We came to Esslingen for the Christmas market (which is one of the best we've seen, by the way). This hotel was only about a block and a half from the start of the market, so it was very convenient. We paid 105 Euros for a weekend night, which we thought was quite reasonable for a downtown hotel during an event.
This is a "themed" hotel, an ecological hotel. It's hypoallergenic, lots of the breakfast choices are "bio" (German organic), and the design is environmentally friendly. It's attached to the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, what we would call an engineering school, so I'm sure that during the school year there are lots of students nearby. But when we were here, it was quiet. I loved the rush of the canal outside the window; I left the window open so it could lull us to sleep.
I personally enjoyed the spare look of the room. It was easy to see that the place was clean. And the furniture wasn't flimsy or cheap. In fact, the mattresses were quite good. We had a corner room, though, so we got light from two directions, and that was very nice. The curtains aren't blackout curtains, but they darkened the room somewhat, enough that we were able to nap after we arrived. The only thing we would have changed would be the paint color, which was an industrial putty color. A warmer white would have been nice.
This hotel has free wifi Internet, which is a huge plus, and it worked even in our distant corner room. However, the desk clerk neglected to mention that I needed to sign up each device with its own login (good for 24 hours). This took two trips down to the front desk. So if you want Internet access, I'd mention it on check-in.
We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast, although I must admit that the scrambled eggs were terrible. The bread, though, was excellent quality. The long tables awakened PTSD flashbacks to high school, but we all got along and respected one another's privacy.
Armed with the information from other reviews, we parked at the Küferstraße / Altstadt parking garage. We plugged Ritterstrasse 17 into our GPS and then looked for the blue P sign to the right. That allowed us to park almost right at the hotel (depending on which exit you take from the garage). We paid 9 Euro 50 for a little over 24 hours.
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