Gemunder ferienhaus Salzberg
As a visitor of 5 RCI locations in Spain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK my overall rating for Gemund is very high.
First of all this is the first location our navigation found without a problem. some RCI locations are 'hidden' and extremly hard to find. the directions to this location was good also without a navigation, you'll find it.
Gemund is well located between the cities Aachen and Cologne. The drive to cologne is about 45 mins, Malmady, Belgium about 1hr and Maastricht (The Netherlands) 1.5hr drive. Based in the middle of the Eiffel forest it's a pleasure waking up with a forrest view. Most apartments have the same view. There's not much to do in gemund town but there are some clothes shops, bakery, butcher, take-away restaurants and a pharmacy. Just down the road (first left, first right and down the hill) are 2 supermarkets. One is kind of a budget supermarket compared to Lidl or Aldi, the other one is Rewe, compared to a small Tesco's. Both aren't expensive compared to other supermarkets and both are opened from 8.00 untill 20.00 and Netto is open until 22.00, daily except Sundays. The backery at the Rewe supermarket is also open on Sundays between 8.00 and 11.00 or you can buy fresh rolls at the reception. Both supermarkets accept credit and debot cards.
Within 500 meters of the hotel are 2 restaurants which we didn't try whilst our stay.
We stayed here during the summer and there was sufficient free parking next to our appartment. You don't have to worry at all.
I can only write about our appartment but I'm sure the following applies to most if not all appartments. All appartments are smoke free, you can smoke on the balcony.
We stayed at appartment 345 with a view of the forest.
Once opening the front door you enter into a large and spacious hall way with doors to the bedroom, bathroom and livingroom.
The hotel also provides suggestions what to do during your stay including a well documented folder about the regional activities.
There's a utility cupboard with an iron, ironingboard, bucket, washingrack, soft broom and so on.
The bedroom is spacious with 3 windows equipped with roller blinds and curtains. The windows look brand new and can be opened fully or just an opening of the top side. Leaving the roller blinds slightly open allowing enough fresh air during the summer nights and keeping you safe from potential burgulars. Even with the summer sun and 2 days of 30 degrees the appartment stays cool and no sticky sleeping. The bedroom is equipped with an alarm clock/radio.
The bed is comfortable but personally I prefer a hard cushion. The ones here are just too soft for my personal preference.
The bathroom is also spacious with a shower, toilet and bacin.
The shower is big enough for 1 adult and 2 kids. Yes, my kids like to shower with daddy, from time to time :). The shower has those plastic doors keeping the water in. I personally find this more hygenic than a shower curtain. There's no bath but they do provide a tall plug so kids can sit in the water. The bathroom has a seperate window with blinds. The bathroom is very clean, with white kitting which is still white, no fungus what so ever. The water is nice and hot and the waterpressure is good. I just hate bad water pressure, it feels like somebody's peeing on you. Not here though, it's pretty good.
Towels are nice and soft, you may replace towels on tuesdays.
Kitchen / Livingroom
The open kitchen is well equiped with a built in oven, electric stove, dish washer, microwave , toaster, filter coffee machine and water boiler, decent size fridge/freezer, plates, cuttlery, kitchen utensils and a smoke alarm. Gemund provides approx. 10 dishwasher soaps, washing soap, coffee filters but no coffee, Salt & Pepper, some plastic rubbish bags. Enough saucepans, fryingpans and other kitchen needs are available. We didn't miss out on anything whilst cooking here daily. They even supply bakingpaper for the oven.
The water is drinkable, not like home but better than some other places where we've stayed.
The lighting all over the appartment is good. Not only the lighting but also the amount of windows.
The floor is laminated and in the living room there's a large floormat, very comfortable for the kids to play.
The livingroom has a 4 person dinner table with comfortable seats, a sleeping/couch for 3 people and 2 single seats with a poof.
My kids wake up early so they go to bed early as well so they slept in the bedroom. My wife and I slept on the sleeping/ coach for 6 nights.
The couch is easy to open for sleeping and easy to put back together, a matter of seconds.
We're used to good quality matrasses at home and I must stay this couch/bed was very comfortable.
The appartments are equipped with a corded phone, a TV and DVD player. Our TV was a box, not a flatscreen so no HDMI connection to connect the ipad or android tablets, the DVD was a simple Philips which did the job. Also a set of board games was provided.
The TV selection for a non German speakers is pretty rubbish. CNN, BBC world and Netherlands 2, is all there is. So if you have young kids that need to go to bed on time it's great the ferienpark provide movies you can rent free of charge. You may 'rent' 3 movies at once.
Our appartment was located on a corner so our Balcony was slightly larger. Nevertheless, all balconies seem large enough for 4 people. The balconies are equiped with 4 chairs and a round table. I'm sure that this is what a balcony railing should be like but please be aware.
The appartments do not have an Internet connection yet but whilst our stay we where informed that this will be the case very soon. Whilst our stay they where working on the preperations to supply wifi. For the time being you may use wifi at the receptation area for free. The speed is slow but fast enough to download emails, skype but it isnt as fast as I'm used too at home, 150mbit. 3G connection works fine as I checked my business email a couple of times a day.
The staff is very friendly and helpful whenever you need them. You may 'rent' 3 DVd's a day for free. They have about 300 relativly new movies to choose from and another 100 movies for kids. Movies are also in English.
The reception has 2 computers connected with Internet should you've left you tablet or laptop at home. Wifi is supplied all over the reception building. Most people nowadays have their own portable computer or tablet so you can sit in one of the play and library rooms. You'll also find a handsome selection of books in all languages and a play area for kids. Going down to the cellar you have a table tennis table and a football table. Batts and balls will be supplied at the reception for free.
In the building you may, after reserving, enter the sauna which i didnt use but looks fine.
Every morning, expect Sunday, a local baker arrives so you can purchase fresh bread and rolls for breakfast. We didn't try this but I'm sure it's good quality.
There's a couple of washing machines available including washing powder, so no need to buy. A wash costs just 2 euro's
If you want you may reserve trips at reduced prices and also very well priced massages and beauty services. A 30 minute massage costs about 20 euro's which by all means is reasonable compared to the prices i'm used too (35 euro's)
All in all this one of the best RCI holiday appartments we've visited so far.
Hygene is impecible, facilities are good, well organized and friendly staff.
The rest is up to you :)
On a rainy day the kids can have a great time at Activi, which is an indoor play area for kids. 2 adults and 2 kids costs 18 euro's but they'll have enough fun for the day. Make sure they wear some lit clothing as it can get pretty hot running around all day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Gemünder Ferienpark Salzberg! Enjoy your vacations right at the National Park Eifel, only a few minutes by car from cities like Cologne, Bonn and Aachen. It's the perfekt place for hiking through the National Park as well as for your trips to Belgium, the Netherlands and the Rhineland with it's Rhine river and it's wine valleys!Our resort is situated on a sunny hill just above the small but nice town of Gemünd. From your apartment you may have a fantastic view to the beautiful hills of the National Park and it's "Burg Vogelsang".All energy costs, towels and bed linens are included in our prices. Free parking is available right at the resort and there is free internet at our guest lounge and at the reception.You may relax in our sauna and exercise at our fitness- or table tennis room. There are cool soft drinks and beer at our guest lounge and for your children a play corner with many toys.Our modern but comfortable apartments are all equipped with a kitchen, telephone, TV, DVD-Player, hairdryer and steam iron. On your arrival you will find the beds be made and freh towels be put out so you can start your vacations right away! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gemunder Ferienwohnpark Salzberg Hotel Schleiden