Review: Art Hotel Heidelberg
Heidelberg is a picturesque town in Germany, about a one hour train ride south of Frankfurt. While part modern city and part historic town, Heidelberg is a good stop if you're visiting Southern Germany. Situated on the river Neckar, Heidelberg is what many in the U.S. would refer to as a tourist and college town. About a quarter of the population are students. The main street in Heidelberg is filled with shops and restaurants, some touristy. (We had lunch at one restaurant off of the main street and paid about 4 Euros for tap water and about 1.90 for beer)
In addition to shops and restaurants there are walking paths and vistas to enjoy. The town is also home to Heidelberg Castle, which you can tour. It's situated at the top of a hillside overlooking the town. It's worth the trip and admission price for a tour.
Now this article is about our accommodations, and not the town. We booked a two night stay at the Art Hotel. This modern boutique hotel is situated just a short walk from main street in the old part of Heidelberg. It's close to everything, but just far enough away to be out of the main tourist mix.
The Art Hotel is a modern, fully renovated hotel in a old-style building. It's truly a boutique hotel, featuring only a couple dozen rooms. The staff is small, but accommodating. It rained one of the days we were there and they were quick to give us umbrellas before we headed out to explore.
The lobby is in the center of the building off of the courtyard that you enter from the street. There's a small check-in desk next to the bar in the lobby. If you don't see an attendant, be patient, they may be helping a guest with their bags.
Our room was lightly furnished and spacious. The bathroom was clean, modern and very large by European standards. It featured a walk in shower and separate tub as well as a long counter. A complimentary bottle of sparkling water is provided in the room, but it isn't replaced once it's used.
The lobby bar is a great spot for evening drinks after dinner before heading to bed. We enjoyed some German wine and dessert one evening. The hotel also features a fine dining restaurant, which we did not try for dinner. It also serves as the hotel's breakfast restaurant, which we did try the last morning of our stay. It was just ok. It featured a light breakfast buffet that I would classify as just barely over "continental."
A hidden gem in this hotel is the roof deck. We picked up a 9 Euro bottle of German Riesling at a shop in town and the hotel's bar gave us a cork screw, bucket of ice for the bottle, and a couple of wine glasses, and we took it to the roof deck. From the roof there's a great view of the town. This was a nice quiet spot to rest our feet and enjoy some good wine.
We paid about $215.00 US per night for the Art Hotel, which we felt was good value. If you're visiting Heidelberg, Germany this is definitely a hotel worth checking out.