Der Adelshof

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Hotel class: 4 stars
Am markt 12-13, Schwabisch Hall, Germany

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Fabulous hotel on the main market square! Jan 31, 2017
Having booked flights to Stuttgart for a week-long trip over the 2015-16 New Year period, we were keen to find somewhere special to spend New Year's Eve. We were happy to splash out on one night of luxury and to travel from Stuttgart to anywhere in the surrounding region.

I typed "Baden-Wurttemberg" into Booking.com and, for once, sorted the results from high price to low price instead of vice versa. I was immediately seduced by the photos of Romantik Hotel der Adelshof, located right on the main square in the picturesque town of Schwäbisch Hall, just over an hour's train ride from Stuttgart. I then learnt that Schwäbisch Hall is twinned with my wife's home town of Loughborough in the UK; it was fate, so we booked it!

We booked two double rooms (one for Emma and I and one for Emma's parents), each room costing €150 with breakfast included. We settled our bill, in cash, upon checking out.

Location

Romantik Hotel der Adelshof is located on the edge of the main market square in this picturesque and historic town. This was particularly convenient for us as the market square is where the New Year's Eve firework display would take place.

It is located opposite the imposing St Michael's Church and just metres from the Town Hall.

A 5-10 minute walk downhill takes you from the hotel to the banks of the river Kocher, passing dozens of shops, cafes and restaurants en-route.

We arrived at the hotel by taxi from Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental train station; a 10 minute journey which cost €11.80. This train station was further away than Schwäbisch Hall station, but was also more convenient for trains to and from Stuttgart. We returned to this station at the end of our journey, paying €10.90 for a taxi that was arranged by the hotel.

In summary – a great location right on Schwäbisch Hall's main square. All of the town's sights are within easy walking distance.

Bedrooms

The welcome that we received at Romantik Hotel der Adelshof could not have been any warmer and friendlier. Our first impression of the hotel and its staff was very favourable.

We arrived at the hotel around 11:15am and, despite being early, were informed that our rooms were ready. In our booking, we had requested rooms on higher floors on the basis that these would have the best views over the square. Not only was this request granted, but we were also given free upgrades to "theme rooms".

The ever-so-friendly receptionist sent us up to the 3rd floor in the lift while she jogged up the stairs to meet us (the lift wasn't big enough for all of us) and show us our rooms. We had been allocated rooms #309 ("Faustzimmer") and #312 which had a Swabian Forest theme. We could decide between us who took which room while she returned downstairs and arranged for our suitcases to be brought up.

One of the two rooms was apparently a higher class than the other, but I'm not sure which. Both were excellent. The Swabian Forest room was more spacious (so probably the higher class of the two), but the "Faustzimmer" was so wonderfully decorated that it featured on a postcard that could be obtained from reception. Emma and I took "Faustzimmer" while Emma's parents stayed in the larger Swabian Forest room.

The Swabian Forest room came with wooden floors, plenty of tasteful green and brown decor and a relaxing soundtrack of chirping birds. It contained a large bed, a glass coffee table with two cushioned armchairs, bedside tables, a large wardrobe and a wooden unit with a large flat screen TV on top. There was then a separate bathroom area, featuring two frosted glass cubicles (one housing a large walk-in shower and the other housing the toilet) and an alcove containing a large washbasin, selection of toiletries and mirrors.

Our room, Faustzimmer, was based upon the theme of a legendary German scholar, Faust, who sells his soul to the devil in return for receiving special powers and knowledge. Consequently, our room featured a lot of dark red decor, including a fabulous painting of a drinking scene on one of the walls. The area around the bed was painted to look like the bookshelf of a scholar – with a black cat sitting on the end of the shelf. Other painted decorations included an hourglass and a skull; presumably related to the story of Faust in some way.

The room contained ornate light fittings which looked like candlesticks and dark wooden furniture (a small table, chairs, bedside tables and a large unit which opened up to reveal the TV).

Our double bed was extremely comfortable, with big soft pillows and a warm duvet.

