We could not have selected a better hotel for a our first few days in Germany. It was lovely, the staff was incredible (plus they all spoke English fluently and made us feel like family), the location was ideal, breakfast was included, and the list goes on and on!
Name: Hotel Der Kleine Prinz
Address: Lichtentaler Str. 36, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
Staff Helpfulness & Friendliness: 5/5
Room size: 3/5
Room Amenities: 5/5
Room and Bed Comfort: 5/5
Food Variety: 4/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Internet Service Quality: 5/5
Proximity to Other Points of Interest: 5/5
Der Kleine Prinz is located in the Black Forest region of Germany, in a luxurious spa town called Baden-Baden. We chose this hotel because we had heard wonderful things about it, and knew that the staff would be friendly, helpful, and accommodating, but we didn’t realize how far out of their way they’d be willing to go to make us comfortable! The entire time we were here, they treated us like family and made it clear that they were there to help us with everything from finding a place to eat dinner or having the valet park our car, to having our laundry done and cleaning our shoes.
The service was out of this world, and the older manager was so kind to us. One evening I was waiting for Robin outside to pick me after he was done with work, and it was a bit chilly outside, so the manager came out, wrapped a blanket around my shoulders and told me he had started a fire in the fire place just for me, and ushered me back inside. He had pulled up a couch resplendent with more blankets and pillows, and gotten a glass of hot chlorate for me. I sat with him in front of the fire and listened to stories of him growing up in the mountains of Germany, and he asked me about what life was like in Michigan, a place surrounded by water and full of trees. I will never forget how kind he was to me, and how far out of his way he went to care for us while we stayed at Der Kleine Prinz.
One of my favorite things about the hotel was that they used locally made furniture, responsibly sourced from the surrounding forests. The murals were hand painted by local artists, and all of the food, wine, and cheese was locally sourced and locally made as well. They offer an afternoon tea to guests, and have an attached restaurant by the same name, which was where we ate our first and last evenings in Baden-Baden. Our first night there, there was wine, cheese, and fruit waiting for us in our room and it was little gestures like that that made our long trip from the U.S. easy to recover from.
Inside our room we had a beautiful view with a hand-carved balcony, right across from a beautiful church with bell towers and stained glass windows. All of the upholstery matched, and was a lovely ivory and sage combination, and I later learned that everything from the tapestries and curtains to the bedding and linens was all hand made in Germany, which was so incredible. The bathroom was spacious, and made entirely from marble, and the bathtub was absolutely made for bubble baths. Note the glasses of wine we enjoyed while in the bath haha. #vacation! They provided us with ample amounts of shampoo, soap, and body wash (Germans are big on cleanliness and personal hygiene, we quickly learned!).
The bathroom was stocked with everything anyone could need (except conditioner), including cotton balls, q-tips, tissues, towels, wash cloths, bubble bath, a blow drier, etc.).
A huge “danke schön” to our friends at Der Kleine Prinz, wir hatten eine schöne Zeit, und wir können es kaum erwarten, wieder hinzufahren!
Kind, attentive staff who spoke German, English (and possibly other languages)
Hotel room was quiet and peaceful
Excellent location, within walking distance to many attractions
Hotel Der Kleine Prinz was absolutely beautiful
The hotel was easily accessible with elevators and ramps for those who need them
We slept incredibly well in a feather bed, with hand stuffed pillows and comforters
The food was delicious, very fresh, and perfectly cooked/baked
Everything was spotless throughout the hotel, and our room
We had a lovely view of the city, mountains, and forest from our balcony
Lovely decor and the theme was from a popular German book, which made it unique
Parking is an extra €20 per night, and there are no other options in the area, unless we wanted to park in the street and move it every morning at 6am
There was no fan or air conditioning, which wasn’t a problem for us in the early spring, but could easily get unpleasant in the hotter months
Farewell, fellow adventurers!
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