We stayed one night at the Bamberg Best Western – primarily because of its proximity to the center of town, its parking, and its size. Since we were in Bamberg to see the town but to also plan for an upcoming group trip, we felt the Best Western would be the best for our large group. And we were not disappointed.
I’ll admit that I booked the Best Western hesitantly. I’ve stayed at Best Westerns in the United States and typically rated them average at best. But the Bamberg Best Western has changed my mind on this chain of hotels.
First of all, we drove to Bamberg and decided to try to park at the hotel upon arrival, even if we couldn’t check in yet; at least we wouldn’t have to move our car. It was 11:30 in the morning and there were plenty of available spaced in the car park that is under the hotel. It is a public garage, with entrances shared with the hotel and the nearby organic grocery store. (Although I do not recommend driving in this parking garage with a large vehicle; it was quite tight and even in our smallish car we had a couple near misses with the concrete columns on the turns.)
From the parking garage, we took the steps up to the hotel lobby (there is also an elevator) and found the front desk to be extremely friendly and helpful. At 11:30 a.m. we were able to check into our room with no problem! This made it very nice to get settled in before our day of exploration. And since it would be another hour or so before we had lunch, the table of complimentary soft pretzels and croissants in the lobby was an added bonus and kept our hunger at bay for the time being.
Our room was a nice size with a large bed, desk, and reading chair. The en suite bath had a walk-in shower (no tub to climb over/into or steps into the shower) – we decided that when we build a house, we would have this kind of shower!
The room came with complimentary buffet breakfast the next morning – and it was quite a spread! I was rather impressed with the selection, the quality, and the service. Hot food, breads and rolls, cereals, yogurts and fruits, cheeses and cold meats, as well as juices, coffees and teas were all available – just help yourself. Free newspapers in two languages (German and English) were available for guests.
The room also came with free wi-fi, but we didn’t make use of it; had we needed to, we could make use of the two free computers with internet in the lobby. In the evening, the lobby also has a small beverage bar that also serves snacks. Hubby and I had a drink the night we stayed there and chatted with the staff, who were always so friendly.
The next day check-out was a breeze. We paid for parking on our room bill (€8 for 24 hours) and headed on our way. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the train station and very near to the pedestrian walkway in the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our bill came to €100 which included breakfast for the two of us, snacks in the lobby, wi-fi, daily newspapers, parking fees, and our evening drinks in the lobby.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely. In fact, we have decided that the Best Western is definitely the hotel we will use for our group tour later this year. Highly recommend.
This is a new hotel opened in July 2009. I had a single room for 3 nights but for a week or more would opt for the larger double rooms. As with all Best Western hotels the wireless internet was free and reliable. Breakfast was by far the best of all the hotels I stayed in in Bamberg, with a wide variety and nicely presented. There are 2 English TV channels CNN & BBC World. The staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel was very clean. As with all hotels laundry is expensive but there is a laundrette nearby. Its situated about 15 min walk from the station and about 20min walk from the heart of the town.I paid 95Euros/night.
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