Lots of cities have beautiful centres full of ancient buildings and plenty of architectural porn to take pictures of. The trouble, often, is that staying somewhere close to all of the action is difficult and involves lots of compromise that takes away from the experience.
Thankfully that’s not the case in Heidelberg. Just a few minutes from the Neckar, and based in a centuries old coaching inn, the Arthotel is a rare mix of ancient exterior (it dates back to 1200) and modern interior.
Our room was huge, with a bathroom usually only seen in style magazines. It was the perfect place to relax in after a day of exploring. The only thing that let it down was the patchy wifi – but I can cope with that (for one night anyway!).
What made our stay even better, was the customer service the staff at the Arthotel delivered from the moment we stepped through the door. Everybody we met from the receptionist to the breakfast staff were polite, helpful and cheerful, a credit to the hotel.
Breakfast was held in the Romer Restaurant, there was a cold buffet, which had everything you would expect; yoghurt, cereal, bread, cheese, fruit etc. There was also a ‘made to order’ menu, which was in German, so I couldn’t tell you what the options were, but our server said that the kitchen will basically make us whatever we want. That was a cheese omelette for me and toast with bacon for Philip – both delicious.
If you’re planning a trip to Heidelberg, you should definitely stay here.