The room was well heated thanks to the radiator in the room. It was becoming a little too hot, so we turned the radiator off overnight.

The free wi-fi worked better in our room than it did in Emma's parents' room, but still wasn't perfect. The connection became more reliable the closer we got to reception.

The mini bar prices were very reasonable for a hotel of this standing. So much so that I treated myself to a cold bottle of Edelpils (€2.50 for a 330ml bottle) after watching the New Year's Eve fireworks. Apple juice, orange juice and mineral water were a pretty reasonable €2 per bottle.

Our en-suite shower room was rather colourful, with black and white check tiled flooring and bright orange and white walls. It was clean and modern, with a glass shower cubicle and a washbasin with marble surrounds, wooden shelves (for toiletries) and large mirrors.

A selection of toiletries, an accessory kit (with comb etc.) and a hairdryer were all provided, as well as a selection of towels. There was plenty of hot water and the shower pressure met with Emma's demanding requirements!

Wellness Centre

We made use of the excellent wellness facilities on the afternoon of New Year's Eve. The facilities, located underground on floor -1, were open from 1:30pm until 8:00pm on New Year's Eve and we had them completely to ourselves for the hour or two that we spent there.

Piles of freshly laundered towels were available for guests to use, and we used the bath robes that were provided in our hotel room. The changing rooms contained key-operated lockers, so no loose change was needed.

The facilities include 3 saunas. One is an infra-red cubicle; you press a button and the infra-red light comes on. It wasn't very warm and I'm not sure what the supposed benefits were. Another is a tepidarium – this was warmer and featured continuously changing coloured lights. The third sauna, a Finnish sauna, was by far the hottest and most effective of the three.

Other facilities include foot baths, an experience shower (with mist, cold rain and hot tropical downpours) and a relaxation room with comfortable cushioned sunbeds and chairs.

A small fountain in the centre of the room squirted out a constant stream of water. We debated whether it was a drinking fountain, but decided it was more likely there for ambiance purposes.

Breakfast

A full buffet breakfast was included in our room rate and, on New Year's Day, was served between 8:00am and 11:00am. It's probably a little earlier on other days.

When we entered the dining room, we noticed that each place was set with a pastry in the shape of a pig's face. These were only for the guests who had booked the New Year package (which had also included a lavish meal the previous evening). Instead, we were shown into a small side room where the tables didn't include pig-faced pastries! We still had access to the same buffet spread as the other guests though...

The buffet was very impressive. It included several different types of cereal (cornflakes, muesli, fruit and nut...) and lots of jars filled with nuts, seeds and dried fruits. There was a large bowl of delicious fresh fruit salad and pots of natural, mango and cherry yoghurts.

There was a good selection of bread rolls (many topped with healthy looking seeds), sliced breads, croissants, pastries and cakes. There were lots of cheeses to choose from, as well as cold cuts of ham and sausage. The range of jams was particularly impressive; I enjoyed a peach, banana, coconut and white chocolate variety, as well as a kiwi, peach, coconut, lavender and bergamot concoction. Other flavours included strawberry and rhubarb, plum and star anise, fruit punch and one which included white wine.

The range of hot food was very limited; scrambled eggs and two different types of sausage, but no bacon.

Fruit juices included grapefruit, orange and multi-fruit. Individual pots of coffee were brought to our table and there was a large selection of teas to choose from (Emma opted for Japanese Sencha).

Summary:

We all really enjoyed our New Year's Eve stay at Romantik Hotel der Adelshof. We couldn't fault anything at all. The location was perfect, the rooms were impressive and the staff were unfailingly friendly and helpful. The wellness facilities were spotlessly clean and uncrowded and the breakfast buffet was filling and hearty. Very highly recommended!!
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Der Adelshof Overview

This 4-star hotel in Schwabisch Hall is centrally located.

Einkorn is within easy driving distance of the Der Adelshof. Stuttgart Airport (STR) is a 80 minute drive from the hotel. Guests can take advantage of the available internet access to keep in touch with friends and family while on the road.

Der Adelshof Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Desk
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Free Parking

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