Time for another snapshot – this time looking at a hotel – The Novum Hotel Rieker Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof.
For those who have forgotten, I have two major travel writing styles:
- Trip Reports – These are full deep-dive reports taking you into the experience and the small things… as well as the big things!
- Snapshots – These are bite-sized reviews that show you the basic product in some nice gentle headlines (and normally, only images shot on the phone).
Today, we’re on the Snapshot review. The full in-depth review is currently under the first draft (or as some might call it, I’m still editing the thing).
£41.80 for one night. Paid for at the hotel, reserved via Booking.com.
The hotel is a short walk from the U/S Bahn entrances to Stuttgart Haputbahnoff (~200 metres or so), across the road from the station. It’s not too far, but if you’re lost, you have Google Maps at least.
We’re back to shooting hotels in the night. Trust me, it’s better this way.
Check-in was a sluggish process due to a few language and writing issues (with data from Booking.com not making it over). Eventually, these were resolved.
A proper key was issued for the room and I was allowed to head to my room.
Serious question: Why do I always slightly panic when I get a proper key to a hotel room these days?
Oh, Dear. 1970’s velour and carpeting was the name of the game, with a duvet that had been thrown in a corner of the bed.
Yes. This is on wide. Yes. The duvet was thrown just casually in the corner of the bed.
Even the minibar decide life was not worth living and had vanished.
The room was hot, with the automatic ventilation system loud. I, therefore, opened the windows. Whilst opening the two windows added noise, it introduced coolness. I had to leave the window open to sleep due to the heat in the room.
The layout was odd, with an entranceway being everything to anyone, and the bed at an angle.
The bathroom was clean if functional.
The next morning. The duvet is only slightly moved from where it was the night before.
Check out was easy enough, by dropping the key off at reception.
The full review soon. Here is a hint though – you pay for what you get.
And boy, I felt cheated at £41.80.
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