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Reviewed 19 April 2018

This is a fantastic, boutique hotel with an amazing staff. That said, let me get the bad part over with. I booked this hotel from one of the major travel websites, so it's possibly the room "bait and switch" wasn't the hotels fault. The Hotel Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House) is centuries old and offers 11 rooms on 4 floors.1 suite, 2 romantic doubles and the rest standard rooms that are small to very small. I booked the romantic double based on the pictures of a large room with a balcony. When I checked into the hotel, I got the keys to room 31 and was shocked to see a small room with no balcony. Surly there was a mistake. I'm paying about $60 extra per night to have the "romantic double". The man at the front desk (owner?) explained that there are 2 romantic double rooms. One is larger with a balcony and the other is the room I have. "Why do I get the lesser room?" I was furious! However, I had no idea what any or the other rooms looked like until the room next to mine was opened for cleaning. A broom closet! Only big enough to fit the bed...and that's it! I suddenly was very grateful for my room which had a desk, 2 chairs and a coffee table. Not to mention the oversized bathroom. I then looked at the hotel website where they painstakingly describe all 11 rooms and show pictures. I then forgot all about the balcony and decided to just go with the flow. My room had a lot of good features. It faced the city, was on the 3rd floor, was large enough and was very quiet. The hotel has a great included breakfast and gothic charm for days! I loved that it's old, but also that they modernized it just enough so that a picky traveler like me would feel comfortably. The hotel is located steps away from the main market square and was an excellent place to stay. They have a great included breakfast. The key to your room is huge and heavy, lol. They do have a small modern elevator which was very useful. I would stay here again!

Room Tip: Check out all the rooms on the hotel's website so you know what to expect
  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Travel C
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Very clean. Lovely historic hotel in downtown Rothenburg. Charming, clean, very modern but keeping all the historic features preserved. The staff was helpful and went out of their way for us. I have celiac's and every morning they had fresh, gluten free bread waiting for me!

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Cynthia S
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We went into this hotel for lunch and had the worst meal on our trip. Each portion consisted of a cold sausage and a slice of dry bread with a package of mustard. The rye bread in Germany is typically excellent, but this was awful. The sausages everywhere else have been great, but these were like cold hotdogs. They didn’t even have canned sauerkraut to offer. The rooms may be nice but don’t bother with the food.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Karleena D
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We stayed in a small room on the third floor with windows that opened towards the top of the building next to us. The room itself was only about 1 1/2 times the size of the bed. A small desk and closet completed the room. The bathroom had double sinks, a large bathtub, and a heated towel rack. The bed seemed to be a hard foam but was comfortable. We heard no noises during the night, but I don't believe there were many guests on the floor. The included breakfast was in the downstairs restaurant and consisted primarily of a buffet with bread, fruit, cereal, cheese, sausages, etc. The waitress asked if we would like fried or scrambled eggs, so those are available as well. The atmosphere was very relaxed. There are lounge chairs downstairs but the wifi was sketchy and often disconnected. Wifi can be picked up randomly around town.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
Thank WStaso
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

The hotel is perfectly located on Rothenburg’s widest street, with St Francis Kana church a few doors down and main square with its town hall diagonally across the road. Church bells toll the time on the hour. €7 gets you 24 hours of local street parking with a displayed notice in your car and is available from hotel reception; beware the council parking officers who are on the watch even if you briefly stop to unload your luggage! The genial, polite host and hotel owner at reception speaks some English; expect to ask him questions on your stay as he doesn’t volunteer information.

We were given a small, charming and wonderfully warm room in winter on the third floor with a view facing the main street, accessible by both a tiny lift and the original wooden staircase. The double glazed window facing the buildings opposite shut out most noise and opened for fresh air. The room had a comfortable and spacious double bed with a firm sprung mattress, warm quilts but doughy pillows; there is a small mini bar with two complimentary free soft drinks, a small Loewe tv over the wooden desk and an old wooden cupboard with a small safe that didn’t work. No luggage stand so bags sit on the original exposed wooden floor. No robes or slippers provided. Free unsecured internet was spotty and mainly non-existent.

Roomy bathroom with double sinks and shower over a large spa bath with good hot water pressure, some basic toiletries and thin towels over a heated towel rail; no hairdryer.

Included breakfast from 8-10am is situated in the atmospheric decorated main entry/reception area; the space also doubles as a small cafe during the day. The continental buffet breakfast spread consists of the usual suspects (deli meats, cheese, bread rolls, jams, fruit juice etc. but is broadened with additional weisswurst (white sausage), eggs cooked to order and sect (sparking wine). Checkout is at 11am.

Overall a pleasant, comfortable stay overnight in a lovely medieval city.

City Tips: Rothenburg gets all festively dressed up for Christmas, and many shops sell traditional Christmas decorations, toys and handmade items. There is a small Christmas market in the main square where you can get a decent crepe and a great waffle. Decline the flambrot, it’s not worth eating the small hard bread dough with minimal salty ham topping. Sip on the hot, intense quince glühwein and keep the blue Christmas mug as a city souvenir or return it for €1.50 back.

Do go on the €8 Night Watchman tour of the origins and history of Rothenburg. The guide has conducted the tour for the last 26 years and he is very entertaining. The 1 hour English tour starts at 8pm every night in front of the town hall steps; the German version a half hour after that.

Walking the perimeter city ramparts is a must: it’s free, you get a high view of the town and you can do it both day and night. Remember to bring a torch at night as the floor is uneven and there are a few tricky steps and low ceilings along the way. Walking the streets at night is also a great way to see Rothenburg as the daytime crowds disappear, local residents are in their homes and you get the city with its twinkling lights all to yourself.

Rothenburg’s streets are not all flat and are a mixture of cobblestones, stone paving and bitumen. Bring sturdy, comfortable and warm walking/hiking shoes with good grip as the uneven cobblestones especially can become slippery when wet with rain and ice. As the city is situated on a hill over the Tauber valley, the winds can be strong and icy during the rainy and snowy winter, so windproof, rainproof and very warm clothing is essential.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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