First the good thing, which is the Wellness Area. I really enjoyed that, I spotted 4 different saunas, one steam room, several recreation areas, a bar and a pool, but I believe there was more. Bathropes and slippers are provided free of charge in your hotel room. When you enter the sauna area you will be given two sauna towels for your stay. I really enjoyed the steam room and the japanese sauna. THe whole area is nicely designed and kept very clean, there is no room for complaints here.
There is Wifi in the hotel but it is only one hour free of charge per day, after that it is two Euros per hour, which I find ridiculus these days, a big let down. Does not have to be for free but maybe a bit more desently priced.Same goes for the minibar. 6,50 for a shot of ordinary Johnny Walker, come on ...
Room was spaceous an clean, flat screen television with mainly german channels, but also some international ones. Bathroom is modern, clean and includes a proper bath.
Breakfast buffet is nothing special, just the usual mix of eggs, bacon, cereals bread, rolls etc. Service could be better, the coffee cans on the tables are always empty and you keep having to ask for a new one.
Overall my impression was that the quality of the hotel was comparable to an Ibis Hotel, - except for the sauna, which is fine for me, but at 150 Euros I still find it overpriced. Hovever if you come along some special rates like around 100,- to 120,- I would recommend staying there
We stayed there for our anniversary and found the hotel to be great for couples.
Check in was ok, but nothing overly warm.
The room is pretty standard with all the basics but we had an old ratty Bath robe and had to goto Reception to have it changed. Note that there is no air conditioning only a fan exhaust system. We were there in Summer and slept with the window open, however there was a big carnival on just opposite the hotel for a few nights, therefore it was a little loud.
The best thing was the unlimited access to the Wellness Area. It has many different saunas and steam rooms plus other relaxing areas. The pool was quite good, but it can be seen from the Top floor rooms in the hotel.
We went to the Brazilian BBQ on the top floor for dinner. Its ok, typical Brazilian BBQ with lots of side dishes but without Seafood. It is quite expensive though. The other good thing is the view across Fulda.
Breakfast was good, however dont expect it to be cosy. Its a very big breakfast area, I think because of it being a conference hotel.
Overall I would recommend this hotel!
We stayed at the Esperanto to attend Ring*Con 2007, an annual fantasy fiction convention. Although it was not our first visit to the hotel for this convention, it was the first time we'd managed to get a room in the Esperanto itself.
The staff at this hotel are very friendly and helpful. Some of them had some trouble making themselves understandable in English, and check-in was rather slow, but they always offer service with a smile.
Rooms are comfortable and good size, and for once I have no complaints whatsoever as everything was and worked as it ought. Slightly odd choice though to have a glass bathroom door... I suppose it's not an issue when you're travelling with your spouse but when you're sharing a room with friends or business collegues, you may want to keep some things more private...
Breakfast facilities are great. During lunch though, we felt more and more suspicious that we had seen some of the cold dishes before... being 'recycled' leftovers from the dinner buffet the previous night!
Also, I don't know whether they do it just for convention attendees, but paying for drinks and snacks you had to have a special hotel creditcard, which was not only annoying but also made it easier to lose sight of what you were spending. Even worse, it was not possible to refund the remaining amount on your card at the end of your stay!
The Wellness Centre is absolutely brilliant! Clean, well-kept, comfortable and varied. Male, female, with bath attire or without, it doesn't matter at all. We tried just about every sauna, steam bath, shower and pool we could find, and every one of them lovely. There was even a young man walking around to feed us fresh pineapple! We truly felt like royalty during the two hours (sadly, all the time we had for it) we spent there.
The convention has moved to another venue, so we'll probably not come back any time soon, but if we did, we'd surely stay at the Esperanto again.
The hotel classified as "4 star superior" is right "behind" the train station, but it is not especially loud. There is not much traffic on the road in front, and the L-shape means a lot of the over 300 rooms do not face the front. The main and old part of the city is on the other side of the tracks; go through the station or underneath the line to the left or right of the hotel. The immediate surroundings are nothing special, if you prefer a historic hotel in the old town, try "Goldener Karpfen".
Having said that, if the weather is bad or you don't feel like it, you do not have to leave the hotel at all. There are several restaurants from morning to night and best of all the huge wellness center. Huge means huge, and on top it connects to the city's swimming pool for a small extra fee. But it has its own not too small saltwater pool, 8 or 10 different saunas and steam baths of varying size and temperature, including two outdoor saunas and an outdoor pool - all in use although it was snowing. You can book all kind of massages, beauty treatments, etc. The price for the treatments is average. Bathrobe and slippers are in the room, towels abound in the spa area. On popular weekends (Easter!), booking well ahead is advised. Staff all around the hotel is very young and not always extremely professional, but rather nice.
The breakfast buffet was good, but lacked some extras. Eggs sunny side up were freshly prepared by a cook, there are many sorts of roll and bread, but for example not an impressing choice of cheese or cereal. The evening buffet was very good on the cold starters, various kinds of fish terrines, antipasti and such. The main courses were very heavy for a "wellness" hotel, for example no plain rice, just cheesy risotto, no boiled potatoes, just fried, vegetables and fish in creamy sauces. There was enough choice, though, and the dessert selection was fine, as well, with ice cream, tiramisu, fruit, cheese selection. The drinks took a while.
An absolute recommendation if you want to spoil yourself for a weekend!