My wife and I stayed at the San gabriele last weekend for two nights as a romantic weekend away. We booked the "romantische wochenende" package which included both nights and a 4 course meal in the hotel restaurant, Il convento. We upgraded the package to a deluxe room with four poster bed and whirlpool bath for an extra 100€
Booking on the phone was a pleasure with very friendly and helpful staff who helped me both with the room and the restaurant booking.
Don't be put off by the hotels physical location if you look at it on google maps and see it surrounded by an industrial estate, petrol station and supermarket, once you pull up in front of the hotel it’ll all be forgotten as you’re transported to a wonderful, albeit, reconstructed medieval monastery but with the luxury of a modern hotel. The attention to detail and beautifully lit winding walkways, passages and stairways are beautifully done and it is worth staying at this hotel for the architecture alone.
As I mentioned, we had a deluxe room with four poster and whirlpool bath. The room was clean, romantically lit with a spacious bathroom and sitting area in addition to the comfortable bed. The pillows however were typical German fare.
If you’re not used to a pillow which at first although it seems to be fluffy and supportive but actually compresses on use to 1cm thick and endeavours to wrap itself round your head at night and suffocate you. Even folding it in half twice was only enough to give one a stiff neck, so I would heartily recommend you bring your own. The hotel does have an extensive “pillow menu” with various alternatives, but were apparently unable to bring us extra, replacement, or indeed any kind of what could be described as a functional pillow despite asking twice and being assured they were on the way. The room wasn’t made up during the day, but to be fair, we were only out of it from 10am to 3pm, so maybe there wasn’t enough time. They did bring fresh towels though.
Bathroom was lovely, as was the whirlpool bath, but it did give us quite a fright when it started of its own accord in an empty bath in late afternoon. TV was ancient, but functional with a very limited choice of channels, so not really catering for international visitors.
Our first night was also disturbed by a loud and noisy party held in the restaurant.
Food and Drink
The breakfast room is set out in the same theme, but for some reason they have laid out the buffet in the same narrow entrance which hotel guests use to enter and exit the “refectorium” leading to disgruntled tuts and logjams at regular intervals. Choosing tables is a free for all, and whereas normally one is offered tea or coffee at ones table, we were left to fend for ourselves and rattle through cupboards to find extra cups. Breakfast fare was plentiful and nicely, if over abundantly presented, but was of poor quality.
We ate in the hotel restaurant on both nights, unfortunately. The restaurant follows the same architectural theme as the hotel, and looks fantastic, the service tried hard, they really did, but what let it down was quite simply the food. The menu was uninspiring, but simple food done well can be magnificent, done badly it can ruin even the best looking restaurant. Unfortunately the food here had the latter quality in abundance.
On the first night, I had caprese, or tomato and mozzarella. The tomatoes were large, hard, watery and tasteless, the mozzarella equally so. My main course of Linguine alla frütte de mare. The pasta was well cooked, but the sauce was bland, flavourless and looked like it came from a packet. The seafood was ok, but the lonely three prawns were overcooked and the baby squid were inedible. My wife had a fillet steak which was cooked as required, but was not properly sealed and lacked flavour. As a side dish, an unseasoned potato (singular) and some steamed carrot and cauliflower were added to the plate as an afterthought.
The four course meal wasn’t much better, although we did get to not enjoy it in a lovely romantic alcove. After a starter of rather boring antipasti, the pasta course was delicious and well presented. Unfortunately the main course, fish of unknown genus managed to be both over cooked and raw at the same time and was truly inedible.
There are many better restaurants in Rosenheim and the area, but in terms of food, few worse.
All that glisters is not gold
Overall we had a lovely romantic and relaxing weekend in a magnificent and beautiful hotel unfortunately let down by bland, cheap and poorly prepared food and the lacklustre service that one regrettably comes to expect when living in Germany.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 4-star hotel offers a historic atmosphere, romantic restaurant and traditional wine cellar. It lies outside the Bavarian city of Rosenheim, 3.2 Km from the center of the city and main train station. The Hotel San Gabriele is a former monastery. It offers individual rooms with individual charm and free Wi-Fi. Many rooms at the San Gabriele feature vaulted ceilings and four-poster beds. Some rooms also have a waterbed or jacuzzi. A rich breakfast buffet is available (for an extra cost) each morning in the Hotel San Gabriele. The rustic-style hotel restaurant, Il Convento, serves fine cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Guests can wine and dine on the terrace of the San Gabriele on warm days. The hotel has good road connections to many attractions in Bavaria, such as Lake Chiemsee (24.1 Km) and Munich (59.5 Km). Free on-site parking is available. ... more less
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