Kloster Santa Maria is a convent set on a mountain just outside the village of Esthal. You need a car to get there and to do any touring. Without a car, you could arrange transportation and then spend your vacation in the adjacent Pfalzerwald Nature Park. We had an apartment on the second floor that looked out over the park and we often saw hikers passing by.
There are rooms that share dormitory-type bathrooms (that are spotless) and other rooms that have private baths. We had an apartment with living room, bedroom, dining-kitchen combination and our own bathroom. We had our own hallway, stairs and even an elevator (lift).
It is very inexpensive and includes an excellent breakfast and free wifi. We even had a tv in our room although no desire to use it since the surroundings were so sublime.
This is a working convent and run by nuns. None of them appear to speak much, if any, English if that is a problem for you. I speak next to no German and my husband does a bit better and we were fine. The nuns are welcoming, friendly and have a great sense of fun. The office staff during the day do speak English as will at least some of the other guests so if you need help, it is there.
You walk out the front into the village and you walk out the back into the nature park. There is a lovely chapel on the premises and you are welcome but no one will notice if you choose to ignore it. It was particularly busy at weekends so if you are planning on a weekend there, be sure you have reservations. You meet the other guests at breakfast and they are a microcosm of the world. Everyone is welcome and everyone fits in. It is an amazing place and I highly recommend it, especially if you are visiting nearby wine villages or Heidelberg.
They do have scheduled activities so check the web site. It ranges from yoga classes to bicycling in the local mountains.
Web site below is only in German. We booked through www.booking.com
This hotel was well appointed and roomy with all the basics except, like all European hotels, you can't make a cup of tea after hours.
The rooms were clean and well maintained and the location was excellent for exploring the interesting parts of the old town.
Noise wasn't a problem and the staff were helpful.
There is no internet provided but there's an internet cafe about 50 metres away that must be the cheapest in Europe at one euro per hour.
Breakfast was good and I have to say the cleanliness of the room where it was served was noticeable. Lovely clean linen every morning and spotless floors were appreciated.
There's nothing really unique about this place, it's just a 3 star value-for-money place and I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.
A lot of businessmen seemed to use it which I always take as a favourable sign.
Speyer is a small town and at popular weekends, demand for hotels can be high. We still found this place in the central part of town and were very happy with it. It calls itself a hotel but is of the "garni" type, i.e. more of a bed and breakfast. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful and the rooms were spacious and clean, with comfy beds and with TVs and bathrooms. Rooms also have a fridge which is completely empty as the owners think it is up to you to stock it and do not want to skin their guests with minibar fees (and there is a decent supermarket in nearby Maximilianstrasse). My only issue with it all was that everything seemed painted in the same pale blue which is maybe not the cosiest in a bedroom and which gets a bit boring when you see the same colour in the breakfast room but I guess it was cheap paint. :) Breakfast was a typical German wonderful affair with yoghurt, eggs and all sorts of sandwhich cuts and spreads including Nutella for the children. My only comment is that it is served at your table rather than buffet style so you have to set a time for when you would like to have breakfast and you get what you are given which in my opinion feels a bit of a waste since I'm never going to eat all those ham slices. Next to the hotel is an independent "wine cellar" style restaurant which comes in handy when you are tired after a days' sightseeing (see tip). The hotel is not for people in need of lifts since there is none in the house and all rooms are upstairs. It is however great for cyclists as it is a member of the Bike & Bett scheme with bike parking. Note that you cannot check in until at 12-13 and then 15-22.
The friendly owners and the great location for the price.
This attractive looking hotel has 44 rooms for its guests und auch 2 Appartments.
All rooms have showers or bathrooms & WC and also telephon and Cable television.
The rooms have airconditioning (most of them) ...........and to be true, I would prefer one without!
The SCHäFER FAMILY will take good, very good care of you.......
By the look of it all, it must be a good, pleasant place to stay while visiting SPEYER.
A quiet hotel-restaurant with a wonderful garden where it is good to relax and enjoy the good things of life!
The hotel-restaurant is since 1925 already a family business and the owner/manager is Frau Iris Halbgewachs.
Staff is willing to organise things for you: trips and e.g. WEIN-PROBEN....
The AMBIENTE ZUM WOHLFüHLEN ist richtig da.....
You will certainly feel at ease and at home here.........highly recommendable!
Haven't stayed there but it looks great!
It is a HOTEL with a RESTAURANT which can be such a relieve......
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