Off to Schwabisch Hall, qubixx Stattmitte Hotel
To Stuttgart and Schwabisch Hall
- An Invite to Germany
- Testing and Paperwork
- Off to Heathrow, Terminal 5, and the South Galleries Lounge
- BA920 London Heathrow to Stuttgart (Club Europe)
- The joy of German Immigration, Into Stuttgart and the Novum Hotel Rieker, Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
- Off to Schwabisch Hall, qubixx stattemitte Hotel
- Economy Class and Beyond at Recaro Aircraft Seating
- Back to Stuttgart and the joy of pigeons
- Off to Stuttgart Airport
- BA921 Stuttgart to London Heathrow (Club Europe)
- Welcome to Brexitainia, The Premier Inn Heathrow
- Off Home again
- Innovation is the driver
Off to Schwäbisch Hall
After a disappointing night at the Novum Hotel Rieker, I headed out and crossed the road to the Hauptbahnhof.
I made it to the platform in time – but had no ticket.
Thankfully, there are ticket machines. Sadly, they’re the DB ones that have a mind of their own when it comes to payment types and how to process tickets.
In the end, I managed to bully the ticket machine into selling me a ticket to Schwäbisch Hall and jumped aboard the train.
It was good timing too – as the train was departing within a minute.
Now, this train was different to me. Not because it was a Bombardier Talent 2 Electric multiple units, but because it wasn’t wearing DB’s Regio Traffic red – rather the colours of BW – the local transport agency.
The train made speed through the local stations, with it going into the black forest region, taking an hour to get to Schwäbisch Hall
The train had onboard wifi- – whilst not high speed, it was good enough to push out an article with one of the laptops I was carrying with me, as well as catch up on a few things (like local transport options – something that would bite me when I arrived).
Arriving at Schwabisch Hall, I got off the train. Sadly, there are no dot matrix indicators on the station – making it difficult to guess which train I needed next. Unsurprisingly, the train took off in front of me.
Dear DB. INVEST IN SOME DMI’s please in your regional stations!
I then decided the bus would be a good idea. And some idiot boy didn’t turn on Google Translate when running through the web pages didn’t he?
The buses were on strike too, which made travel more difficult than it needed to be.
Walking from Hessle to Schwäbisch Hall town centre would have taken the best part of an hour plus (and required a change as I was in “Work-wear” already). Thankfully, Wandering Arman was in the area and kindly offered to rescue me.
It’s good to have friends occasionally.
He kindly dropped me at my hotel for the remainder of this trip – I made it a priority to get more cash out to fund taxi trips if needed.
Qubixx stadtmitte hotel, Schwäbisch Hall
I arrived early at the hotel but was greeted and allowed to check in. there was some confusion about my booking, which required me to fish out my booking.com reservation.
Once that was shown the rest of the process went smoothly.
I completed any remaining paperwork including covid passes and issued a keycard for the room. I would be located on the first floor.
I headed up, this time armed with an RFID keycard.
The room itself was spacious and modern – a welcome sight after the hotel I stayed in the night before. Someone even left a folded duvet on the bed.
Seriously people. This is an epic improvement.
The bed itself was reasonably firm, whilst the view outside… was onto the main road.
Thankfully there were controls for the blinds to allow for some privacy as needed.
There were outlets galore (a sight to be welcomed these days), as well as USB outlets – a welcome thing to see (and perfect for charging power banks and camera batteries.
The bathroom was modern, with a shower in it. Alas, guess who forgot to take pictures this time of the bathroom. Yes, yours truly.
The rate I had also included breakfast, This would be a typical continental style breakfast, with the usual mix of pieces of bread, meats, salad items, yoghurts, and all the fun things that make a continental breakfast… well… continental.
The items were of reasonable quality, with masks being worn around and people sitting distanced from each other.
The bed was made up on the night I stayed over – a welcome thing to see a hotel actually doing proper housekeeping in these times.
Check out was pretty simple, with the keycard dropped off and reception informed. They were also kind enough to call a taxi for me to return to the train station.
Compared to the previous night’s hotel – absolute luxury. Compared to others, it’s business-friendly and more than passable for a few nights to be working, or to be exploring this region of Germany.
Certainly, it’s up-to-date and passable, even if German Hotel Wi-Fi speeds exist in it.
Put it like this, if I was in the area again on business, I would make this my first stop.
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