of owners/proprietors going back hundreds of years. Unfortunately the whole hotel, including our room, smelt extremely strongly of cooking to the extent that everything in our bags smelt of cooking for days afterwards. The owner greeted us in chef's whites and I think the restaurant might be more of his focus than the hotel.

The hotel is at the 'top' of town, with a fairly steep 10-ish minute walk from the lake up to the hotel, along old winding streets. There is a private car park just a few seconds walk away but you need to park up anywhere you can and check in before you can get into the car park (6.50Euro per night).

The restaurant is very good but I didn't like the expectation that you would share your table with strangers. We weren't asked to share so perhaps they picked up that we were uncomfortable with it (or maybe they could just tell we're anti-social!), but other people seemed to be sharing happily (except for one lady who complained in the evening and again at breakfast the next morning). Breakfast was good with a nice selection.

We spent a while chatting with the owner (or 'innkeeper' as he described himself): he's a very charming and interesting man with many strings to his bow, and I suspect many many stories to tell.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed two night in Gasthof zum Baren. The setting of this old hotel in the old town of Meersburg is gorgeous. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and clean. However, the mattress of our bed was too hard and the hot water in the shower did not have enough pressure. The breakfast was good but when there are too many people, the staff (one young lady) clearly was overwhelmed and waiting periods for coffee/tea became long.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Our hotel room had plenty of room and was clean. Decor was in the traditional Bavarian style which added some charm to the experience. Our room was also quiet, despite what other posters have said, although we visited in the off-season so that may have something to do with it. Bathrooms were a bit small, but such is the case in Europe...

Parking is an ordeal - instead of trying to find the hotel by driving through the pedestrian-only town square, which is what we did, I'd recommed that you stop the car near the stone archway that leads to the square. Then walk through the archway to the hotel (which is about 50 ft away) and ask the front desk attendant if they can open the parking garage for you. That person will then guide the car around the block to their dedicated garage.

Dinner at the hotel's restaurant was excellent. Make reservations, because even in the off-season the locals flock there for dinner and seating fills up quickly. For pre-dinner cocktails we tried the Im Truben wine bar (located not too far away from the hotel, near the top of the hill on the way down to the water) that other posters raved about, but we didn't find it to be particularly special.

Overall we found both the hotel and the town to be quite nice, and would definitely return on another vacation.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed at the Gasthof zum Baren for one night. The hotel is pricey from an international perspective but if you factor in standard German hotel rates and the location, I would say this is a standard room rate in Germany.

The property relatively unassuming and lacking frills (they do not have an elevator so people with special needs should factor this in) and parking on site is limited, we were lucky and were able to park in the hotel parking.

The staff are very helpful, the owner recommended a good hiking path to the next village and if I am not mistaken the building itself is one of the oldest in Meersburg but the thing that makes the whole experience worthwhile is the food which is sensational (we had venison with chanterelle mushrooms and it was divine).

If you're doing a couple of days in Meersburg, the Gasthof zum Baren is worth the cost and we recommend booking early as they were fully booked when we visited.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

The building is simply beautiful inside and out. It is conveniently located in a charming town on the Bodensee River. Stunning waterfront views as you explore the pedestrian cobblestone walking areas. Lots of shops restaurants and weinstube's to enjoy. Our room was lovely and immaculately maintained. The breakfast room warm & inviting with a generous spread for breakfast. Our hosts were very accommodating. I highly recommend staying here, and will stay here on my next trip back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Sirena1234
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Adorable B&B with fantastic owners that accommodated our every need. The rooms were spacious and superbly decorated. The beds were comfortable and the best part was our windows opened up to the cobblestone street and town below. The sound of the town people bustling around was a nice background while playing cards and drinking wine at night. If you go to their website you can view the rooms and pick ahead of time. We had room #21 & #22 and they were both fabulous!

The breakfast was abundant and had everything needed to fuel up before heading out for the day. We enjoyed a dinner out on the patio one night and it was delicious.

Unless you are looking for five star amenities, I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Meersburg. It was the perfect location for exploring the city and surrounding areas. You will not be disappointed and we will be back!

Room Tip: You can view the rooms on line and email the hotel direct and book the room. Our group picked #21 &a...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank AskAWorldTraveler
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Address: Marktplatz 11 | Lake Constance, 88709 Meersburg (Bodensee), Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Location: Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Meersburg (Bodensee)
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Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Meersburg (Bodensee)
Price Range: $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
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Gasthof Zum Baren Hotel Meersburg (Bodensee)
Gasthof Zum Baren Meersburg Bodensee

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