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“Motorcycle trip through Bavaria”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Helmerhof

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Hotel Helmerhof
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Schwangau
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Annapolis
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“Motorcycle trip through Bavaria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

We were on a 21 day motorcycle trip through Bavaria and Salzburg, Austria. We made no reservations and had good luck with all of our hotels. Hotel Helmhof had beautiful views of Neuschwanstein castle and beautiful sunrises in the morning. Clean, friendly attmosphere and great food. They also offer massages and hot stone therepy. The room was spacious and the bed was soft and comfortable. The balcony was lined with red flowers. I had to pick a date below but our trip was actually in August 2007.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hanover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

Book an upper floor (2nd or 3rd) with view toward castle (Neuschwanstein). Very good value, excellent breakfast included, very clean, spacious rooms. Center of town, very convenient for castle touring.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

The hotel was in a great location. We had three rooms, one of which had a view of Neuschwanstein. The beds were as comfortable as I've found in a European hotel. The dinner in the restaurant was outstanding. The rooms were a good size, and the shower was very nice. They provided us with the toiletries you would normally find in a more expensive hotel. They have free parking, which is a big plus for me. Breakfast was good.

There is no AC in the rooms. Our double room was fine, because we were on the 2nd floor (in American terms), so we could leave our window/door open to our porch. The two single rooms were on the ground floor, and so they didn't want to leave the outside door open. They got pretty sweaty, especially since there was a rain storm which made it very humid. Since they are in the country, there isn't a whole lot of choice for food, unless you want to drive elsewhere. While the restaurant was delicious, it wasn't for the budget traveler. Check out doesn't start until 7:30, and breakfast doesn't start until 7:45, which makes it difficult if you want to get to the castle ticket office first thing in the morning. They also had difficulty with one of our American credit cards. So, you need to have more than one option for payment, just in case your first choice doesn't work. We also had a lot of trouble with the wifi.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

Having spent a few days south of Innsbruck, we made our way through the towering alps to end the day in the small Bavarian town of Schwangau, with two objectives: visit Neuschwanstein (that was great!) and spend an evening in the nearby thermal spa (not so great! - reviewed under attractions.) This inn is located in a residential neighborhood - nearly drove by it before we noticed the sign. Clearly a family run business as a dirndl clad girl, perhaps eleven years old, checked us in before an older employee showed us our room on the second floor, squeaky stairs and tight corners adding to the ambiance. Our room was small, but charming, appointed with simply but sweet furnishings (and even a chocolate on the pillow.)

Compared to other breakfasts we've had at similar places, we thought the spread was a little sparse. And the mood was ruined somewhat by four young German men at the next table, apparently out for a boys skiing weekend, and already haven't a noisily good time at 8:00 in the morning. The "frau" of the establishment admonished them at least twice until the finally folded up and left.

The inn is well located to exploring the area, though you would certainly need a car, or at least a bicycle during the summer. (Nearly a foot of snow on the ground during our visit in January.) We would certainly stay again should we find ourselves in the area.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2010

This turned out to be a much bigger hotel that we’d expected (from looking at their website), and it also has a large restaurant with multiple rooms and patio areas. We had free parking on the field over the road, which seemed safe enough.

Our room was number 49 on the first floor of the main building. It was a good sized room, with a balcony containing two seats overlooking the car park area and fields and mountains in the distance (not exactly a castle view, though, since there were trees in the way).

The room had a double bed with two mattresses pushed together and separate quilts. The television had numerous channels, including BBC World in English. There was an armchair, and a separate table with chair. The bathroom was a good size, with a shower (no bath) and a small selection of toiletries.

There was a safe for your valuables, a couple of drawers and a wardrobe with hangars and shelves. The room was nicely decorated in white with pine furnishings. The bed was relatively comfortable, but on-going back problems meant that I slept most of the night in the armchair.

The floorboards and bed were a bit creaky. We could hear people walking about in the rooms above us, and the bed creaking rhythmically in the room next door for a time (can’t think what that might have been!).

Breakfast was in a large, pleasant separate breakfast room at the back of the hotel. It was portrayed as a ‘wellness’ breakfast, but it was rather less impressive than most of the other breakfast buffets we had on our trip, there was no toast, or croissants, and nothing warm at all apart from hard boiled eggs.

We had our evening meal both nights at the hotel’s restaurant. Both times we had an excellent meal, with two soups, two main courses and two beers for around 36 Euros. The only negative was the handful of flies that were buzzing around on both nights. Don’t get me wrong, it was only a few, but it was slightly irritating having one land on your head, or your table, every so often and it really shouldn’t be beyond the hotel staff to get rid of them especially when they can see you trying to swat them away.

Speaking of the staff, each person who dealt with us was professional and polite, but we noticed that nobody smiled – neither to us, or to any other people they were interacting with.

We stayed for two nights in the hotel, and it is in an excellent location for visiting the castles, being only a very short drive away. There were no major faults, and it seemed a good rate for the area. We’d generally recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2010

Great room, view, restaurant, and staff. Very nice size rooms and ours had balcony with view of the castle. Free parking is on site. Dinner at the hotel was one of our best meals in Germany.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2009

This hotel is the best! From the outside, it looks very cute and there is parking right in front. From the moment you check in, the staff treats you like family. They show you your room and are very thorough. The rooms are extremely comfortable (best beds we had the whole trip), clean, quiet, and CUTE! The view is absolutely amazing with big balconies, some even have castle view. It is very close by car to restaurants (there is one in the hotel as well) and great sites, such as Neuschwanstein. The price-included breakfast buffet was absolutely delicious and it even had gluten-free food (such as bread and cereal) for those who are gluten-intolerant. The price was very, very good as well. This hotel is also perfect for a family with younger kids (has a swing set in a grassy area). We only have good things to say about this hotel. Just make sure you check-in by 10 at night, because they close the front desk. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Helmerhof
Address: Frauenbergstr. 9, 87645 Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Schwangau
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Schwangau
#7 Romantic Hotel in Schwangau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Helmerhof 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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