February 21, 2018

European Lodging – The Choice is Yours

George Bernard Shaw said “The great advantage of a hotel is that it’s a great refuge from home life”. This too true statement is indicative of why the choice of hotel when traveling is so difficult and important!

Luckily Europe has many different lodging options which will add to the enjoyment of your escape! Here are a few that I’ve been lucky enough to have stayed at.Alpenrose Hotel Mittenwald Germany

Hotels can be wonderful traditional guest houses like Gasthof Fraundorfer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Hotel Alpenrose in Mittenwald Germany. Make sure you know whether they have elevators and are prepared for stairs if they don’t! Also make sure you know whether there is a bar or restaurant on the first floor. This may mean it may be a bit noisier than expected.View Schloss Hotel Rheinfels Germany

They can be Luxury class beauties set on the shores of an equally beautiful lake as with Palace Hotel on Lake Lucerne and Suisse Majestic Montreux Switzerland or seaside in the Hotel du Palais Biarritz France or even have amazing views of rivers like the Schloss Hotel Rheinfels in St. Goar Germany. I don’t have the opportunity to stay in luxury hotels often since the price is not usually in my budget but can say I’ve enjoyed staying in luxury accommodations even if I wonder if they are really me.

Gasthof Fraundorfer Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany

Gasthof Fraundorfer by Q-BEE, on Flickr

There are 4 star large basic properties conveniently located for train travel such as the Intercity Hotel in Mainz and Hotel Excelsior Erfurt Germany. Not usually my first choice but I really did enjoy how close they were to the train station and the city centers of both were easily reached.

Green hotels like Hotel Victoria Freiburg Germany which boasts they are the “most eco friendly hotel in the world” and they just might be! All electricity and heat come from renewable sources like solar, wind and wood pellet heating. The thermal solar panels on the roof and the natural materials used throughout hotel make for a wonderful experience and the Victoria is also convenient to both the train station and city center!BarockHotel am Dom Bamberg Germany

Historic architectural treasures in perfect locations – Old Town city centers – but not completely convenient for train travel BarockHotel am Dom Bamberg Germany and Kasererbraeu Salzburg Austria. The beautiful building housing the Barockhotel dates back to 1520 while the Kasererbraeu is from 1342 and was once a monastery and brewery before becoming protected by UNESCO!

Hotels I’m glad I read the online reviews of so I wasn’t completely frightened by the entrance, Panorama Central in Budapest. A wonderful oasis once you got inside but honestly a little unsettling getting to! Moral to this story, READ online reviews!

Known for its history and spa, Schwarzer Bock Wiesbaden. I’ve been lucky to stay here two times and can say this is one of my favorite hotels. Dating back to 1486, the Schwarzer Bock is a classic beauty- luxurious and yet very comfortable. And in a wonderful location!

Hotel I fell in love with because there was a heat wave and it was air conditioned refrigerated, Grauer Baer Innsbruck! I would stay at this property again because it was very convenient to Old Town and train station.

While my preferred type of lodgings are guest houses and architectural and historic beauties, in some way, all of the hotels I’ve stayed in have added to my enjoyment and experience I had in their cities and villages.

What do you look for when choosing a hotel for your trip?

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  1. joe fish says:

    Conspirators, Plattner statue in Innsbruck depicting a father and the son in commemoration of the wars against the French Army under Napoleon.

  2. I guess it depends for me – at least one trip a year I really want a nice hotel and the emphasis is on enjoying the hotel as much as the place I visit, so more of a relaxing holiday. The other trips are more focussed on activity and exploring surroundings, and as far as that is concerned, I go for location and value for money connected to it.
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  3. You’re so right about reading the reviews but sometimes, especially when half the people love a place and a good number don’t, it gets confusing. But if all the reviews are bad, I head somewhere else. I guess it’s good to have a backup just in case the ideal accommodation doesn’t measure up. So far, I’ve been lucky.
    Thanks for reviewing and bringing these fabulous properties to our attention, Debbie. There are a few of them — well, except that one in Budapest that I’ll avoid.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      You do have to read reviews very carefully. Some things people complain about just don’t matter to me! Don’t get me wrong, my hotel in Budapest was lovely – once I got inside. I was glad I had read the comments before I left so I was prepared for it!

  4. What a great selection of hotels during your travels! While I love the upscale hotels with lots of room and modern furnishings, I long for those quaint and charming hotels like ones you’ve stayed at here sometimes too. These days, my kids’ requirement is a decent cable TV and good breakfast 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The quaint charming hotels are my favorites too. Unfortunately it is my budget that dictates the class of hotel I stay in!

  5. Leigh says:

    I like a place with character and soul. I love boutique type hotels – but not too sterile. I love historical places too as long as they still have hot water. Looks like you have stayed in some real beauts.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I’m not a fan of sterile decor either which probably explains my love of antiques Hot water is a must!

  6. Steve says:

    Booking hotels sight unseen is always a little unsettling for me. It will probably be doubly so when I have to book hotels for our family in Europe. I see me sticking to the major chains in major cities, but some of the ones you’ve written about here look enchanting. Perhaps I’ll just call you for a recommendation instead.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It is a bit unnerving selecting hotels when you’ve never seen them but I think online resources can help with that! Plus the blogger world can definitely help with recommendations. I think I was most nervous trying to find a hotel when traveling with our kids.

  7. In cities, I look for places where we can walk to most “must sees” or use public transportation easily. Price is a consideration. I’d rather not pay more than $150, but at my age, I need a private bathroom and we prefer quiet. We like B&B’s, especially in the countryside. I am a big believer in TripAdvisor. I think you can get a pretty good feel for a place by reading other peoples’ reviews.
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