Edelweiss Lodge and Resort

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17 Gernackerstra├če, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany

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sodachix sodachix
2 reviews
Great stay for military Apr 07, 2011
Great place for those affiliated with the military. I'm not sure that you can stay there if you are not in relation to a military ID card holder. The resort itself is nice. The food is great. The price is not bad at all. I especially enjoyed the outdoor hot tub which was warm enough to swim in even in the snow.
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jennjeff1 jennjeff1
143 reviews
Military luxury resort hotel in the Bavarian Alps Apr 05, 2010
The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is a relatively new military hotel and conference center opened in 2004, located at the foot of the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze, in the shopping and resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The view of the 2,962 m (9,718 ft) high Zugspitze mountain and the surrounding Bavarian Alps from the Edelweiss Lodge are breathtaking, even on bad weather days. The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the site of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games and you can still visit the old bobsled run and the ski jump is still in use.

The Edelweiss Lodge boasts 330 rooms and has 3 restaurants. Keep in mind you must be military members/family or DoD employees stationed overseas to be eligible to stay at this resort. There is a large conference center, where several large groups of over 100 people each could be held simultaneously. The staff is mostly hired in the States to work in a 13-month "Club Med" type of dorm environment as a way to gain hotel and restaurant experience in an overseas location at a young age, with most of the staff in their 20-30's. The staff dedicated to support the conference center is exceptional, and will go out of their way to make your large gatherings/functions a total success. There is also heavy security surrounding the resort area and the nearby military artillery kasserne.

The Edelweiss Lodge also has full spa facilities, a large pool and outdoor hot tub with a 30+ person capacity. They also have an activities desk to see many local attractions like all 3 King Ludwig II castles, including Neuschwanstein Castle (the famous one used to model the Disney World Castle....). There are also local trips to the surrounding ski runs, cable car trains to the top of the Zugspitze, and horse-drawn carriage rides in the evening. Nearby in the Munich area is the Dachau Concentration Camp, Olympic Park (1972 Summer Games), BMW headquarters, Glockenspiel, and the Salt Mines.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located along the Austrian border and has some great shopping and dining opportunities nestled among the German spa/resorts of the town. there are plenty of hiking and biking trails in the foothills to explore, plus a nearby lake used for ice hockey during the 1936 Winter Olympics.

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, especially the opportunity to get a double massage treatment. However, we did experience a few drawbacks that we hope can be rectified:

1) The conference staff and facilities were excellent, however, the rooms we were placed in were mixed in with regular military families on R&R, meaning that our rooms were not quiet most of the time due to numerous uncontrolled children running and screaming up and down the hallways at all hours. We recommended the hotel place conference attendees and adult guests without children in a separate wing or floor of the hotel when practical. Some adults would like it to be more quiet, romantic and relaxing away from all the kids when they come to a luxury hotel--even in the military.

2) Many military members come to this beautiful facility to relax, especially after long combat deployments. Unfortunately, some military members on R&R come to the lodge to "let loose" too much and "let loose" with the foul language in the upscale restaurant, The Pullman, which is also very "echo-y" and loud due to the ceramic tile floor and construction. It was very disturbing to try and enjoy a romantic and relaxing meal when the group of obviously drunk military members were making such a racket. I was thankful that the manager stepped in eventually and I was glad this rowdy group did not take their bad behavior downtown on the economy to give the Americans a bad name with the locals. The hotel bar instead of the upscale restaurant would have been a better place to "let lose" for our noisy neighbors.

3) Although we got excellent service from the hotel staff, we found the tipping situation to be somewhat problematic. The cleaning staff took our pile of change and a note for my wife who was arriving later after our conference, only to replace my note with one of their own saying "thank you very match [sic]" when the money was not for the hotel cleaning staff to take. After our massages, we wanted to leave a tip but you have to go all the way back down to the spa entrance staff to leave the tip instead of a tip envelope in the massage room area. Reminding people that this is an American facility where service is NOT included in your bill would be helpful for the excellent service provided.

4) The rooms were nice, large and the third floor has vaulted high ceilings, but the beds were wayyy too soft. Back to back nights were bad for our backs.

Overall, we highly recommend Edelweiss Lodge and Resort as the place for relaxation, fun, adventure, scenery and friendly staff--especially if you are military or DoD stationed overseas. This Alpine resort, constructed with a rustic wood, stone and natural interior gives the feeling of an outdoors environment--perfect for your next getaway!
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moonspdr moonspdr
8 reviews
Wonderful hotel, if you qualify to stay Mar 19, 2010
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is a special hotel, reserved for military members and their families. If you are lucky enough to qualify, it is an amazing resort tucked into the mountains of Bavaria.

Staff is all american and always willing to please. The hotel is easy to get to by flying in to Munich and then taking the train to Garmisch.

The rooms are pretty standard and most rooms face the mountains. There is a restaurant in the hotel but a walk into the quaint town of Garmisch is easy enough. There is an indoor pool and a hot tub that fits about 30 people in it, along with a full spa and a saunas and steam rooms.
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