As a note: I must agree with the review of the 29th August 2006 with the exceptions mentioned below:
We arrived the last day the hotel was till under Kempinski management and stayed three nights. We had been notified of this in advance so we had no complaints. However having just come from the other Kempinski in Heiligendamm, a definite 5 star resort, we were in for a shock. This hotel rates about 3 stars and I have no idea how Kempinski ever agreed to manage it in the first place. I asked the staff about the new management and was told that the new manager, who owns other hotels in the area, would run it at a lesser category than it supposedly was as a Kempinski.
Overall the experience as acceptable. The hotel is several years old (see the dates when the lifts were built – always a good idea) and can use a soft renovation. Towels are rather ragged and only a few are supplied. TV selection does not include any non German channels and TV’s are small, and there is no free WiFi access despite this becoming commonplace in western Germany especially in larger hotels. The Kempinski in Heiligendamm had this. The breakfast buffet provides quite a selection of items though the bread selection is not as it should be for a German hotel, normally known for their huge variety of breads. We ate dinner there once and the food was way too salty, though the good selection of wine was quite extensive. The hotel has an underground parking lot which is useful given the dearth of public parking spaces.
Rooms were quite nicely proportioned though as others have commented, some do not have bath tubs. We had two rooms, one with and one without which is useful for someone requiring assistance for whom a bathtub would be dangerous.
Most staff were friendly though the change in management (effectively a ‘downgrade’) has left them upset which is amply apparent in their demeanour. I cannot predict how it will be with new staff.
While the hotel does have a ‘modern’ look from the outside it is a simple hotel despite the ‘grand’ name and if you are looking for a decent 3 star hotel this would be a good choice but this never was nor should it ever have been a Kempinski.
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