My husband and I and our 2 children ages 14 and 8
checked into the Allgäu Tanneck Hotel on February 19
with plans to stay 6 nights.
We reserved the property 6 months earlier after
researching many properties in the German Alps. We
wanted a property with a swimming pool for the kids
and a workout room for myself and sauna for my husband
and also located right next to a ski lift.
The hotel itself is perched up onto a hillside
overlooking Fischen. It is an older property that is
rather formal. We reserved our room with half pension
(breakfast and dinner daily).
The breakfast (8-10 am) is buffet style with fried
eggs and bacon made on some days fresh and other days
scrambled eggs made ahead of time. There are fresh
fruits, cereals, yogurt, cheeses, breads, hard rolls,
lunch meat slices, and sweet rolls, with juice,
coffee, tea, and milk included. The variety is good.
However, as we found out our second morning if you get
there too early (8 am) you will end up with what was
kept over from the day before....harder rolls, sweet
rolls, fruit that is not as fresh, etc.
Dinner 6:30-8 pm is from a menu of 2 entree choices
from a less healthy menu and 2 choices from a
"healthier menu." It is accompanied by 4 other
courses. There is also a children's menu, which has
choices of schnitzel, chicken fingers, noodles with
butter, and other choices.
The adult entrees are for those that prefer a more
unusual fare. My husband is German and couldn't even
translate some of the menu items, nor could the wait
staff. Dinner was okay, but we decided to take off
the evening meal after the second night because it was
not to our liking. The "healthy menu" was still not
that healthy with lots of sauces and way too much salt
for me, and the regular menu had too many unusual
things (creamed herring terrine) that were not to my
husband's or 14 year-old son's liking.
Also, there are no beverages included in the evening
meal. The cost is quite high for beverages and adds
up quickly. If a traveler is not aware, it is not
customary to get tap water with meals in Europe. Most
people will not drink the tap water, so water is
ordered bottled usually sparkling and therefore you
pay for that. Most nights with everyone wishing they
had more to drink our drink bill was about $15.00 USD.
That included a small milk for each of our children,
tea for myself, and a smaller soda for my husband (no
The room price also includes an afternoon piece of
cake in their lounge area with a beautiful view of the
alps and downtown Fischen. Again, no drinks are
The pool area is nice with windows looking down on
Fischen and the alps. There is a separate pool for
swimming and another with jets. The pool with jets
was much warmer than the other so therefore most
including kids went to this pool. It is adequate size
but fills up quickly. Also, the pool with the jets
has cold water coming up from the seat areas, which is
There is self-service tea in a lounge outside of the
pool area. There is no charge for this.
The workout room off from the pool area leaves much to
be desired. There is an elliptical machine and a
bike, both of which are very flimsy and include only
directions for operation in German. I was not able to
adjust the resistance, so the workout was very
supoptimal, and there was no one around to ask. There
are a few benches for sit-ups and a few weights, but
the weights are very light (5 kilos) with no option of
increasing the weight. Also there are a few other
weight machines but not impressive and very minimal.
I used this room only once because I could get a
better workout hiking.
The spa area seemed adequate, but I did not use.
The room was the most disappointing part of our stay.
We reserved a room with a separate bedroom from our
children. They slept in a very small room that doubled
as a sitting area with a very small TV. The room was
dark, and although I have never had allergies I
immediately felt very stuffy, and I had to open the
windows everytime I was in the room. The room is
carpeted with heavy draperies and was very cramped for
4 people. The bathroom was a decent size and was
probably the best feature of the room. It had a large
tub. The master bedroom had no TV, so we were not
able to stay up later to watch TV when it was time for
the kids to go to bed. I was not able to sleep well
and could not understand why I was getting more and
more stuffed up and sick feeling when I was in the
room. We were in a nonsmoking room, but my eyes often
burned and my chest hurt and my nose was continually
running. After the 3rd night of having a horrible
night sleep, I saw a layer of dust on the wood right
at the head of our bed. The light fixtures were also
made of a burlap-type material and seemed to also be
We complained to the owner immediately and asked for a
different room only to be told they were full. We
then asked to leave early and were told there was no
refund for the remainding 3 nights. The owner
basically said she did not believe me about my health
issues and the dust, although she ran her hand over
the dust and saw it was a thick layer.
We went to a tourism center in Fischen and complained
and eventually were allowed to leave without forfeiture
of the money for the remainder of the stay. Needless
to say, this put a huge damper on our vacation. I
have always loved the Alps, but I am unsure if I would
go to the German Alps again. This property was
expensive especially considering the US dollar does'nt
go far these days. I believe we paid around 1
thousand US for the 3 nights we stayed not including
all the extras for drinks.
I would not recommend this property and certainly
would not stay there again in the future.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tanneck Germany/Fischen Im Allgau